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grenda12
11-28-2010, 02:37 PM
When did the White Sox start displaying the retired numbers at the park?

What did they look like?

LITTLE NELL
11-28-2010, 03:56 PM
When did the White Sox start displaying the retired numbers at the park?

What did they look like?

In the old park on the right field wall in the mids 80s.
They were large baseballs with the retired number in the middle.
You can see them in this photo.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Comiskey_Park

grenda12
11-28-2010, 04:24 PM
In the old park on the right field wall in the mids 80s.
They were large baseballs with the retired number in the middle.
You can see them in this photo.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Comiskey_Park

Any closer photos of the baseballs?

Fenway
11-28-2010, 04:34 PM
Any closer photos of the baseballs?

http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/6306-000059.jpg

LITTLE NELL
11-28-2010, 08:13 PM
Any closer photos of the baseballs?


http://flyingsock.com/OldComiskey/images/comiskey42.jpg

Best I could find, Fenway's link isn't working.

Fenway
11-28-2010, 08:41 PM
http://flyingsock.com/OldComiskey/images/comiskey42.jpg

Best I could find, Fenway's link isn't working.

Mine was similar - I dunno why it isn't working

grenda12
11-28-2010, 08:46 PM
http://flyingsock.com/OldComiskey/images/comiskey42.jpg

Best I could find, Fenway's link isn't working.

Thank you. Did they do anything else between the baseballs to the now murals

LITTLE NELL
11-28-2010, 09:17 PM
Thank you. Did they do anything else between the baseballs to the now murals

IIRC, before the murals went up in left field in the new park they had the retired numbers on the facade of the upper deck down the right field foul line.

Max Power
11-29-2010, 12:30 PM
IIRC, before the murals went up in left field in the new park they had the retired numbers on the facade of the upper deck down the right field foul line.

They were on the facade of the club level. I believe they were split between the left and right field sides. The last name and number were listed in a ribbon-like design. It was a pretty underwhelming tribune to the greatest players in team history. The current display is much better.

LITTLE NELL
11-29-2010, 02:25 PM
IIRC, before the murals went up in left field in the new park they had the retired numbers on the facade of the upper deck down the right field foul line.

They were on the facade of the club level. I believe they were split between the left and right field sides. The last name and number were listed in a ribbon-like design. It was a pretty underwhelming tribune to the greatest players in team history. The current display is much better.

You are right , I stand corrected. I have a large picture of Comiskey II in the late 90s in a book called Historic ballparks and its too large to scan but there are 4 numbers on the 1st base line ( Fox, Baines, Appling and Minoso) and 3 numbers on the 3rd base line ( Aparicio, Lyons and Pierce) and they are on the facade of the club level seats.

I took these pictures in 1991, the parks first year and they had not put up the retired numbers yet on the facade of the club level

SephClone89
11-29-2010, 04:42 PM
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=6834&stc=1&d=1291060856http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=6833&stc=1&d=1291060856



:puking:

I don't even recognise that as being our park.

soltrain21
11-29-2010, 04:45 PM
:puking:

I don't even recognise that as being our park.

It was so ugly.

RedHeadPaleHoser
11-29-2010, 05:32 PM
:puking:

I don't even recognise that as being our park.

I recognize the symmetry of the aisleways. Other than that, I'm glad we can look back and see what we had so we can take greater pride in what we have now.

Foulke You
11-29-2010, 09:31 PM
They were on the facade of the club level. I believe they were split between the left and right field sides. The last name and number were listed in a ribbon-like design. It was a pretty underwhelming tribune to the greatest players in team history. The current display is much better.
Yeah, the club level "tribute" to the retired numbers was underwhelming and a lot of fans didn't even know it was there. A lot of Sox fans complained about it for years and they finally fixed it earlier this decade. Overall, they have done a nice job with the retired numbers now. I like how the player's faces along with the name and number are up on the wall. I still think they should put a Joe Jackson pic up on the wall even though they didn't use numbers back then. He is a very recognizable icon from our team's history despite the 1919 controversy.

LongLiveFisk
11-29-2010, 10:58 PM
:puking:

I don't even recognise that as being our park.

It was so ugly.

Yeah it was pretty sterile and generic looking. Only the outside of the ballpark looked nice, IMO.

Hitmen77
11-30-2010, 09:55 AM
:puking:
I don't even recognise that as being our park.

There is something about that shade of blue that screams "plastic!!". Yes, i know the new green seats are plastic too, but there was something about the blue plus all the exposed concrete that made the park look sterile.

The new roof over the UD also really changes the look of the park vs. the old "roof" that simply looked terrible.

It's amazing how much they were able to improve the park.

Yeah, the club level "tribute" to the retired numbers was underwhelming and a lot of fans didn't even know it was there. A lot of Sox fans complained about it for years and they finally fixed it earlier this decade. Overall, they have done a nice job with the retired numbers now. I like how the player's faces along with the name and number are up on the wall.

I remember thinking that this was just typical for the new park - as if their goal was to make everything look generic and underwhelming.

I still think they should put a Joe Jackson pic up on the wall even though they didn't use numbers back then. He is a very recognizable icon from our team's history despite the 1919 controversy.

I don't know about his picture up on the outfield wall, but I agree with the idea that the Sox pay tribute somewhere to Joe Jackson. Maybe a mural somewhere else in the park or something.....not necessarily a statue. He, of course, has no number to retire anyway since he played before there were numbered uniforms.

.....speaking of statues, am I missing something or is there not a statue of Luke Appling at the park.:scratch: If not, then why did they not honor him with a statue? I know they can't just jam the concourse full of statues, but this is Luke Appling we're talking about here.

gobears1987
12-01-2010, 10:25 AM
.....speaking of statues, am I missing something or is there not a statue of Luke Appling at the park.:scratch: If not, then why did they not honor him with a statue? I know they can't just jam the concourse full of statues, but this is Luke Appling we're talking about here.

I believe the Sox said at one point every player whose number has been retired will get a statue so he will get one eventually. Just be patient as it seems like they are doing one every other year or so.

parlaycard
12-01-2010, 11:34 AM
.....speaking of statues, am I missing something or is there not a statue of Luke Appling at the park.:scratch: If not, then why did they not honor him with a statue? I know they can't just jam the concourse full of statues, but this is Luke Appling we're talking about here.

Or how about instead of giving making this seasons season ticket holder gift a Juan Pierre bobblehead, they recognize one of the Sox players from the past like Billy Pierce, Louis Aparicio, Dick Allen, Wilbur Wood or Luke Appling.

Juan Pierre, Andruw Jones and Nick Swisher, but never a Mark Buehrle. What kind of sense does that make?