1977 Chicago White Sox season
|1977 Chicago White Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Roland Hemond|
|Local radio||WMAQ (AM)
(Harry Caray, Lorn Brown, Jimmy Piersall, Mary Shane)
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White Sox owner Bill Veeck tried a new philosophy during the offseason: figuring that if he could not compete with the bigger spending clubs for free agents, he would "rent" them, even if only for one year. With this strategy in mind, he traded for Richie Zisk (who had one year remaining on his contract) and Oscar Gamble (also in the final year of his contract), hoping that he would be able to continue the practice financially.
- October 6, 1976: Minnie Miñoso was released by the White Sox.
- October 21, 1976: Phil Roof was traded by the White Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later. The Blue Jays completed the deal by sending Larry Anderson to the White Sox on January 5.
- November 26, 1976: Eric Soderholm was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
- December 5, 1976: Royle Stillman was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
- December 10, 1976: Goose Gossage and Terry Forster were traded by the White Sox to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Richie Zisk and Silvio Martínez.
- January 11, 1977: Mark Esser was drafted by the White Sox in the 8th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball Draft.
- January 26, 1977: Blue Moon Odom was released by the White Sox.
- February 15, 1977: Fritz Peterson was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
The White Sox, who came to be called the "South Side Hitmen", were in solid contention for most of the season, battling the division-winning Royals and Minnesota Twins most of the way. moved into first place in the AL West on July 1 and remained there until August 12. Their primary weapon was their power hitting. As a team, the White Sox hit 192 home runs, a record which lasted until 1996. Their displays of power caused fans to cheer for "curtain calls," where players came out of the dugout after hitting a home run to acknowledge those cheers. Some Royals players greatly resented this, and called such behavior "bush" and "unprofessional." The climax of this came on August 5, when White Sox pitcher Bart Johnson and Royals catcher Darrell Porter had a fistfight in a game at Kansas City.
Opening Day lineup
- Ralph Garr, Left field
- Alan Bannister, Shortstop
- Jorge Orta, Second base
- Richie Zisk, Right field
- Jim Spencer, First base
- Oscar Gamble, Designated hitter
- Eric Soderholm, Third base
- Chet Lemon, Center field
- Brian Downing, Catcher
- Ken Brett, Pitcher
|Kansas City Royals||102||60||0.630||—||55–26||47–34|
|Chicago White Sox||90||72||0.556||12||48–33||42–39|
Record vs. opponents
1977 American League Records
- April 5, 1977: Bucky Dent was traded by the White Sox to the New York Yankees for Oscar Gamble, LaMarr Hoyt, Bob Polinsky (minors), and $200,000.
- August 20, 1977: Steve Staniland (minors) was traded by the White Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals for Don Kessinger.
- August 31, 1977: The White Sox traded players to be named later to the St. Louis Cardinals for Clay Carroll. The White Sox completed the deal by sending Nyls Nyman to the Cardinals on September 2, and sending Dave Hamilton and Silvio Martínez to the Cardinals on November 28.
|1977 Chicago White Sox|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
|Alan Bannister, SS,2B,LF,CF||139||560||87||154||20||3||3||57||54||49||.275||4|
|Kevin Bell, SS,3B||9||28||4||5||1||0||1||6||3||8||.179||0|
|Jack Brohamer, 3B,2B||59||152||26||39||10||3||2||20||21||8||.257||0|
|Bob Coluccio, OF||20||37||4||10||0||0||0||7||6||2||.270||0|
|Henry Cruz, OF||53||77||13||17||2||1||2||10||8||11||.221||0|
|Tommy Cruz, LF||4||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|Brian Downing, C,DH,OF||69||169||28||48||4||2||4||25||34||21||.284||1|
|Jim Essian, C||114||322||50||88||18||2||10||44||52||35||.273||1|
|John Flannery, SS||7||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000||0|
|Oscar Gamble, DH,OF||137||408||75||121||22||2||31||83||54||54||.297||1|
|Ralph Garr, LF||134||543||78||163||29||7||10||54||27||44||.300||12|
|Jerry Hairston, CF,LF||13||26||3||8||2||0||0||4||5||7||.308||0|
|Lamar Johnson, DH,1B||118||374||52||113||12||5||18||65||24||53||.302||1|
|Don Kessinger, SS,2B,3B||39||119||12||28||3||2||0||11||13||7||.235||2|
|Chet Lemon, CF||150||553||99||151||38||4||19||67||52||88||.273||8|
|Bob Molinaro, RF||1||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500||1|
|Bill Nahorodny, C||7||23||3||6||1||0||1||4||2||3||.261||0|
|Tim Nordbrook, SS||15||20||2||5||0||0||0||1||7||4||.250||1|
|Wayne Nordhagen, RF,LF,DH||52||124||16||39||7||3||4||22||2||12||.315||1|
|Nyls Nyman, PH||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|Jorge Orta, 2B||144||564||71||159||27||8||11||84||46||49||.282||4|
|Eric Soderholm, 3B,DH||130||460||77||129||20||3||25||67||47||47||.280||2|
|Jim Spencer, 1B||128||470||56||116||16||1||18||69||36||50||.247||1|
|Mike Squires, 1B||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000||0|
|Royle Stillman, OF,DH||56||119||18||25||7||1||3||13||17||21||.210||2|
|Richie Zisk, RF,DH,LF||141||531||78||154||17||6||30||101||55||98||.290||0|
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
|Bruce Dal Canton||0||2||3.75||8||0||2||24.0||20||11||10||1||13||9|
Awards and honors
- Richie Zisk, starter, outfield
|AAA||Iowa Oaks||American Association||Joe Sparks|
|AA||Knoxville Knox Sox||Southern League||Jim Napier|
|A||Appleton Foxes||Midwest League||Gordon Lund|
|Rookie||GCL White Sox||Gulf Coast League||Joe Jones|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL White Sox
- The White Sox Encyclopedia, Richard C. Lindberg, p. 88, Temple University Press, ISBN 1-56639-449-X
- Minnie Miñoso page at Baseball Reference
- Phil Roof page at Baseball Reference
- Eric Soderholm page at Baseball-Reference
- Royle Stillman page at Baseball Reference
- Rich Gossage page at Baseball Reference
- Mark Esser page at Baseball Reference
- Blue Moon Odom page at Baseball Reference
- Fritz Peterson page at Baseball Reference
- Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball, Stephen Brunt, p.94, Penguin Books, ISBN 0-14-023978-2
- Oscar Gamble page at Baseball Reference
- Don Kessinger page at Baseball Reference
- Nyls Nyman page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- 1977 Chicago White Sox team page at Baseball Reference
- 1977 Chicago White Sox team page at www.baseball-almanac.com