Today in White Sox History: October 11


1899 — The new American League was formed in Chicago. The city didn’t have a team in the league at that point but soon got the St. Paul, Minn. team, led by player/manager Charles Comiskey. They set up shop on the South Side.


1991 — White Sox manager Jeff Torborg, who was named Manager of the Year for 1990, resigned to take a job as manager of the New York Mets. It was a strange move, and the real reason for it wasn’t made known until years later, as Torborg told individuals and provided examples of how then-White Sox GM Ron Schueler forced him out.

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North Portland Mark
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I would like more about the Torborg incident.

Mark Liptak
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Ffrom my interview with Jeff: “Later in the season we were in Minnesota for a two game series, it was a must win series for us because we were running out of time and I heard Peter Gammons report on ESPN that my job was in jeopardy. I was thinking, ‘where is this coming from?’ Then the last home stand of the year when we played the Twins again, Ron Schueler came into my office before it started and he closed the door. I was wondering what was going on. Ron said to me, “The Mets called me today and… Read more »

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I remember most of that. I liked Torberg and Lamont. Schueler, I could not stand. He was a pathetic GM. Inherited Larry Himes team and lived off it. And those were the days that Jerry was spending.

North Portland Mark
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Thanks for the back ground

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This is a 30-year-old memory, but I swear I didn’t make it up. What makes Mark’s true account of this a little more insidious is that at the time (because to fans, this really made no sense at all) the White Sox/Torborg pitched this as Jeff wanting to: be closer to home and manage a hometown team of his and/or be closer to his mother, who was ill or something along those lines. I remember thinking MAN does this suck, because the White Sox are On Their Way … but, jeez, I can understand, poor guy wants to be near… Read more »

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Jeff told me that while his Mom’s illness was a small factor the reason he said what he did at the time was because he didn’t want to cause any hard feelings at least publicly.