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TODAY IN ’65: TOMMYS CAN YOU HEAR ME? JOHN & AGEE JOIN SOX

On this date (Jan. 20) in 1965, the White Sox executed a colossal trade that included three teams and eight players and netted the franchise three major contributors over the next few years in pitcher Tommy John, catcher John Romano and outfielder Tommie Agee.

The Sox acquired John, Romano and Agee from Cleveland and then sent Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger to Kansas City,  Cam Carreon to Cleveland and Fred Talbot to Kansas City.

John contributed immediately, going 14-7 with a 3.09 ERA in 1965.

The left-hander from Terre Haute, Ind., was a steady and sometimes spectacular part of the White Sox pitching staffs before he became better known for a surgery that soon bore his name.

John’s tenure with the Sox lasted until he was included in the Dick Allen trade following the 1971 season.

https://soxnerd.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/dick-allen-acquired-and-the-sox-are-saved/

After spending a year in the minors, Agee won the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1966 after hitting .273 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs.

He also won the Gold Glove to become the first player to win the Rookie of the Year Year and that award in the same season.

Agee spent one more productive campaign in Chicago before being dealt to the Mets in one of the worst Sox trades ever.

Romano, who previously played with the Sox in 1958 and 1959, was productive in his two years behind the plate on the Southside, combining for 33 home runs. He was sent to the Cardinals in the Walt “No Neck” Williams deal following the 1966 season.

In his first edition of the “The White Sox Encyclopedia,” Rich Lindberg listed this deal as the sixth best in franchise history.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 69 DAYS

69 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

White Sox pitchers have totaled 69 (and one-third!) innings in the All-Star Game.

Three of the most dominating of those innings were fashioned by Gary Peters in his second All-Star appearance in the 1967 game in Anaheim, Calif.

The third of five American League pitchers tossed three perfect innings with four strikeouts.

Peters relieved the Angels’ Jim McGlothlin in the sixth and set down the N.L. in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

The southpaw’s strikeout victims were Willie Mays (called), Roberto Clemente (called), Orlando Cepeda (called) and Dick Alllen.

Peters also handled one chance (an assist) before giving way to Al Downing in a game the A.L. would lose 2-1 in 15 innings.

80 YEARS AGO TODAY: ONE HALL OF A SNUB FOR SOX ICONS

White Sox legends Eddie Collins, Ed Walsh, Ray Schalk and Red Faber received votes but not enough for induction into the Hall of Fame in results released by the Baseball Writers Association of America on this date in 1938.

In the third year of voting, only 373-game winner Grover Cleveland Alexander received enough votes for induction. Needing 75 percent, Alexander received 80.92 percent of the vote.

Collins, a second baseman, was fourth with 175 votes (66.79 percent), Walsh, a pitcher, was eighth with 110 (41.98 percent), Schalk, a catcher, was 17th with 45 (17.18 percent) and Faber, a pitcher, was tied for last with just one vote (0.38 percent).

Collins wouldn’t have long to wait for his induction. He was elected to the Hall the following year.

The rest of the Sox legends made the Hall via the Veterans Committee.

Walsh was enshrined in 1946 while Schalk went in in 1955 and Faber was inducted in 1964.

There were some other familiar names on the 1938 ballot.

Future Hall of Famers Johnny Evers, Clark Griffith, Chief Bender, Edd Roush, Hugh Duffy and Frank Chance – all of whom spent some time with the Sox –received votes but not enough for induction.

Other notables receiving votes this year were former Sox players Nick Altrock, Harry Hooper, Dickie Kerr, Everett Scott, Fielder Jones and Kid Gleason.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 70 DAYS

70 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Win No. 70 in Billy Pierce’s career spoiled the final American League game in St. Louis.

On Sept. 27, 1953, Pierce went the distance in the White Sox 2-1 win in 11 innings in the Browns last game in St. Louis before bolting to Baltimore.

Pierce gave up seven hits while fanning eight for his 18th win of the season. The stylish lefty did not walk a batter in pinning the 100th loss of the season on the Browns before 3,174 at Sportsman’s Park.

A little less than seven months later, the Orioles would open play in Baltimore against the White Sox.

For the record, Minnie Minoso’s double in the 11th was the last A.L. hit and RBI in St. Louis. The two-bagger drove in Fred Marsh with the final A.L. run. In the eighth, Jim Rivera tied the game with the final A.L. home run in the city.

The next time the Sox played in St. Louis was in a 5-4 interleague win over the Cardinals on Sept. 1, 1997 before 40,464 at Busch Stadium.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 71 DAYS

71 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

A.J. Pierzynski was pick No. 71 (by Minnesota) in the June 1994 draft.

It took 11 years but the White Sox finally atoned for that oversight when they signed Pierzynski in 2005 AND THEN THEY WON THE WORLD SERIES!

For the record, the Sox passed on Pierzynski in favor of they passed on A.J. in favor of fellow catcher Mark Johnson , pitchers Chris Clemons and John Ambrose and outfielder Jerry Whitaker in that draft.

Pierzynski talks about getting snubbed by the Sox in this episode of the White Sox Talk podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/white-sox-talk-podcast/id1162163703?mt=2&i=1000397730526