1979 Chicago White Sox

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Record: 73-87, Finished 5th in AL Western Division (1979 AL)

Managed by Don Kessinger (46-60) and Tony LaRussa (27-27)

Coaches: Loren Babe, Fred Martin, Joe Sparks and Bobby Winkles

Ballpark: Comiskey Park

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

On July 12th, a "Disco Demolition Night" promotion between the games of a 1979 Chicago White Sox doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers got out of control. The Sox had to forfeit the second game of the twinbill as a result of the field at Comiskey Park not being in a playable condition. Less than a month later, on August 2nd, manager Don Kessinger, the last player-manager in American League history, was fired and replaced by Iowa Oaks manager Tony LaRussa.

Awards and Honors[edit]

1979 Opening Day Lineup[edit]

Harry Chappas, ss

Claudell Washington, rf

Chet Lemon, cf

Jorge Orta, dh

Lamar Johnson, 1b

Alan Bannister, 2b

Ralph Garr, lf

Eric Soderholm, 3b

Marv Foley, c

Ken Kravec, p

Further Reading[edit]

  • Dan Helpingstine: "Bill Veeck: The Second Time Around", The National Pastime, SABR, 51, 2023, pp. 106-109.