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Today in White Sox History: June 2

The Bev Era begins

Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles
On this day in 1995, the White Sox franchise took a great step backward.
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The White Sox traded infielder Jerry Adair to Boston for two players, one of whom was pitcher Don McMahon. McMahon would be spectacular out of the bullpen, going 5-0, grabbing three saves and having an ERA of 1.67 in 51 games in a little more than 91 innings for the “Near Miss” White Sox.


With the White Sox having blown four straight games to Cleveland, and off to an 11-20 start, manager Gene Lamont was fired and replaced by abrasive, taciturn third base coach Terry Bevington. Bevington would turn out to be a disaster on the field and in the clubhouse, and the long-term effects of the way Lamont was dismissed would cause his mentor and former Sox coach Jim Leyland to turn down overtures by owner Jerry Reinsdorf to take over after Bevington was removed before the start of the 1998 season.