This Day in White Sox History - Rain delay reversal and Holcomb's flurry of releases

This Day in White Sox History - Rain delay reversal and Holcomb's flurry of releases
Former White Sox vice president Stu Holcomb. (www.sportsdataresearch.com)

July 27, 1951 - The Sox trailed the Yankees 3-2 when the game was delayed 25 minutes by rain. When play resumed, the Sox scored twice more to lead 4-3. Yankee manager Casey Stengel began stalling hoping for more rain. He got his wish and the game was called, reverting back to a 3-1 Yankees win. That second rain delay lasted 10 minutes! The Sox protested the decision by umpire Hank Soar with the league office, to no avail.

July 27, 1973 - Sox vice president Stu Holcomb “retired” under pressure after his ‘hard line’ approach on salaries destroyed the 1973 White Sox. When players wouldn’t come to terms with his initial offer, Holcomb ordered, then player personnel director Roland Hemond, to release them. Not ‘try to compromise’, not ‘try to trade them’... but release them.

The Sox gave away Jay Johnstone, Ed Spezio, Mike Andrews and Rick Reichardt. When Holcomb ordered Hemond to release 21 game winner Stan Bahnsen, Hemond and manager Chuck Tanner went to owner John Allyn. Hemond and Tanner threatened to quit if something wasn’t done. Allyn sided with the duo and Holcomb was history bringing some stability to the front office.

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