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12-10-2006, 12:23 PM
I'm posting this for Lip.

December 11, 1973 - It was one of the worst deals ever made by Roland Hemond. The Sox acquire Cubs star Ron Santo after Santo refuses a deal to the Angels. Santo, who may have been able to be picked up on waivers, is acquired for three players, including pitcher Steve Stone. Santo did very little in his one season with the White Sox and was considered a clubhouse cancer often getting into disagreements with Dick Allen. (Carlos May, a teammate of Santo and Allen that season, recalls one incident between the two in his interview with White Sox Interactive.)

December 11, 1975 - Roland Hemond sends third baseman Bill Melton and pitcher Steve Dunning to California for first baseman Jim Spencer and outfielder Morris Nettles. Melton had a bad back and had worn out his welcome getting into a shouting match in a Milwaukee hotel lobby with broadcaster Harry Caray. Spencer meanwhile won a Gold Glove for his defensive prowess in 1977 saving many errors. He also had 18 home runs and 69 RBI’s for the “South Side Hit Men”, twice driving in eight runs in a game.)

December 11, 1980 - Edward DeBartolo is voted down by other American League owners in his attempt to buy the White Sox from Bill Veeck. DeBartolo, the man who ‘invented’ the modern shopping mall in Boardman, Ohio may have had connections with organized crime. He also owned horse racing tracks and wasn’t from the Chicago area. In an effort to appease then commissioner Bowie Kuhn, DeBartolo agreed to move to Chicago at least 20% of the time to have an idea of what was going on with the franchise. His compromises fell on deaf ears as he only received three ‘yes’ votes. The way was then opened for the group headed by Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn to get the franchise.

December 11, 1981 - Another fine deal pulled off by Roland Hemond. He sent shortstop Todd Cruz and outfielder Rod Allen to the Mariners for Tom “Wimpy’ Paciorek. Tom would lead the team in hitting in 1983 and was one of the craziest guys to ever do commercials for the club. After he retired he worked in the broadcasting booth from 1988 through 1999.

December 11, 1996 - After losing star pitcher Alex Fernandez to free agency and claiming that starting pitcher Kevin Tapani was "faking" an injury to his pitching hand (an injury that would force Tapani to miss the first half of the 1997 season with the Cubs), the Sox sign pitcher Jamie Navarro to a four year, twenty million dollar deal. Navarro is a complete bust. Making matters worse is General Manager Ron Schueler’s refusal to talk with the agents for Roger Clemens after he expressed an interest in the team. Schueler offers this infamous comment, "Roger Clemens is over the hill."