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@SOXNERD BLOG JUNE 12: SOX DRAFT DITTIES

@SoxNerd Blog for June 12 …

On the day the draft begins, here are some nuggets on the Sox and the MLB’s annual pickfest:

*NO. 11: The White Sox own the 11th overall pick in the draft, which starts today.

The only time the Sox had that choice was in 1975 when they selected right-handed pitcher Chris Knapp out of Central Michigan University.

Knapp, who made his big league debut for the Sox 93 days after being picked, went 15-8 with a 4.80 ERA in 40 games (32 starts) for the Southsiders from 1975 to 1977.

The Michigander was 12-7 for the 1977 Hitmen and his trade directly netted Richard Dotson and ultimately netted Joey Cora and Warren Newson.

Not a bad pick.

*THE BULL: You know who else was taken at No. 11?

“The Bull” himself, Greg Luzinski, a slugging presence on the 1983 “Winning Ugly” White Sox.

The Phillies took the burly first baseman out of Niles (Ill.) Notre Dame High School in 1968.

*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question displayed on the Sox scoreboard for the team’s last home game on this date (2016): Which son of a big league manager earned his only big league win for the Sox on this date in 1985 (answer below)?

*ALSO AT 11: Other notables picked at 11 were Jim Spencer, Andrew McCutchen, Addison Russell, Max Scherzer and Walt Weiss.

*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 2005, Aaron Rowand’s three-run homer in the 10th off Trevor Hoffman delivered the first-place White Sox an 8-5 win at San Diego.

The Sox tied the game with two in the eighth and Rowand’s homer made a winner out of Cliff Politte, who fashioned two perfect innings of relief.

*HISTORY: No matter who the White Sox take, history says there’s a decent chance he will play in the big leagues.

Through 2012 (the draft that developed the most recent big leaguer in Russell), 71 percent of the players (34-of-48) taken at 11 have played in the bigs.

*STUMPER ANSWER: Bruce Tanner son of Chuck Tanner

TBT, TODAY IN 1981: BULL CHARGES TO SOX

On this date in 1981, in another credibility-establishing move, the White Sox purchased the contract of Chicago-area product Greg Luzinski from the Philadelphia Phillies. 

The acquisition of the four-time All-Star, coupled with the pickup of Carlton Fisk, Jim Essian, Bill Almon and Dennis Lamp, showed that the new ownership group headed by Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn was willing to spend money and make a splash. 

Luzinski, a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., was an ideal designated hitter and he took to the role. 

“The Bull” hit 21 homers in the strike-shortened season of 1981, drove in 101 runs in 1982 and hit 32 homers with 95 RBIs for the A.L. West champs in 1983. 

Sadly, Luzinski, like the rest of the Sox hitters, did not have a good playoff series against Baltimore (2-for-15) or a good season in 1984 (.238, 13 homers), which was the last of his 15-year career