The 1983 American League West champion Chicago White Sox will forever be remembered by their trademark slogan "Winning Ugly." One of the stars of that colorful bunch that rocked old Comiskey Park was an unlikely hero, a twenty-five-year-old rookie from Northwest Indiana. Ron Kittle led the 1983 White Sox with 35 home runs, 100 RBIs, and Rookie of the Year honors. Now Kittle shares the adventures, struggles, and triumphs of his incredible journey. A one-of-a-kind collection of stories, anecdotes, and humor, this newly-updated edition ofTales from the Chicago White Sox Dugout opens a window into the life of more than just one Sox legend. Kittle shares insights about manager Tony La Russa, catcher Carlton Fisk, outfielder Harold Baines, Cy Young winner LaMarr Hoyt, and a host of others. Peppered with stories from on and off the field, Tales from the Chicago White Sox Dugout catalogs more than just stats and facts; Kittle shares inspiring stories of overcoming the physical pain he dealt with every day, as well as his dedication to raising funds for charity, adventures in the dugout, and so much more.
About the Author
Ron Kittle played ten seasons in the majors before retiring in 1991 with 176 career home runs. After his playing career ended, Kittle managed independent minor league teams and also worked as a sports analyst for local and national television. He is currently a goodwill ambassador for the Chicago White Sox and chairman of Ron Kittle Charities.
Bob Logan wrote about thousands of players, coaches, managers, games, and assorted intriguing types in over thirty years as a morning newspaperman. He spent most of that time in Chicago, as a man for all sports and all seasons, covering them with a blend of humor and insight that provided his readers with a unique perspective. He died in 2006.
Roland Hemond is a legend within the offices of Major League Baseball. He started his career as scouting director for the Los Angeles Angels in 1961 and has since worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox. Hemond served as GM for the White Sox from 1970 to 1985 and is a three-time winner of MLB's Executive of the Year award (1972, 1983, and 1989).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Hard Road to the Top: It Takes Iron Will, Plus Skill 1
Chapter 2 Minor Leagues, Major Dreams: From a Broken Neck to 90 Homers in Two Seasons 13
Chapter 3 This Rook's Worth a Look: A New South Side Slugger 29
Chapter 4 Stars Shine On Comiskey: Kittle's in Orbit, Too 50
Chapter 5 Winning Ugly's Beautiful: 1983 Reasons for Sox-cess 55
Chapter 6 A Fine Kittle of Fisk: 1983's Cast of Characters 86
Chapter 7 Just Call Him Babe Roof: Kittle's Classic Clouts 131
Chapter 8 Kittleisms and Controversy: It's Not All Fun in the Sun 135
Chapter 9 Kittle Pays the Price: Pain's the Name of My Game 153
Chapter 10 A Grand Slam For Kids: Kittle Hits Another Homer 162
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