1990 Chicago White Sox season

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1990 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
General manager(s) Larry Himes
Manager(s) Jeff Torborg
Local television WGN-TV
SportsChannel Chicago
(Ken Harrelson, Tom Paciorek, Jim Durham)
Local radio WMAQ (AM)
(John Rooney, Wayne Hagin)
WTAQ
(Frank Diaz, Chico Carrasquel)
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The 1990 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 91st season. They finished with a record 94-68, good enough for 2nd place in the American League West, 9 games behind of the 1st place Oakland Athletics, as the White Sox played their final season at Comiskey Park before moving to the new Comiskey Park the next season.

Regular season[edit]

In the summer of 1990, Michael Jordan took batting practice at Comiskey Park.[1] The following year, Upper Deck created a baseball card of Michael Jordan and it was numbered SP1.[2]

Bobby Thigpen had the best season of his career in 1990, setting the major league record of 57 saves. He also maintained a 1.83 ERA and was named to the AL All-Star team. He also blew eight saves that season, including two three-run leads.

In anticipation of the move to new Comiskey Park, the White Sox adopted classic pinstriped uniforms late in the 1990 season along with the alternate black jerseys, instantly jumping to the top of the league in merchandise sales. Originally to be premiered in the 1991 season, the Sox sported the jerseys during their final days at the old ballpark.

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636 --
Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 9
Texas Rangers 83 79 .512 20
California Angels 80 82 .494 23
Seattle Mariners 77 85 .475 26
Kansas City Royals 75 86 .466 27½
Minnesota Twins 74 88 .457 29

1990 Opening Day Lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 4, 1990: Alex Fernandez was drafted by the White Sox in the 1st round of the 1990 amateur draft.[3]
  • June 4, 1990: Bob Wickman was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 2nd round of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 1990.[4]
  • June 4, 1990: Ray Durham was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 5th round of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed June 5, 1990.[5]
  • June 4, 1990: Jason Bere was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 36th round of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 1990.[6]
  • July 30, 1990: Phil Bradley was traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Chicago White Sox for Ron Kittle.[7]

No Hitter[edit]

  • July 1, 1990 - New York Yankees pitcher Andy Hawkins threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox and lost the game. A scoreless game until the bottom of the 8th inning, Sammy Sosa started the rally by hitting a ground ball that Yankee third basemen Mike Blowers bobbled. Initially it was ruled a hit. Yankee manager Stump Merrill was standing on the top of the dugout steps barking up in the direction of the press box. Quickly the play was changed to an error on Blowers. Sosa then stole second base. Ozzie Guillen and Lance Johnson both then drew walks to load the bases. The next batter, Robin Ventura hit a fly ball that eluded Yankees left fielder Jim Leyritz allowing three unearned runs to score. The next batter, Ivan Calderon, then lift a fly ball to right field that was dropped by Jesse Barfield making the score 4-0.

Line Score[edit]

July 1, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 x 4 0 2
W: Barry Jones (10-1)  L: Andy Hawkins (1-5)  
Attendance: 30,642 Time: 2:34

Batting[edit]

New York Yankees AB R H RBI Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI
Kelly, cf 4 0 0 0 Johnson, cf 3 1 0 0
Sax, 2b 4 0 0 0 Ventura, 3b 4 1 0 0
Mattingly, 1b 4 0 0 0 Calderon, dh 3 0 0 0
Balboni, dh 4 0 0 0 Pasqua, lf 4 0 0 0
Tolleson, pr, dh 0 0 0 0 Gallagher, lf 0 0 0 0
Barfield, rf 4 0 1 0 Kittle, 1b 3 0 0 0
Leyritz, lf 3 0 1 0 Lyons, 1b 0 0 0 0
Blowers, 3b 3 0 0 0 Karkovice, c 2 0 0 0
Geren, c 3 0 1 0 Fletcher, 2b 2 0 0 0
Espinoza, ss 2 0 1 0 Sosa, rf 3 1 0 0
NONE 0 0 0 0 Guillen, ss 2 1 0 0
Totals 31 0 4 0 Totals 26 4 0 0

Pitching[edit]

New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Hawkins, L (1-5) 8.0 0 4 0 5 3
Chicago White Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Hibbard 7.0 4 0 0 0 4
Jones W (10-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Radinsky 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

Turn Back the Clock Day[edit]

On July 11, 1990, as part of the celebration of Comiskey Park, the White Sox played a Turn Back the Clock game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The White Sox wore their 1917 home uniforms. This was the first Turn Back the Clock game in the major leagues and started what has become a popular promotion. The club turned off the electronic scoreboards and public address system. They constructed a special manually operated scoreboard in center field for the day and even the grounds-crew wore period costume. General admission tickets were sold for $0.50, popcorn was a nickel, and the stadium organ was shut down for the game.

