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1983 Remembered!
Next year is here!

By Mark Liptak

Can it really be twenty years? It can't be...can it? Twenty years ago this September 17th, the White Sox won their first championship in 24 years when they beat the Seattle Mariners to take the American League's Western Division crown.


Carlton Fisk, C

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The win in the bottom of the 9th , set off an orgy of emotion not seen since 1959 and capped off an amazing year that began with turmoil, started to change in mid season and by the second half was an unstoppable force roaring its way to a major league best 99 wins and a record twenty game lead in the division.

As the White Sox honor that 1983 club the weekend of September 5th, we here at White Sox Interactive turn on the "wayback" machine and return to those days bringing you the sounds on the field and the events that were going on in the world.

Setting The Scene

The Sox finished the 1982 season at 87-75 and were viewed by most of the national press as a team to watch in 1983. That view was confirmed when the Sox signed the top free agent in the off season, pitcher Floyd Bannister, who led the American League in strike outs in 1982. The Sox outbid sixteen other clubs for his services including George Steinbrenner's Yankees. When the final offer was announced, five years 4.5 million, Steinbrenner was aghast. He called the Sox owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn, the "Katzenjammer Kids," and expressed regret that he ever voted against Eddie DeBartolo who attempted to buy the club in the Winter of 1981 and was rejected by the owners. After DeBartolo was turned down, Reinsdorf and Einhorn got control. What shocked Steinbrenner was that just a few days before signing Bannister, Reinsdorf publicly announced that he felt free agent spending had to end. (Shades of Albert Belle!)

With Bannister in the fold, the Sox headed to spring training in Sarasota, Florida confident and seemingly ready to go. Their spring record of 20-7 was the best in baseball but manager Tony LaRussa knew all was not what it seemed. The Sox were counting on rookies like Ron Kittle, Scott Fletcher and Greg Walker to make major contributions and that was asking a lot of inexperienced youth. LaRussa told general manager Roland Hemond privately not to expect this team to get off to a quick start.

LaRussa was also very concerned about the Sox defense and knew that to win a championship, it simply had to be better then it was in 1982. Courtesy: Chicago White Sox.
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April: 8-10. 

The Sox started the season with a resounding thud dropping three in a row at Texas to open the campaign. Fletcher and Walker committed costly errors and Jim Kern, expected to be the Sox closer, blew apart his elbow in the second game and was lost for the season.

Meanwhile back in Chicago the Sox fired studio announcer Jimmy Piersall for ripping ownership and Carlton Fisk. Piersall took his show to WMAQ radio where he continued to blast at the Sox hierarchy.

After winning two games in Detroit, the Sox took on Baltimore in the home opener. Bannister got the start and lasted less then two innings giving up seven runs and getting booed off the mound.

One rookie who did produce from the start was Kittle. "Kitty" hammered a three run home run in Detroit on April 10th, then knocked in six runs in the second of a two game series against the Orioles as the Sox would win 12-10.

Top TV Shows From 1983

Hill Street Blues
Cheers
Taxi
Cagney & Lacey
The Thorn Birds
Motown 25
Dynasty

Ron wasn't lacking in confidence which is one reason why he was able to contribute immediately.
Courtesy: WFLD-TV.
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The Sox would take two of three at home, against Detroit, but not before almost getting placed in the record books for the wrong reason.. On April 15th, former Cub Milt Wilcox was one out away from a perfect game when Jerry Hairston ripped a pinch single ending the masterpiece. Wilcox would settle for a complete game, one hit shutout winning 6-0.

In that same series, Kittle would drill his 4th home run and hike his league RBI lead to fourteen. He was turning into a very special player.

On a day off after the Detroit series, the Sox extended manager Tony LaRussa's contract in an effort to let the fans and media know that he wasn't going anywhere after the season.

As for the rest of the month, the Sox split with New York, lost two of three to Cleveland, were beaten twice by Milwaukee and knocked off Toronto 9-3 to close out April.

