Today in White Sox History: October 13

Astounding feat: Pat Kelly managed to turn a 0.0 bWAR season in 1973 into an All-Star Game appearance.


1970 – New player personnel director Roland Hemond made his first deal for the club, sending John “Pineapple” Matias and (now-“Dr.”) Gail Hopkins to the Kansas City Royals for Don O’Riley and Pat Kelly. Kelly, who was the brother of Cleveland Browns running back LeRoy Kelly, provided speed for the “new look” White Sox. A solid hitter and leadoff man, Pat would make the All-Star team in 1973.

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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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Loved Pat Kelly. Would imitate his flat-bat, hunched over stance when playing fast pitch. We would be different teams, and would really try to mimic every famous batting tic. Joe Morgan’s front arm flinch, Stargell’s staggered warm-up loop.