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@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: A LETTER FROM VEECK

In June of 1976, I received a personalized letter from birthday boy Bill Veeck (1914) dutifully answering the questions I had mailed to him a week or two earlier.

I have preserved the letter, pictured above accompanied by a shot of “Barnum Bill” I clipped from a Sox media guide, in a scrapbook that has followed me throughout my life.

I love this letter.

As a 10-year-old without any resources at my fingertips, I asked Veeck to fill in the blank spaces of Jim Spencer’s career. In addition, I wanted Bill to hear me out on hot prospect of the day Nyls Nyman.

I obviously complimented the Sox on the new uniforms Veeck had brought on board for 1976 — which was the first season of his second ownership stint with the Sox.

I can also deduce from this letter that my handwriting heading into my middle school career wasn’t great. My late name is Marran, not Marvan as it says on the letter. I chalk that up to my “iffy” penmanship.

I have come across a Sox Facebook group which had a couple of letters like these and anecdotes about how Veeck was so fan friendly he would get on the telephone and answer fans questions.

It’s no wonder he endures as one of the most popular figures in White Sox history.

Note: I have posted about this before in similar fashion but this was too good NOT to post today

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 76 DAYS

76 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Opening Day No. 76 for the White Sox marked the last time the great Wilbur Wood started a curtain-raiser for the club.

The knuckleballing southpaw made his fifth consecutive Opening Day assignment a memorable one.

Wood fired a six-hitter as the Sox ushered Bill Veeck’s second stint as owner with a 4-0 win over the Royals before 40,318 at Comiskey Park.

Wood fanned seven, walked two and held George Brett hitless in four at bats in tossing the last Opening Day shutout in the history of Comiskey Park.

This was also the last time a Sox pitcher twirled a complete game shutout in an Opener.

BILL VEECK: THE SOX FAN’S MAN!

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This letter to me from Bill Veeck prompted some great recollections of the ex-Sox owner.

My blog in 2017 highlighting a letter I received from Bill Veeck brought to light what a phenomenal “people-person” the two-time owner of the White Sox was.

It’s obvious based on reactions attached to my post and others I found, that “Barnum Bill” made a lot of friends during and after a career that would ultimately land him in the Hall of Fame.

Here’s a sampling of comments related to Veeck I found after I posted my blog (I added one from 2018):

@MarkBernhard55: “I got engaged in July, 1976 at Comiskey. When I called to set it up Bill got on the phone. I just about fell off my chair. He set everything up, we had a blast, she said yes, we are still married.”

Todd (on Facebook): “… In the summer of ’83, I sat in right field bleachers (at Wrigley Field) and talked baseball with him about a dozen times. … Even more surprising, you could get bleacher tickets by just walking up to the ticket window on game day.”

Bob (on Facebook): “The father of fun at the ball park and a wonderful human being!!” ⚾⚾⚾👏👏👏👏

Christine (on Facebook): “This is such an awesome piece of baseball history!”

Molly B and Me (blog comment): “Real letters are special and this one is very cool. Great tribute. You’ve both inspired me to write a letter today.”

Bob (on Facebook): “Bill Veeck would sometimes greet the fans coming though the main gate.”

Jim (on White Sox History Facebook page): “Around this time, I called the White Sox general phone number because I had just read that the Sox were going to trade Ken Kravec. Within 10 seconds Bill Veeck was on the line. I’ll never forget what he told me, ‘What do you think I’m trying to do, make the team worse?’ WHAT A GREAT GUY!”

Scott (on White Sox History Facebook page): “Whenever I hear ‘baseball is dying’ it’s because our generation grew up with men like Veeck. Kids today have no such connection with their favorite teams. It’s all faceless marketing.”

William (on Facebook): “Very cool! I sat right near Bill Veeck in the Wrigley Field bleachers back in the late 70s. He would be enjoying the game, shirt off, having a beer and talking baseball with his friends. What an amazing guy, with all he did for baseball.”

BILL VEECK: LETTER PERFECT!

The letter White Sox owner Bill Veeck wrote to me in June of 1976.

Legendary White Sox owner Bill Veeck passed away on this date in 1986.

He became a hero to me about 10 years earlier.

In late June of 1976, I received a personalized letter from Veeck dutifully answering the questions I had mailed to him a week or two earlier.

I have preserved the letter, pictured above accompanied by a shot of “Barnum Bill” I clipped from a Sox media guide, in a scrapbook that has followed me throughout my life.

I love this letter.

As a 10-year-old without any resources at my fingertips, I asked Veeck to fill in the blank spaces of Jim Spencer’s career. In addition, I wanted Bill to hear me out on hot prospect of the day Nyls Nyman.

I obviously complimented the Sox on the new uniforms Veeck had brought on board for 1976 — which was the first season of his second ownership stint with the Sox.

I can also deduce from this letter that my handwriting heading into my middle school career wasn’t great. My late name is Marran, not Marvan as it says on the letter. I chalk that up to my “iffy” penmanship.

I recently came across a Sox Facebook group which had a couple of letters like these and anecdotes about how Veeck was so fan friendly he would get on the telephone and answer fans questions.

It’s no wonder he endures as one of the most popular figures in White Sox history.