On January 2, 1986, legendary major league owner Bill Veeck dies at the age of 71. The victim of a heart attack after several years of poor health, Veeck had owned the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago White Sox at various times during his career. Known as one of the most colorful and creative owners in the history of the game, Veeck was best known for signing a midget, Eddie Gaedel, to a playing contract.

In 1947, Veeck also signed Negro Leagues star Larry Doby, the first black player in the history of the American League. Under Veeck’s direction, the White Sox installed an exploding scoreboard at Comiskey Park and became the first team to feature their players’ names on the backs of the uniforms. Veeck also introduced short pants as part of the White Sox’ uniform in 1976.