Throwback Thursday: A Tribute to the South Side Hitmen
Thursday, August 27, 2015
1977: You Had to Be There to Understand How Special It Was
The White Sox will honor a special era in team history tonight by wearing the collared blue and white V-neck jerseys first worn during the 1976 season.
The Sox wore the pull-over jerseys pajama style outside the navy trousers from 1976-81, but the uniforms are perhaps most identified with the 1977 South Side Hitmen. The ’77 team was one of the franchise’s most popular and exciting teams who battled the division-winning Royals and Twins for the American League West title, were in first place from the beginning of July to mid-August and ultimately finished in third place with 90 victories.
The Sox’ identity in ’77 was built on a potent offense. With the likes of Richie Zisk (30 HR, 101 RBI, .290), Oscar Gamble (31, 83, .297), Eric Soderholm (25, 67, .280), Chet Lemon (19, 67, .273) Jim Spencer (18, 69, .247) Jorge Orta (11, 84, .282), Lamar Johnson (18, 65, .302) and Ralph Garr (10, 54, .300) the Sox routinely drew enthusiastic crowds, prompted frequent curtain calls and popularized the singing of Na, Na, Hey, Hey…Goodbye.
That’s Spencer with the Hitmen T-shirt, Gamble, Zisk and Garr pictured above.
Last Night’s Highlights
Chris Sale tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and a pair of walks along with seven strikeouts in the Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Red Sox in the series finale. The K total gives Sale 229 on the season, a career-high that also gives him the fifth highest total in White Sox history. Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh is the only Sox pitcher to strike out more in a season and he did it four times: 269 in 1908, 258 in 1910, 255 in 1911 and 254 in 1912…Melky Cabrera collected a pair of singles and a double.
Enjoy another outstanding Sale performance:
White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-5, 4.22) for the Sox, LHP Roenis Elias (4-6, 4.22) for Seattle.
Rodon makes his 22nd appearance and 19th start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA over his last three starts. He posted a no decision in his last start on August 22 at Seattle, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Quotes of the Day
Trayce Thompson (pictured below) on the advice he got from coach Daryl Boston when he arrived in Chicago: “My first day, DBo told me, ‘It’s all about confidence and knowing you can play here.’ I took that to heart, and I think that has helped me a lot.”
@scottmerkin: Interesting side note on Trayce Thompson: His best friend and more like a third brother is Colorado standout third baseman Nolan Arenado
Dad Mychal Thompson is Over the Moon
“Sox Serve Week”
The White Sox celebrate “Sox Serve Week”–its seventh annual fundraising and community outreach campaign formerly known as Charities Week–during each day of the team’s current homestand that runs through Sunday. Presented in partnership with Magellan Corporation, MillerCoors and Wintrust Financial, “Sox Serve Week” engages the Sox fan base through community outreach events featuring current players and special fundraising opportunities including auctions and more.
On tap for tonight:
Gone Fishing with Youth Served by the USO — White Sox players will spend the morning fishing at Northerly Island with a group of children whose parents are currently deployed in the U.S. military.
Ultimate Autograph Broadcast Auction presented by Comcast SportsNet –During the game, fans have the opportunity to bid on a variety of unique autographed items at U.S. Cellular Field in Section 135 or at whitesox.com/autographauction. Broadcasters Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will feature items throughout the game broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. The bidding will end at 9:00 p.m. CT tonight.
As part of “Sox Serve Week” White Sox players welcomed Special Olympics athletes to the ballpark yesterday to participate in a Field of Dreams Clinic. Here’s Jose Abreu and Gordon Beckham giving some instruction to one of the youngsters who attended.
Micah Johnson Off the DL
Second baseman Micah Johnson has been activated from the disabled list at Class AAA Charlotte.
White Sox vs. Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the second game of the four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (6-11, 4.90) for the Sox, RHP Taijuan Walker (9-7, 4.73) for Seattle.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 126 on August 28 at Seattle, Jermaine Dye went 4-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of doubles and Carl Everett belted his 20th, a solo shot, to help give the first-place White Sox’ 4-3 triumph over the Mariners. It was the Sox’ fourth consecutive win and 79th of the season. Jose Contreras earned his ninth victory and Damaso Marte recorded his fourth save.
Photo of the Day
Alexei Ramirez shows that he’s a full-service shortstop.