Today in White Sox History: November 23

Bunyanesque: Kittle’s blasts were the stuff of legend. (Fleer)


1983 – The Baseball Writers Association of America announced that White Sox outfielder Ron Kittle was the winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award. The strongman from Gary, Indiana blasted 35 home runs and drove in 100 RBIs, helping the Sox to 99 wins and the Western Division title. He received 15 of 28 first-place votes. Julio Franco of the Indians, who in 1994 would join the Sox, was second, with Mike Boddicker of the Orioles third in the voting.

Kittle would hit seven rooftop home runs in his career with the Sox, the most by any player at the original Comiskey Park.

 

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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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