What an amazing life Comiskey lived, and author Tim Hornbaker does an outstanding job in unturning every nugget of information on the baseball hall of famer (Class of 1939). As a player, manager, and owner for a half century, Comiskey was a co-founder of the American League in 1901. In Turning The Black Sox White (www.sportspubbooks.com), we are led , step-by-step, to the formation of the new league, or as it remains today tagged – “the junior circuit”. How many times have you had a story like this offered? For 31 years Comiskey owned the Chicago White Sox. But, his life story , before becoming an owner is as adventurous as when he played first base for the St. Louis Browns or Cincinnati Reds. As an owner, how the stadium bearing his name was built in 1910 in Chicago that stood for 80 years, is as meaningful as any box score.
Comiskey and his family were amazing Americans. They were hard working,of little means, folks that rose to prominence on their own merit. Charles’ father, John Comiskey and brother Patrick Henry Comiskey, were the most influential and trusted advisors to him. John Comiskey’s life is a book waiting to be written. Such great details are offered by Hornbaker on what baseball was like in the 1880’s. This history alone will leave readers with a new sense of appreciation of baseball’s early pioneers.Comiskey’s White Sox, and the game of baseball in general was booming in popularity by the start of the 1900’s, that in 1912, discussion began to add a second deck grandstand to Comiskey Park. A whopping $100,000. would make the addition of new seating possible.