The feud began shortly after Ban Johnson had spent a few days vacationing at Comiskey's lodge in Wisconsin. About the same time, one of Comiskey's outfielders on the White Sox, Danny Greene, was suspended by Johnson for three games. Upon returning to his office with his catch of fish, Johnson sent Comiskey
his prize catch along with the notice of suspension of Greene. Charles Comiskey would sarcastically comment: "Does he think that I can play that fish in leftfield?"
The second and final blow came at the beginning of the 1919 season when Ban Johnson awarded a Pacific Coast League pitcher, Jack Quinn to the New York Yankees. Quinn had pitched for the White Sox in 1918, but was sold to the Yankees by Vernon of the PCL. Charles Comiskey was furious. Feeling betrayed by his longtime ally, Comiskey told Johnson: "I made you and by God I'll break you." The two became bitter rivals from that point on.