Chuck Comiskey

Charles Albert Comiskey II (November 19, 1925 – August 26, 2007) was part-owner of the Chicago White Sox from 1956 to 1961. A native of Chicago, Comiskey was the grandson of the team's founder, Charles Comiskey.

Chuck Comiskey
BornNovember 19, 1925
DiedAugust 26, 2007 (aged 81)
OccupationMajor League Baseball team co-owner and executive
Years active1948–1961

White Sox ownership

Comiskey's father, Lou, inherited the team after Charles Comiskey's death in 1931. When Lou died in 1939, ownership passed to his wife and Chuck's mother, Grace Comiskey. Chuck joined the family business in 1948 and was appointed vice president. During his time in the White Sox front office, Comiskey played an important role in developing the minor league system of the Go-Go Sox teams of the late 1950s, ultimately culminating with the team's winning the American League championship in 1959.

In 1956, Comiskey became co-general manager along with his brother-in-law Johnny Rigney, replacing Frank Lane. His mother died later that year, and in her will control of the team was split between Comiskey and his older sister, Dorothy. Comiskey received a 46% stake, making him the team's second largest shareholder. However, he felt the team was his birthright, and spent the next two years trying to wrest control of the team from his sister. After a lengthy court battle, Dorothy opted to sell the team to Comiskey after the 1958 season. Believing that Dorothy wouldn't consider any offers from outside the family, Comiskey made a fairly low offer. Dorothy responded by selling her 54% stake to a group headed by Bill Veeck. However, Comiskey refused to sell his interest and remained as the team's largest single shareholder. This forced Veeck to incur over a million dollars in additional taxes.[1]

In 1961, Veeck sold his stake to Arthur and John Allyn. Seeing a chance to finally gain control of the team, Comiskey sold his stock to a group headed by Chicago insurance magnate William Bartholomay. Comiskey promised Bartholomay that he would be able to overwhelm the Allyns with an offer for total control, allowing him an opportunity to buy the team. However, the Allyns turned Bartholomay down. This ended the Comiskey family's 62-year involvement with the White Sox.

Later life

In the early 1970s, Comiskey owned and operated Carriage Transfer, a Hinsdale taxi and limousine company. While baseball was no longer his profession, he remained a lifelong White Sox fan and season-ticket holder. He was nonetheless disappointed when Comiskey Park, built by his grandfather in 1910 and synonymous with South Side baseball for eight decades, gave way to a new Comiskey Park in 1991 (later renamed U.S. Cellular Field). The name change did not diminish his enthusiasm when Chicago won the 2005 World Series, the team's first championship since 1917.

Comiskey died in Hinsdale at age 82.

See also

References

  1. ^ Purdy, Dennis (2006). The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. New York City: Workman Publishing Company. ISBN 0-7611-3943-5.

Sources

Preceded by
Frank Lane
Chicago White Sox General Manager
19551960 (with Johnny Rigney)
Succeeded by
Hank Greenberg
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Comiskey

Comiskey may refer to:

People:

Andrew Comiskey, American Christian theologian

Barrett Comiskey, American inventor, founder and CEO of Migo

Brendan Comiskey, former Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Ferns

Dan Comiskey, offensive lineman for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League

Patrick Comiskey, American journalist and wine writer

An American family in the history of the Baseball team Chicago White Sox:

Charles Comiskey (1859–1931), player, manager, team owner

J. Louis Comiskey (1885–1939), son of Charles, inherited the White Sox

Grace Comiskey (1894–1956), widow of Louis, inherited the White Sox

Dorothy Comiskey Rigney (1917–1971), daughter of Louis and Grace, inherited a majority interest in the White Sox

Chuck Comiskey (1925–2007), son of Louis and Grace, inherited a minority interest in the White SoxPlaces:

Comiskey Park, ballpark in which the Chicago White Sox played from 1910 to 1990

New Comiskey Park, White Sox playing venue since 1991

Comiskey, Kansas, a ghost town

Deaths in August 2007

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Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.

Frank Lane

Frank C. Lane (February 1, 1896 – March 19, 1981) was an American executive in professional baseball, most notably serving as a general manager in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers.

Jack Onslow

John James Onslow (October 13, 1888 – December 22, 1960) was an American player, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball. A catcher during his playing days, he spent a dozen years in the minor leagues, but only 36 games played in the majors. The native of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).

At age 60, Onslow became one of the oldest rookie managers in MLB annals when he was named skipper of the Chicago White Sox in the fall of 1948, succeeding Hall of Fame pitcher Ted Lyons. Onslow managed the South Siders for the entire 1949 season, finishing sixth in the American League with a 63–91 record. Compounding matters, he could not get along with his boss, Chisox general manager Frank Lane, and clashed with players and the Chicago press. He avoided being fired by Lane when vice president Chuck Comiskey, son of the White Sox' owner, Grace Comiskey, stepped in on Onslow's behalf at the close of 1948. But, after a poor start to 1950, when the White Sox dropped 22 of their first 30 contests, Onslow was replaced by one of his coaches, Red Corriden. His career record as a manager: 71 wins, 113 defeats (.386).

