South Side Hitmen: The Story Of The 1977 Chicago White Sox (Il) (Images Of Baseball)

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By self-admission, the 1977 Chicago White Sox couldnt catch, run, or throw; and only on occasion could they pitch. Some felt unwanted and unloved by past teams. Two were told by skeptics that they didnt even belong on the field. Yet it was these qualities that made them one of the most entertaining teams in franchise history. They didnt bunt to move runners along, steal bases to distract the opposing defense, or turn the double play. They just hit and hit until demoralized opponents cried uncle. They didnt win the World Series or even a division title. They couldnt be called champions, but they lived up to another title. They were the South Side Hitmen. Team owner Bill Veeck transformed a hapless 1976 ball club into contenders and big-time draws at the ticket box. New acquisitions Oscar Gamble, Richie Zisk, and Eric Soderholm led the team to a franchise record 192 home runs, while legendary broadcaster Harry Caray led Comskey Park fans through the seventh-inning stretch. The White Sox won 90 games that season (including 22 in an amazing month of July) and finished first in the hearts of baseball fans across the citys South Side.

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