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Bill Veeck

Born: Feb. 9, 1914
Maverick baseball executive

owned AL teams in Cleveland, St. Louis and Chicago from 1946-80; introduced ballpark giveaways, exploding scoreboards, Wrigley Field's ivy-covered walls and midget Eddie Gaedel; won World Series with Indians (1948) and pennant with White Sox (1959).

Died: Jan. 2, 1986

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