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Home-grown players key
in past Sox successes

By George Castle
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Three for the price of one:

• All the hand-wringing over a potential White Sox rebuilding program should cease.

The effort is best spent looking over what worked in the past to develop position players who were keys on winning Sox teams, and trying to duplicate strategies that eventually were put aside.

Ray Durham (left) and Randy Hundley.

Ray Durham (left) and Randy Hundley.

Larry Himes, of course, was famed for striking gold on four consecutive No. 1 draft picks from 1987 to 1990: Jack McDowell, Robin Ventura, Frank Thomas and Alex Fernandez. Third baseman Ventura and first baseman Thomas, of course, were the cornerstones of the 1993 AL West champion team. Left out in the Himes record was picking second baseman Ray Durham in the fifth round in 1990. Durham was a sparkplug on the 2000 AL Central titlists.

Remember Ron Karkovice? The gritty catcher who slugged 20 homers for the '93 team was the Sox's No. 1 pick in 1982.



How did Benetti get a Sox TV job
that fits him perfectly?

By Mark Liptak
Posted Monday, August 15th, 2016

Hitting it off over an introductory dinner with partner Steve Stone (right)  in Arizona practically clinched the Sox TV job for Jason Benetti.

Hitting it off over an introductory dinner with partner Steve Stone (right) in Arizona practically clinched the Sox TV job for Jason Benetti.

Change often comes slowly for the White Sox organization.

However, sooner or later, change must come as situations evolve.

After the 2015 season, longtime Sox TV broadcaster Hawk Harrelson decided to cut back on his workload in his mid-70s. Harrelson would no longer work most home games to cut out a four-hour daily round trip from his South Bend-area in-season home. That meant the search was on for someone who in the short term would basically be working half the schedule with an eye towards someday taking on Harrelson’s role.

Cuba baseball trip

Jim Hickman turning
down Durocher

9th annual
DD Classic

A multi-media celebration of Chicago’s own Double Duty Radcliffe

'Double Duty' Ted Radcliffe: Chicago's own Negro League superstar

Double Duty Ted Radcliffe was Chicago’s own Negro League superstar. Those who knew him and his work insist Duty would have been a star big-leaguer behind the plate and a very competent starting pitcher had the color line not been firmly entrenched in the prime of his career.

In connection with the DD Classic and as a permanent way to honor Duty, the Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting this special tribute to the great man and also assisted with the Double Duty exhibit at the DuSable Museum. On our 'Double Duty' microsite, we recount his long career with his own words, photos that show the ballplayer, the colorful personality and as a special treat, Duty’s own taped recollections from WGN-TV’s 1992 "Chicago American Giants" special.

Visit the 'Double Duty' microsite >>
Visit White Sox’ Double Duty Classic >>

Jack Brickhouse: Our man
for all sports seasons

Jack Brickhouse: Our man for all seasons

Jack Brickhouse enjoyed a life of firsts. He was the first voice heard on WGN-TV when it signed on 1948. He was the first Chicago voice heard on a trans-Atlantic satellite broadcast in 1962. He called eight no-hitters, six Gale Sayers touchdowns in one game and the better part of 45 runs scored in a 1979 Cubs-Phillies contest.

The Chicago Baseball Museum pays tribute to Brickhouse in this special Jack Brickhouse microsite at a time the Cubs are honoring him with a special bobblehead day, as part of their Wrigley Field 100th anniversary celebration. The website recalls different facets of Brickhouse’s life, including stories, photos from the collection of Pat Brickhouse, Jack’s wife, and a wide variety of video and audio highlights from his career.

Visit the Jack Brickhouse microsite >>
Chicago Tribune: Cubs will honor
Jack Brickhouse Friday >>

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