Today in White Sox History: March 19

Brief encounter: Chappas was a 1979 cover boy. Catching is Mike Colbern, who had an almost-identical career to the diminutive shortstop. (Sports Illustrated)


1979
White Sox shortstop prospect Harry Chappas appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the caption “The Littlest Rookie.” Chappas was all of 5´3´´. His career was as brief as his height: In three years he appeared in 72 games with 184 at-bats, one home run, two stolen bases and 15 walks.  

 

Today in White Sox History: December 4

Savvy snag: Rule 5 draft choice Greg Walker clubbed his way through the mid-1980s.


1957 In a trade that shocked and outraged many White Sox fans, popular outfielder Minnie Miñoso and infielder Fred Hatfield were traded to Cleveland for future Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn and outfielder Al Smith. Wynn and Smith were among the final pieces acquired for the franchise that would win the pennant in 1959 (Wynn would win the Cy Young Award that season with 22 victories).


1979 The White Sox claimed first baseman Greg Walker from the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft. Walker would make the big club for good in 1983 and have three seasons with at least 24 home runs and two years with at least 90 RBIs. He’d then become the team’s hitting coach.


1997 Jerry Manuel was named the new manager, replacing Terry Bevington. Manuel became the second minority manager of the franchise in team history. In his seven years, the Sox would go to the playoffs in 2000 and have three winning seasons. He’d be named Manager of the Year for his efforts in winning the Central Division in 2000.