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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