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Whitesox029
01-20-2008, 04:34 PM
My dad and I were discussing this on the drive back to school last week, and it turns out no Sox player has worn number 6 since Jorge Orta in 1979. Does anyone know why, or is it just coincidence? (I checked in WSI's Sox By the Numbers feature, and looked at the last year each of the listed players played for the Sox) Did Joe Nossek wear 6 for a long time as bench coach? That would explain it partially, but he's not listed in the feature (whereas managers like Bevington are listed).

Corlose 15
01-20-2008, 05:40 PM
I believe nobody has worn 6 since Charlie Lau worn it as hitting coach for the Sox in the early eighties. He died of cancer in 1984, and its been an "retired" number ever since.

BeeBeeRichard
01-20-2008, 05:47 PM
Actually, Walt Hriniak took Lau's No. 6 in tribute to his predecessor:

From Wikipedia: (Lau was the White Sox' batting coach in 1984 when he succumbed to cancer. Hriniak wore Lau's old No. 6 in tribute during his Chicago tenure.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Hriniak

This would account for another big chunk of the time #6 has not been worn by a player.

KyWhiSoxFan
01-20-2008, 06:11 PM
Maybe Walker should wear #6. See if some of Lau's expertise can be channeled into him.

Whitesox029
01-20-2008, 10:58 PM
I believe nobody has worn 6 since Charlie Lau worn it as hitting coach for the Sox in the early eighties. He died of cancer in 1984, and its been an "retired" number ever since.

Actually, Walt Hriniak took Lau's No. 6 in tribute to his predecessor:

From Wikipedia: (Lau was the White Sox' batting coach in 1984 when he succumbed to cancer. Hriniak wore Lau's old No. 6 in tribute during his Chicago tenure.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Hriniak

This would account for another big chunk of the time #6 has not been worn by a player.
Thanks, I knew someone at WSI would have the answer!

RadioheadRocks
01-20-2008, 11:14 PM
I believe nobody has worn 6 since Charlie Lau worn it as hitting coach for the Sox in the early eighties. He died of cancer in 1984, and its been an "retired" number ever since.

I didn't think #6 was actually retired for Lau, but I remember during the 1984 season the players wore a circular patch on their sleeve with 6/46 in honor of Lau and Loren Babe.

kaufsox
01-21-2008, 12:37 AM
maybe the Sox are fans of the Prisoner, bad luck to be 6 and all...:o:

pdr
01-21-2008, 09:54 AM
Number 6 in your scorecards but Number 1 in your hearts...
http://i9.ebayimg.com/03/i/07/f3/30/fa_1_b.JPG

PaleHoser
01-23-2008, 07:45 PM
Harry used to love to say ORTAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!