Enter the Pale Hose

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Sox, in spite of their owner, Jerry “94 Strike” Reinsdorf. On the plus side:

A.) They’re not the Cubs; B.) Had a helluva good time watching a game at old Commiskey; C.) I enjoy Ozzie Guillen; D.) One of their players, Dick Allen, appeared on my favorite SI cover; E.) They’re not the Cubs.

“But one thing about Wrigley Field, I puke every time I go there,” Guillen said.

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9 Comments on Enter the Pale Hose

  1. Roadrunner // June 21, 2010 at 11:49 am //

    Wasn’t Dick Allen traded to the Braves and refused to report?

  2. From Wikipedia:

    Despite his making the All-Star team in each of three years with the team, Allen’s stay in Chicago ended in controversy when he left the team on September 14 with two weeks left in the 1974 season. In Crash, his autobiography (co-written with Tim Whitaker), Allen blamed his feud with third-baseman Ron Santo, who was playing a final, undistinguished season with the White Sox after leaving the crosstown Chicago Cubs.[6]

    With Allen’s intention to continue playing baseball uncertain, the Sox reluctantly sold his contract to the Atlanta Braves for only $5,000, despite the fact that he had led the league in home runs, slugging (.563), and OPS (.938). Allen refused to report to the Braves and announced his retirement.

  3. Ozzie Guillen’s twitter account is incredible. Its like reading a crazy drunk uncle’s diary.

    Other than AJ Pierzenski, I find the Chisox’ roster cool to watch and follow.

  4. Roadrunner // June 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm //

    I don’t blame him. Putting Clyde King together with Dick Allen wouldn’t have gone well.

  5. Jack Straw // June 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm //

    I was always a Dick Allen fan. He was the first $200,000.00 a year player in baseball history. Demanded it and got it. Good for him. His contract shamed the Braves into matching it for Hammerin’ Hank.
    Allen was at that point, I believe, more interested in breeding and raising thoroughbred horses than in playing baseball. Again, good for him, though at the time I was deeply disappointed.

  6. clete boyer fan // June 21, 2010 at 9:01 pm //

    That was the coolest SI cover ever. Those were some interesting Chisox teams in early seventies, with Chuck Tanner managing and Johnny Sain as the pitching coach.

    I love Ozzie as a manager. He’s crazy as a bedbug and he and Kenny Williams are the most volatile manager – GM combo in ages.

  7. rankin' rob // June 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm //

    Also from Wikipedia:

    “If a horse won’t eat it, I don’t want to play on it.”

    -Dick Allen on artificial turf.

  8. PepeFreeUs // June 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm //

    The single most awesome quote on artificial turf, ever. Dick Allen had style.

    Watch some film of him in the mid 60’s sometime. He was scary. A swing that was hard, fast and tight.

  9. Dick Allen was great to watch.

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