Today in White Sox History: January 19

In progress, the Baseball Palace of the World: The greatest ballpark many of us will ever know started to become a reality 111 years ago today.


1909
White Sox owner Charles Comiskey purchased a piece of land on the corner of 35th and Shields from Roxanna Bowen. Comiskey Park construction began on the site starting in February 1910.

 

 

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Mark Liptak is originally from Chicago and has been a White Sox fan since 1960. He and his wife Zoe reside in Pocatello, Idaho where he is the radio voice as part of Idaho State athletics in volleyball, football, women's basketball and softball.

Mark went to the University of Kentucky. He’s been in the sports media profession since 1978 having worked in television sports in three markets between 1978 and 1994. He’s also written for numerous newspapers in addition to his radio duties.

Liptak has covered a Super Bowl, two Kentucky Derby’s, an NCAA woman’s basketball Final Four and worked for CBS-TV during their coverage of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament’s opening rounds held in Boise in 2001.

He is also a Chicago White Sox historian who has written for various web sites over the past 17 years including the Chicago Baseball Museum and Chicago Now / Sox Net, a series of blogs and websites associated with the Chicago Tribune.

He and Zoe have been married for 30 years. Their son, Mason, and his family live in Longview, Texas.

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Love the pic of the Palace in progress. Damn I miss that place…

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Frankly, I wish I remembered it better. Saw games a few times as a kid with my Grandfather would bring us up from Indy, but only started going to game regularly after 2003, when I move up here.

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You’ll never be able to reproduce the smell of that place- beer, piss, popcorn, stockyards, etc.

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So, like visiting my grandparents…

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The arches. It’s the arches.