In Onslow's 36 games as a major league catcher for the 1912 Detroit Tigers and 1917 New York Giants, he batted only .169 with 13 total hits. But he would become a popular baseball figure as a longtime coach for a number of teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates (1925–26), Washington Senators (1927), St. Louis Cardinals (1928), Philadelphia Phillies (1931–32) and Boston Red Sox (1934). In addition, he scouted for the White Sox and Boston Braves for several years and was holding a similar job with the Red Sox when he died, at 72, in Concord, Massachusetts, from a heart attack in 1960. To people around the game, Onslow was known as one of the most garrulous raconteurs of his day.

Onslow also managed minor league clubs for six seasons. His Memphis Chicks won 92 games in 1948, finishing second in the Southern Association, prompting his promotion to manager of the parent White Sox. Onslow's younger brother, Eddie, also played Major League Baseball and managed in the minor leagues.

Jim Derrington

Charles James Derrington (born November 29, 1939) is an American former professional baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, he spent parts of the 1956 and 1957 seasons as a member of the Chicago White Sox. Derrington first appeared in semi-professional baseball at age 13 and was a high school star at age 16 as a hitter and a pitcher, winning a local player of the year award. Graduating at an early age, he signed with the White Sox for one of the largest bonuses of his time in 1956. Under the bonus rule of the time, he joined the White Sox immediately and went on to start their final game of the 1956 season, becoming the youngest pitcher to do so in the 20th century, and stayed with the team throughout the 1957 campaign. Sent back to the minor leagues in 1958, Derrington suffered an elbow injury that ultimately ended his professional career before age 22.

Johnny Rigney

John Dungan Rigney (October 28, 1914 – October 21, 1984) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago White Sox (from 1937 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1947). Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 190 pounds (86 kg), Rigney batted and threw right-handed. A native of River Forest, Illinois, he was signed out of the University of St. Thomas.

Rigney was one of the Chicago White Sox top pitchers in the years prior to World War II. His most productive season came in 1939, when he won a career-high 15 games, including the first win for a pitcher during the first night game ever played at Comiskey Park (August 14). In 1940, he recorded 14 wins with a career-high 3.11 ERA, pitching an 11-inning, 1–0 shutout against the visitors New York Yankees (June 20). It was the first time since 1919 that the Yankees had been shut out in extra innings by one pitcher. After that, he won 13 games in 1941 and was 3–3 before joining the United States Navy in May 1942. After being discharged in 1945, he returned to Chicago, but his playing time was limited by arm injuries. He retired after the 1947 season.

In an eight-season career, Rigney posted a 63–64 record with 605 strikeouts and a 3.59 ERA in 197 appearances, including 132 starts, 66 complete games, 10 shutouts, five saves, and 1186 ⅓ innings of work.

Rigney married Dorothy Comiskey, granddaughter of Charles Comiskey, founding owner of the White Sox, and daughter of J. Louis Comiskey, another former club president. Following his playing retirement, Rigney took a position in the White Sox front office. In 1956, he became the club's co-general manager along with Chuck Comiskey in replacement of Frank Lane.

Rigney died in Wheaton, Illinois, seven days shy of his 70th birthday.

Larry Doby

Lawrence Eugene Doby (December 13, 1923 – June 18, 2003) was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball (MLB) who was the second black player to break baseball's color barrier and the first black player in the American League. A native of Camden, South Carolina and three-sport all-state athlete while in high school in Paterson, New Jersey, Doby accepted a basketball scholarship from Long Island University. At 17 years of age, he began his professional baseball career with the Newark Eagles as the team's second baseman. Doby joined the United States Navy during World War II. His military service complete, Doby returned to baseball in 1946, and along with teammate Monte Irvin, helped the Eagles win the Negro League World Series.

In July 1947—three months after Jackie Robinson made history with the Brooklyn Dodgers—Doby broke the MLB color barrier in the American League when he signed a contract to play with Bill Veeck's Cleveland Indians. Doby was the first player to go directly to the majors from the Negro leagues. A seven-time All-Star center fielder, Doby and teammate Satchel Paige were the first African-American players to win a World Series championship when the Indians took the crown in 1948. He helped the Indians win a franchise-record 111 games and the AL pennant in 1954, finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award voting and was the AL's RBI leader and home run champion. He went on to play for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, and Chunichi Dragons before his retirement as a player in 1962.

Doby later served as the second black manager in the majors with the Chicago White Sox, and in 1995 was appointed to a position in the AL's executive office. He also served as a director with the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 by the Hall's Veterans Committee and died in 2003 at the age of 79.

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