Inductee ~ Class of 2011

First Name: Jeff
Last Name: Szynal

Company Name: Chicago White Sox  
Past Affiliations

Golden Matrix Award Nominations: 6
Golden Matrix Awards Won: 1993, Best Special Ocassion Video

Special Events Worked


  • Helped develop the very first Turn-Back-the-Clock "throwback" game in 1990
  • Produced the closing Ceremonies of Old Comiskey Park (1990)
  • Produced & directed the opening Events & Ceremonies for the Opening of New Comiskey Park (1991)
  • Produced & directed on-field ceremonies of the largest assemblance of living Negro League players for a special tribute to them and the Negro League All-Star Game which originated in Chicago (1992)
  • Produced & directed the 2000 ALDS
  • Produced & directed the 2003 Futures Game, Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game (U.S. Cellular Field)
  • Produced & directed the 2005 ALDS, ALCS & MLB World Series
  • Produced & directed the 2008 ALDS


Achievements / Innovations:


  • First to send post-game press conference feed to local & national TV outlets on a daily basis.  
  • Proud to have tremendously talented alumni who started with our program working successfully in the industry, all over the USA.


Major Milestones: Over 25 Years in industry (all with one team - Chicago White Sox 1984-present). 2011 is Szynal's 28th year with the White Sox. 

Honors / Awards: Regional Emmy Award for building of New Comiskey Park / U.S. Cellular Field

Industry Affiliations: Membership with Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Membership with Museum of Broadcast Communications, Member of Baseball Alumni Association

Years in the Industry: 30
Years of IDEA Membership: (27) 1984-present

IDEA Service: Member Conference Host Committee 2008
IDEA Role:  Member

Nominator First Name: Aaron
Nominator Last Name: Buckles