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Lip Man 1
12-01-2006, 12:55 PM
The "Trade".....

December 2, 1971 - It was the trade that perhaps saved the franchise. Sox player personnel director Roland Hemond sent pitcher Tommy John and infielder Steve Huntz to the Dodgers for disgruntled slugger Dick Allen. Allen, one of the most prolific talents in the game, marched to his own drummer and was deemed difficult to handle by other teams and managers. Somehow Sox skipper Chuck Tanner, who knew the Allen family for years, got the best out of him. Allen would almost single handedly lead the team to the 1972 playoffs, winning the American League’s MVP. He’d win two home run titles in his three years on the South Side and be named to three All Star teams. His popularity kept the turnstiles spinning and kept the White Sox solvent.

An hour later Hemond steals pitcher Stan Bahnsen from the Yankees for infielder Rich McKinney. Bahnsen would go on to win 21 games in 1972. (Both Hemond and Tanner talk about Allen and his days with the White Sox in their White Sox Interactive interviews. In addition Carlos May, Ed Hermann, Mike Andrews and Wilbur Wood discuss him as a teammate in their WSI Interviews.)

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The Critic
12-01-2006, 04:45 PM
Allen is still my favorite Sox player, mostly because he was my first favorite Sox player.
I was 8 when the Sox got Allen, and I thought he was an absolute monster.

StatManDu
12-02-2006, 02:21 PM
Somebody once said it takes a good pitcher to lose 20 games in a season. That is certainly true based on the list of Sox pitchers who have accomplished that feat. In honor of the anniversary of Stan Bahnsen’s acquisition (the last Sox pitcher – along with Wibur Wood – to lose 20 in a season), here are franchise’s 20-game losers:
Pitcher, year Losses
Patsy Flaherty, 1903...................25
Ed Walsh, 1910.........................20
Jim Scott, 1913..........................20*
Roy Wilkinson, 1921..................20
Ted Lyons, 1929........................20
Pat Caraway, 1931.....................24
Ted Lyons, 1933.........................21
Eddie Smith, 1942.......................20
Bill Wight, 1948...........................20
Wilbur Wood, 1973.....................20*
Stan Bahnsen, 1973......................21
Wilbur Wood, 1975......................20
Hall of Famers in italics; *also won 20 that season.

SOXSINCE'70
12-02-2006, 05:26 PM
That trade gave me hope that a championship
could be acheived on the South Side.I was 9 1/2 when
that trade was made.It only took 34 more years for the
dream to become reality.:D: