Thursday, September 22, 2016

Greatest White Sox Team of All-Time-- Part 5: Baines and Dye

From the August 14, 2016, Chicago Tribune.

HAROLD BAINES--  A 22-year big leaguer, Baines played 14 seasons with the White Sox and was twice reacquired by the team after being traded in 1989.

A four-time All-Star with the Sox, Baines hit 20 or more home runs seven times.  His 221 home runs in a Sox uniform are third-most in franchise history.

He is my all-time favorite White Sox player, so I know who I am going to pick for favorite right fielder.

JERMAINE DYE--  The MVP of the 2005 World Series, Dye had seven hits -- including a home run -- in the four-game sweep of the Astros.

In his five seasons with the Sox, Dye never hit fewer than 27 home runs.  In 2006, he earned an AL All-Star slot, batting .315 with 44 home runs and 120 RBIs.  His 165 homers with the Sox rank seventh in team history.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

White Sox in New York City on 9-11-- Part 4: Took the Bus Home

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was sure the Grand Hyatt was "a potential target" so he told the Sox people to get the players out of the hotel.

Two buses took the White Sox from New York City to Chicago early Wednesday morning.

On September 18, baseball returned when the Yankees visited Comiskey Park where the Bronx Bombers got a royal welcome.

And, that is considering how much White Sox fans don't like the Yankees.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

White Sox In New York City on 9-11-- Part 3: "Literally a Ghost Town"

White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider went for a walk that afternoon "in a dusty New York atmosphere with a haze in the air.  All of a sudden, nightfall came and New York looked like a ghost town-- literally a ghost town.  There were no people.  We all went out to dinner.  There happened to be a restaurant that was open.

"You could walk right down the middle of 42nd Street and there was not a car in sight.  It was very, very strange.  It was scary."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

White Sox in New York City on 9-11-- Part 2: What to Do?

Mark Buehrle in 2001, was just completing his first full-season in the Majors.  He and Paul Konerko are the only two Sox players currently with the team

The three games with the Yankees were canceled and replayed October 1-3.

Said Buehrle:  "Once I turned  the TV on and realized what was going on, all I remember is getting dressed and going down to the lobby.  Five or six guys were down there and we were trying to figure out if we were playing tonight, leaving, flying out or busing.  Shall we stay in our rooms?  We didn't know what to do."

Friday, September 16, 2016

White Sox in New York City on 9-11-- Part 1: Arrived in Wee Hours of the Morning

From the September 7, 2016, White  "White Sox recall road trip to New York 9/11" by Scott Merkin,

Ken Williams, the White Sox general manager, was with the Sox that day: "I can still smell the burning buildings.  If I close my eyes, i can still see the people jumping out of the World Trade Center that you saw more on local television than you did on national television.  I can still feel the emotions of that day."

The White Sox had arrived in New York City early that Tuesday morning after completing a four-game series against Cleveland the night before.

They were staying at the Grand Central Hyatt.

I Had Forgotten That My Sox Were In Town To Play the Yankees That Day.

Greatest White Sox Team of All Time-- Part 4: Center Field-- Landis, Lemon & Mostil

The last three nominated White Sox Center Fielders:

JIM LANDIS--  Landis won five consecutive Gold Gloves from 1960-1964.  In 1963, he led AL center fielders with a .993 fielding percentage.  He reached double digits in home runs five times, including a career-best 22 in 1962, when he was named an AL All-Star.

CHET LEMON--  In his six full seasons with the Sox, Lemon hit .300 or better three times.  In 1979, he led the AL in doubles with 44 and was named an All-Star for the second year in a row.

He led AL outfielders with 512 putouts in 1977.
JOHNNY MOSTIL--  Mostil played more games in center field (972) than any other player in franchise history.  In his ten seasons with the Sox, he batted .300 or better four times.

Mostil led the AL in stolen bases in successive seasons, swiping 43 in 1925 and 35 in 1926, when he batted .328 and finished second in the AL MVP voting.

I would vote for Johnny Mostil, although I remember Lance Johnson and Chet Lemon playing for the Sox.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Greatest White Sox Team of All Time-- Part 3: Center Field: Felsch and Johnson

The five nominated for best White Sox center fielder:

HAPPY FELSCH--  A member of the 1917 White Sox World Series Champions and the 1919 American league Champs, Felsch batted .293 in his six seasons with the Sox.  In 1917, he batted .308, drove in 102 runs and stole 26 bases.

In 1920, his final season,  he reached career highs with a .338 average, 14 homers and 115 RBIs.  Felsch also led AL center fielders in assists three times.

LANCE JOHNSON--  The left-handed-hitting leadoff man led the AL in triples for four seasons in a row from 1991-1994.  In his eight seasons with the Sox, Johnson batted .286 and stole 30 or more bases four times.

In 1995, he batted .306, led the AL with 186 hits and set a career high with ten home runs.


Oops, Missed Some of the All Time Greats

Sadly, I somehow missed the Tribune articles on the Cubs and White Sox all-time greats at the second base, third base, shortstop and left field positions.


