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'67 Near Miss Sox
– under-loved by fans

By George Castle
Friday, September 15th, 2017

The dilemma is never adequately explained or nailed down.

Why don't the White Sox draw more fans?

The '67 Sox had plenty of hype to appeal to fans via fiery manager Eddie Stanky.

The '67 Sox had plenty of hype to appeal to fans via fiery manager Eddie Stanky.

Or, more specifically, why didn't Sox rooters -- who supposedly demand winners to spin the turnstiles -- turn out in greater numbers when the team was in contention, if not entrenched in first place by large margins?

The issue without an answer carried through my coverage of the Sox in this millennium.



’67 Sox greatest waste of stellar pitching

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Friday, September 15th, 2017

Norm Cash had the most productive career of any of the home-grown hitters the Sox traded away after 1959.

Norm Cash had the most productive career of any of the home-grown hitters the Sox traded away after 1959.

Fifty years later, the statistics still don't lie: the White Sox had a better overall pitching staff in 1967 than the Sandy Koufax-Don Drysdale Los Angeles Dodgers of previous seasons.

"We had a bullpen and a half," recalled then-long reliever Wilbur Wood, who'd go on to become the team's knuckleball ace in the early 1970s, but then yielded late-inning work to closer Bob Locker, flutterball master Hoyt Wilhelm and veteran Don McMahon.

The starting Big Three of Joel Horlen (2.06 ERA) -- who threw a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers -- and lefties Gary Peters and a pre-surgery Tommy John helped produce an American League-leading team ERA of 2.45, a throwback to the Dead Ball Era.

Problem is, the pitch-and-putt lineup also was a reminder of hitless-wonder baseball of 60 years previously. It all added up to the biggest waste of great pitching in Chicago history as the Sox, who held first place from June 11 to Aug. 13, could not muster a finishing kick in the greatest pennant race in AL history. And the after-effects of the failure -- the official end of the famed "Go-Go" Era that began in 1951 -- led to the collapse of the franchise and a near-move to Milwaukee, the first of four separate times through 1988 the Sox flirted with re-location.

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In connection with the DD Classic and as a permanent way to honor Duty, the Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting this special tribute to the great man and also assisted with the Double Duty exhibit at the DuSable Museum. On our 'Double Duty' microsite, we recount his long career with his own words, photos that show the ballplayer, the colorful personality and as a special treat, Duty’s own taped recollections from WGN-TV’s 1992 "Chicago American Giants" special.

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Jack Brickhouse: Our man
for all sports seasons

Jack Brickhouse: Our man for all seasons

Jack Brickhouse enjoyed a life of firsts. He was the first voice heard on WGN-TV when it signed on 1948. He was the first Chicago voice heard on a trans-Atlantic satellite broadcast in 1962. He called eight no-hitters, six Gale Sayers touchdowns in one game and the better part of 45 runs scored in a 1979 Cubs-Phillies contest.

The Chicago Baseball Museum pays tribute to Brickhouse in this special Jack Brickhouse microsite at a time the Cubs are honoring him with a special bobblehead day, as part of their Wrigley Field 100th anniversary celebration. The website recalls different facets of Brickhouse’s life, including stories, photos from the collection of Pat Brickhouse, Jack’s wife, and a wide variety of video and audio highlights from his career.

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