Martyl Reinsford, wife of Jerry Reinsford, owner of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, died Monday at age 85 after a prolonged illness, the Major League team said in a statement.
Martyl designed five of the Bulls’ six NBA championship rings, as well as the White Sox World Series title ring in 2005. She was as much a philanthropist as she was creative in helping distribute more than 1 million coloring books, crayons. , markers and toys in hospitals, orphanages and shelters around the world, according to the statement.
“My mother cared a lot about kids,” said Michael Reinsdorf, COO of the Bulls. “The joy he gave them with his coloring books made me very proud to be his son. As a father, I loved seeing her so involved as a grandmother with my children. “
Martyl received the 2004 Clarence Troyer Volunteer of the Year Award and was recognized in 2011 by the American Friends of Hebrew University with the Torch of Learning award.
Martyl was born in Denver and his family moved to Chicago in 1944. He met Jerry Reinsdorf when they were both students at George Washington University. Reinsdorf has owned the White Sox since 1981 and the Bulls since 1985.
Martyl is survived by her three children and nine grandchildren.