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Bill Veeck

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck

Profession: MLB Team Owner and Promoter

United States of America

Why Famous: Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns.

Born: February 9, 1914
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: January 2, 1986 (aged 71)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Historical Events

  • 1933-08-22 Bill Veeck urges midsummer inter-league games & a split season
  • 1946-06-21 Bill Veeck buys baseball team Cleveland Indians for $2.2 million
  • 1946-06-22 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians
  • 1947-03-01 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck sets up spring training camp in racially tolerant Phoenix, AZ in anticipation of signing team's first black players; Larry Doby is first acquisition later in the season
  • 1949-05-27 Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"
  • 1949-09-23 Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant
  • 1949-11-21 Bill Veeck sells Cleveland Indians for $22 million, to fund his divorce settlement
  • 1951-07-02 Bill Veeck buys St Louis Browns from Bill & Charlie DeWitt; after 1953 season sells franchise to Clarence Miles, team moves to Baltimore (Orioles)
  • 1951-08-19 Bill Veeck (St. Louis Browns) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit; he walked on four pitches.
  • 1951-08-24 Bill Veeck's "Fans Managers' Night", Browns defeat A's 5-3; Browns coaches hold up placards for fans to vote on strategy options
  • 1953-01-31 New York, Cleveland, & Boston retaliate at Bill Veeck, forcing the Browns to play afternoon games to avoid sharing TV revenues
  • 1953-03-16 AL rejects Bill Veeck's request to move St Louis Browns to Baltimore
  • 1953-03-17 Bill Veeck says he will sell his 80% of St Louis Browns for $2,475M
  • 1953-10-07 Bill Veeck tells Browns stockholders he faces bankruptcy unless they drop their suit to block his move to Baltimore, they comply
  • 1959-02-07 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • 1959-03-10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck
  • 1960-04-12 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"
  • 1975-12-16 Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn
  • 1980-08-22 Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
  • 1991-02-26 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1991-07-21 Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Rod Carew, Tony Lazzeri, & Bill Veeck are elected into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

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