After his playing career ended in 1894, Charles Comiskey invested into the new Western League by buying the Sioux City, Iowa Cornhuskers. The same year he moved them to St. Paul and changed their name to the Saints.
In 1899 he relocated the team to Chicago and called it the White Sox. At the same time, the Western League rebranded itself as the American League. Two years later the AL declared itself a major league.
Comiskey’s White Sox were immediately successful. They won the first American League championship in 1901 behind pitcher-manager Clark Griffith. Five years later they upset the crosstown Cubs to win the 1906 World Series.
Comiskey constructed a new stadium in 1910 that hosted baseball for the next 80 years. His reign is best remembered for the powerhouse 1919 team that threw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Comiskey kept control of the team throughout his life. When he passed in October, 1931. His son J. Louis Comiskey inherited the team. The younger Comiskey ran the team until heart disease claimed his life in 1939.
Upon his death, a legal battle resulted in J. Louis’s widow Grace Comiskey gaining control. In 1941 she became the first female president in American League history.
Grace ruled the team until her death in 1956. Ownership then passed to Grace’s daughter Dorothy who was also the granddaughter of Charles and the daughter of J. Louis. Dorothy put the team up for sale in 1958. When Bill Veeck gained control of the White Sox in December of ’58, it ended the Comiskey reign.
Shown here is a document that consummated the 1935 trade of pitcher George Earnshaw from J. Louis Comiskey’s White Sox to the Brooklyn Dodgers. It is signed at the bottom by Comiskey and Dodger owner Stephen McKeever. Their signatures are seldom seen as Comiskey died in 1939 and McKeever passed in ’39.