On Saturday, July 29, 2017, the Chicago White Sox hosted the Cleveland Indians in a "throwback game" honoring the 1917 World Champion ChiSox team. Mark was in the stands and also received a 1917 World Series team jersey. Even though on this day the White Sox fell to the Indians 5-4, it was a great event honoring a fantastic team from a century ago.
During a recent road trip, Ann & Mark visited their great friends, Donna and Doug Callaghan, in Nashville. Doug was gracious to write a comment on Mark's book, "1917-2017: One Hundred Years of White Sox Baseball" that appears on the book's back jacket. During their stay, Donna was equally gracious in offering "Southern Hospitality," including a home cooked fried chicken dinner with all the fixins! Delicious! What wonderful hosts - and friends! Thanks, Donna! Thanks, Doug! (Being a big Tamp Bay Rays' fan, Mark wished Doug the best as he pulls for his team to make the playoffs in the A.L. East.)
Dr. Mark Pienkos was born in Chicago. His parents were Stella and Edward who worked in factories to support their family of three boys. Mark’s mother only attended school through the 8th grade, while his father went to one year of high school. Mark’s oldest brother, Don, is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Political Science and his other brother, Edward, is a surgeon specializing in urology.