The Day After:  It was not the start that everyone envisioned. Hitters like Fisk, Greg Luzinski and Harold Baines were in dreadful slumps, the defense was awful making twenty errors in the first fifteen games, the pitching was erratic with LaMarr Hoyt already at three losses, and tempers were beginning to heat up. Sox first baseman Tom Paciorek demanded a trade after getting replaced by Mike Squires saying "if the White Sox don't want a .300 hitter, somebody else will. This ain't exactly the 1927 Yankees, I want out." Paciorek later defended his actions saying that players who want to play are the ones that take you to a championship. Courtesy: WFLD-TV.
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May: 12-15.   Overall: 20-25

May began with another loss to the Blue Jays before beating the Brewers two out of three. Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf though was becoming VERY concerned with the direction of the club telling the Chicago Tribune, "the uproar about the Cubs has diverted attention, but soon they'll be writing columns about the way we're struggling." In that same Milwaukee series, Jerry Dybzinski replaced Fletcher at shortstop and Vance Law moved in full time at 3rd base..

It looked like the Sox were turning things around beating Cleveland two of three but that was quickly forgotten in the wake of a disastrous nine days that saw the Sox lose two straight to the Blue Jays, drop two of three to the Yankees and get swept in three by Baltimore. The New York highlight was Walker's two RBI sacrifice fly in the lone win. That Orioles series saw Richard Dotson toss a one hitter and lose 1-0 as the lone Baltimore hit was an opposite field home run by "Disco" Danny Ford that went all of 308 feet.

By the middle of the month the Sox had made 34 errors in 26 games, an unheard of pace.


Julio Cruz, 2B
Brought to the Sox in the mid-season trade that is frequently cited as the turning point of the season for the '83 "Winning Ugly" Sox.

After beating the Royals two of three, the Sox dropped two of three to Boston, followed that up by winning three of four from Texas as Kittle continued hitting at a torrid clip, and splitting two with the Red Sox to close out the month.

But something was slowly happening to the club. On May 24th the Sox blew out Boston 12-4. They hit five home runs handing Doug Bird his first loss in a few years of starting. Luzinski drilled his 5th home run in five consecutive games, a White Sox record and LaRussa had decided to move Fisk into the number two position in the batting order. It would turn out to be a stroke of genius and totally unexpected. Sox beat writer for the Chicago Sun Times, Ron Rapoport commented on the move. Courtesy: WFLD-TV.
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And so May ended with the Sox winning four of six but they weren't quite over the hump just yet.

June: 18-10.   Overall: 38-35

The month started with a win over Boston, then the Sox took three of five from Kansas City. On the 3rd Luzinski picked up his 1,000 career RBI in a 2-0 win with Jerry Koosman getting the shut out of the Royals.

The Sox headed West and lost two of three to the Angels before going up to Oakland and the turning point of the season.

That series started with a fifteen inning loss on Friday night. During this marathon, Sox owners Reinsdorf and Einhorn talked to each other long distance and discussed what could be done to turn the season around. That discussion included talk of firing LaRussa and as Einhorn explained they also brought in special assistant Bobby Winkles to look the situation over and give them his viewpoint. Courtesy: WFLD-TV.
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On Saturday Hoyt couldn't hold the lead and the Sox lost again. Then on Sunday the Sox turned the season around sweeping a twin bill thanks to Kittle, Walker, Koosman and Dick Tidrow who got a huge save in game one.

The Sox came back home to split with the Angels and to make a trade which would energize the club. At the deadline Roland Hemond shipped popular second baseman Tony Bernazard to the Mariners for Julio Cruz. Some fans were upset by it, but Cruz gave the Sox better defense and more speed at the bottom of the lineup. With Britt Burns tossing a complete game 1-0 shutout, the Sox beat Oakland two of three. They then swept the Mariners to get back to the .500 mark at 33-33 on June 22nd. Showing that he wasn't to old to pull a prank, Koosman somehow got Gaylord Perry's false teeth out of the locker room and left them out on the mound for him.

Chicago's South Siders would move over the .500 mark for good by hammering the Twins three of four. Kittle hit the fifty RBI mark on the 23rd which led the league, and on the 26th off of Brian Oelkers, Luzinski would dial up the first of his three rooftop shots. Here's the call thanks to Sox announcer Joe McConnell. Courtesy: SportsVision.
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The Sox ended the month taking two of three from Seattle at the Kingdome. On the 29th it was announced that Kittle, leading the league with eighteen home runs and having knocked in 54 RBI's made the All Star Team. The Sox seemingly had turned the corner for good on the season.

