White Sox Executive Eddie Einhorn Passes Away at 80

The late Eddie Einhorn. Credit: Chicago Tribune
The late Eddie Einhorn. Credit: Chicago Tribune /

News broke this morning that Chicago White Sox co-owner and executive of 35 years, Eddie Einhorn passed away yesterday evening (February 24, 2016) due to complications from a stroke, Einhorn was 80 years-old.

Born in January of 1936, Eddie Einhorn was raised in Paterson, New Jersey. Einhorn attended Law School at Northwestern University, where he was a classmate of White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. He was a vendor at Comiskey Park during the 1959, and 1960 seasons, at which point his love for the White Sox began.

Einhorn produced the NCAA Men’s College Basketball National Championship in 1958. Einhorn helped pioneer bringing men’s college basketball to viewers across the country in 1960, at a time when there was little-to-no public interest in the sport.

The late Eddie Einhorn, with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Credit: Sportal
The late Eddie Einhorn, with Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Credit: Sportal /

After spending time as the head of CBS Sports, Einhorn co-founded the subscription TV channel Sportsvision, later renamed as Sportschannel.

In addition to his full-time role with the White Sox as the Co-Chairman, Einhorn is famous for being an avid youth baseball innovator. Einhorn was responsible for creating the New Era National National Youth Baseball Championship, which takes place in Memphis, Tennessee in late August every year, and is broadcast on the MLB Network television channel.

Einhorn has served on various committees in Major League Baseball, including the Professional Baseball Association Committee, Player Development Committee, Major League Baseball Schedule Format Committee, and the Television Committee during his time with the White Sox.

Before Einhorn began his 22 year tenure as the co-chairman, he served as the president and chief operating officer for 10 years, and was also a member on the board of chairmen with the Chicago Bulls.

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Einhorn leaves behind a wife, and two children after his passing. His daughter Jennifer is the Manager of Special Events for Major League Baseball, and his son works in the entertainment industry, and produced “Winning Ugly: 20 years later” A documentary on the 1983 Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox will wear a sleeve patch during the 2016 season to honor the late Eddie Einhorn.


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