December 5, 1977 - Chalk this one up to Bill Veeck. Knowing he needed a drawing card and a big bat to replace Richie Zisk and Oscar Gamble, Veeck dealt future All Star Brian Downing and pitchers Chris Knapp and Dave Frost to California. He got back Bobby Bonds and two youngsters, Thad Bosley and Richard Dotson. Bonds would only play in 26 games with two home runs and eight RBI’s for the Sox before he was dealt to Texas in May. The Sox record was a dismal 9-20 at the time and Veeck understood there was no way he was going to be able to re-sign him. At least Dotson turned out to be of value in the 80s especially in 1983 when he won 22 games.
December 5, 1986 - The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation allowing funds to be given to the White Sox in connection with the construction of a new stadium across the street from the original Comiskey Park.
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