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Lip Man 1
11-25-2007, 01:27 PM
November 26, 1976 - It was a move that would pay large returns the following season. On this day, injured 3rd baseman Eric Soderholm signed a free agent deal with Bill Veeck and Roland Hemond. Soderholm would become Comeback Player Of The Year for 1977 and help lead the ‘South Side Hit Men’ to a remarkable season. (Soderholm in his interview with White Sox Interactive explained the whole story of how he signed with the team instead of the Twins.)

November 26, 1991 - The Sox hire Gene Lamont as the new field manager replacing Jeff Torborg. Lamont is hired after Pirates manager and former Sox coach Jim Leyland highly recommends him. Lamont was a coach on Leyland’s staff in Pittsburgh. The quiet, laid back, Lamont would win the American League’s Western Division title in 1993 and be named Manager of the Year for it. He’d also guide the Sox to the Central Division lead at the time of the labor impasse in 1994.

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chisox77
11-25-2007, 02:12 PM
Eric Soderholm was one of my favorite White Sox players of all time. He was eventually traded to Texas in return for Ed Farmer (during the 1979 season).

It was always my impression that Leyland did not want the White Sox job. I remember there was a big media push to get him. Lamont worked out okay.


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Lip Man 1
11-25-2007, 08:25 PM
At the time the Pirates were doing well so it was understandable that he wouldn't want to leave...however this isn't that well known but after the
Terry Bevington era, JR flew to talk to Leyland personally and ask if he'd like the job.

Leyland said no and it has been speculated with some authenticity that Leyland was very upset at the way Lamont's firing was handled and turned his back on the franchise that gave him his major league coaching debut under Tony LaRussa.

Lip

chisox77
11-27-2007, 09:17 PM
Thanks, Lip, for the details. As usual, I enjoy these threads of past White Sox transactions, exploits, etc.


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