Today marks the start of Mark Liptak’s Today in White Sox series here at South Side Sox. Mark highlights almost every day on the calendar with factoids from White Sox history, and on many days features more than one entry. The series starts slow with traditionally-sluggish January news, but it will heat up fast!
The Sox signed oft-injured outfielder Ellis Burks to a one-year contract. Burks would have a breakout season in 1993 and finally stop the revolving door in right field (at least for that season). Burks would produce 17 homers and 71 RBIs for the year, and hit .275 in the divisional championship season. He’d catch the final out to clinch the division title that season as well. Unfortunately, GM Ron Schueler wouldn’t give Burks the multiyear deal he was looking for after the season; Burks left for Colorado where he became an All-Star with the Rockies.