View Full Version : History Repeat?

10-27-2001, 05:02 AM
"History tends to repeat itself."- A wise old man with a flowing
white beard.

It promised to be a great baseball season for the White Sox.
True, the Yankees of the previous year had been dominant as
usual, winning their third straight AL pennant. Still, the Sox had
been a strong team and looked to be even stronger this year
thanks to the acquisition of a 38 year old, clutch pitcher. True,
he was whracked by various physical ailments, but could still
dominate when called on.

The White Sox manager, a kindly, mystical sort believed that
the Yankees, despite their power and dominance, could be

Alas, it was not to be. The Sox stumbled out of the starting
gate and struggled all year long. It wasn't until halfway through
the season that they even got to the .500 mark. The big game
pitcher who was supposed to deliver the pennant was a bust,
and an old one at that. The season was considered a disappoint-
ment, despite an above .500 finish.

The Yankees, meanwhile, were explosive and dominant as
usual, blowing past everyone to win their fourth straight AL
pennant. It got to the point where fans were asking that wist-
fully nostalgic trivia question "what was the last AL team be-
sides the Yankees to play in the World Series?"

The answer to the question of course, was the Cleveland
Indians, who had won a surprise pennant four years earlier
then lost the Series in an even bigger surprise upset.

The Sox? Well, the mixture of youth and veterans obviously
didn't work out the way it was supposed to. Fans had to sit
and watch the Yankees play in the World Series yet AGAIN.

Then came 1959.........


10-27-2001, 12:25 PM
Whoa, that's weird...

Hopefully history can indeed repeat itself...

10-27-2001, 01:18 PM
one difference that I can think of is this---the Sox had a good young club until Veeck started giving players away--ala Norm Cash and John Callison and Al Downing--yes the same one that served up the Hammers 715--and who did we get for Apericio years later--I believe it was Luis Alverado--Gary Peters I believe also went in that deal--I dont know about all that comparing--it was a different time and we didnt make deals that needed to be made in order to strengthen the ballclub... even into the 70s--we gave Bucky Dent to NY, and if Kuhn hadnt have stepped in and mentioned the trade involving Hoyt that wouldve made that deal a complete bust--along comes JR who brings in Fisk and Luzinski, Seaver among others and it seems like the Sox are trying to win--then he messes that up by hiring first Ken Harrelson then Larry Himes as GM.