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DISH Deluxe 3 — The 1977 White Sox

Mark Liptak and Brett Ballantini take a look at July’s best-ever Pale Hose club, the South Side Hit Men

Not all of our DISH Deluxe history podcasts will be about a single date in White Sox history — in fact, quite often they won’t be.

This episode is our first such podcast. The 1977 club was selected now, because at 22-6, it remains the best July club in White Sox history. And the South Side Hit Men spent the entire month in first place, stretching nearly into mid-August.

Mark Liptak and Brett Ballantini discuss the overwhelming sense of fun associated with that club, and more:

  • Not only the best July club in White Sox history, but the only one better than .500 from 1973 to 1982, and the best team overall between 1966 and 1982
  • Setting the scene — Bill Veeck and Roland Hemond’s clever/desperate Rent-a-Player strategy
  • The key trade made at the dawn of the season — and the bonus ace who was almost stuffed into the deal!
  • Opening Day: snow
  • Heating up/highlights as the White Sox made their ascendance
  • Where it started to falter and fall off
  • The legacy of the South Side Hit Men
  • The unsung hero of that 90-win club
  • Miraculous ... defensive? ... achievements!
  • The overlooked pitching staff
  • How close were the White Sox to bringing Oscar Gamble back to Chicago?
  • Player spotlights: Chet Lemon, Eric Soderholm, Steve Stone, Lerrin LaGrow, Oscar Gamble, and others

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