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The Real Comiskey Revealed in Turning The Black Sox White


For baseball fans, after reading Tim Hornbaker’s Turning The Black Sox White, there can be no more questions about Charles Comiskey.  What a hero’s story this is.

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 (, 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.

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Brewers to hold open practice, open season Thursday


The Utica Brewers of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League will hold an open team practice at 7 p.m. Monday at Donovan Stadium.

The event originally was supposed to be an exhibition game with the Holyoke Blue Sox, but the Blue Sox were unable to complete their roster because several of their players are still competing in the NCAA tournament. There will be an opportunity to meet the Brewers’ players and get autographs.

The Brewers open the season at the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at 7 p.m. Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls. They visit Glens Falls Friday, and open the home season at 7 p.m. Saturday against the Watertown Rams, and play the Adirondack Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. Sunday, also at Donovan Stadium.