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Looking back at the 1972 White Sox

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Looking back at the 1972 White Sox

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.

Got a memory of 1972? Post it in the comments! And be sure to enter to win that Bill Melton jersey!

Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Will the White Sox get a win in Boston against the former World Series Champs?

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: Will the White Sox get a win in Boston against the former World Series Champs?

Scott Podsednik and Doug Glanville join Leila Rahimi to talk all things Chicago baseball as the Cubs take on game two against the Braves and the Sox look to get a win in Boston.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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