Today in White Sox History: January 28

Double trouble: Fain faltered on the South Side — and was a menace, to boot.


1953
It was one of those deals seemed was too good to be true, and unfortunately that turned out to be the case when the White Sox acquired two-time AL batting champ Ferris Fain from the Philadelphia A’s as part of a five-player deal.

Fain never approached those heights in Chicago, was a distraction off the field, got injured, and was rumored to have gotten into a fight with second baseman Nellie Fox that resulted in injuries. Lockers were supposedly pushed on Fox during the altercation, and he was pinned under them. The fight was thought to have taken place after a game in Washington D.C. against the Senators.

 

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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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Right Size Wrong Shape
Right Size Wrong Shape
4 months ago

On a lot of these stories it tells me that there are comments, but when I go to the comments section I either see nothing or less comments than what the number indicates. It was telling me that there was 1 comment for this story, but I didn’t see any. Is this happening to anyone else?

Will
Will
4 months ago

I saw the same thing. I thought maybe someone had a method of blocking some users from seeing their comments.

WIN05
WIN05
4 months ago

The comments are after a bunch of other stuff so maybe that is part of the problem. I think that there were supposed to be 3 but I only saw 2.

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
4 months ago
Reply to  WIN05

I’m having the exact same issues.

Brett Ballantini
Brett Ballantini
4 months ago

I am seeing 4 comments advertised, and 4 comments delivered. But I will start looking at the bottom of every story to see if this inconsistency is a persistent issue (I’ll admit being more concerned with getting up “more” content than examining every story, I usually look at comments on a single page, as an admin). Anyone else seeing fewer than advertised, or the exact amount? Maybe we can start to figure out why some are seeing fewer comments.

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak
4 months ago

Brett: For example on the “main page” for this particular item, it shows six comments. But when you scroll down to the bottom there was only five I was actually seeing (not including this comment just now that I’m writing)