July: 15-13.   Overall: 53-48

But it would be another three weeks before the Sox could say with certainty they were going places as July would prove to be the most unusual month of the season.

The month began with the Sox splitting four games in Minnesota before coming home for the All Star Break. On the "golden anniversary" of the first game, July 6th, the American League would hammer the National League 13-3 behind the first ever All Star Game grand slam, off the bat of Chicago native Fred Lynn. The highlight for White Sox fans, at Comiskey Park, was when Kittle stepped up to the plate facing the Braves Pascual Perez and rapped out an infield single. Vin Scully handles the play by play. Courtesy: NBC Sports.
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After the break, the Sox dropped two of three to the Brewers. One of those games took four hours and eleven minutes, the longest nine inning game in American League history. The Sox would lose it 12-9. That was followed by a sweep of Cleveland and what was significant and an indication of what was about to come, Burns, Bannister and Hoyt all threw complete games. But the team's inconsistency returned with three losses in four game to Toronto.

1983 #1 Songs During Baseball Season

Come On Eileen- Dexys Midnight Runners

Beat It- Michael Jackson

Let's Dance-David Bowie

Flashdance-Irene Cara

Every Breath You Take-The Police

Sweet Dreams- Eurythmics

Maniac- Michael Sembello

Tell Her About It - Billy Joel

Total Eclipse Of The Heart- Bonnie Tyler

The Sox then hit the road taking two of three in Cleveland. On the 18th the Sox moved into first place beating the Tribe on ABC's Monday Night Baseball 5-3. Fisk ended the game picking Pat Tabler off first base. The horror show that was Milwaukee's County Stadium was next and the Sox obliged by losing three of the four games with two games being lost by the bullpen in the late innings. With the then first place Toronto Blue Jays up next, the Sox responded by winning three of four to increase their lead in the division to 2.5 games. On the 27th, Kittle hit his 23rd home run tying him for the league lead.

The Sox came home and took two of three from the Yankees before 125,000 fans. On Saturday night of that series, with over 46, 000 in the park, Dotson would toss a complete game winning
5-1.

He'd get help in the 5th inning as Paciorek would get an RBI single off Shane Rawley. "Hawk" Harrelson told the story. Courtesy: SportsVision.
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In the 7th inning, it was Luzinski with the big blow, a line drive that split the gap and rolled to the wall scoring Fisk and making it 5-1. Dale Murray was on the mound. Don Drysdale called it. Courtesy: SportsVision.
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Dotson closed the show with a flourish blowing one by former Sox' Oscar Gamble to wrap things up. Don Drysdale is again behind the mic. Courtesy: SportsVision.
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So as the month ended the Sox appeared to be in control of their own destiny. The Angels were crippled by injuries, the Royals implicated in an ominous drug scandal but few fans could predict what was about to explode and how the race would be over literally in a matter of weeks.

August: 22-9.   Overall: 75-57

The hottest month in Chicago would see the Sox play even hotter. Before the Monday Night Baseball crew including Howard Cosell, Luzinski would blast home runs in his first two at bats including his second roof shot of the season leading to a 5-1 win. This game drew over 44,000 breaking the all time park record for a four game series. 172,000 came for the Yankees series breaking the 1963 mark.

The Sox then took two of three from Detroit, then went back to Baltimore where they took two of three. However the loss on the 5th was disheartening. With two outs in the 9th inning Tidrow and Dennis Lamp gave up five straight singles to blow the game 5-4. On the plus side Luzinski stayed on fire cracking his 6th home run in the last ten games he had played in. The Sox ended the road trip taking two out of three from the Tigers.

