Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, February 03, 2008

vorosmccracken: These Aren’t My Father’s White Sox

Good stuff from Voros here (including that picture of Nellie Fox dumping out a gritty gaedelkin)...

That said it’s important to note that this is the Chicago White Sox were talking about. In 1928 Lou Gehrig had an off year and only hit 27 Homers. That was three more than the White Sox did that year. This is a team that’s been around since 1901 and Jose Valentin is 10th all time in the team Home Run list. In 1987 Harold Baines set the All-Time White Sox Home Run mark, breaking Bill Melton’s record, when he hit his 155th home run of his career. Every player that’s ever hit 40 homers for the White Sox has played for the team within the last 10 years. Ozzie Guillen is 9th all time in total bases. The White Sox franchise spent 1921-1976 resisting Babe Ruth with varying degrees of seriousness until 1977 put an end to that fruitless endeavor.

The old time White Sox fans always viewed “wait for the homer” baseball to be the flavor on the north side and felt it was beneath them. They’d cheer sacrifice flies the way the Cubs fans cheered home runs. I think there may be just a tiny little bit of that era still lingering where a few of the White Sox faithful long for the return of the most consistently successful White Sox teams ever: the Go Go Sox of the 1950s and early 60s. Guys running all over the damn place is exciting, there’s no doubt about that. However, it’s worth noting that teams of that ilk often win more than “expected” due largely because those teams also tend to play exceptional defense.

Repoz Posted: February 03, 2008 at 03:11 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: white sox

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Tricky Dick Posted: February 03, 2008 at 10:47 PM (#2682913)
Guys running all over the damn place is exciting, there’s no doubt about that. However, it’s worth noting that teams of that ilk often win more than “expected” due largely because those teams also tend to play exceptional defense.

Good point! Defensive skill tends to correlate with speed.
   2. OCF Posted: February 03, 2008 at 11:06 PM (#2682921)
Voros singled out 1977 without ever mentioning Richie Zisk by name. But I was surprised on looking him up that he only played one year for the White Sox, when that is the team I associated him with. Perhaps it's becuase I was living in Chicago then. I can assure you that Zisk was wildly popular. (That name didn't hurt.)

When was the year they wore those shorts? Was that it?
   3. TerpNats Posted: February 04, 2008 at 12:28 AM (#2682932)
The Sox wore the shorts in 1976, and only for a game or two.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Sebastian
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 23 Jan. 2017: Theo Epstein on baseball, politics and what he may do next
(366 - 12:19pm, Jan 24)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogLooters left Ventura to die, according to unconfirmed reports - Royals Review
(7 - 12:16pm, Jan 24)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

Hall of Merit2018 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(126 - 12:11pm, Jan 24)
Last: Carl Goetz

Newsblog$20M owed to Yordano Ventura likely hinges on his toxicology report
(5 - 12:11pm, Jan 24)
Last: Stevis

NewsblogOT - December 2016 NBA thread
(1247 - 12:09pm, Jan 24)
Last: Manny Coon

NewsblogGary Sheffield and the war on WAR - Beyond the Box Score
(92 - 12:08pm, Jan 24)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogScott Simkus plays Strat-o-Matic with Negro Leaguers for Slate
(71 - 11:25am, Jan 24)
Last: Kirby Kyle

NewsblogThe Hidden Effects of Jet Lag on Baseball Players - WSJ
(2 - 11:19am, Jan 24)
Last: BDC

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 2000 Ballot
(8 - 11:02am, Jan 24)
Last: caiman

NewsblogRyan Zimmerman hits hard but needs to add lift | MLB.com
(6 - 10:59am, Jan 24)
Last: jingoist

NewsblogDodgers Trade Prospect Jose De Leon Straight-Up to Tampa for Logan Forsythe
(15 - 10:50am, Jan 24)
Last: PreservedFish

Gonfalon CubsCubs roster update - post Winter Meetings
(79 - 10:27am, Jan 24)
Last: Moses Taylor, Unwavering Optimist

NewsblogHarris eager to show Cardinals result of elbow surgery | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com
(1 - 10:23am, Jan 24)
Last: Perry

NewsblogOT - NFL stretch drive/playoffs (December 2016 - February 2017)
(807 - 10:08am, Jan 24)
Last: Nasty Nate

Newsblog2017 Top 10 third base prospects | MLB.com
(3 - 9:00am, Jan 24)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

Page rendered in 0.2651 seconds
47 querie(s) executed