This Day in White Sox History: Sox land Bannister

This Day in White Sox History: Sox land Bannister
The White Sox beat out a number of other teams in a bidding war for starting pitcher Floyd Bannister. (www.guide.alibaba.com )

December 13, 1969 - The Sox dealt their star left hander Gary Peters to the Red Sox for infielder Syd O’Brien and pitcher Billy Farmer. Farmer retired instead of reporting, so as compensation the Sox received Gerry JaneskiPeters would win 33 games in the next three seasons. Janeski won 10 in 1970 then was shipped to Washington for outfielder Rick ReichardtPeters was a former AL Rookie of the Year, 20 game winner and two time All-Star. O'Brien's big White Sox claim to fame was that he helped build the "Big White Machine" that circled Comiskey Park after home victories.

December 13, 1982 - The White Sox outbid 16 other major leagues teams and signed free agent pitcher Floyd Bannister to a five year, $4.5 million deal. Bannister led the American League in strikeouts in 1981. In his five seasons with the Sox, Bannister won in double figures every year with a high of 16 wins in both 1983 and 1987. His signing actually angered Yankee owner George Steinbrenner who wasn’t used to losing out on talent that he wanted. Steinbrenner was quoted as saying that he “regretted” voting against Edward DeBartolo in his bid to buy the Sox franchise from Bill Veeck, back in 1980.

December 13, 2001 - In his quest to find reliable starting pitching Sox GM Kenny Williams traded youngsters Kip Wells and Josh Fogg and veteran Sean Lowe to the Pirates for Todd Ritchie. Ritchie would suffer a shoulder injury and have a disastrous 2002 Sox season going 5-15 with an ERA of over six! A free agent, the Sox let him go soon afterwards. In fairness to Williams, none of the pitchers he gave up really asserted themselves over the ensuing seasons, Fogg perhaps came the closest to making an impact.

December 13, 2004 - On the third anniversary of his ill fated Todd Ritchie deal, Sox GM Kenny Williams continued his remake of the club. He sent power hitting but defensively challenged outfielder Carlos Lee to Milwaukee as part of a four player deal. Lee had fallen out of favor with manager Ozzie Guillen. The person coming back to replace him, Scott Podsednik energized the lineup, stole over 40 bases twice, made the All-Star team and hit a dramatic walk off home run in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. Needless to say this deal on this date worked out far better than the Ritchie trade.

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