While scouting in California in November 1907, Connie Mack confronted a mother who didn’t want her son to be a ballplayer. As he did wherever he went, Mack had won many friends on his previous fifa 15 ultimate team coins trips to San Francisco. One of them, Chief Deputy Coroner Peter McCormack, thought of Mack while watching a local left-hander, Harry Krause, pitch for playground teams and then for St. Mary’s College, where he was now a senior. Mack had also been tipped off to Krause by another Irishman, Josh Reilly, a San Franciscan who had played briefly in the National League when Mack was managing the Pirates. Reilly, a third baseman with the San Jose club, wrote to Mack advising him to sign Krause, who wanted $400 a month. Mack sent Reilly a 1908 contract for that amount and a $200 check in advance to bind the deal and asked Reilly to get Krause’s signature. He received no reply.
Soon after he arrived, Mack saw Krause pitch for St. Mary’s against a team from Honolulu. After the game he asked the pitcher why he had not signed the contract. Krause told him his mother wanted him to finish col- lege before he even thought about becoming a ballplayer. Mack visited Mrs. Krause and assured her that Harry’s studies would not be interrupted. He wouldn’t have to report to the Athletics until after graduation. With that promise, Harry signed. Mack also signed an outfielder from the University of California, Heinie Heitmuller, and acquired catcher Syd Smith from Atlanta and right-handers Nick Carter and Vic Schlitzer from the Class B New York State League, where Schlitzer had won 27 for Utica. Between draft fees and purchases, he spent almost $12,000 on minor leaguers.
Mack was back in Philadelphia in time for the writers’ banquet on February 24, 1908, honoring Monte Cross, who was leaving to manage Kansas City. Two days later the A’s left Broad Street station at 3:55 for New Orleans, where they would stay for two weeks. Among the group was Joseph C. Ohl, the new traveling secretary. Ohl fit right in with the Athletics. He was a talkative, good-natured optimist who fielded complaints as smoothly as Nap Lajoie handled line drives. Ohl’s sideline made him even more inter- esting to Connie Mack: he managed two prize fighters.
Among the missing was Eddie Collins, down with pneumonia in Tarrytown.
They arrived in New Orleans on Friday, worked out on Saturday, and played their first practice game on Sunday. Jimmy Collins, after a winter of rigorous training at home in Buffalo, reported twenty-five pounds lighter, his bum knee completely healed, and displayed all his old agility. Without Rube Waddell, it was a calm, uneventful spring. The weather was good, but the water was bad. When Mack and Rube Oldring took sick from it, the club brought in bottled water. Doc Powers picked up an ear infection while swimming in the salt water pool at the Young Men’s Gymnastic Club and went home to recover. Then Socks Seybold tore up a knee sliding and went home on crutches.