William Veeck

As a baseball writer for the Chicago American, Veeck was often critical of the management of the Cubs. Club owner William Wrigley, Jr., told him if he thought he could do better he could take over the club. Veeck did just that, and a year later he was named club president. He was not a patient owner and had seven managers in 13 years. When he began to spend Wrigley’s money, he produced pennant winners in 1929 and 1932. His last move was the purchase of Chuck Klein from the Phillies. Veeck’s son was executive Bill Veeck.