On this day: February 8

POSTED: 09:06 PM PST Feb 07, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Feb 07, 2016 

The Boy Scouts of America is founded, the gas chamber is first used in the United States, the first NFL Draft is held, "Good Times" premieres, and women's ice hockey debuts as an Olympic sport, all on this day.

OTD February 8 - Connie Mack
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1956: Hall of Fame baseball manager Cornelius McGillicuddy Sr., better known as Connie Mack, dies at the age of 93 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mack retired as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years in 1950 at age 87. Mack, who was also at least part-owner of the team from 1901 to 1954, was the first manager to win the World Series three times and set records for wins (3,731), losses (3,948), and games managed (7,755).


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