They came back home to split four with the Orioles but should have won three of four. On the 14th in a tight game versus Scott McGregor, Fisk drilled what looked like a two run home run into the first row of seats along the left field line. As he was rounding the bases, home plate umpire Greg Kosc changed the call to a ground rule double saying a fan reached out and caught the ball below the level of the top of the wall. LaRussa and the Sox went ballistic with Tony getting tossed from the game. As he was leaving, he ripped up third base and threw it towards the Sox dugout. Up in the TV booth Harrelson was berating Kosc for overturning the call. After the game the fan called Jimmy Piersall's radio show to explain his side of the story. TV replays seemed to show conclusively that it was a home run. This was the beginning of a long feud between Kosc and the White Sox. Without the home run the Sox would lose the game 2-1.

Top Movies
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The Big Chill
Terms of Endearment
Fanny & Alexander
The Right Stuff

Academy Award Best Picture:
Gandhi
 

Instead of getting down, the Sox went to New York and swept the Yankees for the first time since 1975. Bannister won his 8th straight and Burns got another 1-0 win. Then it was on to Texas where
Rangers manager Doug Rader made a comment to the Dallas media about the Sox "winning ugly..." The comment was taken as an insult by the players who used it as a rallying cry to hammer the Rangers three of four. The lead was up to nine games in the division and "Winnin' Ugly" shirts were the range of the city.

But the Sox road trip still had a few stops. They went to Kansas City, taking two of three from the Royals. Monday Night Baseball was back again, and the Sox delivered again in a 3-1 win. Luzinski and Cruz with home runs. The Sox ended the trip with a loss to Detroit in a make up game from earlier in the month.

Back home for the first time in two weeks, saw the Sox take two of three from the Red Sox. On the 28th, "Oil Can" Boyd was the victim of a third Luzinski roof top blast. The Pale Hose closed out a brilliant month sweeping two from Texas and besting Kansas City. In that game Kittle tied the Sox rookie home run record set by Zeke Bonura with twenty seven. Afterwards when the media talked to Ron about the accomplishment, Kittle dead panned "Oh yea Zeke...he was my hero."

September: 22-6.   Overall: 97-63

With a big lead and the race all but over, it was time for a victory lap as it were and some thrilling last inning heroics.

On the 1st the Sox beat Kansas City with Fisk tying the club record for home runs by a catcher set by Sherm Lollar in 1959. Both now had twenty two for the year.

It was on to Boston where the Red Sox won two of three, Kittle would set the Sox rookie home run record nailing his twenty eight on the 2nd.

Back home the Sox swept three from the A's. Fisk set the club home run record for catchers with a shot on the 5th. On the 6th Kittle would hit his first roof top home run with Chris Codiroli being the victim and on the 7th Luzinski would hit a home run with two out in the 9th to tie up the game. The Sox would win 8-7 in ten innings.

California was next with the Sox sweeping them in four. Burns would one hit the Angels on the 9th with former Sox star pitcher Tommy John getting raked by back to back to back home runs in the same game. It was Fisk, Paciorek and Luzinski doing the honors. The next night the Sox would trail 6-1 in the 9th before scoring twice. The had men on base when a one hour thirty three minute rain delay ensued. After the delay, Paciorek and Marc Hill hit RBI doubles tying the game at six. It was almost two AM when Baines hit a game winning home run in the 12th inning and a 7-6 Sox win.

The Sox split two at Minnesota before coming home to sweep the Mariners four straight to take the Western Division title. On the 15th, the Sox sent seventeen men to the plate and scored eleven times in the 6th inning of a 12-0 rain shortened seven inning win. Harold Baines had the big blow, a grand slam. "Hawk" Harrelson called the play. Courtesy: WMAQ radio.
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Hoyt would get win number twenty one. The 16th saw Bannister strike out twelve cutting the Sox magic number down to two, then it all came together on the 17th.

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FCC authorizes Motorola to test cell phones in Chicago area.
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237 Marines killed in Beirut terrorist bomb blast.
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U.S. invades Grenada.
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Sally Ride becomes first U.S. female astronaut.

