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NADA SURF
04-20-2008, 02:51 AM
I was at Don & Charlies Steakhouse in Scottsdale Saturday night, a restaurant that has a lot of Chicago sports memorabilia all over the walls...
In front of me was an older painting of Roland Hemond behind a desk on the phone...
Listed on the painting were, apparently, what he felt were his best deals...
The ones I remember on there were:
Tommy John for Dick Allen...
$20k for Jim Kaat...
Bucky Dent for Lamarr Hoyt (don't know why Oscar Gamble wasn't added in this one)...
Lamarr Hoyt for Ozzie Guillen...
Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen...
Stan Bahnsen for Chet Lemon...
Ross Baumgarten for Vance Law...
and one or two others I can't remember...
I was wondering if any of you have seen this painting anywhere?

NADA SURF
04-25-2008, 04:19 PM
...at the popularity of this thread.

WhiteSox5187
04-25-2008, 04:25 PM
He was a pretty good GM. Firing him in exchange for Hawk might have been the worst move Jerry has made. That move not only cost us Roland, but also cost us Tony La Russa and David Dombrowski.

Lip Man 1
04-25-2008, 04:32 PM
Nada:

Roland is one of my favorite people in the world and an absolute joy to talk baseball with. But a lot of this has already been covered at length here and maybe folks didn't want to repeat themselves.

Look for his WSI interview on the site for many of the details.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=11&id=3040

Lip

NADA SURF
04-27-2008, 03:09 AM
I was just wondering if anyone had seen the pic...It was pretty cool.Nada:

Roland is one of my favorite people in the world and an absolute joy to talk baseball with. But a lot of this has already been covered at length here and maybe folks didn't want to repeat themselves.

Look for his WSI interview on the site for many of the details.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=11&id=3040

Lip

NADA SURF
04-27-2008, 03:18 AM
I covered an old Phoenix Firebirds game in like 1997 and sat in the press box with Hemond and another writer. The other writer asked him if he remembered every minor league ballpark he had been to. Hemond wrote out on a piece of paper like 133 ballparks or something like that...

I was a major fan during the Veeck-Hemond years (not quite as much, since) and had the feeling he wouldn't remember who he traded to get Jerry Koosman...

He said, "I can picture the guy" and I gave him a few innings to think.

He gave up. It was a guy named Randy Johnson, a tall left-handed hitter.



Nada:

Roland is one of my favorite people in the world and an absolute joy to talk baseball with. But a lot of this has already been covered at length here and maybe folks didn't want to repeat themselves.

Look for his WSI interview on the site for many of the details.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=11&id=3040

Lip

Lip Man 1
04-27-2008, 01:30 PM
Actually it was three players according to Retrosheet but the deal was still a steal for the Sox:

Traded by Minnesota Twins (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1981/TM_MIN1981.htm) to Chicago White Sox (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1981/TM_CHA1981.htm) in exchange for Ivan Mesa, Ronnie
Perry, cash and a player to be named later (August 30, 1981 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1981/08301981.htm)); Minnesota Twins (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1981/TM_MIN1981.htm)
received Randy Johnson (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/J/Pjohnr101.htm) (September 2, 1981 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1981/09021981.htm)).

Lip

NADA SURF
04-27-2008, 10:54 PM
I remember Randy Johnson hitting a couple of long fly balls to the wall in a late call-up and he was another guy Harry Caray was really high on...
I never saw him again...If I remember right, Randy Johnson was the guy the Twins really wanted...
Hemond said, "Oh yeah. I can picture the guy...congratulations, you stumped me."