View Full Version : This Date In Sox History 12-6

Lip Man 1
12-05-2007, 12:56 PM
December 6, 1959 - In an effort to try to repeat as American League champs Bill Veeck and Hank Greenberg decide to make a series of moves to bring in hitters at the expense of some of the top young players in the Sox system. Veeck originally tired to get young stars like Orlando Cepeda from the Giants and Bill White from the Cardinals but was turned down. So he went in the only direction he felt he could. The first deal brings the Sox back outfielder "Minnie" Minoso at the cost of future power hitting first baseman Norm Cash and future power hitting catcher Johnny Romano. Cleveland also gets "Bubba" Phillips. Sox manager Al Lopez is quoted after the controversial deal as saying, "Some of us, like me, are not worried about next year because we might not be around then."

December 6, 1984 - One of the most brilliant deals even completed by Roland Hemond. A deal that paid dividends immediately and twenty years down the line. Hemond sends former Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt to the Padres in a package deal that nets the Sox a twenty year old shortstop named Ozzie Guillen. The Sox also get valuable utility player Luis Salazar. Guillen immediately goes on to fill a gaping hole in the infield and is named Rookie Of The Year. He’d win a Gold Glove and become a three time All Star before coming back as manager in 2004. He’d then win the World Series in 2005. Hoyt would be out of baseball by 1987 after battling weight and drug addition issues.

December 6, 2005 - Frank Thomas, probably the best hitter in team history is made a free agent after the Sox decline to pick up his ten million dollar option. Sox G.M. Kenny Williams has no choice in the matter...Thomas was coming off back to back injury plagued seasons. At his age and weight and with the addition of slugger Jim Thome there was no longer a place for him in the lineup. Thomas would eventually sign an incentive laden deal with the A’s in late January.

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12-05-2007, 01:32 PM
Given the history of this day, the White Sox should have a productive day in Nashville. BTW, didn't the Hoyt for Ozzie deal also bring Tim Lollar (LHP) to the south side as well?


Lip Man 1
12-05-2007, 04:57 PM
Yes although he didn't last long.