Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

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

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
  Tags: obituaries, roland hemond

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. 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. I don't want to talk about Rocco 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.

SABR bio.
SABR obituary.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.



<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF


Thanks to
The Ghost of Sox Fans Past
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Newsblog2022 NBA Playoffs thread
(1863 - 8:24am, May 27)
Last: Cagerfan

NewsblogHow Good Are Those Probabilities on the Apple TV+ Broadcasts?
(2 - 7:20am, May 27)
Last: Paul D(uda)

NewsblogMet Their Match? Infield Defense a Little Off
(4 - 6:14am, May 27)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

NewsblogYankees sign infielder Matt Carpenter
(5 - 4:08am, May 27)
Last: The Honorable Ardo

NewsblogGammons: While outsiders wonder about the ball, MLB’s pitching coaches fret about finding enough innings
(6 - 4:01am, May 27)
Last: The Honorable Ardo

Sox TherapyOne Step Forward
(29 - 2:28am, May 27)
Last: Jay Seaver

NewsblogMLB, in memo, rebukes clubs for 'unacceptable' workplace facilities for women employees
(2 - 12:31am, May 27)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for Thursday, May 26, 2022
(35 - 12:03am, May 27)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogAnalyzing the early returns from the Blue Jays’ unorthodox defensive experiment
(18 - 9:54pm, May 26)
Last: Paul D(uda)

NewsblogAt long last, a fun new tool at Baseball Savant. Pitch tempo
(2 - 8:17pm, May 26)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogJuan Soto trade rumors: Nationals may be 'motivated' to trade outfielder
(78 - 6:49pm, May 26)
Last: Tony S

NewsblogMLB teams will be allowed to carry 14 pitchers for four more weeks
(37 - 5:37pm, May 26)
Last: Cris E

NewsblogAnaheim City Council votes unanimously to halt the sale of Angel Stadium | LA Times
(18 - 4:06pm, May 26)
Last: Never Give an Inge (Dave)

Newsblog3 years later, this trade has flipped in a BIG way
(6 - 3:25pm, May 26)
Last: SoSH U at work

NewsblogWho in MLB is must-see TV right now? This season's most watchable teams and players
(12 - 3:21pm, May 26)
Last: Karl from NY

Page rendered in 0.2836 seconds
48 querie(s) executed