Today in White Sox History: October 18

Gimme Steam: The band Nancy Faust made a permanent part of the sports lexicon.

1969 — A little-known studio musical group came out with an oddly-named song. On this date, it broke into the Billboard Top 100 chart and would eventually move all the way to No. 1. The group was called Steam; the song, “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)”. Thanks to the efforts of White Sox organist Nancy Faust in 1977, it would become the song Sox fans used to “serenade” pitchers being removed from games.

Today, you can hear it practically at every stadium in America … but it started on the South Side!

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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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Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
8 months ago

Nancy first started using the song in 1976 but it really caught fire the following season because the Sox were winning in very exciting ways.

8 months ago
Reply to  Mark Liptak

Did not know it was used in 76.

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Right Size Wrong Shape
8 months ago

I can’t unsee that album cover.