Long before he was building the Chicago Bulls dynasty around Michael Jordan, Jerry Krause was a productive member of the White Sox scouting staff.

Krause died Tuesday (March 21, 2017) at age 77.

The Chicago native joined the Sox in 1977 and was a special assignment scout for seven seasons before Jerry Reinsdorf made him the Bulls Vice-President of Basketball Operations.

The 1985-86 Bulls media guide touts the Krause hiring as “the first major hiring of Bulls management team headed up by Reinsdorf.”

In his days with the Sox, Krause was instrumental in the team’s acquisitions of Tom Seaver, Ozzie Guillen, Greg Luzinski, Julio Cruz, Ed Farmer, Luis Salazar, Bill Almon and Bob James. He was also part of the Sox drafting of Ken Williams, Daryl Boston and Ron Karkovice.


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