Today in White Sox History: November 26

Signing wounded: In a remarkable turnaround, Soderholm went from sitting out the 1976 season to a 4.2 bWAR comeback campaign for the ages.

1976 — In a move that would pay large returns the following season, injured third baseman Eric Soderholm signed a free agent deal with Bill Veeck and Roland Hemond. Soderholm would become Comeback Player of the Year for 1977 with 25 home runs, 67 RBIs and a .280 batting average, helping lead the South Side Hit Men to a remarkable, 90-win season.

1991 – The White Sox hired Gene Lamont as the new field manager, replacing Jeff Torborg. Lamont was hired after Pirates manager and former Sox coach Jim Leyland highly recommended him (Lamont was a coach on Leyland’s staff). The quiet, laid-back Lamont would win the American League’s Western Division title in 1993 and take home Manager of the Year honors. He’d also guide the Sox to the Central Division lead at the time of the labor impasse in 1994.


One thought on “Today in White Sox History: November 26

  1. OK, I chose this odd photograph for a very specific reason, to write a little about the strange baseball card customs of past years.

    As a baseball card geek, there were at least a couple of traditions that simply don’t exist in today’s Photoshop world. One was the habit of Topps always taking a photo of a player from the ground up to show only the underside of the bill cap, or without a cap at all, so that the logo wasn’t visible — in the case of a trade, it would make it easier to cheat and place the player on a new team (with an old photo).

    The other custom was this strange logo blocking, which would make it easier to print a “normal” photo with an airbrushed (often crudely painted) logo. So here, Eric had literally been told to take his Sox cap off and wear this taped cap, because this is a shot being taken in case he is traded!

    I’m dating myself, but this photo appears to be part of a series that were giveaways at Jewel stores when I was a kid. At checkout, the cashier would ask if you wanted a White Sox or Cubs player Like there was any choice. Obviously these are Topps discards, as they’re actually using Soderholm’s “in case of traded” photo!


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