Wild Card Wednesday – Chicago White Sox
The Appleton Foxes and Chicago White Sox were partners from 1966 to 1986. I thought that this would be a good week to take a look at my the White Sox cards in my collection. There are a couple of pages of former Foxes, a few players in the Appleton Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, and the a few players in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
There are also some uniforms that are just….oh, brother….you’ll see.
Each of the players in this collection of nine all played for the Appleton Foxes. The Terry Forster and Bucky Dent cards are from 1976. Yes, kids, the White Sox went from traditional – as traditional as powder blue with big numbers on the sleeves can be - uniforms and the really cool diagonal and interlocking “SOX” in 1976 to the stereotypical 70′s font and the big lapels in one year. From that one they went to what are basically softball uniforms with a glorified stick figure on the left chest.
Here are more former Foxes. LaMarr Hoyt looks like he just got done with his pregame run. I almost guarantee that he was wearing an AC/DC ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) T-shirt and they made him put the windbreaker on over it. If it wasn’t AC/DC, it was probably a Lynyrd Skynryd shirt.
Also, Mike Squires….oh, Mike Squires
I chose the Marc Hill card to show off the home white jersey of the White Sox. They really needed a full shot of Wilbur Wood to prove that he is not wearing shorts. Chet Lemon’s card was taken at Fenway Park, yes?
Francisco Barrios did a rehab assignment with the Foxes in 1980. Based on the background of the 1981 Fleer cards (Bottom row for Bosley, Proly, and Wortham) Fenway Park was the background for most of the White Sox players.
In honor of Movember, I have included the leaders card to show off Dennis Lamp…Dennis Lamp.
Ed Farmer is now the radio broadcaster for the White Sox. Carlton Fisk is Carlton Fisk. This was after the part of his career in which he did a few commercials for Copenhagen, Happy Days, & Skoal…the smokeless tobaccos.
You know how I usually make a joke about how I’ve collected a bunch of cards for some random dudes at about this point of the post? Not going to do it. I will freely admit that Ralph Garr and Jorge Orta were a couple of my favorite players from this period of time.
Tom Seaver doesn’t care about posing for his 1985 card. He had 288 wins going into the season. He knew that he would be getting #300 at some point during the season and that he would eventually be going into Cooperstown.
I think Goose Gossage wants a do over on his 1977 card. The white hat with the black “SOX” and the apparent direction from the photographer to look at something in the upper deck of the right field bleachers are the main reasons. Plus…there’s something missing…
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