This myth-busting baseball biography of the legendary White Six founder sets the record straight on his role in the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
Founder of the Chicago White Sox, Charles “The Old Roman” Comiskey was a giant of Major League Baseball. Vilified as the driving force behind the notorious “Black Sox” scandal of 1919, in which the White Sox threw the World Series, his unfairly tarnished reputation overshadows a larger-than-life figure who changed the course of baseball over the course of a five decade long career as a player, manager, and team owner.
Comiskey brought the White Sox to Chicago in 1900 and was an influential force in running the American League from its inception. From changing the way the first base position was played, to spreading the concept of “small ball” as a manager, to incorporating the community in his team’s persona while he was an owner, Comiskey’s style and knowledge raised the overall standard of how baseball should be played.
Drawing on the National Archives, newspapers, and various other publications, Tim Hornbaker tells the full story of Comiskey’s incredible life. A fascinating window into the world of early 20th century baseball, this expertly researched biography also debunks the “Black Sox” controversy, showing that Comiskey was not the reason that the Sox threw the 1919 World Series.