Mark was invited to talk about his book, “1917-2017: One Hundred Years of White Sox
Baseball” on the award-winning “Sports Jam” radio show. For nearly 25 years, “Sports
Jam” has entertained its listeners during its weekly Saturday morning talk show (7:00-
9:00 a.m.). WKLG is owned and operated by Barb and Tom Kwiatkowski, who live in
Lake Geneva, but are originally from the Chicagoland area. Tom is a White Sox fan, too!
WLKG has won numerous awards over the years and is one of the most popular radio
stations in southeastern Wisconsin.
Prior to the May 6 th broadcast, Mark was photographed with members of the “Sports
Jam” team. (Front Row Seated, L-R): Bill Blakeley, Mark Pienkos, John Handel; (Back
Row Standing, L-R): Jerry Stelse, Ryan Marks (Intern), and Mike Coolidge, host.
Mark explained to listeners why he wrote his book highlighting the great 1917 World
Series Champion Chicago White Sox. The book is grouped in three parts: the 1917 White
Sox, a brief history of the White Sox over the past century, and Mark’s own personal
vignettes about following the Pale Hose over his lifetime. It’s a fun read that will have
readers reminiscing about their own memories and attachments with their favorite
baseball team – which Mark hopes is the White Sox!
GO WLKG! GO “SPORTS JAM!” GO WHITE SOX!
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.