Tag: Kenny Williams

This Day in White Sox History: Offense goes insane

This Day in White Sox History: Offense goes insane
July 5, 1987 – The Sox tied the franchise mark for the most lopsided win when they beat the Indians 17-0 at Cleveland. Kenny Williams and Harold Baines each drove in four RBIs in the slaughter with Ozzie Guillen and Greg Walker knocking in three each. Future Hall of Famer Phil Niekro was saddled with the loss. Want to know right away when we... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: 2005 team sets the tone

This Day in White Sox History: 2005 team sets the tone
April 4, 1982 – One of the most highly anticipated opening days in franchise history got snowed out. The Sox were set to host Boston and the organization was expecting a crowd of around 50,000. That got torpedoed when a blizzard hammered the entire Midwest cancelling games for days. In fact the season didn’t open until... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Sox trade Kenny Williams

This Day in White Sox History: Sox trade Kenny Williams
March 23, 1989 – The Sox traded Kenny Williams (who would eventually become the club’s GM and vice president) to Detroit for pitcher Eric King. Williams never achieved any measure of consistency in the big leagues. King at least, had a spectacular 1990 campaign going 12-4 with a 3.25 ERA for the “Doin’ the Little Things” White Sox who’d shock baseball by compiling... Read more »
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Making sense of the Adam LaRoche situation

Making sense of the Adam LaRoche situation
We wrote about the start of the Adam LaRoche insanity last Wednesday and now that the chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has stepped in, hopefully the situation will be cooled for now. Partially because Reinsdorf has essentially told everyone to just stop talking about it. “Per my request, White Sox employees will no longer discuss this matter... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Oh-wee-oh, goodbye Magglio.

This Day in White Sox History: Oh-wee-oh, goodbye Magglio.
February 7, 2005 – After one of the more acrimonious disputes in team history, four time All-Star Magglio Ordonez signed a free agent deal with Detroit. Ordonez engaged Sox management in a ‘war of words’ over how he was treated, the contract offered to him and his health status. Magglio’s agent, Scott Boras, refused to turn over medical information, which infuriated GM Kenny... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Sox sign Iguchi

This Day in White Sox History: Sox sign Iguchi
January 27, 2005 – So who needs scouts (just joking). Sox GM Kenny Williams signed Japanese second baseman Tadahito Iguchi after watching video tape on him. Iguchi turned into a very solid second baseman and second hitter in the lineup – delivering defense, home runs and RBIs to a team that would go on to take the World Series. Iguchi’s three run home... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Lucky Loaiza

This Day in White Sox History: Lucky Loaiza
January 24, 2003 – Sometimes luck plays a part in things, sometimes a very big part.  On this date, Sox GM Kenny Williams signed free agent pitcher Esteban Loaiza to a contract. Loaiza was expected to round out the back end of the rotation and he did much more than that. By the end of the season he had won 21 games, started the... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Sox acquire Bartolo Colon from Montreal.

This Day in White Sox History: Sox acquire Bartolo Colon from Montreal.
January 15, 2003 – Another bold stab by GM Kenny Williams as he acquired starter Bartolo Colon as part of a three way deal with Montreal and the Yankees. Colon had a good season for the Sox – 15 wins, 242 innings pitched and 173 strikeouts before inking a large deal with Anaheim where he’d win the Cy Young Award. Williams brought him back... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Short re-energizes the team & Shouldergate

This Day in White Sox History: Short re-energizes the team & Shouldergate
January 14, 1963 – It was the move that re-energized the franchise and led directly to back-to-back-to-back 90+ win seasons in 1963, 1964 and 1965. Sox GM Ed Short traded shortstop Luis Aparicio and outfielder Al Smith to the Orioles for third baseman Pete Ward, outfielder Dave Nicholson, shortstop Ron Hansen and relief pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm. Ward would be named Co-Rookie of the Year (with teammate Gary Peters) and... Read more »
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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 »
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