This Day in White Sox History: Record setting Belle

This Day in White Sox History: Record setting Belle
Former White Sox slugger Albert Belle. (Chicago White Sox)

September 1, 1970 - With the Sox about to end their worst season in franchise history, G.M. Ed Short is fired after nine years on the job. Short would make brilliant off season deals in 1963 and 1964 to net the club players like Hoyt Wilhelm, Pete Ward, Tommy John and Tommy Agee but starting in 1968 his moves backfired and lost the club players like Agee, Tommy McCraw, Don Buford and Bob Locker without getting anything back of substance in return. Gold Glove Sox outfielder Ken Berry told me that was the main reason the Sox collapsed in 1968 and for the next few years until 1971.

“Look at the guys the Sox traded," Berry said. "Al Weis, Buford, Agee, McCraw, all the guys who could run. The trades completely changed the team around. The Sox completely lost their aggressiveness.”

September 1, 1998 - Albert Belle hit his 42nd home run of the season in Baltimore. In the same game he got his 337th total base of the season. Both milestones set the franchise record in their respective categories in the Sox 9-5 win. Belle would finish the year with 49 home runs.

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