Greatest White Sox Team of All-Time-- Part 2: First base-- Konerko, Thomas and Thome

PAUL KONERKO--  The leader of the 2005 World Series Champions, Konerko played 16 seasons for the Sox.  He hit 30 or more home runs seven times and finished his career with 432 in Sox uniform.

Konerko had six seasons with 100 or more RBIs.  In nineteen career postseason games, Konerko slugged seven homers, including a grand slam to win a game in the 2005 World Series.

Everybody loved "Paulie."

FRANK THOMAS--  "The Big Hurt" hit 448 home runs in Sox uniform.  He drove in 100 or more runs ten times, including a team high 143 in 2000.

Thomas batted .320 or better five times, leading the league at .347 in 1997.  He also won back-to-back MVP awards 1993-94 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.

JIM THOME--  Thome hit 134 of his 612 career home runs in his four seasons with the Sox.  His best season with the Sox was his first, 2006, when he hit 42 home runs and drove in 109 runs.  His most memorable moment came in 2008, during the "Blackout Game" when his solo homer gave the Sox a 1-0 victory in a one-game playoff with the Twins.

Always one of my favorite Sox players.  I was so excited when they got him after winning the World series in 2005, figuring we'll be back.

I really liked the last three players nominated for best Sox first baseman, but will have to go with "The Big Hurt." He hit all those home runs in the era of Sammy Sosa but didn't use any power enhancing drugs.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Greatest Cubs Team Ever-- Part 14: Manager

The all-time greatest Cubs manager as voted on by Chicago Tribune readers:


Known as "The Peerless Leader," Chance had a winning percentage of .664, best in team history.  he won two World Series and four National League pennants as a player/manager, doubling as the team's first baseman for eight seasons.  In 1906, Chance's Cubs won a franchise-record 116 games.


Greatest White Sox Team of All-Time-- Part 1: First Base-- Allen and Bonura

From the July 3, 2016, Chicago Tribune "Greatest Baseball Team Of all Time.  The Tribune ran a position each day and had five players nominated for best at each.  this was for both the Sox and Cubs.  Readers would then pick one at each team.  I did the Cubs first since they are doing so well.  The Cubs are my second favorite MLB team after the White Sox.  I pull for the Cubs, unless, of course, they play my Sox.


DICK ALLEN--  In 1972, his first season with the Sox, Allen won the AL MVP by batting .308, leading the league with 37 home runs, 113 RBIs, 99 walks and a .420 OBP.  He played in just 72 games in 1973, but hit .316 with 16 home runs.  In 1974 he again led the AL in homers with 32.  He was an All-Star in each of his three seasons in Chicago.

ZEKE BONURA--  A career .307 hitter, Bonura batted .300 or better in three of his four seasons with the Sox.  he also drove in 100+ runs three times, including a career-high 138 in 1936.  As a rookie in 1934, he slugged 27 home runs and drove in 138 runs.  he closed out his seven-year big-league career in 1940, playing 49 games with the Cubs and batting .264.

I, however, tend to go more with players with longer careers with the Sox.  I will have the other three first basemen nominated in the next post.

Go You White Sox!!  --Andy the Clown

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Greatest Cubs Team Ever-- Part 11: Catcher and Pitchers


GABBY HARTNETT--  Hartnett played 19 seasons on the North Side, appearing in four World Series and batting .297 with 236 home runs and 1,179 RBIs.  His best season was 1930, when he hit .339 with 37 home runs and 122 RBIs

The Hall of Famer was a six-time All-Star and won the NL MVP in 1935.

His "Homer in the Gloamin'" won a key game against the Pirates in 1938.


FERGIE JENKINS--  In 1967, his first full season as a starter, Jenkins began a string of six straight seasons with 20 or more victories.  He also completed 20 or more of his starts in each of those six seasons, including a career-best and major league-leading 30 in 1972.

Jenkins won the NL Cy Young Award in 1971, when he went 24-13.


BRUCE SUTTER--  In his five years on the North Side, Sutter saved 27 or more games four times.  The Hall of Famer reliever won the NL Cy Young Award in 1979 when he posted a 2.22 ERA and a major-league-leading 37 saves.

He was named to four NL All-Star teams as a Cub.

Go Cubbies.  --DaCubster

Greatest Cub Team Ever-- Part 10: Outfield


ANDRE DAWSON--  After signing as a free agent in 1987, Dawson had the best season of his career, leading the majors in home runs with 49 and RBIs with 137, earning him NL MVP honors.  The Hall of Famer hit 20 or more homers in each of his six seasons with the Cubs and drove in 100 or more runs three times.


HACK WILSON--  Wilson led the NL in home runs four times in his six seasons as a Cub.  he also drove in 100 or more runs five times.  In 1930, he drove in 191 runs, a single-season record that still stands, and slugged a career-best 56 homers.

In his only World Series appearance as a Cub in 1929, the Hall of Famer batted .471 with an OPS of 1.160.


