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1973 Offseason

Posted 12-11-2017 at 08:28 AM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)

1973 Offseason

The 1973 season was supposed to be the one where the Chicago White Sox were to rise fully triumphant from the near-franchise destroying debacle of 1968-70, most especially 1970's 56-106 mark. Instead, they took an injury-riddled step back in a season that exposed many of the team's weaknesses-lack of pitching, lack of depth, lack of money to properly pay its players. And now, in this offseason, they were about to become part of a soap opera plotline that began to develop...
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September 23 & 30,1973

Posted 12-03-2017 at 07:16 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 12-06-2017 at 09:15 PM by TommyJohn

September 23,1973

vs. Oakland A's

at White Sox Park




The team took the field for the 9th inning abuzz with excitement. They were leading 10-5 and on the verge of clinching the AL West title. All of their hard work and dedication was going to pay off. They were going to be champs, and were filled with that giddy feeling that comes with anticipation.




Two outs were made. With a runner on base, the final batter...
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September 7,1973

Posted 11-19-2017 at 11:48 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)

September 7,1973
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

On the same night that the White Sox shelved Dick Allen for the season, they lost to the Tigers to hit 59-69, their lowest point in the season. Tanner and Hemond wrote off the season and made the decision to give more playing time to fresh faced rookies like Brian Downing, Jerry Hairston, Bill Sharp and Bucky Dent to see what they could produce.

Lo and behold, the young Sox reached deep within themselves...
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August 26,1973

Posted 11-19-2017 at 11:45 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 02-10-2018 at 08:29 PM by TommyJohn

August 26,1973
vs. Detroit Tigers
at White Sox Park

In mid-August, around the time the Sox were sinking further down in the standings, the Minnesota Twins surprised the baseball world by asking waivers on their veteran pitcher Jim Kaat.

Kaat had been with the Twins since 1959, when they were the Washington Senators (he had made his big league debut against the Go-Go Sox that year) and along with Harmon Killebrew was the last of the original Senators still...
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August 25,1973

Posted 11-17-2017 at 09:30 AM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)

August 25,1973

By this point in the season, the White Sox resembled a boxer contending for a championship title-after he has stepped in the ring brashly confident of victory, gotten in a few early licks on the champ, then in later rounds starting taking hard shots that left him woozy and on the verge of defeat, about to absorb the 1-2 combo from the champ that would put him out for good. On this date, the wobbling, out-on-their-feet 1973 White Sox were dealt the knockout blow.
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