Tag: Bill Veeck

This Day in White Sox History: Big Bad Bobby Jenks

This Day in White Sox History: Big Bad Bobby Jenks
December 17, 1914 – Clarence “Pants” Rowland was named White Sox manager. He would guide the club to a 100 win season and the World Series title in 1917. December 17, 1975 – Under new owner Bill Veeck, the Sox went retro with the naming of former manager Paul Richards to become the new field manager replacing Chuck Tanner. Richards was the man who turned around the... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Sox land Bannister

This Day in White Sox History: Sox land Bannister
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 Janeski. Peters would win 33 games in the next three seasons. Janeski won 10 in 1970 then was shipped to Washington for outfielder Rick Reichardt. Peters was a former AL... Read more »

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
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 Ruthven. Garr would have severe limitations in the field but he did become the catalyst for the “South Side Hit Men” in 1977 with his... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Sox stay in Chicago

This Day in White Sox History: Sox stay in Chicago
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... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Sox sign Soderholm

This Day in White Sox History: Sox sign Soderholm
November 26, 1976 – It was a move that would pay large returns the following season. On this day, injured third baseman Eric Soderholm signed a free agent deal with Bill Veeck and Roland Hemond. Soderholm would become Comeback Player of the Year for 1977 with 25 home runs, 67 RBI’s and a .280 batting average. That would help lead the ‘south side hit men’ to a... Read more »

Hemond trades Tom Bradley for Steve Stone

Hemond trades Tom Bradley for Steve Stone
November 19, 1972 – Sox GM Roland Hemond sent pitcher Tom Bradley to San Francisco for outfielder Ken Henderson and pitcher Steve Stone. Henderson was a Gold Glove winning, power hitting center fielder while Stone added depth to the pitching staff. Bradley, who had two terrific seasons with the Sox in 1971 and 1972, never regained that form with San Francisco and was out of baseball by 1975. Henderson played three years... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: The exploding scoreboard!

This Day in White Sox History: The exploding scoreboard!
October 4, 1948 – Chuck Comiskey III is named vice president of the White Sox. He refused to see the team continue to be the laughingstock of the American League and immediately began to take steps to change things. Those changes will start to bear fruit during the 1951 season. October 4, 1981 – Jerry Hairston’s grand slam helped beat the... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Blackout Game

This Day in White Sox History: Blackout Game
This week’s TDIWSH was delayed a bit, so enjoy an epic avalanche of Sunday content! – Daniel Shapiro September 30, 1921 – Sox catcher Ray Schalk tied a major league record with three assists in one inning. It happened in a 3-2 loss to Cleveland at Comiskey Park. Schalk picked off three base runners! September 30, 1949 – Sox GM Frank Lane starts the... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History - Rain reversal?

This Day in White Sox History - Rain reversal?
August 26, 1933 – The Sox honored one of the greatest pitchers in franchise history when Ted Lyons day was celebrated at Comiskey Park. Lyons though didn’t have his best stuff that day as he took the loss in the 10-5 decision to the Philadelphia A’s. Lyons, “the Baylor Bearcat,” and Bill Veeck are the only individuals associated with the franchise to have two testimonial... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History - The shorts

August 8, 1914 – The Sox purchased the contract of outfielder Oscar “Happy” Felsch from Milwaukee for $19,000. Felsch, an outstanding glove man and hitter, would become part of history by his participation in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal. August 8, 1976 – With the Sox in last place and going nowhere owner Bill Veeck pulled out another wacky promotion. For the first... Read more »
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