1976 Chicago White Sox season

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1976 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Veeck
Manager(s) Paul Richards
Local television WSNS-TV
Local radio WMAQ (AM)
(Harry Caray, Lorn Brown)
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The 1976 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 76th season in Major League Baseball, and its 77th season overall. They finished with a record 64-97, good enough for sixth place in the American League West, 25.5 games behind the first-place Kansas City Royals.

Offseason[edit]

New ownership[edit]

In 1975, White Sox owner John Allyn was broke and placed under enormous pressure from fellow owners to sell his club to Seattle interests and undercut a lawsuit which Seattle had against them.[1] The Seattle lawsuit was directly related to the American League owners' approval of moving the Seattle Pilots franchise to Milwaukee. The AL owners also planned to appease Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley by making Chicago available to his A's.[1] Charlie wanted out of Oakland and had years earlier tried to buy the Sox. Everyone was lined up against John Allyn and Chicago's Sox fans.

As fall turned to winter in 1975, Bill Veeck emerged as leader of the sole investment group intent on saving the club for Chicago and its Sox fans.[1] The AL owners reluctantly agreed to his offer and later voted to expand the league to include an expansion franchise in Seattle, Washington. Veeck purchased 80% of the White Sox, effective December 18, 1975.

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • August 8, 1976: The White Sox took the field wearing shorts instead of traditional baseball pants during the first game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Despite winning the game 5-2, the shorts were such a disaster the White Sox dressed in pants for the second game.[6]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 90 72 -- .556
Oakland Athletics 87 74 2.5 .540
Minnesota Twins 85 77 5 .525
Texas Rangers 76 86 14 .469
California Angels 76 86 14 .469
Chicago White Sox 64 97 25.5 .398

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1976 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Alan Bannister, OF,SS,2B 73 145 19 36 6 2 0 8 14 21 .248 12
Kevin Bell, 3B 68 230 24 57 7 6 5 20 18 56 .248 2
Buddy Bradford, RF 55 160 20 35 5 2 4 14 19 37 .219 6
Ken Brett, PH 12 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .083 0
Jack Brohamer, 2B 119 354 33 89 12 2 7 40 44 28 .251 1
Rich Coggins, OF 32 96 4 15 2 0 0 5 6 15 .156 3
Bucky Dent, SS 158 562 44 138 18 4 2 52 43 45 .246 3
Brian Downing, C,DH 104 317 38 81 14 0 3 30 40 55 .256 7
George Enright, C 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Jim Essian, C 78 199 20 49 7 0 0 21 23 28 .246 2
Sam Ewing, DH 19 41 3 9 2 1 0 2 2 8 .220 0
Ralph Garr, RF,LF,CF,DH 136 527 63 158 22 6 4 36 17 41 .300 14
Jerry Hairston, RF 44 119 20 27 2 2 0 10 24 19 .227 1
Lamar Johnson, 1B,DH 82 222 29 71 11 1 4 33 19 37 .320 2
Cleon Jones, LF,DH 12 40 2 8 1 0 0 3 5 5 .200 0
Pat Kelly, DH,LF,RF 107 311 42 79 20 3 5 34 45 45 .254 15
Chet Lemon, CF 132 451 46 111 15 5 4 38 28 65 .246 13
Carlos May, DH,LF 20 63 7 11 2 0 0 3 9 5 .175 4
Minnie Miñoso, DH 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .125 0
Wayne Nordhagen, RF,DH,C 22 53 6 10 2 0 0 5 4 12 .189 0
Nyls Nyman, LF 8 15 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 .133 1
Jorge Orta, LF,3B,DH,RF 158 636 74 174 29 8 14 72 38 77 .274 24
Phil Roof, C 4 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .111 0
Jim Spencer, 1B 150 518 53 131 13 2 14 70 49 52 .253 6
Bill Stein, 2B,3B 117 392 32 105 15 2 4 36 22 67 .268 4
Pete Varney, C 14 41 5 10 2 0 3 5 2 9 .244 0
Hugh Yancy, 2B 3 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .100 0
Team totals
161 5532 586 1410 209 46 73 538 471 739 .255 120

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Francisco Barrios 5 9 4.32 35 14 3 141.2 136 72 68 13 49 81
Ken Brett 10 12 3.32 27 26 1 200.2 171 82 74 5 79 91
Clay Carroll 4 4 2.56 29 0 6 77.1 67 26 22 1 26 38
Terry Forster 2 12 4.37 29 16 1 111.1 126 61 54 7 45 70
Goose Gossage 9 17 3.94 31 29 1 224.0 214 104 98 16 93 135
Dave Hamilton 6 6 3.59 45 1 10 90.1 81 38 36 4 51 62
Jesse Jefferson 2 5 8.52 19 9 0 62.1 86 62 59 4 42 30
Bart Johnson 9 16 4.73 32 32 0 211.1 231 115 111 19 63 91
Larry Monroe 0 1 4.15 8 2 0 21.2 23 11 10 0 13 9
Chris Knapp 3 1 4.82 11 6 0 52.1 54 31 28 5 33 41
Ken Kravec 1 5 4.89 9 8 0 49.2 49 28 27 3 32 38
Jack Kucek 0 0 9.64 2 0 0 4.2 9 5 5 2 4 2
Blue Moon Odom 2 2 5.79 8 4 0 28.0 31 21 18 2 20 18
Jim Otten 0 0 4.50 2 0 0 6.0 9 6 3 0 2 3
Pete Vuckovich 7 4 4.65 33 7 0 110.1 122 59 57 3 64 62
Wilbur Wood 4 3 2.24 7 7 0 56.1 51 24 14 3 11 31
Team totals
64 97 4.25 161 161 22 1448.0 1460 745 684 87 627 802

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Loren Babe
AA Knoxville Knox Sox Southern League Gordon Lund
A Appleton Foxes Midwest League Jim Napier
Rookie GCL White Sox Gulf Coast League Joe Jones

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