Comiskey Park’s Last World Series

A History of the 1959 Chicago White Sox

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About the Book

Charter members of the American League and the country’s last “neighborhood” pro baseball franchise, the White Sox are one of the few teams of the power hitting–focused modern era to win a pennant with speed, pitching and defense. Covering the 1959 White Sox from a range of perspectives, the author examines the club’s historical importance to Chicago and the significance of the ’59 “South Side Series”—the first in 40 years. Many behind-the-scenes details are discussed, from the refined media markets of Golden Age baseball to the team’s ancillary sources of revenue to the bitter legal feud between Charles Comiskey and Bill Veeck.

About the Author(s)

A rehabilitation administrator by profession, author and baseball historian Charles N. Billington has had a long fascination with baseball’s Golden Age. Living in the Chicago area has given him the good fortune to follow and observe the developments of both the American and the National Leagues.

Bibliographic Details

Charles N. Billington
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 209
Bibliographic Info: 27 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7685-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3557-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. February: See You in Court 7
2. March: “My Kingdom … What Has Become
of My Kingdom?” 23
3. April: Play Ball, but Try to Play Nice 39
4. May: Win Some, Lose Some 59
5. June: Treading Water 77
6. July: We Might Have Something Here 92
7. August: The South Side Rises Again 109
8. September: Forty Years, but Worth the Wait 123
9. October: Bridgeport in the Spotlight 148
10. October: Let the Games Begin 158
11. The Sadness of Fleeting Success 178
Chapter Notes 185
Bibliography 193
Index 195