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Dadawg_77
11-17-2003, 07:36 PM
A player in the PCL who the Sox bought the contract of after the Black Sox scandal. The Sox and Charles Comiskey paid $100,000 for the player in an open auction. From Rob Neyer's Big Book of baseball lineups, "As Warren Brown later wrote,

...it took the publcation of photostatic copies of the check, as well as an exhibition of the canceled original, to make some of the skeptical believe (a) that a minor-league player could be worth that much and (b) that Comiskey would pay it. After the airing give the wage scale of some of the players during the "Black Sox" hearings there had been a change of mind with many regarding Comiskey's once generally acceptd free and easy with money."

His stats, http://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kammwi01.shtml

Was Comiskey really as cheap as people make him out to be? I know Torn has said he doesn't believe so, but wondering what other White Sox history tidbits are out there.

PaulDrake
11-17-2003, 09:51 PM
Kamm was the best fielding 3Bman of his generation. After Willie the Sox were a disaster at 3B for generations.

TornLabrum
11-17-2003, 09:55 PM
Originally posted by Dadawg_77
A player in the PCL who the Sox bought the contract of after the Black Sox scandal. The Sox and Charles Comiskey paid $100,000 for the player in an open auction. From Rob Neyer's Big Book of baseball lineups, "As Warren Brown later wrote,

...it took the publcation of photostatic copies of the check, as well as an exhibition of the canceled original, to make some of the skeptical believe (a) that a minor-league player could be worth that much and (b) that Comiskey would pay it. After the airing give the wage scale of some of the players during the "Black Sox" hearings there had been a change of mind with many regarding Comiskey's once generally acceptd free and easy with money."

His stats, http://www.baseball-reference.com/k/kammwi01.shtml

Was Comiskey really as cheap as people make him out to be? I know Torn has said he doesn't believe so, but wondering what other White Sox history tidbits are out there.

Comiskey spared no expense in going out and finding players and then paying the owners of their contracts to purchase their services.

Comiskey sometimes had a failing in that he paid some players a whole lot less than they were worth. Joe Jackson was one. Ed Cicotte was not. It would be interesting to find out how much Kamm was paid while he played 3B for the Sox.