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CHICAGO WHITE SOX
April 10, 1961
Bill Veeck shoots off fireworks in Comiskey Park, and his White Sox are skyrockets on the bases. But they are an old team, and their age is starting to show
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April 10, 1961

Chicago White Sox

Bill Veeck shoots off fireworks in Comiskey Park, and his White Sox are skyrockets on the bases. But they are an old team, and their age is starting to show

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1960 TEAM PERFORMANCE

FINISHED

WON

LOST

GAMES BEHIND

3

87

67

10

1960 INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES

BATTING

PITCHING

Smith

.315

Pierce

14-7

Minoso

.311

Baumann

13-6

Sievers

.295

Wynn

13-12

HOME RUNS

RUNS BATTED IN

Sievers

28

Minoso

105

Minoso

20

Sievers

93

Smith

12

Smith

72

ANALYSIS OF THE WHITE SOX

STRONG POINTS
Primarily, good balance—the White Sox have a full cupboard of hitters, fielders, pitchers. In their single best years, Early Wynn won 23, Herb Score 20, Billy Pierce 20, Cal McLish 19, Gerry Staley 19, Bob Shaw 18 and Frank Baumann 13. All but Staley can start. Score, Pierce, Baumann are lefties, the others righty, so Manager Al Lopez can juggle his pitchers according to opponents. Top hitters are Nellie Fox, Roy Sievers, Al Smith, Minnie Minoso. Last two each hit over .300 last year, last three drove in 280 runs among them. Sox get brilliant fielding and base running from Shortstop Luis Aparicio and Center Fielder Jim Landis. The pair of them stole 74 bases last year, more than any other American League team did.

WEAK SPOTS
White Sox are old. They became an old team last year after they traded two fine young catchers, Earl Battey and John Romano, for two aging hitters, Sievers and Minoso, in gamble for second straight pennant. Now they are left with a collection of old men. Roll call: Sherm Lollar, 36; Fox, 33; Sievers, 34; Minoso, 37; Smith, 33. Pitchers Wynn, Staley, McLish and Pierce are 41, 40, 35, 34. Utility men Earl Torgeson, Billy Goodman, Jim Rivera are 37, 35, 38. When the hot days come, the aging Sox may find that the run from home to first takes a depressingly long time.

THE BIG IFS
Cal McLish won 16 games in the American League in 1958, 19 the next year. Then he was traded to the National League, and he won only four. Now, back in the American, under the wise hand of Manager Lopez, a return to form by McLish would help the White Sox enormously. Herb Score has been an if for four seasons now. But when a man has as much speed as Score has and is still young (26), it makes sense to assume that he can star again.

ROOKIES AND NEW FACES
Besides McLish, an old new face, there is Juan Pizarro, the ex- Milwaukee pitching puzzle, and J.C. Martin, a 24-year-old rookie third baseman. Pizarro, a left-hander, was at times brilliant with the Braves, but more often he would lapse into a moody indifference. Martin is 6 feet 3 and bats left-handed. Last year he hit .285 at San Diego. He's the third baseman, mostly because there's no one else to play there.

OUTLOOK
The White Sox will be a contender. It is reasonable to suppose they will take an early lead in the race. But later, they will be struggling to hold on. If they start slowly they could collapse into the second division.

AN AGING PLUS

Manager Al Lopez sat in the dugout out of the sun and said, "I'll tell you one reason we decided to get Juan Pizarro from Milwaukee. He had a plus factor. That's a measuring rod we use to rate a pitcher, especially if we haven't seen him pitch much. It comes in handy in a case like Pizarro, who spent all his time in the National League."

Lopez opened a record book. "Now let's see. Last year Pizarro pitched 115 innings and gave up 105 hits. Subtract the hits from the innings and he gets a plus-10. He walked 72 men and struck out 88. That's a plus-16 and a total of plus-26. We consider that more of a guide than his 6-7 record last year."

Lopez turned to Bob Shaw's record. " Shaw was 18-6 in 1959. He had a plus-49. Last year he was 13-13. He was minus-44. It works with just about everybody except Early Wynn. He is always plus, good year or bad. But then there's only one Wynn."

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