Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey

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About the Author

Tim Hornbaker is a lifelong sports historian and enthusiast who attended his first baseball game at the old Comiskey Park in 1981. Turning the Black Sox White is his third nonfiction title, which also includes Legends of Pro Wrestling. He continues to research sports history and lives in South Florida with his wife, Jodi.

Bob Hoie is a baseball historian and member of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). He has appeared in two documentaries on the Black Sox produced by ESPN (2001, 2005), and another by the MLB Network (2010). His article "1919 Baseball Salaries and the Mythically Underpaid Chicago White Sox" was a finalist for the 2013 SABR Analytics Research Award, and was the third person to ever win SABR's Bob Davids Award for meritorious service (1987). Hoie resides in San Marino, California.


"Hornbaker makes a sound case for why Comiskey has long been an inappropriate fall guy for the [1919 'Black Sox'] scandal. . . . His depth of knowledge of this era of baseball history shines through."
--Kirkus Reviews

"It is engrossing and provides a much-needed reassessment of the man and his impact on the sport. Verdict: A worthy read for Black Sox buffs and baseball history fans."--Library Journal

"In Turning the Black Sox White, Tim Hornbaker reviews Comiskey's entire career and restores his reputation to its former state, with clear eye, fair mind, and thorough study."
--John Thorn, Official Historian of Major League Baseball and author of Baseball in the Garden of Eden

"I've always been a sucker for stories about Charles Comiskey and the 'Black Sox' scandal of 1919. Tim Hornbaker takes a new and different look at the situation. It's a pleasure to come along for the ride."
--Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of Ted Williams and The Big Bam

"Charlie Comiskey is one of the giants of baseball history: a remarkable innovator as a player, manager, and mogul; a fierce competitor yet an extraordinarily charismatic fellow. In this richly detailed work, Tim Hornbaker makes an open-and-shut case that, contrary to modern depictions of Comiskey as a greedy villain, he deserves to be remembered as a good as well as a great man."
--Edward Achorn, author of The Summer of Beer and Whiskey and Fifty-nine in '84

"As a portrait of a major league baseball mogul in the early 20th century and as a cutaway view of the game before World War II, 'Turning the Black Sox White' works well."--Allen Barra, Chicago Tribune

"Those who revile Comiskey see this as a gross injustice. After reading this book, they just might change their minds."--Paul Hagen, MLB.com

"Succeeds in humanizing an important-yet-oversimplified figure in baseball history."--SB Nation