Today in White Sox History: January 4

Inked to a comeback: Burks re-set his career on the South Side, then found glory in Colorado. (@KnightsBaseball)

The White Sox signed oft-injured outfielder Ellis Burks to a one-year contract. Burks would have a breakout season in 1993 with 17 homers, 71 RBIs and a .275 batting average in the divisional championship season. He’d catch the final out to clinch the division title that season as well. Unfortunately, GM Ron Schueler wouldn’t give Burks the multi-year deal he was looking for when the season ended, and the outfielder left for Colorado and became an All-Star.


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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.

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5 months ago

Yep. Sigh.

5 months ago

I thought Burks claimed Denver had a better school system.

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
5 months ago
Reply to  fancyhughyancy

That was part of it but the biggest reason was $$$ and a multi-year contract.

Right Size Wrong Shape
Right Size Wrong Shape
5 months ago

The White Sox got better production out of DJ in ’94 and the likes of Mike Devereaux and Lyle Mouton in ’95 than what Burks gave Colorado in those years. He had a monster year for them in ’96, and not much before or after that. I think the Sox made the right decision.