Today in Chicago White Sox History: December 11
It was one of the worst deals GM has ever done Roland Hémond. The White Sox acquired the Cubs star Ron santo after Santo refused a deal with the Angels. Santo, which may have been recovered from waivers, was acquired for three players, including the pitcher steve pierre.
Santo did very little in his one season with the White Sox and was considered a cancer of the clubhouse, often disagreeing with Dick allen. His highlight was probably the inside park home run he hit on June 9, 1974 against Boston’s Bill Lee at Comiskey Park. Santo was also one of the few players who didn’t like playing under the direction Chuck tanner. He had hit a measly 0.221 for the Sox, with five homers and 41 RBIs.
White Sox GM Roland Hémond sent the third baseman Bill Melton, a former AL home run champion and pitcher Steve Dunning in California for the first baseman Jim spencer and outfielder Morris Nettles. Melton had back pain and had exhausted his welcome with the team – getting into a screaming match in the lobby of a Milwaukee hotel with a diffuser Harry caray.
Spencer, meanwhile, would win a Gold Glove in Chicago for his defensive prowess. He also had 18 home runs and 69 RBIs for the South Side Hit Men, twice lead by eight points in a game in 1977.
Edward DeBartolo was turned down by other American League owners in his attempt to buy the White Sox from Bill veeck. DeBartolo, the man who invented the modern mall in Boardman, Ohio, may have had ties to organized crime. He also owned racetracks and was not from the Chicago area. All were “red flags” to other owners.
In an effort to appease Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, DeBartolo agreed to move to Chicago at least 20% of the time to have a direct connection to what was going on with the franchise. His compromises fell on deaf ears, as he only received three affirmative votes. The way was then open for the group led by Jerry reinsdorf and Eddie einhorn to get the White Sox.
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Another good deal made by GM Roland Hémond came when sent the shortstop Todd cruz and outfielder Rod Allen at the Mariners for Tom “Wimpy” Paciorek. Tom was coming out of an All-Star season with the M’s in 1981. He had touched over .300 for the White Sox in 1982 and 1983. He was also one of the craziest guys to ever do commercials for the. club. After his retirement, Paciorek worked in the Sox broadcasting booth from 1988 to 1999.
After losing the Star Launcher Alex Fernandez in free agency and claiming that the starting pitcher Kevin Tapani faked an injury to his pitcher’s hand (an injury that would force Tapani to miss the first half of the 1997 season after signing with the Cubs), White Sox GM Ron schueler signed pitcher Jaime Navarro to a four-year, $ 20 million contract.
Navarro was a full bust. His three-year record with the Sox was 25-43, and he often publicly blamed his teammates for his pitching problems. In many ways, he remains the worst starting pitcher in White Sox history.
To make matters worse, it was Schueler refusal to speak with Roger Clemens’ agents after he expressed interest in joining the team. Schueler offered this comment on it: “Roger Clemens is over the hill.” In the same three-year period that Navarro was with the Sox, Clemens would win two Cy Young and 55 games.
Navarro finally did something positive for the franchise – he was part of a deal that brought José Valentin and Cal eldred to the Sox in January 2000.