Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Saturday, December 25, 2010

1976 Topps #656 - Chicago White Sox

  • The Chicago White Sox had fallen on hard times in the mid 1970s. The other AL owners wanted White Sox owner John Allen to sell the club to Seattle interests in order to avoid a lawsuit that the city was bringing against baseball for moving the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee. Charles Finley was then going to move the Oakland A's to Chicago. Bill Veeck bought the club after the 1975 season and kept the team in Chicago. The American League voted to put an expansion team in Seattle in order to mollify the people there.
  • Chuck Tanner is shown as the manager of the White Sox, but he was fired after the 1975 season and replaced by Paul Richards. Tanner had a job managing in the majors every year from 1970-1988. He managed the White Sox (1970-1975), the Oakland A's (1976), the Pittsburgh Pirates (1977-1985), and the Atlanta Braves (1986-1988).
  • The White Sox wore shorts for the first game of a doubleheader on August 8, 1976:
  • Manager: Paul Richards
  • 1976 Record: 64-97, 6th in AL West, 25 1/2 games behind Kansas City
  • Attendance: 914,945 (10th in AL)
  • Team Batting: .255 (7th in AL)
  • Team HR: 73 (10th in AL)
  • Team Stolen Bases: 120 (7th in AL)
  • Team ERA: 4.25 (12th in AL)
  • Team Fielding: .979 (4th in AL)
  • Club Batting Leader: Ralph Garr (.300)
  • Club HR Leader: Jorge Orta / Jim Spencer (14)
  • Club RBI Leader: Jorge Orta (72)
  • Club Runs Leader: Jorge Orta (74)
  • Club Stolen Base Leader: Jorge Orta (24)
  • Club Victories Leader: Ken Brett (10)
  • Club Losses Leader: Rich Gossage (17)
  • Club ERA Leader (starters): Ken Brett (3.32)
  • Club ERA Leader (relievers): Clay Carroll (2.56)
  • Club Saves Leader: Dave Hamilton (10)
  • AL All Stars: Rich Gossage (P)
  • League Leaders: Jim Spencer (intentional walks - 19)


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