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Lip Man 1
01-13-2007, 12:30 PM
This Date In Sox History:

January 14, 1963 - It was the move that re-energized the franchise and led directly to back to back to back 90 or more win seasons in 1963, 1964 and 1965. It may have been the greatest trade in franchise history. Sox G. M. Ed Short traded shortstop Luis Aparicio and outfielder Al Smith to the Orioles for 3rd baseman Pete Ward, outfielder Dave Nicholson, shortstop Ron Hansen and relief pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm. Ward would be named Co-Rookie of the Year (with teammate Gary Peters) and would supply power for the next few seasons. Nicholson, who struck out far to much, still had 22 home runs and 70 RBIís in 1963. Hansen would be one of the best defensive shortstops in the league and hit as many as twenty home runs in a season, at a time when shortstops simply didnít do that. Wilhelm became the top relief pitcher in the 1960's. In his six years with the Sox, heíd win 41 games and save 98 while producing some astonishingly low ERAís considering he threw the knuckleball. In his first 18 innings on the South Side for example, in 1963, he allowed one run! (Ward talks about the deal and his reaction to it in his interview with White Sox Interactive.)

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TommyJohn
01-13-2007, 12:39 PM
Luis cursed the Sox after the trade, saying that they wouldn't win a pennant
for another 40 years. I only know this because of the numerous poems and
plays written about it, the number of times the media has mentioned it, and
the numerous times the media and Sox fans blamed the next 40 years of
failure on it. Oh, wait a minute...

PaleHoseGeorge
01-13-2007, 01:21 PM
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Lip

Ron Hansen would never be confused with a Hall of Famer like Luis Aparicio, but you have to admit the guy has a HOF nose.
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"Whataya talkin' about! It was Hansen's all-time Sox shortstop fielding percentage record I broke back in 2001. Hansen was the GREATEST White Sox shortstop of all-time! AND I BEAT HIM!!! It's a record that will probably last forever!!!!"