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Old 01-31-2018, 10:16 AM
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Default RIP Oscar Gamble

Oscar Gamble dead at 68.
http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2018/01/31/...way-at-age-68/

If you were around for that memorable 1977 season, who could forget Oscar Gamble's one year on the South Side?
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:49 AM
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Sad day for such a terrific hitter.

Roland Hemond traded Bucky Dent to the Yankees for Gamble on April 5, 1977 - two days before the season started.

The Sox also received $200,000 and LaMarr Hoyt.
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:05 AM
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He uncoiled like a cobra. The hitmen were fun.
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:22 AM
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I still remember that Zisk and Gamble duo in the Sox lineup that year. RIP.

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Sad day for such a terrific hitter.

Roland Hemond traded Bucky Dent to the Yankees for Gamble on April 5, 1977 - two days before the season started.

The Sox also received $200,000 and LaMarr Hoyt.
...and of course Hoyt went on to be the 1983 Cy Young Award winner as he helped the Sox to a 99-win season and their first AL West title. Later, Hoyt was traded to the Padres for some SS prospect. I forget his name.... Ozzie Guillen or something. Funny how there's a direct thread from Bucky Dent to Ozzie Guillen on the Sox.
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:45 AM
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From the guys I talked with he was also a good teammate.

RIP to an integral part of the South Side Hitmen.
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:49 AM
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Old 01-31-2018, 11:56 AM
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Wow, I didn't remember that Gamble returned to the Sox in the '85 season:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...131-story.html
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:07 PM
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Oscar Gamble dead at 68.
http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2018/01/31/...way-at-age-68/

If you were around for that memorable 1977 season, who could forget Oscar Gamble's one year on the South Side?
As long as I live I will never forget the 1977 Southside Hitmen.
May Oscar rest in peace.
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:32 PM
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Sad day for such a terrific hitter.

Roland Hemond traded Bucky Dent to the Yankees for Gamble on April 5, 1977 - two days before the season started.

The Sox also received $200,000 and LaMarr Hoyt.
Veeck was basically selling Dent to the Yankees to raise some much-needed cash to keep the franchise afloat. The original deal had $700,000 coming back from the Yankees. Gamble was just a throw-in to help Veeck preserve some credibility with the fans. Oscar had a down year in '76 and the Yankees were eager to get rid of him. Commissioner Kuhn ruled too much money was changing hands, so the Yankees reduced the cash payment and threw in two minor leagues, including Hoyt.

Of course, Gamble resurrected his career in Chicago.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:29 PM
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I was born 10 years after the Hitmen, but in watching old clips of him (though I don't know if I have ever seen a video clip of him with the White Sox in '77) it's amazing to me that he was able to hit 30 homers at Old Comiskey with that batting stance.
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Old 01-31-2018, 02:37 PM
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I remember when he came up to join the Cubs in the fall of 1969 to play CF -- just as that ship was taking on water. He was a big time prospect for the Cubs. I believe he was traded in the off-season to the Phils for Johnny Callison (a one-time Sox phenom).

The Southside Hitmen will never be forgotten. Nor should they be.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:44 PM
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Loved the Southside Hitmen! What a summer that was!

Rest In Peace, Oscar Gamble!

Sad, sad day.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:57 PM
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What a shame. I remember being very upset that the Sox were trading away Dent who one of my my favorite players at the time. It wasn't long before I was completely happy to have Oscar on the Sox and then upset that he was leaving after that one memorable year. A very fun year to be a Sox fan. Thank you Oscar for being a big part of it.
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Old 01-31-2018, 04:48 PM
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What a shame. I remember being very upset that the Sox were trading away Dent who one of my my favorite players at the time. It wasn't long before I was completely happy to have Oscar on the Sox and then upset that he was leaving after that one memorable year. A very fun year to be a Sox fan. Thank you Oscar for being a big part of it.
Exactly my sentiments as well. Upset that Dent was traded, and then upset Gamble was only with us one year.

RIP, Mr. Gamble. Thanks for the great childhood memories.
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:13 PM
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Wow, I didn't remember that Gamble returned to the Sox in the '85 season:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...131-story.html
He didn’t have much left in the tank at all. Looking back, it reminds me of Harold’s last run with the Sox when he came back in late 2000 and early 2001. Oscar wore “0” on his jersey, reminiscent of Al Oliver, and it was cool to see him in those ‘83 style unis. This was right after Luzinski retired, but Oscar just couldn’t put up any numbers to fill that spot in the lineup.
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