While visiting their daughter, Karen, son-in-law, Matt, and granddaughter, Estelle, in their new home near Syracuse, N.Y., Mark drove to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown to present an autographed book to John Horne, who is the chief librarian for the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and Library. John was instrumental in Mark’s obtaining the rights to the 1917 Chicago White Sox team photo used for the cover of his book, “1917-2017: One Hundred Years of White Sox Baseball.” Also, Mark gave a copy of his book to Drew Taylor for his consideration in making the book available for sale to museum-goers. Drew is the Retail Buyer for the HOF Museum. Mark said his book would be an especially good addition for people looking for items - specifically White Sox enthusiasts - since the 2017 HOF Class includes former White Sox outfielder, Tim “Rock” Raines.
Later in the day, Mark spoke with two book store owners about the sale of his book. Karen Johannesen, owner of The Cooperstown Book Nook, ordered six signed copies. Later, Travis, at Willis Monie Books, and Mark discussed a book signing event during the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Once Mark’s schedule for 2018 is firmed up, he may take up the invitation to appear at Willis Monie Books.
All in all, Mark’s visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame was very beneficial. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Cooperstown, Mark highly encourages one to make plans to travel to this historic site to soak up the rich history and tradition of baseball – “America’s Pastime!”
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.