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Flashing Back...

...with Richard Lindberg.

another EXCLUSIVE from White Sox Interactive!   

Every month Mark Liptak will speak with a former White Sox player or member of the media on the team, the history, and the issues. We hope you fans will get as much enjoyment reading it as White Sox Interactive does bringing it to you.

ML: Let’s end this with a round of "word association". I’ll give you the name of someone associated with the Sox. Tell me the first thing that comes into your mind.

Dick Allen- "Produced thrills galore, caused rising expectations, ultimately disappointed because of his actions..."

Richard Lindberg

Bill Veeck- "A visionary, who I think was troubled by his insecurities..."

Roland Hemond- "A kind, gracious man, a gentleman and one of the best General Managers..."

Harry Caray- "The Pied Piper of Sox fandom..."

Gary Peters- "My first Sox hero, a great pitcher, he wasn’t quite the next Billy Pierce..."

Luis Aparicio- "The best shortstop that I have ever seen..."

Juan Pizarro- "Temperamental, eccentric and had a wicked curve ball..."

Jerry Reinsdorf- "A nice man but too often is his own worst enemy..."

Bob Elson- "A broadcast pioneer who was out of touch and out of date by the 1960's..."

Nellie Fox- "Mr. White Sox, the spirit of the "Go-Go" era, the living embodiment of the team for 15 years..."

Richie Zisk- "Judas. He had a great thing in Chicago but he followed the money and his career fizzled..."

Denny McLain- "Cut on the last day of training camp in 1963. The worst mistake ever made by Ed Short (then Sox General Manager...)

Pete Ward- "Great batting stance, father was a goalie in the National Hockey League..."

Joe Horlen- "Cy Young denied, great pitcher but never got decent run support. Chewed a wad of Kleenex when he pitched..."

Kenny Williams- "Jury still is out, wait two or three years then we’ll see..."

"Goose" Gossage- "Wish we had him now! Intense, great fastball, late bloomer..."

"Bucky" Dent- "The Sox version of Michael J. Fox, always a "gee wiz" smile on his face..."

Chet Lemon- "Great acquisition, solid player, never lived up to expectations because I don’t think he worked hard enough..."

Tommy John- "Great pitcher, no nonsense on the mound, ground ball after ground ball, great sinker, articulate...would love to see him in the broadcasting booth with Hawk Harrelson..."

Eddie Stanky- "I miss him, flamboyant, hysterical, never knew what he’d do, not the best  manager but lively..." 

You can learn more about Richard Lindberg and his extensive set of Sox books at Rich's official site,

As always your thoughts, questions and comments are appreciated. E-mail me at

Editor's Note:  Mark Liptak is an experienced sports journalist, holding several awards for both his electronic and print media work.  He has held numerous sports reporting positions for various TV and newspaper organizations, including Director of Sports for KNOE-TV (Monroe, Louisiana) and KPVI-TV (Pocatello, Idaho), and sports writer for the Idaho Falls Free Press, where his column "Lip Service" has appeared for for a number of years.  "Lip", his wife, and cats presently live in Chubbuck, Idaho, where they collectively comprise 100 percent of the Pocatello River Valley's long-time Sox Fan population.  

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