Jul 17, 2022
Chicago sports fans of a certain
age may remember the name Charlie Evranian atop the masthead of the
executive suite (behind inimitable owner Lee Stern, of course) of
the 1981 outdoor version of the North American Soccer League's
Chicago Sting - when that club delivered the first major pro
championship to the Windy City since 1963's NFL Bears.
(Not to mention the team's first
two barn-burning indoor NASL seasons at the former "Madhouse on
But Evranian's time leading the
Sting of the early 1980s was merely a brief mile-marker along a
fascinatingly peripatetic 20+ year journey across a litany of
(mostly forgotten) teams and leagues in both the majors and minors
of professional sports management - laden with unbelievable twists
and turns that only a podcast of a certain genre could love.
Evranian takes us on a wild ride
alongside the likes of legendary front office figures like Bill
Veeck, Ted Turner, Pat Williams, and Earl Foreman - for memorable
- leading baseball's Class A Greenwood (SC) Braves to two league
- co-founding AHL hockey's minor league Richmond Robins;
- reinventing the mid-70s' Chicago White Sox; AND
- cleaning up an endless array of messes as the Major Indoor
Soccer League's deputy commissioner.