On Oct. 25, 1980, The Associated Press reported that the American League turned down Edward DeBartolo Sr.'s bid to buy the White Sox from Bill Veeck. Although an 8-6 majority favored DeBartolo's $20 million offer, 10 votes were needed for approval. American League President Lee MacPhail gave "absentee ownership" -- DeBartolo was based in Youngstown, Ohio -- and the shopping mall magnate's interest in Louisiana and Illinois race tracks, including Balmoral, as reasons for the rejection.
There were no shortage of questions that followed Tony La Russa's return as White Sox manager on Thursday. Why come back at age 76? Why did Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wait 34 years after firing La Russa to push for this peculiar reunion?
I think a lot of people on our pitching staff can do that,” pitcher Jackson Leath said. Coach (Frank) Anderson, he has that mentality for us to go out there and compete and fill up the zone. Leath, Chad Dallas and Elijah Pleasants made multiple starts last season for Tennessee, which also lost Chase Wallace to a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Royals.