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Ron Kittle

WSI's Sox Fans' Hall of Fame

Ron Kittle
Outfield, First Base, Designated Hitter.  Chicago White Sox, 1982-86, 1989-91.
Batted:  right.  Threw:  right. Born:  1/5/58, Gary, Indiana.

 

  • 1983 American League Rookie of the Year.  Also named to the All-Rookie team.
  • Holds the record for most roof top home runs at Old Comiskey Park, seven.  Nobody else has more than four.Named A.L.Player of the Week three times in 1984 (4/29), 1985 (9/15), and 1989 (5/14).
  • Led 1983 division champion club in home runs (35) and runs batted in (100).  Also led the 1984 club with 32 home runs.
  • Hit 12 home runs and drove in 30 runs in September, 1985.
  • The sole member of the White Sox named to the American League's 1983 all-star team, the last hosted at Old Comiskey Park.
  • 35 home runs as a rookie is the franchise record, two short of the major league record.  Nobody else on the Sox has hit more than 26 in their first season.
  • 140 career home runs is still sixth-best in franchise history.
  • Traded to the Yankees in 1986.  Returned as a free agent in 1989, but traded again (this time to Baltimore) in 1990.
  • Still hugely popular amongst Sox fans through his continued involvement in the Chicago community, and more recent appointment as manager to the Schaumburg Flyers minor league baseball team.
  • The construction worker, scouted by Sox great Billy Pierce, signed to a Sox contract by Bill Veeck, the surprise player to lead the Sox offense on the Winnin' Ugly championship team, the local kid living the dream of every south side Sox fan's childhood, the Kid from Gary, "Kitty", Ron Kittle.
  • The first player chosen by Sox fans for induction from the 1980's era.

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