Line Score[edit]

July 11, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 12 15 1
Chicago 4 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 13 0
W: Dan Plesac (1-3)  L: Donn Pall (0-3)  
Home Runs: Yount (8) Attendance: 40,666 Time: 4:44

Batting[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers AB R H RBI Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI
Gantner, 2b 7 1 3 2 Johnson, cf 7 1 2 0
Sheffield, 3b 5 2 3 0 Ventura, 3b 5 0 0 0
Yount, cf 4 2 2 3 Gallagher, ph 1 0 0 0
Parker,dh 5 1 1 0 Grebeck, 3b 0 0 0 0
Brock, 1b 3 0 0 0 Calderon, dh 6 1 2 1
Deer, ph, 1b 2 1 0 1 Kittle, 1b 6 1 1 0
Vaughn, lf 4 1 2 2 Fisk, c 4 2 1 0
Felder, lf 2 1 1 0 Lyons, lf 6 0 1 1
Surhoff, c 5 2 1 2 Fletcher, 2b 6 2 3 2
Hamilton, rf 6 1 2 2 Sosa, rf 6 2 2 3
Spiers, ss 4 0 0 0 Guillen, ss 6 0 1 1
Sveum, ph, ss 2 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Diaz, ss 0 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Totals 49 12 15 12 Totals 53 9 13 8

Roster[edit]

1990 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
Daryl Boston, RF 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1
Phil Bradley, OF,DH 45 133 20 30 5 1 0 5 20 26 .226 7
Ivan Calderon, LF 158 607 85 166 44 2 14 74 51 79 .273 32
Carlton Fisk, C 137 452 65 129 21 0 18 65 61 73 .285 7
Scott Fletcher, 2B 151 509 54 123 18 3 4 56 45 63 .242 1
Dave Gallagher, OF 45 75 5 21 3 1 0 5 3 9 .280 0
Craig Grebeck, 3B,SS,2B 59 119 7 20 3 1 1 9 8 24 .168 0
Ozzie Guillen, SS 160 516 61 144 21 4 1 58 26 37 .279 13
Lance Johnson, CF 151 541 76 154 18 9 1 51 33 45 .285 36
Ron Karkovice, C 68 183 30 45 10 0 6 20 16 52 .246 2
Ron Kittle, DH,1B 83 277 29 68 14 0 16 43 24 77 .245 0
Steve Lyons, 1B,2B,OF 94 146 22 28 6 1 1 11 10 41 .192 1
Carlos Martinez, 1B 92 272 18 61 6 5 4 24 10 40 .224 0
Rodney McCray, OF 32 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 6
Dan Pasqua, DH,OF 112 325 43 89 27 3 13 58 37 66 .274 1
Sammy Sosa, RF 153 532 72 124 26 10 15 70 33 150 .233 32
Matt Stark, DH 8 16 0 4 1 0 0 3 1 6 .250 0
Frank Thomas, 1B,DH 60 191 39 63 11 3 7 31 44 54 .330 1
Robin Ventura, 3B 150 493 48 123 17 1 5 54 55 53 .249 1
Greg Walker, 1B,DH 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 0
Jerry Willard, C 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0
Team totals
162 5402 682 1393 251 44 106 637 478 903 .258 140

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
Wayne Edwards 5 3 3.22 42 5 2 95.0 81 39 34 6 43 63
Alex Fernandez 5 5 3.80 13 13 0 87.2 89 40 37 6 34 61
Greg Hibbard 14 9 3.16 33 33 0 211.0 202 80 74 11 57 92
Shawn Hillegas 0 0 0.79 7 0 0 11.1 4 1 1 0 6 5
Barry Jones 11 4 2.31 65 0 1 74.0 62 20 19 2 40 45
Eric King 12 4 3.28 25 25 0 151.0 135 59 55 10 40 70
Jerry Kutzler 2 1 6.03 7 7 0 31.1 38 23 21 2 15 21
Bill Long 0 1 6.35 4 0 0 5.2 6 5 4 2 2 2
Steve Lyons 0 0 4.50 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 4 1
Jack McDowell 14 9 3.82 33 33 0 205.0 189 93 87 20 77 165
Donn Pall 3 5 3.32 56 0 2 76.0 63 33 28 7 30 39
Ken Patterson 2 1 3.39 43 0 2 66.1 58 27 25 6 35 40
Melido Perez 13 14 4.61 35 35 0 197.0 177 111 101 14 87 161
Adam Peterson 2 5 4.55 20 11 0 85.0 90 46 43 12 26 29
Scott Radinsky 6 1 4.82 62 0 4 52.1 47 29 28 1 37 46
Steve Rosenberg 1 0 5.40 6 0 0 10.0 10 6 6 2 5 4
Bobby Thigpen 4 6 1.83 77 0 57 88.2 60 20 18 5 35 70
Team totals
94 68 3.61 162 162 68 1449.1 1313 633 581 106 575 914

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Bobby Thigpen, Major League Record, 57 saves in one season
  • Bobby Thigpen, MLB All-Star Game, Reserve
  • Jeff Torborg, Associated Press Manager of the Year

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League Marv Foley
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Ken Berry
A Sarasota White Sox Florida State League Tony Franklin
A South Bend White Sox Midwest League Rick Patterson
Short-Season A Utica Blue Sox New York-Penn League Tommy Thompson
Rookie GCL White Sox Gulf Coast League Mike Gellinger

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 20th Century Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Voices By Chicago Sun Times, p.119, Chicago sun-times, Adrienne Drell, Published 2000, Sports Publishing LLC, ISBN 1-58261-239-0
  2. ^ 1991 Upper Deck #SP1 - Michael Jordan - CheckOutMyCards.com
  3. ^ Baseball Draft: 1st Round of the 1990 June Draft - Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Bob Wickman Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/d/durhara01.shtml
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bereja01.shtml
  7. ^ Phil Bradley Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

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