Today in White Sox History: February 28

Feistmeisters: Two consummate red-ass managers descended on Chicago in 1966. (Sports Illustrated)

White Sox manager Eddie Stanky appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated along with Cubs skipper Leo Durocher. The tagline read: The Lip and The Brat Invade Chicago. Stanky would have solid years in his two complete seasons as White Sox manager (almost winning the pennant in 1967), and he was considered a tactical genius when it came to the game. But his shortcomings in temperament, media relations and personnel management were his undoing. He was fired just 79 games into the 1968 season.


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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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