An exploration of the 1897 Red River Valley League with teams from Fargo, Grand Forks, Moorhead, and Wahpeton-Breckenridge. The league featured future major league players, local heroes, reckless characters, economic unrest, and spirited rivalries.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
The Comiskey Connection
Charles Comiskey managed the St. Paul Saints of the Western League from
1895 to 1899, occasionally taking the field for the team. A career .264
hitter in 13 major league seasons, Comiskey later gained recognition as
the cheapskate owner of the Chicago White Sox of the American League.
Interestingly, his brother Ignatius, who was a deaf/mute, played baseball for the Crookston team in 1896. The Crookston Giants club played teams from Fargo and Moorhead during the course of the summer. On August 13, the younger Comiskey broke his arm in two places when one of the team's wagons tipped over following a game against Morris, MN. Sadly, Ignatius Comiskey died of a heart condition at age 25. He was found in Charles's house in Chicago on July 3, 1900.
St. Paul Globe August 14, 1896 p.5 "Young Comiskey Injured"
St Paul GlobeJuly 4, 1900 p.8 "Ignatius Comiskey Dead"