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  • A Conversation With Carlos May...

    A Conversation With Carlos May...


    By Mark Liptak
    White Sox Historian

    He was a very good player for the White Sox during the first half of the 1970’s. Carlos May was overshadowed at times by guys like Dick Allen, Bill Melton and Wilbur Wood but he could play the game, combining surprising speed for a man of his size with good power. He made the All-Star team in 1969 and 1972 which was probably his finest season.

    But to know the story of Carlos you have to know what he went through to even get back to the Major Leagues after a horrible accident while with the Marine Reserves cost him his thumb and put his playing future in grave danger.

    When I talked with Carlos in 2004 he went into detail about the accident, how it impacted him and how White Sox fans responded to his situation. This is the interview with him for your enjoyment.


    Also, May is the only player in MLB history (that I know of) that has his uniform reflect not only his last name “May” but also his actual birthday, “May 17!”

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    When you think about it, the career of Carlos May and the history of the White Sox franchise seem to coincide quite a bit. May was a tremendous prospect and when he came up for good to the Sox in 1969 he was one of the better players on a team that didn’t have many of them, a lot like the career of Luke Appling in the 40's, Chet Lemon in the late 70's, Ozzie Guillen in the late 80's and Frank Thomas in the late 90's. May suffered what could have been a potentially career ending injury, like ill-fated Sox players “Monty” Stratton, Paul Edmondson and Johnny Mostil, only to come back and have a solid career. He finally got his chance at post season play but naturally, it had to come with a team other than the White Sox, like countless others.

    While May was on the South Side, he showed he could pound a baseball, hit for average and surprisingly to some, steal bases... a lot of them, for a man his size.

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  • A Conversation with Brooks Boyer...

    A Conversation with Brooks Boyer...



    By Mark Liptak
    White Sox Historian

    In the winter of 2008, I had the chance to have a long conversation with Brooks Boyer of the White Sox front office. Brooks as many of you know, has a number of duties but most of his time is occupied with marketing and working with the White Sox broadcasters. I enjoyed this interview because I strongly sensed Brooks’ interest in my questions and he was willing to give detailed information on how the Sox look at things like promotions, ad campaigns and how broadcasters are hired. Much like Bob Grim’s interview this gives the fans a peek at how Sox decisions are made. And you may find particularly fascinating Brook’s thoughts on Sox fans in general. Much of his comments you’ll find are still relevant today.

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    It is a challenging and often thankless part of any Major League Baseball operation. But in today’s game where so much of the “action” takes place off the field, it is of vital importance that your marketing department be first rate and increase any and all options to promote your franchise, which ultimately brings in more revenue.

    For the White Sox, that area is handled by Brooks Boyer who has the official title of Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer.

    What struck me as I spoke with him were his core characteristics. He was open, honest, candid, and funny. His passion for the White Sox organization and for his role in it came through loud and clear but what also struck me, and this surprised me, was Brooks’ desire to know as much about me as I did about him and his work. Throughout the interview he peppered me with questions like, ‘Where are you from in Chicago?’’ “What’s your honest opinion of ownership?” In addition, when I told him stories of incidents that happened to me regarding the White Sox or what some of the other interview subjects had to say about certain areas, he responded, “I love to hear those kinds...
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  • Ruminations on White Sox Elevation and Cubs Stagnation

    Ruminations on White Sox Elevation and Cubs Stagnation

    O, what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practice to deceive!


    Sir Walter Scott penned those lines more than two hundred years ago. If I hadn’t learned that already, I would’ve thought he was writing about Tom Ricketts and his courtiers in the office tower looming over Clark Street. You know the place: 125,000 square feet of corporate glitz at Waveland and Clark on the former site of a coal yard. And it faces the $200 million hotel across the street that was previously a McDonald’s parking lot.

    Add to that the new commercial building on Addison that replaced a string of locally owned storefronts. And don’t forget the acquisition of most of those three-flats behind the outfield that serve now as party rooms. If Chuck E. Cheese adopted a baseball theme, you’d have the model for “Wrigleyville.” Quotation marks are appropriate because there’s no neighborhood by that name – it’s more like Brigadoon or Camelot: not a place, but a state of mind.

    All this avarice brought to mind those lines from Scott’s poem. The Cubs aren’t a ballclub as much as they are an ATM for the owners. The team pulled off a World Series win, boasted of a dynasty, and when the team’s fortunes waned the owners focused on their other fortunes. Instead of putting money on the field, they’re fielding money in a sportsbook building while cutting the team payroll in a series of disemboweling trades.

    I have to admit it’s fun to watch air leak out of the Cubs’ hubris balloon. We’re Sox fans and we lived through several years of a rebuild, which to Rick Hahn’s credit he never tried to deny, unlike Jed Hoyer’s double-talk about it being different now. Yeah, it’s different, all right.

    As I write this, the White Sox are decisively winning the interleague series against the Cubs. Steve Greenberg wrote in the Sun-Times, “There are ships passing in the night, and then there are the Sox and Cubs. One team an ocean liner steaming for the deep...
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    Last edited by tebman; 08-08-2021, 08:19 PM.

  • Lipman 1
    started a topic Bart Johnson interview...

    Bart Johnson interview...

    Saturday night I put up on the main page another one of my interviews with members of the White Sox family. This time it is with former pitcher Bart Johnson...
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  • *OFFICIAL* 6/11/21 Draft Picks Pay Off SOX 5 DET 4 Postgamer

    The Sox are now 33-6 in games when they hit a home run.

    Draft picks Bummer Crochet, Collins, Engel, and Mendick all produced tonight....
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  • *OFFICIAL* 6-10-21 Hit Homers; Win Game SOX 5 TOR 2 Postgamer

    Grandal and Engel hit the big flies.

    Keuchel and bullpen handle the Jays.
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  • Really good article on Moncada and his Cowboy Bebop skills

    While we wait for word on Madrigal, you can kill time with this analysis of Moncada's elite BABIP skills, and how's he's able to get all those extra hits....
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  • Dumpjerry
    started a topic Sox 2021 Game thread #5

    Sox 2021 Game thread #5

    Carry on.
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  • *Official* 6/9 Eighth Wasn't Great Postgamer

    Obviously, potentially losing Madrigal for a while is the bigger story, but the way the whole team came undone in that eighth inning was frustrating beyond...
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  • Frater Perdurabo
    started a topic Sox Degrees Podcast

    Sox Degrees Podcast

    The inaugural episode of the Sox Degrees Podcast, with Jason Benetti and Len Kasper, dropped today. They interviewed Rick Hahn. However one feels about...
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  • *Official* Kan't Win If You Kan't Make Kontact Postgamer

    The offense had a bad day. Giolito deserved a better fate. Take the series tomorrow afternoon.
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  • At what point does Yermin Mercedes get sent to Charlotte

    I drove all the way from the northwest side to Bridgeport to eat a Yerminator burger back in April, but apart from that one home run Mercedes has not...
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  • voodoochile
    started a topic Sox 2021 Game Thread #4

    Sox 2021 Game Thread #4

    TA gets the day off with Mendick at SS. Collins is catching.

    https://twitter.com/whitesox/status/...544137/photo/1
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  • Frater Perdurabo
    started a topic Potential Trade Targets

    Potential Trade Targets

    Back in Spring Training, who would have guessed the starting rotation would be the strength of the team? The rotation ought not to be wasted, so it’s...
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  • HomeFish
    started a topic The statistics like the White Sox

    The statistics like the White Sox

    White Sox #1 in the MLB power rankings
    https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-power-r...s-after-week-6

    White Sox #1 in the Fangraphs power rankings...
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