Jerry Reinsdorf

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Jerry M. Reinsdorf

Biographical Information[edit]

Jerry Reinsdorf is a longtime owner of the Chicago White Sox.

Along with Eddie Einhorn, Reinsdorf led a group that purchased the White Sox from Bill Veeck in 1981. Under his leadership, the club immediately made a splash, signing future Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk as a free agent. In 1983, the team won the AL West and made its first postseason appearance since 1959. During those years, his friend Einhorn, whom he had met at Northwestern University, was the team's President in addition to his minority ownership stake.

In the late 1980s, Reinsdorf and the Sox wanted a new ballpark, and he threatened to move the team to St. Petersburg, Florida, if they did not get it. A last-minute deal was struck, and the club moved into what is now known as U.S. Cellular Field in 1991.

Reinsdorf also became owner of the Chicago Bulls of the NBA in 1985, and his ownership of both teams made it relatively easy for Michael Jordan to take a respite from the Bulls to play in the Sox farm system in the mid-1990s.

Under Reinsdorf's ownership, the White Sox captured the 2005 World Series crown, the first for the club since 1917.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Bob Nightengale: "White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf wants to repay fans with a winner", USA Today Sports, August 15, 2017. [1]
  • Bob Nightengale: "White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf already worried about 2021: 'So many unknowns'", USA Today, July 15, 2020. [2]

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