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Lip Man 1
12-04-2007, 12:49 PM
December 5, 1977 - Chalk this one up to Bill Veeck. Knowing he needed a drawing card and a big bat to replace Richie Zisk and Oscar Gamble, Veeck deals future All Star Brian Downing and pitchers Chris Knapp and Dave Frost to California. He gets back Bobby Bonds and two youngsters, Thad Bosley and Richard Dotson. Bonds would only play in 26 games with two home runs and eight RBIís for the Sox before heís dealt to Texas in May. The Sox record was a dismal 9 - 20 at the time and Veeck understood there was no way he was going to be able to resign him. At least Dotson turned out to be of value in the 80's.

December 5, 1986 - The Illinois General Assembly passes legislation allowing funds to be given to the White Sox in connection with the construction of a new stadium across the street from the original Comiskey Park.

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VeeckAsInWreck
12-04-2007, 12:55 PM
Topps wasted no time in printing up a Bobby Bonds card with the Sox! It's a good thing they did this otherwise there would have been no evidence of him being on the team!

chisox77
12-04-2007, 01:32 PM
. . . and Bobby Bonds was traded from the White Sox to the Rangers for Claudell Washington. I remember a newspaper story about this trade, where manager Billy Hunter of the Rangers, after being notified of the trade, asked Washington about how he would like to go to Chicago . . .

. . . Claudell's answer of "I DON'T" pretty much explained the way he played on the south side. There was no doubt of his talent and upside, but he played like someone who didn't want to be here (of course, during those days not many bonafide players wanted to play for the White Sox).