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Old 01-31-2018, 06:31 PM
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Can you imagine what some 14 year old with that stance would hear today?

“Hold on, son, you’re doing it all wrong! You’ll never hit like that!”
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:37 PM
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From my interview with Bart Johnson. I asked him if there were any indications in spring training that the Sox were going to have the type of season they did in 1977:

“Not that I can remember but I do think Oscar (Gamble) was a big part of the reason we did so well. He was a professional hitter who had tremendous confidence in himself. I remember a spring game where Oscar came up and got a single. When the inning was over he’s back in the dugout talking, ‘lousy single...I’m a home run hitter!’

“I also remember a time that spring when we were just hammering a pitcher; we were just beating him around. Oscar’s in the dugout telling everyone, ‘easy, easy we want this guy to make the team remember!’ (laughing) Oscar couldn’t wait to face this guy when the season started.”

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Oscar's batting stance was such that he'd literally get on top of a pitch and "tomahawk" it into the seats.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:14 PM
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RIP Mr. Gamble.

I'll always remember 1977 with you and Zisk pounding the hell out of the ball.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:16 AM
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RIP Mr. Gamble.

I'll always remember 1977 with you and Zisk pounding the hell out of the ball.
Don't forget Eric Soderholm!
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:31 AM
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Zisk and Gamble. That's why I spend more nights at Comiskey in '77 than at my official home.

Sad day indeed.
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:04 PM
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Zisk and Gamble. That's why I spend more nights at Comiskey in '77 than at my official home.
Yeah. Pretty much every home weekend from May to September I went to all three games, four if Sunday was a double-header.

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it's amazing to me that he was able to hit 30 homers at Old Comiskey with that batting stance.
In those days we didn't have video swing analysis and hitting mechanics. Guys just stepped up to the plate and either had power or didn't. And we liked it.
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Old 02-01-2018, 03:50 PM
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Yeah. Pretty much every home weekend from May to September I went to all three games, four if Sunday was a double-header.
Old timer.

The four years Veeck owned the team where the four years I was in high school. Got to see the whole shabang.
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:29 PM
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As long as I live I will never forget the 1977 Southside Hitmen.
May Oscar rest in peace.
This. A thousand times this.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:13 PM
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As long as I live I will never forget the 1977 Southside Hitmen.
May Oscar rest in peace.
He was a big part of that magical summer. Pick your cliche for that team: lightning in a bottle, harmonic convergence, sui generis -- those guys held first place for weeks when they had no business being there. And we loved it.

Thanks, Mr. Gamble. Here's to you.

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