Today in White Sox History: January 20

Totally Terrific: Both Carlton Fisk and Tom Seaver had late-career renaissances in Chicago.


1965
Another big deal pulled off by White Sox GM Ed Short kept the franchise’s streak of winning seasons going. The Sox were part of a three-team trade with Cleveland and the Athletics. When all was said and done, the Sox parted with outfielders Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger, pitcher Fred Talbot and catcher Cam Carreon.

In return they got back power-hitting catcher Johnny Romano, pitcher Tommy John and outfielder Tommie Agee. Agee would be named Rookie of the Year in 1966, becoming the first Sox player ever with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season; John would be part of a brilliant starting rotation, making the All-Star team for the first time in 1968. Romano wasn’t a slouch either in his second stint with the club, banging out 33 home runs in two seasons before being traded.


1984
Once again White Sox GM Roland Hemond used the free agent compensation rule to the White Sox’s advantage, plucking future Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver from the Mets. In his two full years with the Sox, Seaver would win 31 games, including his 300th overall on Aug. 4, 1985 against the Yankees. In both full seasons he’d combine to throw more than 236 innings.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Today in White Sox History: January 20

  1. When the Sox signed Seaver coming-off the magical 1983 season, I thought the Sox had GUARANTEED a World Series win in 1984.

    The Sox 1984 season is the most soul-sucking season I have ever lived through. In addition to the fact that my can’t-miss Sox missed, the freaking Cubs won!

    1984 was hell on Earth…

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  2. And the trade of Talbot set the stage for his eventually landing in Seattle in ’69 so Jim Bouton could write about him and make him immortal, along with Marty Patton and Don Mincher.

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