1977 Chicago White Sox season

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1977 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Veeck
Manager(s) Bob Lemon
Local television WSNS-TV
Local radio WMAQ (AM)
(Harry Caray, Lorn Brown, Jimmy Piersall, Mary Shane)
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The 1977 Chicago White Sox season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the American League West, 12 games behind the Kansas City Royals.

Offseason[edit]

White Sox owner Bill Veeck tried a new philosophy during the offseason: figuring that if he could not compete with the bigger spending clubs for free agents, he would "rent" them, even if only for one year. With this strategy in mind, he traded for Richie Zisk (who had one year remaining on his contract) and Oscar Gamble (also in the final year of his contract), hoping that he would be able to continue the practice financially.[1]

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On April 7 in Toronto, the White Sox played the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game in Blue Jays history.[10]

The White Sox, who came to be called the "South Side Hitmen", were in solid contention for most of the season, battling the division-winning Royals and Minnesota Twins most of the way.[1] moved into first place in the AL West on July 1 and remained there until August 12.[1] Their primary weapon was their power hitting. As a team, the White Sox hit 192 home runs, a record which lasted until 1996.[1] Their displays of power caused fans to cheer for "curtain calls," where players came out of the dugout after hitting a home run to acknowledge those cheers. Some Royals players greatly resented this, and called such behavior "bush" and "unprofessional." The climax of this came on August 5, when White Sox pitcher Bart Johnson and Royals catcher Darrell Porter had a fistfight in a game at Kansas City.[1]

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Kansas City Royals 102 60 -- .630
Texas Rangers 94 68 8 .580
Chicago White Sox 90 72 12 .556
Minnesota Twins 84 77 17.5 .522
California Angels 74 88 28 .457
Seattle Mariners 64 98 38 .395
Oakland Athletics 63 98 38.5 .391


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1977 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, SS,2B,LF,CF 139 560 87 154 20 3 3 57 54 49 .275 4
Kevin Bell, SS,3B 9 28 4 5 1 0 1 6 3 8 .179 0
Jack Brohamer, 3B,2B 59 152 26 39 10 3 2 20 21 8 .257 0
Bob Coluccio, OF 20 37 4 10 0 0 0 7 6 2 .270 0
Henry Cruz, OF 53 77 13 17 2 1 2 10 8 11 .221 0
Tommy Cruz, LF 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Brian Downing, C,DH,OF 69 169 28 48 4 2 4 25 34 21 .284 1
Jim Essian, C 114 322 50 88 18 2 10 44 52 35 .273 1
John Flannery, SS 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 0
Oscar Gamble, DH,OF 137 408 75 121 22 2 31 83 54 54 .297 1
Ralph Garr, LF 134 543 78 163 29 7 10 54 27 44 .300 12
Jerry Hairston, CF,LF 13 26 3 8 2 0 0 4 5 7 .308 0
Lamar Johnson, DH,1B 118 374 52 113 12 5 18 65 24 53 .302 1
Don Kessinger, SS,2B,3B 39 119 12 28 3 2 0 11 13 7 .235 2
Chet Lemon, CF 150 553 99 151 38 4 19 67 52 88 .273 8
Bob Molinaro, RF 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 1
Bill Nahorodny, C 7 23 3 6 1 0 1 4 2 3 .261 0
Tim Nordbrook, SS 15 20 2 5 0 0 0 1 7 4 .250 1
Wayne Nordhagen, RF,LF,DH 52 124 16 39 7 3 4 22 2 12 .315 1
Nyls Nyman, PH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Jorge Orta, 2B 144 564 71 159 27 8 11 84 46 49 .282 4
Eric Soderholm, 3B,DH 130 460 77 129 20 3 25 67 47 47 .280 2
Jim Spencer, 1B 128 470 56 116 16 1 18 69 36 50 .247 1
Mike Squires, 1B 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
Royle Stillman, OF,DH 56 119 18 25 7 1 3 13 17 21 .210 2
Richie Zisk, RF,DH,LF 141 531 78 154 17 6 30 101 55 98 .290 0
Team totals
162 5633 844 1568 254 52 192 809 559 666 .278 42

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
Larry Anderson 1 3 9.35 6 0 0 8.2 10 10 9 1 19 7
Francisco Barrios 14 7 4.12 33 31 0 231.1 241 117 106 22 59 119
Ken Brett 6 4 5.01 13 13 0 82.2 101 47 46 10 15 39
Clay Carroll 1 3 4.76 8 0 1 11.1 14 7 6 3 4 4
Bruce Dal Canton 0 2 3.75 8 0 2 24.0 20 11 10 1 13 9
Dave Frost 1 1 3.04 4 3 0 23.2 30 9 8 0 3 15
Dave Hamilton 4 5 3.61 55 0 9 67.1 71 33 27 6 37 45
Bart Johnson 4 5 4.01 29 4 2 92.0 114 48 41 5 41 46
Don Kirkwood 1 1 5.18 16 0 0 40.0 49 27 23 3 12 24
Chris Knapp 12 7 4.80 27 26 0 146.1 166 90 78 16 62 103
Ken Kravec 11 8 4.10 26 25 0 166.2 161 87 76 12 57 125
Jack Kucek 0 1 3.63 8 3 0 34.2 35 20 14 4 10 25
Lerrin LaGrow 7 3 2.46 66 0 25 98.2 81 32 27 10 38 63
Silvio Martinez 0 1 5.57 10 0 1 21.0 28 14 13 4 14 10
Steve Renko 5 0 3.54 8 8 0 53.1 55 23 21 3 17 36
Steve Stone 15 12 4.51 31 31 0 207.1 228 115 104 25 83 124
John Verhoeven 0 0 2.61 6 0 0 10.1 9 3 3 0 2 6
Randy Wiles 1 1 10.13 5 0 0 2.2 5 3 3 1 4 0
Wilbur Wood 7 8 4.99 24 18 0 122.2 139 75 68 10 50 42
Team totals
90 72 4.25 162 162 40 1444.2 1557 771 682 136 540 842

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

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

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL White Sox

Notes[edit]

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