Today in White Sox History: December 26

Stubborn: Think Bill Veeck was colorful? Charlie Finley would’ve been a bag of melted Skittles.

1958 – In the middle of a family fight involving the Comiskeys and the attempt to sell the White Sox, Charlie Finley (yes that Charlie Finley) offered $500,000 for the club. Dorothy Comiskey immediately began to give serious consideration to selling it to him, since the offer surpassed the initial bid that came from Bill Veeck’s group. However, Veeck had purchased, for $100, 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.

(It would prove to be only the first of two times, 17 years apart, that Veeck would thwart Finley’s attempt to own the Chicago AL team, as in 1975 a plan had been afoot to move the White Sox to Seattle and have Finley’s Oakland A’s to Chicago.)

Thanks in part to a final judicial ruling in March 1959 (and because he raised his initial offer), Veeck’s group finally took control of the club right before the start of the regular season. Finley would eventually get into baseball as the controversial owner of the Kansas City and later Oakland Athletics.


Today in White Sox History: December 20

Big boss: Veeck took control of the White Sox for the first time on this day, thanks to the courts.

Bill Veeck got a court ruling in his favor which allowed him to get majority control of the White Sox. Members of the Comiskey family went to court in an effort to stop the sale of the franchise. There would be more court rulings before the sale was made final in March 1959.