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Reinsdorf, Unplugged: White Sox, Bulls Owner On Sports, Business, Life

Across parts of two days of interviews in Chicago, Jerry Reinsdorf told dozens of stories and shared nearly as many observations about sports, business and the broader expanse of his life. Here’s a bit of Jerry, unplugged:

• “One of my favorite people was Joe Black [the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher]. Joe Black’s mother said to him, ‘You ain’t better than nobody and ain’t nobody better than you.’ I really believe that. Now, there are some people I believe are stupid. But I’m still not better than them.”

• “I got an honorary doctorate degree from Illinois College, which is a liberal arts school. When I gave the commencement address, I told the kids that liberal arts was bullshit. I said, you’ve had a great education. But if you want to be successful you’ve got to put that in the past. You’ve got to find something you like and focus on that. The opera and the arts and all that is all great, but if you want to be successful, these are the things you gotta do.”

• “I didn’t want any of my kids to have things handed to them, because I know what a lot of people think about the next generation. Silver spoon. Our kids are born on third and think they hit a triple. And for some that is true. I just wanted mine to establish themselves.”

• “If it’s good for baseball, it will ultimately be good for the White Sox.”

• “Some days you win two games. Some days you lose two games. When you lose two games in one day it can be very depressing.”

• “Never trade an old friend for a new friend.”

• “Your handshake is the deal.”

• “The best thing is not having a boss. I never liked having a boss.”
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