Bill Veeck

William Louis Veeck Jr.
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1991
Primary team: Chicago White Sox
Primary position: Executive

As owner of the Indians, Browns and White Sox, Bill Veeck consistently broke attendance records with pennant-winning teams, outrageous door prizes, enthusiastic fan participation and ingenious promotional schemes. An inveterate hustler and energetic maverick, he introduced the concept of honoring fans, a midget player (Eddie Gaedel), Bat Day, fireworks, exploding scoreboards and player names on backs of uniforms. He signed the American League's first black player - Larry Doby in 1947 - and its oldest rookie - 42-year-old Satchel Paige in 1948.

"I try not to break the rules, but merely test their elasticity. "
Bill Veeck

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1991
Primary Team: Chicago White Sox
Position Played: Executive
Birth place: Chicago, Illinois
Birth year: 1914
Died: 1986, Chicago, Illinois