1979 Chicago White Sox season

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1979 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Veeck
Manager(s) Don Kessinger and Tony La Russa
Local television WSNS-TV
Local radio WMAQ (AM)
(Harry Caray, Lorn Brown, Jimmy Piersall)
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The 1979 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 80th season overall, and their 79th in Major League Baseball. They finished with a record 73-87, good enough for fifth place in the American League West, 15 games behind the first-place California Angels.

Regular season[edit]

The team opened the season with reserve infielder Don Kessinger acting as player-manager. He was relieved of his managerial duties on August 2, with the team's record at 46-60, at which point he also retired as a player. He was replaced by coach Tony La Russa, making his major league managerial debut. The team went 27-27 the rest of the season.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
California Angels 88 74 -- .543
Kansas City Royals 85 77 3 .525
Texas Rangers 83 79 5 .512
Minnesota Twins 82 80 6 .506
Chicago White Sox 73 87 14 .456
Seattle Mariners 67 95 21 .414
Oakland Athletics 54 108 34 .333

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1979 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Disco Demolition Night[edit]

Disco Demolition Night (also known as "Anti-Disco Night" and "Disco Sucks Night") was a promotional event that took place on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was held during a scheduled twi-night doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. After the first game, a throng of fans stormed the field, damaging it so badly that the second game had to be forfeited to Detroit.

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, 2B,LF,3B,DH 136 506 71 144 28 8 2 55 43 40 .285 22
Kevin Bell, 3B 70 200 20 49 8 1 4 22 15 43 .245 2
Thad Bosley, OF 36 77 13 24 1 1 1 8 9 14 .312 4
Harry Chappas, SS 26 59 9 17 1 0 1 4 5 5 .288 1
Mike Colbern, C 32 83 5 20 5 1 0 8 4 25 .241 0
Marv Foley, C 34 97 6 24 3 0 2 10 7 5 .247 0
Ralph Garr, LF,DH 102 307 34 86 10 2 9 39 17 19 .280 2
Joe Gates, 2B 16 16 5 1 0 1 0 1 2 3 .063 1
Lamar Johnson, 1B,DH 133 479 60 148 29 1 12 74 41 56 .309 8
Don Kessinger, SS 56 110 14 22 6 0 1 7 10 12 .200 1
Rusty Kuntz, OF 5 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 .091 0
Chet Lemon, CF 148 556 79 177 44 2 17 86 56 68 .318 7
Milt May, C 65 202 23 51 13 0 7 28 14 27 .252 0
Junior Moore, LF,RF,DH 88 201 24 53 6 2 1 23 12 20 .264 0
Jim Morrison, 2B,3B 67 240 38 66 14 0 14 35 15 48 .275 11
Bill Nahorodny, C,DH 65 179 20 46 10 0 6 29 18 23 .257 0
Wayne Nordhagen, DH,RF,LF,C 78 193 20 54 15 0 7 25 13 22 .280 0
Jorge Orta, DH,2B 113 325 49 85 18 3 11 46 44 33 .262 1
Greg Pryor, SS,2B,3B 143 476 60 131 23 3 3 34 35 41 .275 3
Eric Soderholm, 3B 56 210 31 53 8 2 6 34 19 19 .252 0
Mike Squires, 1B 122 295 44 78 10 1 2 22 22 9 .264 15
Rusty Torres, OF 90 170 26 43 5 0 8 24 23 37 .253 0
Claudell Washington, RF,DH 131 471 79 132 33 5 13 66 28 93 .280 19
Team totals
160 5463 730 1505 290 33 127 680 454 668 .275 97

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 8 3 3.61 15 15 0 94.2 88 49 38 9 34 28
Ross Baumgarten 13 8 3.54 28 28 0 190.2 175 82 75 18 84 72
Britt Burns 0 0 5.40 6 0 0 5.0 10 5 3 1 1 2
Richard Dotson 2 0 3.70 5 5 0 24.1 28 13 10 0 6 13
Mark Esser 0 0 16.20 2 0 0 1.2 2 3 3 0 4 1
Ed Farmer 3 7 2.43 42 3 14 81.1 66 36 22 2 42 48
Rich Hinton 1 2 6.05 16 2 2 41.2 57 30 28 4 9 27
Guy Hoffman 0 5 5.34 24 0 2 30.1 30 18 18 0 28 18
Fred Howard 1 5 3.57 28 6 0 68.0 73 34 27 5 34 36
LaMarr Hoyt 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 3.0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Ken Kravec 15 13 3.74 36 35 1 250.0 208 115 104 20 114 132
Jack Kucek 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.2 0 4 0 0 3 0
Lerrin LaGrow 0 3 9.17 11 2 1 17.2 27 21 18 2 17 9
Wayne Nordhagen 0 0 9.00 2 0 0 2.0 2 2 2 0 1 2
Mike Proly 3 8 3.87 38 6 9 88.1 89 43 38 6 47 32
Dewey Robinson 0 1 6.28 11 0 0 14.1 11 12 10 1 11 5
Gil Rondón 0 0 3.72 4 0 0 9.2 11 5 4 2 6 3
Randy Scarbery 2 8 4.62 45 5 4 101.1 102 56 52 9 37 45
Ron Schueler 0 1 7.32 8 1 0 19.2 19 16 16 3 14 6
Pablo Torrealba 0 0 1.59 3 0 0 5.2 5 1 1 1 2 1
Steve Trout 11 8 3.89 34 18 4 155.0 165 77 67 10 64 76
Rich Wortham 14 14 4.90 34 33 0 204.0 195 126 111 21 103 119
Team totals
73 86 4.10 160 159 37 1409.0 1365 748 642 114 661 675

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Tony LaRussa and Joe Sparks
AA Knoxville Knox Sox Southern League Gordon Lund
A Appleton Foxes Midwest League Jim Breazeale

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