Today in White Sox History: November 26

Signing wounded: In a remarkable turnaround, Soderholm went from sitting out the 1976 season to a 4.2 bWAR comeback campaign for the ages.


1976 — In a move that would pay large returns the following season, injured third baseman Eric Soderholm signed a free agent deal with Bill Veeck and Roland Hemond. Soderholm would become Comeback Player of the Year for 1977 with 25 home runs, 67 RBIs and a .280 batting average, helping lead the South Side Hit Men to a remarkable, 90-win season.


1991 – The White Sox hired Gene Lamont as the new field manager, replacing Jeff Torborg. Lamont was hired after Pirates manager and former Sox coach Jim Leyland highly recommended him (Lamont was a coach on Leyland’s staff). The quiet, laid-back Lamont would win the American League’s Western Division title in 1993 and take home Manager of the Year honors. He’d also guide the Sox to the Central Division lead at the time of the labor impasse in 1994.

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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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OK, I chose this odd photograph for a very specific reason, to write a little about the strange baseball card customs of past years. As a baseball card geek, there were at least a couple of traditions that simply don’t exist in today’s Photoshop world. One was the habit of Topps always taking a photo of a player from the ground up to show only the underside of the bill cap, or without a cap at all, so that the logo wasn’t visible — in the case of a trade, it would make it easier to cheat and place the… Read more »