Today in White Sox History: January 22

A coach to be named later: Current White Sox minor league coach Charles Poe helped deliver Danny Tartabull to the White Sox. (Kim Contreras/South Side Hit Pen)


1960
The White Sox introduced the first major league baseball jersey that had a player’s name on the back. It was the brainchild of owner Bill Veeck. At first the name was only on the road jersey, but over time, teams would have names on the backs of both road and home shirts.


1996
The White Sox dealt minor leaguers Charles Poe and Andrew Lorraine to Oakland for slugger Danny Tartabull. The enigmatic Tartabull had as much talent as anyone but often didn’t show it; however, he put together a very good season on the South Side, with 27 home runs and 101 RBIs. Tartabull signed a free agent deal with the Phillies the following year but would have just 11 more career plate appearances after the White Sox.

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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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4 months ago

Tartabull gave the Sox Seinfeld cred. Unfortunately, his post-career exploits kind of destroyed that cred.