December 4, 1957 - In a trade that shocked and outraged many Sox fans, popular outfielder Minnie Minoso and infielder Fred Hatfield were traded to the Indians for future Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn and outfielder Al Smith. Wynn and Smith were among the final pieces acquired for the franchise that would win the pennant in 1959. Wynn would win the Cy Young Award that season with 22 victories. Smith was a solid contributor for the Sox through the early 1960's.
December 4, 1979 - The Sox claimed first baseman Greg Walker from the Phillies in the major league draft. Walker would make the big club for good in 1983 and have some very solid home run and RBI’s years during the 1980's. Three times he'd hit over 20 home runs in a year and he had two seasons with over 90 RBI's.
December 4, 1997 - Jerry Manuel was named the team’s new field manager replacing Terry Bevington. Manuel became the second minority manager of the franchise in team history. In his seven years, the Sox would go to the playoffs in 2000 and have three winning seasons. He’d be named Manager of the Year for his efforts in winning the Central Division in 2000.
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