Max Cullen Macon
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut April 21, 1938
- Final Game April 17, 1947
- Born October 14, 1915 in Pensacola, FL USA
- Died August 5, 1989 in Jupiter, FL USA
Max Macon began his big league career primarily as a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers. He was acquired by the Boston Braves in 1944 and became the team's regular first baseman. He then returned to the minors and became manager of the Modesto Reds in the middle of the 1949 season while leading the California League with a .383 average and hitting safely in 34 consecutive games during the course of the year. He became skipper of the Hazard Bombers in 1950 and led the Mountain States League with a .392 batting average that season. The next year, he led the Bombers to a league title while hitting .409 with 17 home runs and a league-best 139 runs scored, 148 RBI, and 54 doubles. He also went 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 7 appearances out of the pen.
The following season would see Macon migrating from the North Atlantic to the Florida International League, once again signing on as player-manager, this time for the Miami Sun Sox. Though his personal numbers would drop dramatically that season, Macon's managerial skills showed no signs of eroding, as he once again took his team to the promised land.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
- Bill Christine: Roberto! The Man... The Player...The Humanitarian...The Life and Times of Roberto Clemente (New York, Stadia Sports Publishing, Inc. 1973), pp. 59-66
- Phil Musick: Who was Roberto? A Biography of Roberto Clemente (Garden City, Doubleday & Company, 1974), pp. 80-89
- Mike Shannon: More Tales from the Dugout: More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories of All Time (New York, McGraw-Hill, 2004), pp. 156-157
- Don Zimmer, Bill Madden: Zim: A Baseball Life (Kingston,NY; Total/Sports Illustrated; 2001), p. 7
- Red Thisted: "Max Macon Plays It All the Way Out: Baseball Players Are an Odd Species," The Milwaukee Sentinel (Sunday, January 25, 1948), p. B3
- (AP): "Max Macon Signed to Manage Elmira," The Milwaukee Journal (Monday, December 15, 1952), p. 2
- (AP): "Max Macon New Montreal Pilot," The New London Day (Friday, November 27, 1953), p. 21
- (AP): "Dodgers Switch Pilots," The Spokane Daily Chronicle (Wednesday, December 1, 1954), p. 33
- Frank Eck (AP): "Macon Denies Hiding Clemente,” The Reading Eagle (Thursday, November 25, 1971), p. 121
From the Bullpen's Roberto Clemente page: