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12-07-2007, 01:30 PM
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December 8, 1914 - The Sox purchase future Hall of Fame 2nd baseman Eddie Collins from Connie Mack and the Philadelphia A’s. The price was incredible based on 1914 standards. Fifty thousand dollars went to Mack. Fifteen thousand dollars went to Collins as a ‘signing bonus,’ and then Collins was tendered a five year guaranteed deal worth 75,000 dollars!

December 8, 1959 - The Sox off season purging of their young players continued with the organization shipping future All Star power hitting outfielder Johnny Callison to the Phillies for third baseman Gene Freese. Of all the off season moves, this was probably the worst one. Freese was a slow, scatter gun armed infielder with limited range. Callison, the subject of a documentary film by the Sox called, ‘The Life Of A Sox Rookie,’ failed in a few tries to take over the left field spot but in a new environment blossomed, winning the 1964 All Star Game for the National League with a three run 9th inning home run. That team was led by (ironically) Sox skipper Al Lopez!

December 8, 1996 - Pitcher Alex Fernandez signs a free agent deal with Florida. It’s the culmination of misunderstandings and outright bizarrness. Sox ownership felt Fernandez was going to remain contractually bound to them for another season but that belief is torpedoed when the players union and other owners agree to give players ‘service time’ during the time missed in 1994 because of the labor impasse. Fernandez, who was only about 40 days short, becomes a free agent and the Sox hastily make an 11th hour offer which is rebuffed. He won 79 games in four full and three partial seasons with the club.

December 8, 2004 - Trying to fortify his bullpen Sox G.M. Kenny Williams inks free agent pitcher Dustin Hermanson to a contract. Hermanson would be spectacular in the first half of the championship season before back issues limited him in the second half. He’d still finish with 34 saves and an ERA of 2.04.

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