5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Norman attended the University of Chicago, where Macht received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1947.
1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Norman received a Master's degree from the University of California-Sonoma in 1978.
(An inspirational biography of the one-handed pitcher of t...)
An inspirational biography of the one-handed pitcher of the New York Yankees traces his entire career in baseball, from his first no-hitter in Little League to winning an Olympic Gold Medal.
(Another of Macht’s works about the lives of remarkable Am...)
Another of Macht’s works about the lives of remarkable Americans, Clarence Thomas, details the story of Clarence Thomas, nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991. Macht shares with young readers the trials and hardships Justice Thomas endured while growing up as a poor black child in Georgia at a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws still persisted.
(Connie Mack (1862–1956) was the Grand Old Man of baseball...)
Connie Mack (1862–1956) was the Grand Old Man of baseball and one of the game’s first true celebrities. This book, spanning the first fifty-two years of Mack’s life, through 1914, covers his experiences as player, manager, and club owner and will stand as the definitive biography of baseball’s most legendary and beloved figure. Norman L. Macht chronicles Mack’s little-known beginnings.
(In The Grand Old Man of Baseball, Norman L. Macht chronic...)
In The Grand Old Man of Baseball, Norman L. Macht chronicles Connie Mack’s tumultuous final two decades in baseball. After Mack had built one of baseball’s greatest teams, the 1929–31 Philadelphia Athletics, the Depression that followed the stock market crash fundamentally reshaped Mack’s legacy as his team struggled on the field and at the gate.
Norman attended the University of Chicago but his aspirations to pitch for college nine were not realized. At a Dodgers tryout camp in Cambridge, Maryland, he lasted two-thirds of an inning and was told to come back when he could throw 90-plus. He then turned to the front office part of the game. Macht received his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1947. He also received a Master's degree from the University of California-Sonoma in 1978.
Norman apprenticed with the Atlanta Crackers, while keeping the official stats for three minor leagues for the Howe News Bureau. He also worked as a statistician and “gofer” for broadcaster Ernie Harwell. When Ernie was traded to Brooklyn for catcher Cliff Dapper in mid-1948, Norman put background information on every NL player for Ernie, who is still on the air.
Norman was a minor league general manager in the days when one man did everything from selling ads on the outfield fence to a series of mundane tasks. He made stops in Lanett, Alabama; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; and Knoxville, Tennessee. He also spent four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. With the minors shrinking, he turned to other things, including freelance writing. He taped many hours of conversation with Mark Koenig, and also made contact with Dick Bartell that resulted in a book entitled Rowdy Richard. That experience resulted in his joining Society for American Baseball Research in 1985. With the Society, he served three years as treasurer and two as secretary and became director in 1999. In his many biographies of famous people for young adults, Norman Macht covers a broad spectrum of influential figures, ranging from professional baseball players to U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Macht began publishing the definitive biography of Connie Mack in 2007, with the first volume of the project covering the "Tall Tactician's'' influence over the early years of baseball, until World War I. The second volume, covering 1915 to 1931, came out in 2012, and the third, which completed the massive effort, was published in 2015.
(An inspirational biography of the one-handed pitcher of t...)1994
(Another of Macht’s works about the lives of remarkable Am...)1995
(A biography of the New York Yankee slugger whose feat of ...)1993
(The book discusses the personal life and professional car...)1999
(The book follows the life and career of baseball star Fra...)1991
(A biography of the former slave who became an outspoken a...)1993
(Surveys the life of the first baseball player in the Negr...)1991
(Connie Mack (1862–1956) was the Grand Old Man of baseball...)2007
(In The Grand Old Man of Baseball, Norman L. Macht chronic...)2015
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Anonymous user noted, "Norman L. Macht is the Jack Kevorkian of baseball research. He is totally dedicated to the goal of assisting all untrue stories in baseball to the cemetery of the unpublished waste pile. If they are not verifiable in some hard copy form, he will not use them in his own work."
Norman is married to Lois P. Nicholson, a writer.