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September 1,1970

Posted 06-19-2017 at 07:16 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:50 PM by TommyJohn

The Rebuild Begins
September 1, 1970

All summer long Sox fans sent letters to the Tribune begging John Allyn to do something, anything, in order to whip the team into shape. Fire Gutteridge, fire Short; bring back Frank Lane, Eddie Stanky (they were both gainfully employed elsewhere by this time and may not have any desire to go back to the Sox, but no matter). Hire Billy Martin, whose firebrand style got the Twins to the playoffs in 1969 but later cost him his job.

One devoted Sox fan even snarled that if Allyn was going to take no action to improve his club, he may as well just pack up and move the team to Dallas and leave him alone.

Well, as it turns out, Allyn wasn't just sitting on his hands all summer. He had a plan which he was going to implement at the end of the season. When he was advised that they needed to have a direction by the time organizational meetings started on September 17th, he decided to make his moves..

Stuart K. Holcomb, former Purdue University head football coach and current promotions director for the Sox, was elevated to the title of Vice-President, taking the spot of Leo Breen, who was reassigned within Artnell.

Holcomb's first action was to call Ed Short into his office, where Short was informed that he was being let go. Short was done after 20 years with the organization.

Short held no bitter feelings, saying that something had to give. "Disappointed? Well, there's no question that I am." He said.

One night later, Holcomb met with manager Don Gutteridge and told him that his contract would not be renewed for the next season. Don elected not to be a lame duck and stepped down immediately. Coach Billy Adair stepped in and took over on an interim basis.

Gutteridge also had several years within the organization, including many happy memories as a coach for Al Lopez's winning teams. Gutteridge told the media that he "wasn't spiteful."

The Sox would not immediately say who the next manager would be. Rumors included Luis Aparicio as player-manager and ex-Sox player and Class AAA Tucson manager Gordon Maltzberger as the next pilot. The Sox would only tease out that an offer had been made and accepted, and the new manager was not currently in the organization.

BELOW: Tribune article announcing Gutteridge's firing

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