"I expect to be on top again next season," said Chris, "and expect to have Charlie Comisky as manager and captain of the club. I am satisfied that he will re-enter my employ whenever I am ready to place him in charge of the club. Charlie built up the Cincinnati Club, only to be turned loose by John T. Brush the season the fruits of his years of labor began to ripen. I used to pay Commy $5000 and $6000 as my base ball captain. That's better than taking chances as an owner of a club in one of the minor leagues. Charlie is about ready to take this view of the matter. This will make it easy for us to get together when the right time comes.
No Money In Base Ball.
"While I am ready to admit that I made a lot of money out of base ball," continued Chris, "I have often wished that I never got into the business. When I first took an interest in the old St. Louis Club I had a grocery business at Grand and St. Louis avenues that netted $15,000 annually. That was over 20 years ago, and the North End of the city was just beginning to be developed. Instead of sticking to the store I drifted into base ball and neglected my business until it finally petered out. Yes, I made a big mistake when I broke into base ball, but it's too late to make a change now. I intend to get control of the club again and let Comiskey manage the team for me."
-Sporting Life, December 10, 1898
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