Bill Veeck
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"William Louis "Bill" Veeck, Jr.", also known as ""Sport Shirt Bill"", was a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a franchise owner and promoter in Major League Baseball. Veeck was at various times the owner of the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles#St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. As owner and team president of the Indians in 1947, Veeck signed Larry Doby and thus successfully Baseball color line/integrated the American League. Veeck was the last owner to purchase a baseball franchise without an independent fortune, and is responsible for many innovations and contributions to baseball.

Finding it hard to financially compete, Veeck retired after the 1980 Chicago White Sox season. He died of cancer six years later. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum/Baseball Hall of Fame five years later in 1991.

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The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people.

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.

'I'm for the dreamers. The only really important things in history have been started by the dreamers. They never know what can't be done.'

There are only two seasons -- winter and Baseball.

I do not think that winning is the most important thing. I think winning is the only thing.

When you're out there in the big league pressure cooker, a pitcher's attitude -- his utter confidence that he has an advantage of will and luck and guts over the hitter -- is almost as important as his stuff.

The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball.

I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.