That Saturday night the Sox waited out a rain delay and took a 3-1 lead into the 9th before the Mariners rallied to tie the game. In the bottom half, with almost 46 thousand on hand, Bill Caudill walked Cruz, Rudy Law and Fisk to load the bases. In came Ed Vande Berg to face Baines who hit a sacrifice fly to win the game and the title. Lorn Brown and Early Wynn were on hand. Courtesy: WMAQ radio.
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In the wild locker room celebration all kinds of emotions came out.  Drysdale calls the last out and Hawk Harrelson begins getting interviews inside the Sox clubhouse, including an emotional Tony LaRussa.  Courtesy:  Sportsvision/WGN-TV.
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It wasn't all fun and laughter.  Reinsdorf took this moment in front of a national audience (since WGN Superstation was allowed to pick up and broadcast the SportsVision feed) to rip former Sox announcers Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall. Reinsdorf stunned "Hawk" Harrelson during his interview by saying..."wherever you're at Harry and Jimmy, eat your hearts out. I hope people realize what scum you are." With that little aside out of the way, Harrelson was able to get both Reinsdorf and Einhorn to talk about what this title meant for them and Chicago. Courtesy: SportsVision / WGN-TV.
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Hawk also grabbed both of the veteran team leaders Fisk and Luzinski who explained what this club was all about. Courtesy: SportsVision / WGN-TV.
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After an all night party Mike Squires was selected to raise the championship flag on top of the right field roof. Squires got the honor because he had the longest seniority as a member of the White Sox organization. Oh yes, the Sox still beat Seattle despite the regulars resting and most of the club hung over.

The Sox closed out the home schedule taking two of three from Minnesota and drawing a then Chicago sports record crowd of 2,132,821 for the 1983 campaign.

Then it was on to California where the Sox put the wood to the Angels again. They swept them another four games with Dotson getting his 20th win on the 23rd. The Sox would drop two of three at Oakland as A's pitcher Mike Warren no hit them on the 29th. The regular season closed with a three game sweep in Seattle. With that, for the first time in 24 seasons, the Sox were in the playoffs where the pressure and stakes increased tenfold from the regular season. It was on to Baltimore!

1983 American League Championship Series

The Orioles won 98 games in 1983 and were very experienced. The core of the club played in the 1979 World Series, and barely missed winning the Eastern Division in 1982. They were fundamentally sound and were led by the "Dynamic Duo" of Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. The Sox had the edge in speed but everything else was dead even.

Game #1 was played on the afternoon of October 5th, it was rainy at Memorial Stadium which delayed the game forty two minutes in the 4th inning. It also rained fairly hard in the 9th inning but nothing could stop LaMarr Hoyt on this day. The burly right hander who said earlier in the season that he was pitching so well opposing batters couldn't even foul off his pitches, controlled the Birds allowing only five hits, going the distance in a 2-1 win over Scott McGregor.

The Sox scored first in the 3rd inning when a hard shot by Tom Paciorek got through the legs of former Sox player Todd Cruz and scored Rudy Law. Bob Costas has the play by play. Courtesy: NBC Sports.
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The Sox would get another run in the 6th on a double play grounder off the bat of Ron Kittle. It would score Paciorek. Meanwhile Baltimore was quiet until the 9th inning. Ripken would hit a soft single to left with two outs, knocking in pinch runner Tito Landrum (remember that name!), and bringing up Murray with a chance to win the game. But Hoyt would retire Murray and retire the game for the Sox. It's Sox announcers Joe McConnell and Early Wynn with the call. Courtesy: WMAQ radio.
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The snake-bitten lefty, pitched nine scoreless innings in the ALCS--only to serve a home run ball in the tenth.

So the Sox broke through first in the series, with Game #2 starting on the evening of the 6th. Floyd Bannister opposed rookie Mike Boddicker who was the last cut off the Baltimore club in spring training.

The O's scored first thanks to a Vance Law throwing error in the 2nd, and were up 2-0 in the 6th when Gary Roenicke slammed a two run home run, his third of the year off Floyd. That was more then enough for the Orioles because Boddicker completely baffled the Sox striking out fourteen, a League Championship Series record. So the series was tied at one heading back to Chicago.

