White Sox co-owner Eddie Einhorn has passed away at age 80, reports Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times. MLBTR joins those around the league in celebrating Einhorn’s life and accomplishments. We offer our condolences to his family, friends, and fellow White Sox colleagues.
Einhorn was a forward-thinker in the sports television realm. He founded TVS Television Network which broadcast college basketball’s “Game of the Century” way back in 1968. Later, he had a key role in baseball’s first billion dollar TV deal.
While Jerry Reinsdorf has served as the public face of the White Sox ownership, Einhorn was active behind the scenes championing youth baseball programs which aired on MLB Network and MLB.com. According to Dan Evans (on Twitter), Einhorn helped to work on the original Wild Card concept too. Baseball America also dredged up a fun quote from 1984 regarding farm systems:
It’s an antiquated system we cannot afford. We’re taking 17-year-old kids with no real chance to make the majors just because we have to have them play catch with a few guys who do … we’re taking away their chances to go to college and get on with their lives. We’d be doing a social service by getting rid of the farm system as we know it.