BILLY WILLIAMS--  The NL Rookie of the Year in 1961, Williams went on to hit 20 or more home runs in 13 straight seasons.  The Hall of Famer's best year was 1970, when he led the league in runs and hits, batting .322 with 42 homers and 129 RBIs.

His 1,117 straight games established an NL ironman record.  He ranks third in team history in hits and homers.

Mighty Great Players Here.  --Cootfield

Monday, September 12, 2016

Greatest Cubs Team Ever-- Part 9: Infield

From the September 11, 2016, Chicago Tribune "Greatest Baseball Team of All Time."

Fans voted for Frank Chance as Cubs All-Time Manager.

Like I said in today's earlier post, the Tribune did this for both the White Sox (my favorite team) and the Cubs (my second favorite team).  They then wanted readers to vote position by position for favorites at each position.  Voting, sadly, began and ended yesterday.  Results will be posted in the Sunday, September 25th, Tribune.

Here are the All-Time Chicago Cubs Infield:

1B    MARK GRACE--  Batted .308 and drove in 1,004 runs as a Cub  Four career Gold Gloves  Known for his good eye, had 946 walks as opposed to 561 strike outs for Cubs.

2B--  RYNE SANDBERG--  NL MVP for division-winning 1984 Cubs, batting .314, 19 HRs, 84 RBIs and major-league-best 19 triples.  Ten-time All Star, Nine-time Gold Glove and Hall of Fame Inductee.  Led NL in HRs with 40 in 1990 and had back-to-back seasons with exactly 100 RBIs in 1990 and 1991.

SS--  ERNIE BANKS--  Eleven-time All Star, "Mr. Cub," won back-to-back MVP awards in 1958 and 1959.  Hit at least 40 homers five times including four straight seasons 1957-1960.  Hall of Famer had at least 100 RBIs eight times, including 1969 when he was 38.  His 512 home runs are second in team history.

3B--  RON SANTO--  Fourteen seasons with Cubs, nine-time All Star, five straight Gold Gloves (1964-68)  Four seasons with 100 or more RBIs and hit 30 or more homers in four straight seasons (1964-67).  Had 337 home runs in career and 1,290 RBIs as Cub.  Played his last season with the White Sox.  Wasn't happy about it either.

I Agree With All These Choices.  --DaCubber

Greatest Cubs Team Ever-- Part 8: Managers

Again, the Chicago tribune has prepared a list of "Greatest Cubs" at each position and allowing readers to vote.  These lists include players, and now managers, from all decades.

They also did it for the White Sox, which I will get to later this week.


CAP ANSON--  Anson won five National League pennants as a player/manager for Chicago's National league club between 1879-1897.  His 1,182 victories are the most in franchise history.

FRANK CHANCE--  Known as the "Peerless Leader," had best winning percentage of .664 in team history.  Won two World Series and four NL pennants.  Player/manager, doubling as team's first basemen for eight seasons.  In 1906, his Cubs won a franchise-record 116 games.

LEO DUROCHER--  "Leo the Lip" won 535 games, 4th-most in team history.  Only losing season was 1966, his first with Cubs.  Won at least 83 games in each of next five seasons.  And then, there was that 1969 season.

CHARLIE GRIMM--  Grimm's 946 victories as Cubs manager are second only to Anson in team history.  Took over as player/manager in 1932 and led Cubs to three World Series appearances, including their most-sadly-recent one in 1945.

JOE McCARTHY--  Five seasons with Cubs.  Never had a losing season (how many Cub managers can say that?).  Best year in 1929 when won 98 games and took NL pennant.  Later went on to win seven World Series with the Yankees.

It is sad to see all these managers being from a real-long time ago, and some might say even Durocher is now real-ling time ago.

I would pick either Cap Anson or Frank Chance.

Let's Hope the New Guy Will SOON Be Joining This Illustrious List.  --CootCubs

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Solemn Anniversary

The September 11, 2016, Chicago Tribune has a lot of articles on the 15th anniversary.

Some of them:

CHILDREN OF THE VICTIMS--  The attacks killed 2.997 people (hopefully not counting the Muslim murderers).  That left 3.051 children under the age of 18 at the time.

IN PENNSYLVANIA--  Residents of Shanksville make sure others remember Flight 93.

STILL TAKING A TOLL--  Toxic fumes have left many of the searchers and workers at the ruins of the World Trade Center either sick or dead.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

USS Maine's Bathtub-- Part 4: Does Urbana Still Have It's 10-Inch Shell From the Maine?

At the close of the earlier post today, i wondered if Urbana, Ohio, still have that 10-inch shell from the USS Maine?  At least my early search did not reveal that they still had it.

From the Spanish-American War Centennial  "USS Maine: Her Many Last Resting Places."

There is a really long list of artifacts from the ship, but no mention of a 10-inch shell from the Maine in Urbana, Ohio.  There are, however, 10-inch shells in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Port Chester, New York.  The site does mention that it would like readers to submit other parts of the Maine that they may come across in their travels.