This Day in White Sox History: The South Side Hit Men get their start

This Day in White Sox History: The South Side Hit Men get their start
Former Sox player Ralph Garr. (www.maillineautographs.com)

December 12, 1975 - In an effort to start improving a desultory offense, Sox GM Roland Hemond and new owner Bill Veeck acquired former NL batting champ Ralph Garr from Atlanta for three players including outfielder Ken Henderson and pitcher Dick RuthvenGarr would have severe limitations in the field but he did become the catalyst for the “South Side Hit Men” in 1977 with his speed and ability to hit to all fields.

December 12, 1980 - Sometimes the smaller moves are what turns out to be the most important. Sox GM Roland Hemond traded pitcher Rich Wortham to the Expos for switch hitting second baseman Tony BernazardBernazard would be part of the “New Deal” Sox in 1981 and would eventually be traded for another productive second baseman, Julio Cruz in June 1983. Manager Tony LaRussa called Bernazard the “heart” of the club and had great respect for his abilities.

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