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River Forest mansion with rich history sells for $2.3 million

Former White Sox pitcher and GM John Rigney, second from right, once lived in a River Forest mansion that just sold for $2.3 million. Here, Sox manager Ted Lyons points to the oufield wall in on April 17, 1947. Sox shown, from left, are Jack Wallaesa, Luke Appling, Dave Philley, Bob Kennedy, Ralph Hodgin, Don Kollway, Cass Michaels, Mike Tresh, Rigney and Lyons.
Former White Sox pitcher and GM John Rigney, second from right, once lived in a River Forest mansion that just sold for $2.3 million. Here, Sox manager Ted Lyons points to the oufield wall in on April 17, 1947. Sox shown, from left, are Jack Wallaesa, Luke Appling, Dave Philley, Bob Kennedy, Ralph Hodgin, Don Kollway, Cass Michaels, Mike Tresh, Rigney and Lyons. (Chicago Tribune historical photo)

A six-bedroom, 6,475-square-foot Georgian Revival mansion in River Forest sold July 28 for $2.3 million, making it the suburb's highest-priced residential sale since 2008.

Built in 1928, the mansion has had some prominent owners. It was built for William E. Sloan of the Sloan Valve Co., who invented the Royal Flushometer toilet valve. Onetime Chicago White Sox pitcher John Rigney, who subsequently was the team's co-general manager, and his wife, onetime White Sox owner and Comiskey family scion Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, owned the house in the 1950s and 1960s.

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The main house has seven full baths, a walnut paneled library, a heated sunroom, an office, a card room, an eight-seat home theater and a second kitchen in the basement. Other features on the property include a 45-foot-long underground tunnel linking the main house to the coach house, an exercise gym and a wine tasting room in the coach house, a five-car garage, a gazebo, a fountain and a children's playhouse.

Listing agent Colleen Navigato of Gagliardo Realty declined to comment on the listing or on why her clients sold the home. The couple paid $1.9 million for it in 2000 and first listed it for $2.6 million in March.

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The buyers are a couple from Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

Bob Goldsborough is a freelance reporter.



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