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Lip Man 1
12-14-2007, 01:32 PM
Folks:

This evening my son is going to start cleaning up, updating and working on my computer. It'll take the weekend to do it so I'll be out of circulation for a little bit. I wanted to post the 'this date in Sox history' stuff for the next few days. The year is almost up and I wanted to be sure nothing was missed before the final few weeks of this feature.

Have a pleasent weekend.

Lip
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December 15, 1960 - Sox owner Bill Veeck makes up for some of his deals after the 1959 season by getting pitchers Juan Pizarro and Cal McLish from the Reds for infielder Gene Freese. Manager Al Lopez and pitching coach Ray Berres had their eyes on Pizarro for a few years but Milwaukee refused to deal him to the Sox. Veeck therefore got his friend Bill DeWitt of Cincinnati to swing a deal and then to ship Pizarro to the South Side. Pizarro was an enigmatic, moody pitcher but when he got on the mound he was all business. Possessor of a blazing fastball, the left hander had four seasons of double figure wins with 16 in 1963 and 19 in 1964. He was a two time All Star selection.

December 15, 1967 - One of the worst deals ever made by then G.M. Ed Short. The Sox sent infielder and base stealer Al Weis along with base stealer and home run hitter Tommy Agee to the Mets in exchange for former N.L. batting champ Tommy Davis, pitcher Jack Fisher and catcher Buddy Booker. Two years later the Mets would win the World Series thanks in large part to the play of Agee and Weis.

December 15, 1993 - Sox G.M. Ron Schueler’s luck with taking chances on hurt or limited free agents continues when he signs Julio Franco to a contract. Franco would have a tremendous 1994 season hitting behind Frank Thomas. Franco would have twenty home runs, 98 RBI’s, eight stolen bases and a .319 batting average in his one year in Chicago. Un fortunately Schueler decided not to give him another long term deal and he would sign to play in Japan the next season.

December 17, 1914 - Clarence ‘Pants’ Rowland is named White Sox manager. He would guide the club to a 100 win season and the World Series title in 1917.

December 17, 1975 - Under new owner Bill Veeck, the Sox go ‘retro’ with the naming of former manager Paul Richards to become the new manager replacing Chuck Tanner. Richards was the man who turned around the franchise in 1951. He was one of the smartest baseball men around but it had been 14 years since he was involved in the day to day operations of a franchise. Apparently he didn’t even really want the job, agreeing to do it as a favor to Veeck. He would last one season. (In his interview with White Sox Interactive, Tanner talked about the offer Richards made to him to stay on as his 3rd base coach with the promise of getting the manager’s job again in 1977.)

December 17, 2004 - The Sox claim pitcher Bobby Jenks on waivers from the Angels. Jenks had a reputation as a reckless individual who wanted to party more then play baseball. Somehow the Sox found a way to reach him and he proved a God-send down the stretch in 2005, then followed it up with 41 saves in 2006 then 46 saves in 2007.

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Lip

downstairs
12-14-2007, 06:17 PM
I know I'm 2 weeks early, but...

Thanks, Lip, for yet another great year of "This Date" threads!

white sox bill
12-15-2007, 10:57 AM
Lip the sheer memory you must have to be able to recall from things back from the 20's is well....impressive:smile:! Whats your secret? Ginkgo Biloba?

JNS
12-15-2007, 01:33 PM
Folks:

This evening my son is going to start cleaning up, updating and working on my computer. It'll take the weekend to do it so I'll be out of circulation for a little bit. I wanted to post the 'this date in Sox history' stuff for the next few days. The year is almost up and I wanted to be sure nothing was missed before the final few weeks of this feature.

Have a pleasent weekend.

Lip
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Lip

Outstanding!

I was 13 when Short made that trade - I wasn't a Weiss fan but he was a solid guy, and Agee was the future. As you hint, it was one of his worst - hard to say because so many of them were bad. With all my *****ing about KW, I've pointed out that he doesn't hold a candle to Short when it comes to being an awful GM. KW did bring us a WS. Short worked as hard as he could to keep us out of there!

aryzner
12-15-2007, 02:41 PM
I love Big Bobby Jenks.