Commy: The Life Story of Charles A. Comiskey

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About the Book This biography of Charles "Commy" Comiskey is one of the earliest and most important--and, up to now, one of the hardest for baseball researchers to get their ... hands on--in the baseball canon. Comiskey spent half a century in the big leagues as a successful player-manager and owner, his clubs winning nine pennants along the way. But the dark cloud that hangs over him is the 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which he is inextricably tangled, fair or not. Comiskey’s tight-fistedness is often cited as a principal cause of the 1919 World Series scandal. Commy suspected that the fix was on after the White Sox lost the first two games, and even implored his old friend, American League president Ban Johnson, to suspend the Series, but the tide of history could not be dammed. Historians of the game will find much valuable insight here on the rise of baseball in the Windy City, Comiskey’s playing career (as an innovative first baseman), his long stint as St. Louis Browns player-manager (which included four straight pennants from 1885 to 1888), his helping Johnson form the American League, and his keeping the White Sox a family-owned franchise for nearly 60 years. Read more Show Less

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"This biography of Charles "Commy" Comiskey is one of the earliest and most important - and one of the hardest for baseball researchers to get their hands on - in the baseball canon. Comiskey, a Hall of Famer, spent half a century in the big leagues as a successful player-manager and owner, his clubs winning nine pennants along the way. But one of those pennants came in 1919, when his White Sox threw the Series for a gambling payoff. Comiskey's tight-fistedness is often cited as a reason why." "Commy" was written on the cusp of these events in 1918, following Chicago's World Series triumph over the Giants.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786415984
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/7/2003
  • Series: The McFarland Historical Baseball Library , #2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Commy told his life story to Chicago sportswriter G.W. Axelson in 1918, and the Reilly & Lee Co. published the biography the next year, only months before the infamous World Series that would permanently change the way readers approached the book. Marty McGee is a writer and researcher who previously had an award-winning career in journalism. He lives in Purlear, North Carolina. Gary Mitchem is acquisitions editor at McFarland and a member of SABR.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Note 1
I. Baseball or Bricks 3
II. The Game Becomes a Business 16
III. That Hole in the Fence 28
IV. "Der Boss President" 38
V. A $15,000 Slide 54
VI. Coming of the Supermen 65
VII. The Revolt of the Brotherhood 74
VIII. "Commy" Becomes an Owner 84
IX. White Sox and War 93
X. Players' Bench to Swivel Chair 104
XI. The "Hitless Wonders" and Two Flags 117
XII. Two Pitch-Outs and a Mess of Bass 127
XIII. Purse Strings Are Untied 142
XIV. Dig Spikes in Five Continents 155
XV. Baseball Thrills for a King 172
XVI. Blazing New Trails 188
XVII. From "Commy's" Friends 199
XVIII. A Pen Picture of the "Old Roman" 213
XIX. By "Commy" Himself 223
Index 229
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