Game #3 was Friday night, October 7th with 21 game winner Richard Dotson facing Mike Flanagan. This game was over quickly as Murray hammered a Dotson pitch deep into the left center field upper deck for a quick 3-0 lead. The Birds would destroy the Sox 11-1 but not before a full scale brawl almost took place. Flanagan drilled Kittle on the knee in the 4th inning, dislocating the kneecap and finishing him for the season. As Kittle told WSI in his interview, he felt it was deliberate and wanted to charge the mound be couldn't because he was in pain. After Dotson then hit Ripken and threw a pitch close to Murray's chin, Eddie waived his bat menacingly towards the mound which brought out Tony LaRussa who had to be restrained. The bottom line though was that Baltimore now led the series and the Sox simply had to win the fourth game to stay alive.

Saturday afternoon, October 8th, Game #4, a full house...Britt Burns against Storm Davis and perhaps the cruelest fate ever in the long history of the franchise was about to take place.

The Sox would leave eleven men on base and blow chance after chance to win the game but nothing could ever match the 7th inning.

Two singles started the frame, the first one knocking out Davis. He was replaced by "Tippy" Martinez. Jerry Dybzinski came up and tried to bunt, but the ball hit the edge of home plate, bounced straight up to catcher Rick Dempsey who threw to 3rd for the force play.

Vance Law was on second, Dybzinski on first with one out. Julio Cruz then hit a shot for his third hit of the game into left field. The ball was hit so hard that Law stopped at 3rd base. Dybzinski however kept running and wound up getting caught between second and third. Law then broke for the plate and was gunned down easily. Shocked fans in the stands couldn't believe what happened. Law would tell WSI that he always felt Jerry deliberately allowed himself to get in that rundown so that he (Law) could score, but the Orioles knew exactly what to do in that situation. Making matters worse was that Martinez balked and with runners on second and third, Rudy Law hit another smash to left field that hung up just long enough for Roenicke to grab it for the third out. That seventh inning saw the Sox get three hits...and no runs!

Burns pitched the game of his life that day shutting out Baltimore for nine innings, striking out eight but with the Sox blunders he didn't get the win. In the 10th, Landrum who was in right field that day, slammed a Burns pitch in the seats in left for the only run that mattered although the O's would get another pair off Salome Barojas to make the final 3-0.

As LaMarr Hoyt, Sunday night's 5th game starter and the rest of the Sox watched, the Orioles celebrated on the field and would go on to beat the Phillies in the World Series. It was all over for 1983.


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Aftermath: Denied a trip to the World Series, the White Sox virtually swept all the post season awards. LaMarr Hoyt won the Cy Young Award based on his 24-10 record. Hoyt, Carlton Fisk and Greg Luzinski were named to the season ending The Sporting News All Star Team which picked the top players from each position, regardless of league. Ron Kittle was named the Rookie Of The Year by The Sporting News and the Baseball Writers Association Of America, thanks to his 35 home runs and 100 RBI's. Kittle and Greg Walker were named to the All Rookie Teams chosen by Topps and Baseball Digest. Tony LaRussa was Manager Of The Year according to The Sporting News and the Baseball Writers Association Of America. Roland Hemond was named UPI Major League Executive Of The Year. Hoyt picked up the Pitcher of The Year Award from The Sporting News. Rich Dotson received the American League Pitcher Of The Month Award for September, while Hoyt and Harold Baines were named American League Player Of The Week for the week of August 28 and September 11 respectively. Luzinski also was named the D.H. Of The Year with 32 home runs and 95 RBI's.

In the off season the Sox made two moves of note, one of which turned out to be, at least a part of the reason for the tremendously disappointing 1984 season.

On December 6th the Sox acquired 6-6 RHP Ron Reed from the Phillies for a player to be named later. Reed, the former NBA player with the Detroit Pistons, went 9-1 with a 3.48 ERA for the National League Champions.

On January 23rd the Sox stunned the baseball world by taking future Hall Of Famer Tom Seaver in the compensation free agent draft. Seaver won nine games for a terrible Mets team in 1983 and had a 3.55 ERA. The Sox now boasted a starting rotation considered by most to be the best in baseball comprised of Hoyt, Dotson, Bannister, Seaver and Burns.

