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Today in White Sox History: September 1

Ed Short says goodbye, while Albert Belle mashes hello.

Albert Belle
Setting season records by the beginning of September? Yeah, that’s how dangerous Albert Belle was in 1998.


With the White Sox approaching the end of their worst season in franchise history, GM Ed Short was fired after nine years on the job. Short made brilliant offseason deals in 1963 and 1964 to net the club players like Hoyt Wilhelm, Pete Ward, Tommy John and Tommy Agee, but starting in 1968 his moves backfired and lost the club players like Agee, Tommy McCraw, Don Buford and Bob Locker without getting anything substantial in return.


Albert Belle hit his 42nd home run of the season in the same game he got his 337th total base of the season. Both milestones set a franchise record, in Chicago’s 9-5 win at Baltimore. Belle ended the year with 49 home runs and 399 total bases. Later he’d say, with some truth, that he had a better year than the much-publicized duo of Mark McGwire and former Sox outfielder Sammy Sosa.