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Old 10-05-2012, 08:53 PM
kba kba is offline
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Default Sox hire Bill Veeck's grandson

This article is a couple weeks old, but I haven't seen it posted here:

Bill Veeck's 26-year-old grandson -- and Mike Veeck's son -- is now working for the Sox in the group sales department. (Yes, he really goes by the name "Night Train.")

Says Brooks Boyer, White Sox vice president and chief marketing officer, "He was not hired here because of his last name. He's a guy that has shown us a great work ethic and passion for the White Sox and the game of baseball.
I guess the animosity between Reinsdorf and the Veeck family has worn off with time. Though the article says that "one of Mr. Veeck challenges is to boost attendance," it doesn't look like he'll be involved with planning promotions, dressing the team in short pants, blowing up records, etc.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:25 PM
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Night Train was at the 72 reunion ceremonies.

And the animosity was never between JR and the Veeck family, it was with Einhorn. From my interview with Mike Veeck:

ML: That group made the first in a long line of faux paux when Eddie Einhorn made a statement the day they bought the club along the lines of ‘we’re going to start running a first class operation.’ Many Sox fans and reportedly your dad were shocked and insulted by that comment. Making it worse was that your dad was right there when it was said. How did your dad and the Veeck family feel about that comment?

MV: “We have never equated money with class. Just because we didn’t wear two hundred dollar shirts and three thousand dollar suits didn’t mean we didn’t have manners or didn’t respect other people. The one thing that my family has always done first and foremost was respect the fans of baseball and the game of baseball.”

ML: I have heard that supposedly, Eddie Einhorn over the years privately apologized to your dad and tried to mend fences with him to no avail. Is that true?

MV: “No Eddie Einhorn never apologized for that remark, Jerry Reinsdorf did, and there is a difference between those two men.”

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Old 10-05-2012, 09:32 PM
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Good luck to him, it's going to be tough.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:43 PM
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I have met him, he's a very nice guy and I believe a graduate of Northwestern's Sports Administration program.

Go Sox!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:48 PM
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The new biography out on Veeck (which I though was excellent BTW) mentions that Veeck actually attended his last couple of ball games at Comiskey Park. He started boycotting Wrigley after they began selling bleacher seats in advance and returned to Comiskey as the lesser of two evils in his mind.

Bill's widow, Mary Frances, was also presented with a World Series ring in 2005.

Based on those two tidbits, I'd agree the animosity was with Einhorn, not the entire organization.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:14 PM
DickAllen72 DickAllen72 is offline
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Originally Posted by doogiec View Post

Bill's widow, Mary Frances, was also presented with a World Series ring in 2005.
I was not aware of that. That was very classy of Jerry Reinsdorf to do that.

I never cared for Einhorn at all. When he and JR first bought the Sox, Einhorn seemed like the face of the organization and he turned me off with his demeanor and his blundering decisions, especially the whole Sportsvision pay-TV fiasco. While I have criticisms with JR on some ways he runs the organization, I also see his good points and he seems like he's genuinely a good guy and a gentleman. Although I've never met the man and I'm only going on my perception of him from what I've seen and heard, Einhorn always seemed like somewhat of a jerk to me and I'm glad he took a back seat to JR in running the organization.
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