Today in White Sox History: October 4

Bud man: By 1981, Harry had ditched the Falstaff for Budweiser. By 1982, he’d ditched the Sox. Here he is, broadcasting his last game, from Comiskey Park’s center field bleachers.


1948Chuck Comiskey III was named vice president of the White Sox. He refused to see the team continue to be the laughingstock of the American League and immediately began to take steps to change things on and off the field. Those changes started to bear fruit during the 1951 season.


1981Jerry Hairston’s grand slam helped beat the Minnesota Twins, 13-12, setting off Bill Veeck’s original exploding scoreboard for the last time. The blast came off of future White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. The Sox trailed in the game 12-5 before scoring eight runs in the final two innings. The win gave the Sox their first “winning” year since 1977. The game also marked the end of broadcaster Harry Caray’s association with the Sox after 11 seasons.

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Mark Liptak is originally from Chicago and has been a White Sox fan since 1960. He and his wife Zoe reside in Pocatello, Idaho where he is the radio voice as part of Idaho State athletics in volleyball, football, women's basketball and softball.

Mark went to the University of Kentucky. He’s been in the sports media profession since 1978 having worked in television sports in three markets between 1978 and 1994. He’s also written for numerous newspapers in addition to his radio duties.

Liptak has covered a Super Bowl, two Kentucky Derby’s, an NCAA woman’s basketball Final Four and worked for CBS-TV during their coverage of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament’s opening rounds held in Boise in 2001.

He is also a Chicago White Sox historian who has written for various web sites over the past 17 years including the Chicago Baseball Museum and Chicago Now / Sox Net, a series of blogs and websites associated with the Chicago Tribune.

He and Zoe have been married for 30 years. Their son, Mason, and his family live in Longview, Texas.

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North Portland Mark
8 months ago

The 1950s to mid 60s White Sox teams are way under rated. While I, like many, have fond memories of the 1969 Cubs, I don’t understand why they get so much love compared to the many Sox teams that were better but couldn’t get past the Yankees.

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
8 months ago

Agree completely, those mid-60’s teams that had three straight seasons of 90+ wins were as good as you could get and statistically in many ways were actually better than the team’s of the 1950’s.

Brett Ballantini
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Liptak

1963 to 1965 is the best three-season stretch in White Sox history.

WIN05
WIN05
8 months ago

15, 16, and 17 as well as 04, 05, and 06 were better 3 year stretches. Plus, both ended with world series wins.

Brett Ballantini
8 months ago
Reply to  WIN05

Wait, maybe I meant most total three-year wins? Or maybe I’m just making crap up.

WIN05
WIN05
8 months ago

I think it was wins. It was the old 154 game schedule.

North Portland Mark
8 months ago
Reply to  WIN05

With 287 wins, ’63 to ’65, they are best in total wins. If they had division play, the Sox are certainly in the playoffs many years from 1951 to 1967. Once you get in, who knows? It’s clear that the best team doesn’t always win. Despite this, I do think that all of these playoffs, cheapen the regular season. A better bounce, here or there, and White Sox get in more than just ’59.

Pointerbabe
Pointerbabe
8 months ago

I love that the old scoreboard’s last gasp came at the expense of Coop. Thanks, I didn’t know this!

WIN05
WIN05
8 months ago

As we get deeper into October, there will be almost no White Sox baseball games from past years to remember.

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
8 months ago
Reply to  WIN05

True but that doesn’t mean there won’t be historical entries

WIN05
WIN05
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Liptak

I like the historical entries. Thanks for the research.

North Portland Mark
8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Liptak

Thank you for your work Mark!

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
8 months ago

Your welcome thank you