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August 20,1977

Posted 05-18-2018 at 09:27 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 02-15-2019 at 08:56 PM by TommyJohn

August 20,1977
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at Milwaukee County Stadium

The Sox were in desperate need of pitching, so Bill Veeck and Roland Hemond went shopping around for someone to join the staff. They soon found a willing trade partner in...the Chicago Cubs?

Yes, it was true. John "No Way" Holland had stepped down from the position of Cubs General Manager in 1975. In his chair now sat 57 year old Chicago-born baseball lifer Bob Kennedy. Unlike Holland, Kennedy had absolutely no qualms about dealing with the White Sox. On August 18 he sent the south siders starting pitcher Steve Renko, 2-2 on the season, and received minor league pitcher Larry Andersen in return.

"But in trading Renko to us, I think Bob Kennedy showed some compassion for Chicago" explained Bill Veeck. "It's an abrupt reversal of the way they used to think. Formerly, their idea was 'don't help the White Sox. It might hurt the Cubs.' Bob would rather help us than some other club because he understands that it's good to have a winner on both sides of town."

Of course, it may have helped Kennedy's philosophy that he was born and raised on the south side and, not only were the White Sox the team he rooted for as a youth, they were the team he broke in with as a 19 year old rookie in 1939, and for whom he played on three occasions equaling ten years.

Renko joined the Sox in Milwaukee, where the team won the first game of the series on the 19th to re-take a share of the division lead.

Steve Stone went out on the 20th to try and keep the Sox in 1st.

He received no help from shortstop Alan Bannister, who let a 3rd inning ground ball go through his legs with a man on after the Sox had taken a 2-0 lead. This opened the floodgates for the Brewers, who scored a run on an error by Eric Soderholm and two more on a single by Jim Wohlford. All three runs were unearned.

The Brewers added one more in the 4th on a double by Don Money. Meanwhile the Sox were unable to muster any offense against Brewer starter Larry Augustine.

The Sox attempted a little bit of a rally in the 9th when Richie Zisk singled to open the frame. Gamble flied out and Soderholm struck out, leaving Chet Lemon as the last hope of tying the game. He, too, struck out and the game was over.

After the game it was announced that the White Sox had swung another trade. In spring training, Bill Veeck had traded Bucky Dent and played it off by saying that the Sox were "overstocked" at shortstop. Veeck finally acknowledged that he might have been in error by acquiring veteran shortstop Don Kessinger, the very man whom the late Stu Holcomb had coveted from the Cubs many years before, only to be met without so much as a "no thank you" from John Holland.

Kess came to the Sox by way of the St. Louis Cardinals, to whom he had been dealt in 1975 as part of P.K. Wrigley's rebuild. Don, a true gentleman and one of the classiest of the Cubs, was ecstatic over the trade, telling Dave Condon that he was coming back to his baseball home. "I can't think of what could be more fun than returning to Chicago right in the middle of a pennant race."

Meanwhile, the loss to the Brewers on the 20th dislodged the Sox from 1st place once again. Although they stayed close for a while, they would not return to the top spot for the rest of the season.

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