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Lip Man 1
03-11-2007, 12:15 PM
March 12, 1973 - Sox 3rd baseman and former A.L. home run champ, Bill Melton appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated. His caption reads, "Chicago Comes Out Swinging. Slugger Bill Melton.

http://i.cnn.net/si/si_online/covers/images/1973/0312_large.jpg

Lip

Tragg
03-11-2007, 12:27 PM
That pitcture just brought back a ton of memories for me - I hadn't seen or thought of that picture in 30 years, and BAM - it comes back immediately.

I was in high school, but I just knew we were going to win the division in 1973...never felt more confident coming into a season.

and we may have had Dick stayed healthy.

viagracat
03-11-2007, 12:35 PM
I'll never forget Caray and Piersall constantly ripping into Melton over his fielding. Never completely understood that. :?:

Ziggy S
03-11-2007, 03:59 PM
cat:IIRC Beltin Bill Melton was off the Sox by the time Piersal was hired. Carey could be a real jerk like that. Of course, IMO the players who let Haray's criticism get to them and LaRussa (one of the most overrated managers ever, half of his division titles and World Series appearances and ring with the A's are due to the Roid Bash Brothers and not his managerial genuis.), either just plainly sucked which proved Haray right or were a bunch of whining snivelling wimps just like Kent Mercker, Michael Barret, Dusty Baker, and the other Scrubs who whined about Steve Stone and Chip Carey during the 2004 season for not being overwhelmingly homeristic towards them.

Brian26
03-11-2007, 06:44 PM
either just plainly sucked which proved Haray right or were a bunch of whining snivelling wimps just like Kent Mercker, Michael Barret, Dusty Baker, and the other Scrubs who whined about Steve Stone and Chip Carey during the 2004 season for not being overwhelmingly homeristic towards them.

The criticism that Piersall and Caray placed on the some of the players back in the 70s and early 80s was a thousand times worse than anything Stone and Chip said in 2004 (which really does make those players look like whiners). Some of the stuff Harry and Jimmy would say was just so politically incorrect and outlandish by today's standards that it makes you cringe when you read it. Seriously- ripping into the player's wives and making fun on Latin guys who dropped pop-ups in the sun. Really deranged and unprofessional comments when you look back on it.

Lip Man 1
03-11-2007, 08:40 PM
It wasn't just Allen who got hurt in 1973. The Sox used the DL over 25 times that season. Among the players who missed serious time were Ken Henderson and Brian Downing.

Others like Carlos May and Melton had nagging injuries that never went away.

Plus you had the off the field stuff headed by then V.P. Stu Holcomb, who ordered Roland Hemond to simply release players if they wouldn't agree to contracts. Not try to trade them, outright release them. That's the way the Sox lost guys like Mike Andrews, Rick Reichardt, Ed Spezio and Jay Johnstone. When the injuries came the Sox had ZERO depth (unless you count guys like Chuck Brinkman, Rich Morales, Ken Frailing and John 'The Jet' Jeter as bona fide major leaguers)

When Holcomb ordered Hemond to release 21 game winner Stan Bahnsen, he refused. Instead he and Chuck Tanner went to owner John Allyn and said basically 'him (Holcomb) or us.' Holcomb was gone by the end of June but by then so was the season.

Lip

PaulDrake
03-12-2007, 08:41 AM
It wasn't just Allen who got hurt in 1973. The Sox used the DL over 25 times that season. Among the players who missed serious time were Ken Henderson and Brian Downing.

Others like Carlos May and Melton had nagging injuries that never went away.

Plus you had the off the field stuff headed by then V.P. Stu Holcomb, who ordered Roland Hemond to simply release players if they wouldn't agree to contracts. Not try to trade them, outright release them. That's the way the Sox lost guys like Mike Andrews, Rick Reichardt, Ed Spezio and Jay Johnstone. When the injuries came the Sox had ZERO depth (unless you count guys like Chuck Brinkman, Rich Morales, Ken Frailing and John 'The Jet' Jeter as bona fide major leaguers)

When Holcomb ordered Hemond to release 21 game winner Stan Bahnsen, he refused. Instead he and Chuck Tanner went to owner John Allyn and said basically 'him (Holcomb) or us.' Holcomb was gone by the end of June but by then so was the season.

Lip That was the most disappointing White Sox season of my lifetime. Yes, even more so than last year. They had momemtum from 72, and just shot out of the gate. Then came the injuries, and of course the antics of Mr. Holcomb. The 72 season turned out to be just a mirage, and by 75 they were all but ticketed to Seattle by the great minds that ran the AL in those days.

wilburaga
03-12-2007, 09:47 AM
It wasn't just Allen who got hurt in 1973. The Sox used the DL over 25 times that season. Among the players who missed serious time were Ken Henderson and Brian Downing.

Others like Carlos May and Melton had nagging injuries that never went away.

Plus you had the off the field stuff headed by then V.P. Stu Holcomb, who ordered Roland Hemond to simply release players if they wouldn't agree to contracts. Not try to trade them, outright release them. That's the way the Sox lost guys like Mike Andrews, Rick Reichardt, Ed Spezio and Jay Johnstone. When the injuries came the Sox had ZERO depth (unless you count guys like Chuck Brinkman, Rich Morales, Ken Frailing and John 'The Jet' Jeter as bona fide major leaguers)

When Holcomb ordered Hemond to release 21 game winner Stan Bahnsen, he refused. Instead he and Chuck Tanner went to owner John Allyn and said basically 'him (Holcomb) or us.' Holcomb was gone by the end of June but by then so was the season.

Lip

There have been 3 Jeters to play in the majors and, lucky us, the Sox employed the father and son team of Jet and Shawn.

W