Eddie Einhorn, part owner of the Chicago White Sox, has died at age 80 following complications from a recent stroke.
Einhorn had been out of active management of the Sox for many years, but was still listed as the club’s vice-Chairman. He spent the early part of his career in broadcasting, eventually becoming the head of CBS Sports. He and Jerry Reinsdorf, a law school classmate, purchased a controlling interest in the Sox In 1981. Einhorn played a key role in baseball’s first billion-dollar television contract back in 1983.
Major League Baseball just released this statement regarding Einhorn’s passing:
“All of us at Major League Baseball are deeply saddened by the loss of White Sox Vice Chairman Eddie Einhorn, a leader in the world of sports and broadcasting. He was a sports television pioneer and a huge champion of youth baseball. In recent years he bridged those twin passions through the National Youth Baseball Championships, which appeared on MLB Network and MLB.com.
“A proud and loyal leader of the White Sox owned by his longtime friend Jerry Reinsdorf, Eddie took delight in the franchise’s momentous 2005 World Championship. Most of all, for decades Eddie was a friend to seemingly all in the baseball and the broader sports communities. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Eddie’s wife Ann, their daughter – and our former colleague – Jenny, their son Jeff, and their entire family, as well as his countless friends throughout the White Sox organization and our game as a whole.”