Monday, September 10, 2012

Schaller's Pump-- Part 3: Changes Come to Neighborhood

The Schallers have seen the Bridgeport neighborhood change from predominantly Irish and German to Polish and Lithuanian to Mexican and Chinese.  The mighty stockyards closed.  Bridgeport became the home base to almost a century of the Chicago political machine:  Edward Kelly, Martin Kennelly, Michael Bilandic and the two Richard Daleys.

Then, the White Sox lost to the Dodgers in the 1959 World Series.  Shortly afterwards, Sox owner Bill Veeck sat in the bar, beer in hand, and told Schaller he'd purchased the contract of an outfielder from Cleveland by the name of Minnie Minosa.  Schaller said to him, "Are you sure you know what you're doing?"  Schaller was persona non grata to Veeck or a month.  Mr. Sox!!!

Some more Jack Schaller stories:

**"The young Richard Daley spent his 21st birthday here, right back in that corner."

**  "Veeck once took this man's $20 bill. he put a pat of butter on one side, a silver dollar the other.  He threw it (pronounced as true it) at the ceiling.  The coin came down.  Lo and behold the bill stuck up there!  It stayed up there for 20 years."

Mr. Schaller's Got Some More Stories.  --RoadDog

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