With the acquisition of Seaver, Jerry Koosman was expendable and he was shipped off to the Phillies. In hindsight both Jerry Reinsdorf and Ron Kittle, among others, felt that was a disastrous move robbing the Sox of a veteran presence, breaking up the clubhouse chemistry and taking away from other Sox pitchers, basically a second pitching coach on the club and someone they could go to for advice. One could only wonder if having both Seaver and Koosman on the 1984 White Sox might have caused another miracle, akin to the 1969 Mets club that both starred for.

If you are interested in learning more about the 1983 season, visit WSI's Exclusive Interviews.  Both Vance Law and Ron Kittle share their thoughts on that championship year with Mark Liptak.  Also visit WSI's History & Glory page.  You'll find even more Sox history and statistics, including the 1983 Winning Ugly season

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Where Are They Now?
(Courtesy: Chicago Tribune)

1B Mike Squires           (Scout, St. Louis Cardinals)
PH Jerry Hairston         (Manager, Bristol (Va.) White Sox)
LHP Kevin Hickey        (Lives in Chicago)
LHP Floyd Bannister     (Lives in Scottsdale, Arizona)
OF Rudy Law                (Lives in Inglewood, California)
C  Marc Hill                  (Manager, River City Rascals)
2B Scott Fletcher           (Assistant Coach, Emory University, Atlanta)
RHP Rich Dotson           (Pitching Coach, Great Falls (Mt.) White Sox)
RHP Salome Barojas      (Pitching Coach, Mexico City Red Devils)
LHP Juan Agosto           (Lives in Bradenton, Florida)
SS Jerry Dybzinski         (Lives in Fort Collins, Colorado)
DH Greg Luzinski          (Lives in Bay Harbor, Florida)
RHP LaMarr Hoyt         (Owns small business in South Carolina)
OF Harold Baines         (White Sox minor league hitting coach)
2B Tony Bernazard        (Special Assistant, MLBPA)
RHP Steve Mura            (Lives in Trabuco Canyon, California)
OF Ron Kittle                (Lives in Northwest Indiana, active in numerous charities)
LHP Jerry Koosman       (Lives in Hudson, Wisconsin)
RHP Dick Tidrow          (Vice President, player personnel San Francisco Giants)
C Carlton Fisk               (Lives in Lockport, Illinois)
LHP Britt Burns             (Pitching Coach, Erie (Pa.) Seawolves)
IF Chris Nyman             (Lives in Dittmer, Missouri)
1B Greg Walker             (Hitting Coach, Chicago White Sox)
RHP Dennis Lamp         (Lives in Long Beach, California)
3B Vance Law               (Head Coach, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah)
1B Tom Paciorek            (TV Analyst Fox Sports South)
C Joel Skinner                 (3rd Base Coach, Cleveland Indians)
3B Aurelio Rodriguez       (Deceased 2000)
2B Julio Cruz                  (Radio Color Analyst, Seattle Mariners)
3B Lorenzo Gray            (Lives in Lynwood, California)
OF Dave Stegman          (Lives in Grove City, Ohio)
OF Miguel Dilone           (Lives in Santiago, Dominican Republic)
OF Rusty Kuntz              (1st Base Coach, Pittsburgh Pirates)
IF Tim Hulett                  (Lives in Springfield, Illinois)
OF Casey Parsons         (Lives in Spokane, Washington)

LHP Guy Hoffman          (Lives in Bloomington, Illinois)
RHP Randy Martz          (Lives in East Alton, Illinois)
RHP Al Jones                 (Lives in Greenville, Mississippi)
RHP Jim Kern                (Lives in Arlington, Texas)
Mgn. Tony LaRussa         (Manager, St. Louis Cardinals)
Coach Art Kusnyer         (Bullpen Coach, Chicago White Sox)
Coach Dave Duncan        (Pitching Coach, St. Louis Cardinals)
Coach Dave Nelson         (1st Base Coach, Milwaukee Brewers)
Coach Ed Brinkman        (Retired, Lives in Cincinnati, Ohio)
Coach Charlie Lau         (Deceased 1984)
Coach Jimmy Leyland     (Retired, Lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Coach Loren Babe         (Deceased 1984)


As always comments, questions, corrections and criticisms are welcome. Contact me at mliptak1@ida.net

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