In the 1950s and 60s, I remember how regularly with my grandfather listened to the game to the Chicago White Sox. In the living room he had radyokabinet old and owned a small transistor radio that he would use while sitting in the front yard. Listening game White Sox isn particularly unique, except for the fact that at the time I lived in Greenwich, South Carolina. Games were held at a small radio station hometown WMRB-1490AM, located in the city center Grynvil. When I got older, I sometimes wondered why the game in Chicago will be broadcast in the Deep South?
My interest arose in 2006, when an investor bought and moved into the house without shoes Joe Jackson located on the street East Wilburn 119. Unknown to me Jackson house located just two blocks from where I was in elementary school Krestonskay in 1958-60 years . Moreover, we are grandparents lived on less than one mile from the East Uilburn Street. In the end, Jackson's house turned into a museum without Joe Jackson's shoes, which is now at the center of the city Grynvil. It was located next to the stadium, which is a subsidiary of "Boston Red Sox" Single-A, Greenville Drive. Again I asked myself why in my hometown broadcast the game White Sox. I was combined with translations heritage without Joe Jackson's shoes? It was broadcast results of fan base that has developed around Shoeless Joe? The idea was both exciting and intriguing.
I start search, referring to the new owner of the radio WMRB 1490AM. WMRB was acquired by Randy Matin in 1987 and renamed WPCI. Randy was friendly and responsive to my inquiries, but could not justify the White Sox gear. I wrote a letter to the widow of the founder of WMRB Frank Kopp, but received no response. I found a research paper on the history of WPCI Radio, written by students yamschitsky University. The document has been helpful in getting the general history of the history of Belarus
station, but there was no mention of broadcasting in Chicago. I also contacted the eagle Mark, the curator of the new museum without Joe Jackson's shoes. She allowed me to place the poster in the museum, who requested information, but still does not keep anything.
In early 2010, I found a hint on Facebook. I did a random publication on the Facebook page in Grynville, SC, and received a comment from a native of Greenwich. He believed that in a baseball league Textile Mill during some days of the mill took a Major League team. My contact suggested that Brandon Mills, where he started to work Shoeless Joe, Chicago can take iron. Were Chicago White White Sox broadcast the results of Joe Jackson belonging to Shoeless Joe and his playing time with Brandon Mills textile league baseball? I was sure that I was struck by the dirt.
A quick Google search led me to the book "Thomas K. Perry" "textile Baseball League: South Carolina: Mill Teams, 1880-1955". I wrote to Mr. Perry's letter on the theory, and he responded by email. Perry wrote: "After we moved away from Greenwich, Dad took me fishing on Lake Hartwell Center, owned by my aunt and uncle, was wonderfully rural and had no TV during these spring evenings we would have listened to White Sox games.. and I was intrigued by the performances of Tommy John and his team-mates. I remember asking my dad why on Grynvil stations carry the game in Chicago, and he said that Joe played like years ago. I know, but my father grew up in rural areas mill in Anderson, beloved, so he knew the history of the textile sports in (he played basketball). I believe that its interpretation is true, although I do not have official documentation. "
Alas! Finally, I had confirmation that someone else heard the transmission; but what is the purpose and origin of? I thought that Mr Perry has just written a historical account of the textile mills. Of course, during all these studies, if Melnikov team took a major league team, he would have found evidence of this. I went back to Randy Matin with WPCI and shared with him the comments Perry. It's the return of Randy, and he gave me a phone number for Jim Cope, son of the former owner Frank.
Cope and retired disc jockey WMRB, Bill Krieger. Hunt continued.
The first time I called Bill Krieger, who was in the mid-80s. We had a wonderful conversation, discussing the history of the city and WMRB Grynvil. He said Frank Cope purchased the radio station 1490 AM, with the financial support of Simpson's partner stores Belk-Simpson with Grynvilya. Cop named WMRB station, taking calls with the phrase "Rabim radio better."
As for sports broadcasts on the station, Krieger said WMRB was master of football South Carolina Gamecocks. Frank Cope also acquired the rights to broadcast the "Masters Tournament" originally from Augusta, Ga. He confirmed that he has become a leading WMRB broadcasts baseball broadcast in Chicago. Krieger said Frank Cope and a local business employee with "Household Finance" signed an agreement with Chicago-based organization White Sox. Corporate Headquarters "Household Finance" located in Chicago, and they were the main sponsors of the radio network White Sox. When I asked Krieger if he that broadcast White Sox thinks are relevant to Joe Jackson's fame without shoes, he said he did not remember that the popularity of Shoeless Joe had nothing to do with translations. He thought it was a purely business decision. He also said that the Chicago White Sox in the broadcast ended in late 60s and were eventually replaced Bravzs Atlanta in the early 1970s.
Then I called Jim Cope, son of Frank Cope. Jim Cope told me that he was about 10 years old when his dad bought a radio station. He thought of the broadcast the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Bravz. Not telling him the details of my previous interviews & # 39; nd with Bill Krieger, I asked Jim to give me the reasons why his father will broadcast the game the Chicago White Sox in Grynvile. Jim said he did not have detailed knowledge of and conversations related to the causes of the beginning of the broadcast. Cope said that his dad will be based on a decision solely on the business and how it will benefit the station. I asked Jim, is it possible that Grynvil, who & # 39 home shoeless Joe Jackson, and became popular shoeless Joe, could be the reason for this decision? He said he did not remember any discussion, no atmosphere of Joe's popularity at the time. Jim Cope I believed that Joe without shoes has nothing to do with the decision of his father to lead the Sox WMRB.
Fully armed with this new information, I began to search the Internet to find the relationship between household finances and the Chicago White Sox. I quickly found a blog Lee Abrams regarding baseball games and other chatter. Abrams said: "I remember the transistor under the covers Bob Elsan and Don Wells called a night game at the Chicago White Sox … every advertising was for." Bob Adams friendly "with" home finances "They took you there … indescribable magic. combining power, joy and a sense of security and warmth, who said that everything is in order with the life … The more that we have in Hoype Wilhelm warming up in the bullpen. "on the home finance cooperation collaborated with Bill Krieger and 85th guy memory and puzzle has been completed. Shoeless Joe Jackson and broadcast in the Chicago White Sox in Grynvile were not only a strange coincidence.
Feeling comfortable that I conducted an investigation to finish, I tried to fix the results of his research. I created a PowerPoint graphics, which reflects the history of the radio frequency WMRB 1490, is now WPCI. Combining schedule an interview with & # 39; u and other source files, I sent them to the museum barefoot Joe Jackson and Grynvilskae Historical Society. Both agreed katalagizavats my research for the sake of posterity. I also created a poster that now hangs on the wall without shoes Joe
Jackson Museum, and if you're familiar with Wikipedia, you will find in the pages of recording radio WPCI without Joe Jackson's shoes. Finally I straightened and gave a copy of the schedule owner Randy WPCI Matin, where he proudly hung it on the wall of his studio in the station.
In my quest for it was not very romantic, but apparently, they were facts. Oddly enough, although some local listeners false assumptions about a broadcast in the Chicago White Sox have been the result of Shoeless Joe, these assumptions may inadvertently padsilili popularity of Joe without shoes. I like Thomas Perry summed up all the way in an email: "People from Brandon Mill probably just made the connection, Joe Jackson / White Sox as the cause of broadcasts and in an incomparable way radio business would have no reasons to stop it.". assumption, because it meant more loyal listeners. Rest assured, I do not refuse to talk about summer memories on the porch with my dad! "
And I am too.