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Charles Comiskey

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Charles Comiskey baseball card, 1887
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Charles Comiskey baseball card, 1887

Charles Albert Comiskey (August 15, 1859 - October 26, 1931) was a Major League Baseball player, manager and team owner. Comiskey Park, built under his guidance, was named in his honour.

Comiskey entered the American Association in 1882 as a member of the St. Louis Brown Stockings. He took over full-time managerial duties in 1885 and led the Stockings to four consecutive Association championships; they were the first major league team to earn four straight pennants.

Comiskey retired from playing and managing in 1894, having compiled 29 home runs, 419 stolen bases and a .264 batting average over his career.

Comiskey reentered baseball in 1900 as the first owner of the Chicago White Sox and a partial founder of the American League. As owner of the White Sox from 1900 until his death in 1931, Comiskey oversaw the building of Comiskey Park in 1910 and five American League championships. However, Comiskey's unpopularity with his players is seen as a factor in the Black Sox scandal, in which players conspired to throw the 1919 World Series.

Comiskey is credited with being the first first baseman to position himself in the field behind first base and off the baseline, a practice which has since become common.

Comiskey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

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