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Monday, December 13, 2021

Beloved White Sox executive Roland Hemond dies at 92

Roland Hemond, a beloved baseball executive who served as White Sox general manager from 1970-85, died in his sleep Sunday night, according to multiple reports. He was 92.

Honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame with the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, Hemond served under three Sox owners — John W. Allyn, Bill Veeck and Jerry Reinsdorf — overseeing the AL West champion 1983 Sox team and memorable 1977 South Side Hitmen squad. Hemond’s acquisition of Dick Allen in a trade with the Dodgers helped save a franchise that struggled at the gate in 1970, and he was named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News in 1972 after Allen and the runnerup Sox challenged the World Series champion Oakland Athletics in the AL West.

Hemond, who gave Tony La Russa his first manager’s job, was a special advisor to Sox GM Ken Williams during the Sox’ 2005 World Series championship season. He played key roles in building the expansion Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks from the ground up.

Hemond was known for his kindness, generosity and integrity as well as his baseball expertise.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2021 at 03:30 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. sanny manguillen Posted: December 13, 2021 at 05:08 PM (#6057233)
RIP. I must confess my old brain merges him with Rollie Hemsley, a catcher c. 1930. He passed just short of 50 years ago.
   2. O Tempura, O Morays ('Spos) Posted: December 13, 2021 at 07:35 PM (#6057247)
My old brain conflates him with Roland Hedley.
   3. AndrewJ Posted: December 13, 2021 at 08:46 PM (#6057261)
My old brain confuses him with Katherine Helmond.
   4. HBO disappeared Oscar Posted: December 13, 2021 at 08:55 PM (#6057265)
Hemond, who gave Tony La Russa his first manager’s job

So right now this poor bastard is sitting in the seventh circle of hell for violence against baseball.
   5. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: December 13, 2021 at 09:44 PM (#6057271)
Very nice man, RIP.
   6. asinwreck Posted: December 13, 2021 at 10:29 PM (#6057274)
A truly remarkable man. His career spanned helping run the Braves' farm system when Henry Aaron was a prospect to establishing the Arizona Fall League. In between, he brought Dick Allen, Chet Lemon, Richie Zisk, Steve Stone, LaMarr Hoyt, Carlton Fisk, Greg Luzinski, Tom Seaver, and Ozzie Guillen to the White Sox amid a couple long-shot contenders in 1972 and 1977. After going to Baltimore, he did the same thing in 1989. Was the first person not named Buck O'Neil to win the Buck O'Neil Award, and the waves of tributes pouring in provide evidence of why he got that honor. His fingerprints are all over the game, and I can't thank him enough for so many good memories of White Sox teams past.

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