Forty years ago, Dick Allen won the American League MVP and the White Sox went 87-67, finishing second in the league to Oakland. The Sox will honor that '72 team by wearing throwback uniforms for every Sunday home game, and we're giving you a chance to win one signed by Bill Melton.
But there was much more to that 1972 team that cool uniforms and Allen.
Wilbur Wood's season was incredible. He started 49 games and threw 20 complete games, eight of which were shutouts -- a post-dead ball era franchise record. Wood threw 376 23 innings, the most a pitcher has thrown in a season since the end of World War II. And he finished second in the AL Cy Young voting that year, with Cleveland's Gaylord Perry taking home the award.
Wood was the anchor of a pitching staff that posted a 3.12 ERA, with starters Dave Lemonds (2.95), Tom Bradley (2.98) and Stan Bahnsen (3.60) throwing quality innings. The bullpen, which was hardly a modern-day bullpen, was also fantastic, with Terry Forster throwing 100 innings with a 2.25 ERA.
A 20-year-old Goose Gossage made his major-league debut April 16 for the Sox. He had an up-and-down season, culminating with the future Hall of Famer allowing nine runs on 13 hits in three innings of his only start of the year.
Beltin' Bill Melton only hit seven home runs in 1972, although the reasons behind that total were heroic. Carlos May, though, picked up the slack with one of the best offensive years of is career.
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With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.