|As part of a recently acquired collection of Programs/ Scorecards we note a lot of interesting reading. This from a Chicago White Sox book from their 60-page May, 1978 edition: |
Lemon and the Coaching Staff:
Under Bob Lemon's expert leadership the Chicago White Sox helped provide the Windy City with one of its most dramatic and exciting baseball seasons in history.
It was Lemon's first season as White Sox manager and many wondered about his judgement in accepting the job; the White Sox, you see, had finished dead last in the American League Western division the year before, losing almost 100 games -97 - while winning only 64.
Under Lemon's capable guidance last summer (1977), the White Sox made a remarkable turnabout, leading the league for over a two month period, and finally finishing third with a 90-72 won-and lost record. Thus, in one season, Lemon had taken a club that had finished 33 games under the .500 mark and improved it to the point where the Chisox ended up 18 games above .500 in 1977. As a result Lemon was named American League Manager of the Year in a vote taken by United Press International sports writers.
Assisting Lemon again this year is the same quartet that proved so capable last summer. They are Stan Williams, Orestes "Minnie" Minoso, Larry Doby and Bobby Knoop.
Doby is the batting instructor and the proof of his value to the ball club is indicated by the way fellows like Chet Lemon, Lamar Johnson and Jim Essian produced in 1977.
Doby was a feared American League slugger for 13 years, playing most of his career with the Cleveland Indians but also performing for the White Sox and Tigers. He pounded out 253 home runs and was just 30 short of the 1,000 milestone in RBIs.
Minoso will always be remembered as one of the most popular players in White Sox history. He, too, was originally brought to the big leagues by Bill Veeck but was traded to the White Sox early in 1951, where he made an unforgettable debut by hammering a tremendous 2-run homer in his first time to bat for Chicago off one of the league's top pitchers in those days - the Yankees Vic Rashi.
Following his retirement as a big league star, Minnie continued to play for a dozen seasons in Mexico. Then, when Veeck re-acquired the White Sox in December 1975, he lured "Minnie" back to Chicago as a coach.
Another former White Sox infielder, Bobby Knoop, is Lemon's third base coach. Knoop had just finished two successful years as a minor manager when Lemon coaxed him to join the Chicago coaching staff.
Knoop starred at second base for nine seasons with three American League teams - Los Angeles Angels (later named California), Chicago and Kansas City. He established major league records for most double plays in one game by a second baseman (6), on May 1, 1999, and most putouts, 9 innings, by a second baseman (12) on August 30, 1966. Four different seasons this talented infielder topped all AL second basemen in making double plays.
The White Sox pitching coach, Stan Williams, played for 21 years in professional baseball. He broke in as a 17-year-old pitcher with Shawnee of the old Sooner State League and served up his last pitch in a regular league game while managing Bristol of the Eastern League for the Boston Red Sox in 1974.
Stan Williams pitched a total of 482 games in the majors, winning 109 and losing 94, with a lifetime career ERA of 3.48.
Williams served as pitching coach for the Red Sox in 1975-76, then joined Lemon to work with the White Sox mound staff. Baseballhistorian.com - 1968 White Sox Program - Scorecard
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