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grenda12
08-26-2011, 07:23 PM
Just purchased off eBay and this is what I know about the bottle:

The Comiskey family made money to operate the team on a small soda-pop bottling business under the stands of old Comiskey Park in Chicago. White Sox orage soda was sold only at the ballpark up until 1938.

Sox logo with crossed bats embossed on front of the bottle.
Bottle measures approx 7 1/2" tall; held 8oz

Owens-Illinois markings on bottom show that this bottle was made in the year 1932.

Looking for any other information on this bottle including the bottle cap.


http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/2006/dsc02964k.jpg

Lip Man 1
08-26-2011, 07:46 PM
It was called Sox Soda, it was an orange varity and was sold under the stands at Comiskey Park.

Nice find.

Lip

GlassSox
08-26-2011, 07:58 PM
Very nice.

Lip Man 1
08-26-2011, 08:39 PM
Some other info I found from the White Sox "Through the Years" Comiskey Park historical program 1990:

* The operation was run by J. Louis Comiskey then Sox owner.
* There was no bottle cap, it was enclosed by a cork in the neck.
* The program has a poster of the soda from the 30's and the headline on the poster reads: "Like oranges? Drink Orange-crush. Bottled and sold at White Sox park.

Lip

Nelson Foxtrot
08-26-2011, 08:46 PM
I never heard of this before, but it made sense to look into every possible source of income during the Depression, which was especially hard on owners like the Comiskeys who depended on baseball for their livelihood.

Here's what I found about these bottles:
http://www.antique-bottles.net/forum/m-393155/mpage-1/tm.htm#396693
http://www.antique-bottles.net/forum/m-349680/mpage-1/tm.htm#349866

Umpire Bill Summers had an unfortunate encounter with a bottle on July 26, 1936:
http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Bill_Summers&page=chronology

DSpivack
08-26-2011, 08:53 PM
I never heard of this before, but it made sense to look into every possible source of income during the Depression, which was especially hard on owners like the Comiskeys who depended on baseball for their livelihood.

Here's what I found about these bottles:
http://www.antique-bottles.net/forum/m-393155/mpage-1/tm.htm#396693
http://www.antique-bottles.net/forum/m-349680/mpage-1/tm.htm#349866

Umpire Bill Summers had an unfortunate encounter with a bottle on July 26, 1936:
http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Bill_Summers&page=chronology

Thanks for the little history lesson!

I love the pitcher named Sugar Cain. :tongue:

Woofer
08-26-2011, 08:59 PM
I've always wanted to get one of these bottles. I find old bottles sometimes in my journeys and always bring them home.

palehosepub
08-26-2011, 09:48 PM
I have a couple of these old bottles- I I've also seen them displayed with water and orange food coloring and a cork- they look pretty cool.

I have a wood crate that they used to store the bottles in, I believe they held a dozen to a crate. The crate is worn, as you would expect a 75+ year old item like that to be, it has White Sox lettering on it too.

I can post a photo if interested, it is the only one I have ever seen.

JimmyJoe
08-27-2011, 12:05 AM
I have a couple of these old bottles- I I've also seen them displayed with water and orange food coloring and a cork- they look pretty cool.

I have a wood crate that they used to store the bottles in, I believe they held a dozen to a crate. The crate is worn, as you would expect a 75+ year old item like that to be, it has White Sox lettering on it too.

I can post a photo if interested, it is the only one I have ever seen.

Yes please.

DumpJerry
08-27-2011, 12:10 AM
http://themovielists.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/2615-2138.gif
Orange Whip?

LITTLE NELL
08-27-2011, 06:15 AM
When I was a vendor in 1962, the commissary where we picked up our peanut, pop corn or Coke loads was in the old soda plant. It was located under the stands down the 1st base line about half way between home plate and the right field foul pole.

PeteWard
08-27-2011, 10:29 AM
When I was a vendor in 1962, the commissary where we picked up our peanut, pop corn or Coke loads was in the old soda plant. It was located under the stands down the 1st base line about half way between home plate and the right field foul pole.

Some day we have to meet! I'd love to hear your stories about the Palace. I went to my first game vs BoSox in 65 and could not get enough of that park, though I lived farther away than you must have---in NW Indiana.

LITTLE NELL
08-27-2011, 11:10 AM
Some day we have to meet! I'd love to hear your stories about the Palace. I went to my first game vs BoSox in 65 and could not get enough of that park, though I lived farther away than you must have---in NW Indiana.


Though born a Southsider I grew up in Rogers Park just south of the Evanston-Chicago border. You may have lived closer to the Park than me.
My first game was July 15, 1955 vs. the old Washington Senators.
Sox won 5-4.

DumpJerry
08-27-2011, 12:17 PM
Though born a Southsider I grew up in Rogers Park just south of the Evanston-Chicago border. You may have lived closer to the Park than me.
My first game was July 15, 1955 vs. the old Washington Senators.
Sox won 5-4.
I call you out on faulty memory. The White Sox did not win a single game against the Twins until the recent trip to Mpls where we swept them.:tongue:

thomas35forever
08-27-2011, 04:02 PM
Nice piece of memorabilia. Never would have thought of purchasing something like that.

grenda12
08-28-2011, 09:37 AM
Some other info I found from the White Sox "Through the Years" Comiskey Park historical program 1990:

* The operation was run by J. Louis Comiskey then Sox owner.
* There was no bottle cap, it was enclosed by a cork in the neck.
* The program has a poster of the soda from the 30's and the headline on the poster reads: "Like oranges? Drink Orange-crush. Bottled and sold at White Sox park.

Lip

I was just told by Frank Budreck author of "Goodbye Old Friend: A Pictorial Essay on the Final Season at Old Comiskey Park", that he had seen the bottle cap once. It was cork lined with yellow and black letters, crossed bats and said Sox Soda on it

Lip Man 1
08-28-2011, 12:38 PM
The picture in the White Sox 1990 commemorative scorebook on the history of Comiskey Park ("Through the Years") shows a cork in the neck of a filled bottle.

That's all I can tell you.

Lip

BainesHOF
08-28-2011, 12:40 PM
In 2003, I loaned the bottle I have to the Chicago Historical Society for a sport exhibit. It wound up being shown in an All-Star Game episode of Antiques Roadshow.

SoxandtheCityTee
08-28-2011, 08:07 PM
That is very cool.

Check out the size. It'd have to hold three times as much to be sold today. :D:

Sox
08-28-2011, 08:40 PM
Very nice find indeed. Congrats!!:D:

palehosepub
08-29-2011, 11:19 PM
Here is a photo of a wood crate that the Comiskey Soda bottles were stored in, box also as Owens Markings like the bottles...

PalehosePlanet
08-29-2011, 11:51 PM
Here is a photo of a wood crate that the Comiskey Soda bottles were stored in, box also as Owens Markings like the bottles...

Very nice!

Do you know when they changed to the plastic crates?

grenda12
08-30-2011, 11:12 AM
Here is a photo of a wood crate that the Comiskey Soda bottles were stored in, box also as Owens Markings like the bottles...

Very nice piece!!!

nug0hs
08-30-2011, 11:41 AM
So, how'd it taste?