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riggs
09-29-2006, 09:10 PM
This terrific documentary can now be seen online at http://mediaburn.org/Video-Preview.128+M5d87d53b318.0.html?&uid=4116

SouthSide_HitMen
09-30-2006, 02:12 AM
Great documentary - I have it on tape from when it aired on WTTW. Veeck was on their sports discussion score (IIRC it was called Time Out).

Veeck and the Rooney family are by far my favorite owners of all time.

Bill Veeck - 15 Seasons, 2 AL Pennants, 1 World Championship. :cool:



http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/plaques/images/Veeck_Bill.jpg

riggs
09-30-2006, 12:07 PM
Media Burn just put a whole buch of Chicago oriented videos up on that site. As for Veeck, he was all for the fan. A non-existent breed of of owner these days. I used to enjoy going to Comiskey when he owned the team because you just never really knew what was going to happen next.

tlebar318
10-02-2006, 10:42 AM
I remember being about 11 years old and in front of Old Comiskey and Bill walked right up to me and shook my hand after I made eye contact with him. I was fascinated by his wooden leg--If I remember right he had one right?Thanks Bill for keeping the Sox in Chicago back in 1975!

SouthSide_HitMen
10-02-2006, 01:31 PM
I remember being about 11 years old and in front of Old Comiskey and Bill walked right up to me and shook my hand after I made eye contact with him. I was fascinated by his wooden leg--If I remember right he had one right?Thanks Bill for keeping the Sox in Chicago back in 1975!

Yes he lost his leg after complications from a World War II injury in which he lost his foot. He had 36 operations during his lifetime. :o:

The amputation forced him to sell the Chicago White Sox a few years after he purchased the team.

Lip Man 1
10-02-2006, 03:32 PM
Southside:

No the leg injury had nothing to do with Bill selling the team in June 1961.

Read Mike Veeck's interview at WSI to find out the actual reason.

Lip

SouthSide_HitMen
10-02-2006, 04:39 PM
Southside:

No the leg injury had nothing to do with Bill selling the team in June 1961.

Read Mike Veeck's interview at WSI to find out the actual reason.

Lip

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=11&id=2520

MV: “My dad was very sick. He’d been having blackouts, that’s why he had to drive to the park with “Dizzy” Trout. He couldn’t drive a car anymore. He had a tumor the size of a golf ball in his head. He sold the team in July 1961 and we moved back to Maryland. He was putting his things in order getting ready to die. My mom told me that she prayed it away because it just disappeared. The family wasn’t supposed to know about it but I discovered he was sick one day by accident.”

Thanks for the correction and interview. I read an interesting article (http://www.sabr.org/cmsFiles/Files/Bill_Veeck_and_the_1943_sale_of_the_Phillies.pdf#s earch=%22veeck%20phillies%22) regarding Veeck's rumored involvement in a Phillies purchase during the 1942-43 offseason.

Perhaps this thread can find its way to the clubhouse as Bill Veeck was a two time owner of the team, he is one of three owners to bring an AL Pennant to the South Side and if it wasn't for Bill Veeck the White Sox would be in Seattle.