Today in White Sox History: February 24

Damn Yankees: The Bronx Bombers lifted Eddie Lopat off of the White Sox 72 years ago. 


1948
White Sox GM Les O’Connor sent pitcher Eddie Lopat to the Yankees for three players. Lopat, a soft tossing, off-speed pitcher would quickly develop into one of the aces on the Yankees dynasty clubs of the 1950s. Of the players the Sox got in return, only pitcher Bill Wight had any success on the South Side, winning 34 games in three seasons. Another one of the players acquired, catcher Aaron Robinson, would be flipped that November to the Tigers for a youngster named Billy Pierce.

 

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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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I guess you could think of Lopat for Pierce as a win.