Today in White Sox History: February 13

Tragic turn: Edmondson was killed 50 years ago today in a traffic accident, cutting short what appeared to be a promising pitching career. (Topps)

Tragedy struck the White Sox as promising young pitcher Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend were killed in an accident on US-101 near Santa Barbara, Calif. On a rain-slicked highway, Edmondson’s car skidded into oncoming traffic and was struck by another vehicle. In his major league debut in Anaheim on June 20, 1969, Edmondson fired a complete game two-hitter, beating California 9 – 1. It would be his only major league win.


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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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Thanks, Mark – just looked him up and pretty impressive 1.6 bWAR in a grand total of 14 games (pitching was 1.7, but docked .1 for bad hitting). Could have been a mainstay for a few years. Not to mention, of course, the rest of his life…

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In that first game he also had two hits, scored two runs and drove in a run.

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I guess the rest of his hitting must’ve really stunk up the joint to get that -.1.