View Full Version : Article about '84 Sox in Cubune

02-18-2004, 10:52 PM
Not sure if this is meant as a precautionary warning to Cub fans this year or just another opportunity to stick it to the Sox, but here it is:

Recalling when the Sox had a 'sure' thing (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-040218soxview,0,2607964.story?coll=cs-home-headlines)

Here are a few quotes:

Alas, the Sox had lost their magic—or, more correctly, misplaced their bats—during the ALCS defeat at the hands of the Orioles, the eventual World Series champs. But they had shored up their weakest spot, the bullpen, by trading aging starter Jerry Koosman to the Phillies for reliever Ron Reed.

Youngsters like Harold Baines, Ron Kittle, Scott Fletcher and Greg Walker were only going to get better. The flashy second baseman, Julio Cruz, acquired the previous June, was going to be around the entire season. And the veteran core of Carlton Fisk, Greg Luzinski and Tom Paciorek was primed for a repeat.

But perhaps the biggest reason for optimism throughout Soxdom—a land much bigger then than it is today—was the starting pitching. The leader was Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt, 24-10 the season before and just 29. There was 28-year-old lefty Floyd Bannister, 16-10 with a 3.35 ERA in his first year with the Sox, who had made the former AL strikeout king the biggest free-agent signee of the previous off-season. (Imagine that.)

Then there were the "kids"—25-year-olds Richard Dotson and Britt Burns. Dotson had gone 22-7 in '83, Burns 10-11. But Burns had won 15, 10 and 13 games the previous three years.

02-18-2004, 11:16 PM
There's already a thread on this: