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The Old Roman's Obituary

On October 26, 1931, the founder of the Chicago White Sox, Charles Comiskey passed away.  He brought Chicago its first ever world championship in 1906, beating the Lovable Losers (pathetic even back then!) four games to two.  He brought Chicago its last world championship, too, back in 1917.  As a result of being cast as the villain in Eliot Asinof's fictional novel "Eight Men Out" (though many baseball fans confuse it as fact), the Old Roman is most remembered for the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

Was Charles Comiskey cheap?  Yes, but hardly more than any of his contemporaries from the turn of the 20th century.  Was he responsible for nearly ruining the national pastime?  Hardly.  Gambling was rampant at baseball games and numerous teams and ballplayers were accused of throwing games and dishonest play.  All of baseball's ownership were equally responsible for their own near-ruination.

Was Charles Comiskey a winner?  It depends.  He only won two world championships and he certainly could have won several more if he had been willing to keep building up his franchise in the teens and twenties as he had been willing in the aught's.  However, whatever his faults, he brought more world championships to Chicago's baseball fans than anybody else the past 100 years, and for that alone he deserves a measure of respect from Sox Fans and the city at-large.

Charles Comiskey never called his customers "crazy".  He never took time out during his ballclub's championship celebration to delightfully note his customers were "glad to be wrong".   And Charles Comiskey never wrote a diminished skills clause into Joe Jackson's contract--though clearly the illiterate would have been at his mercy had Comiskey chosen to do so.

One thing is certain.  There are people walking this Earth guilty of a whole lot worse than anything Charles Comiskey was ever accused of.  

Rest in peace, Old Roman.

To read the Charles Comiskey's obituary, place your cursor over the image below, wait a moment for the expand icon to appear, then click on it to expand the image to full-size. 

Special thanks to Sox Fan Fritz Cloat!

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