Charles Comiskey

Charles Comiskey autograph
Birthdate8/15/1859
Death Date10/26/1931
Debut Year1883
Year of Induction1939
Teams White Sox
Positions Executive, First Base

Charles Comiskey, HoF class of 1939, played a key role in creating the American League & was the founding owner of the Chicago White Sox.

 

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Charles Comiskey responds to an autograph request in 1914

Charles Comiskey responds to an autograph request in 1914

Charles Comiskey is remembered today mostly as the skinflint owner of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox. The Hall of Famer was so much more. Comiskey’s association with baseball started when he debuted as a first baseman for the St. Louis Browns in 1882. The following season he became player/captain/manager and reeled off four American Association pennants and one World Series title in 8 years. After hanging up his uniform in 1894, Comiskey played a key role
Harry Hooper played from 1909-1925; here he writes about the Black Sox scandal and Charles Comiskey's role in it

Harry Hooper played from 1909-1925; here he writes about the Black Sox scandal and Charles Comiskey's role in it

Hall of Fame outfielder Harry Hooper witnessed some memorable baseball moments during his 17-year big league career. A four-time World Series champ with the Boston Red Sox, Hooper was part of Boston’s “Golden Outfield” along with Duffy Lewis and fellow Cooperstown man Tris Speaker. In the collection is a four-page letter
Envelope containing Harry Hooper's responses - he signed his name in the return address portion

Envelope containing Harry Hooper's responses - he signed his name in the return address portion

The previous letter in which Harry Hooper offered his opinions on the Black Sox scandal and Charles Comiskey’s role in it  arrived in this envelope. Notice Hooper’s signature in the return address portion. This question was one of only 8 queries that Hooper wrote about. His insightful reflections about the feeling of being a Hall of Famer, how he

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