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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 February 1914Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 2 January 1986Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameWilliam Louis Veeck Jr.
Nickname Sport Shirt Bill

Mini Bio (1)

Bill Veeck was born on February 9, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as William Louis Veeck Jr. He was an actor, known for The Kid from Cleveland (1949), The Way It Was (1974) and The Merv Griffin Show (1962). He was married to Mary Frances Ackerman and Eleanor Raymond. He died on January 2, 1986 in Chicago.

Spouse (2)

Mary Frances Ackerman (29 April 1950 - 2 January 1986) (his death) (6 children)
Eleanor Raymond (18 December 1935 - 29 October 1949) (divorced)

Trivia (21)

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, 1991.
Was a fanatical reader and gardner.
Was nominated to be President of the American Football League in the mid-sixties (didn't get job).
Bought the Chicago White Sox for a second go round 1976-1980. He was responsible for reviving fan interest, particularly with 1977's edition, dubbed "the South Side Hit Men". Sold team in 1981.
Bought the Chicago White Sox in 1959, the year in which they won the American League flag for the first time since 1919. In 1960 introduced baseball's first interactive score board. It would discharge a great display of lights, music and fireworks when a home team player would hit a home run. Sold White Sox in 1961, due to poor health.
Sold St. Louis Browns in 1953 (they changed cities in 1954 and became the Baltimore Orioles).
Purchased the lowly St. Louis Browns (A.L.) in 1951. Sent midget Eddie Gaedel up to bat in a Browns' uniform, pinch hitting, wearing the number 1/8.
Purchased the Cleveland Indians of the American League in 1946.
As Cleveland Indians CEO was responsible for bringing the second black player, outfielder Larry Doby, to the major leagues in 1947, second to the Brooklyn Dodgers' signing of Jackie Robinson.
Was successful in bringing Cleveland its first A.L. Pennant in 28 years in 1948.
Forced to sell the Indians, due to financial difficulty 1n 1949.
Sold Brewers and served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was seriously wounded in 1944. The subsequent series of surgeries caused him to lose a leg to amputation, thereafter having a wooden leg.
Along with former Cubs first baseman Charlie Grimm, bought the minor league Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association in 1941, using borrowed money.
His father, William Veeck, Sr., was President of the National League Chicago Cubs starting in 1917.
Bill was responsible for the planting of the ivy to cover the brick outfield walls in Wrigley Field, Cubs' home field. He also designed the center field bleachers.
He wanted to buy the Philadelphia Phillies and acquire Negro League players in 1943, but backed out because he felt the risk was too great.
His 1960 White Sox team were the first to have the names of the players on the backs of the uniforms.
Planted the ivy in Wrigley Field.
In the late 1960s, operated Suffolk Downs, a horseracing track in the East Boston section of Boston, Massachusetts.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 858-859. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
Last name rhymes with "wreck".

Personal Quotes (12)

The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people.
To compare baseball with other team games is to say the Hope Diamond is a nice chunk of carbon. The endless variety of physical and mental skills demanded by baseball is both uncomparable and incomparable.
I have discovered, in twenty years of moving around a ball park, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats.
When the Supreme Court says baseball isn't run like a business, everybody jumps up and down with joy. When I say the same thing, everybody throws pointy objects at me.
When there is no room for individualism in ballparks, then there will be no room for individualism in life.
Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
My friends are the fans, not the owners. Dignity isn't my suit of clothes.
I was in the game for love. After all, where else can an old-timer with one leg, who can't hear or see, live like a king while doing the only thing I wanted to do?
The Mets achieved total incompetence in a single year, while the Browns worked industriously for almost a decade to gain equal proficiency.
It isn't the high price of stars that is expensive, it's the high price of mediocrity.
We can't always guarantee the ball game is going to be good; but we can guarantee the fan will have fun."
Sometimes the best trades are the ones you never make.

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