Bill Veeck Returns as White Sox Owner
Veeck also signed the American League's first African American player, Larry Doby, in 1947.
"I try not to break the rules, but merely test their elasticity," Veeck said.
By 1975, the White Sox had endured a stretch of seven of eight seasons where the team failed to finish better than .500. Veeck quickly developed an unorthodox plan, acquiring several soon-to-be free agents and scouring the waiver wire for discarded talent. The plan came to fruition in 1977, as the White Sox won 90 games while finishing third in the American League West.
Veeck died Jan. 2, 1986, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum