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Lip Man 1
12-25-2007, 01:45 PM
December 26, 1958 - In the middle of a family fight involving the Comiskey’s and the attempt to sell the Sox, Charlie Finley (yes THAT Charlie Finley) offered 500,000 dollars to buy the club. Dorothy Comiskey immediately began to give serious consideration to selling it to him, since that amount of money was gigantic for its time and surpassed the initial offer that came from Bill Veeck’s group.

However Veeck had purchased for one hundred dollars, an ‘option’ period where he would have the first right to buy the team. Dorothy Comiskey and her advisors tried to determine a fair price to buy that option back and sell to Finley but were never able to do so. Thanks in part to a judicial ruling in March 1959 and because he raised his initial offer, Veeck’s group took control of the club right before the start of the regular season.

Lip

Medford Bobby
12-25-2007, 08:50 PM
Big happy 60 for Pudge today!!!!!
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raven1
12-26-2007, 01:02 PM
December 26, 1958 - In the middle of a family fight involving the Comiskey’s and the attempt to sell the Sox, Charlie Finley (yes THAT Charlie Finley) offered 500,000 dollars to buy the club. Dorothy Comiskey immediately began to give serious consideration to selling it to him, since that amount of money was gigantic for its time and surpassed the initial offer that came from Bill Veeck’s group.

However Veeck had purchased for one hundred dollars, an ‘option’ period where he would have the first right to buy the team. Dorothy Comiskey and her advisors tried to determine a fair price to buy that option back and sell to Finley but were never able to do so. Thanks in part to a judicial ruling in March 1959 and because he raised his initial offer, Veeck’s group took control of the club right before the start of the regular season.

Lip
Charley Finley makes for some interesting "what-if's". Had he bought the team at that point instead of Veeck could he have done a better job than Veeck's successors (the Allyns) in keeping the team strong & competitive in the late 60's & 70's? I remember that he wanted to be in the Chicago market bad enough that he offered to move the A's here in 1976 had the Sox moved to Seattle that year (another deal prempted by Veeck).