Originally Posted by mahagga73
Nell, you seem to be the old time guru on here so I'll ask you, why was it the Sox could never come up with the hitting they needed? Didn't want to pay for it? bad minor league development?
Down through the years the team was built for the vast dimensions of old Comiskey Park, pitching, defense and small ball was the name of the game. Until Bill Melton came along no White Sox player had ever hit more than 29 HRs. The ball was not the lively one that we have now and it's hard to say how much a guy like Mickey Mantle would have fared in Comiskey for 77 games a season. There is no way a guy like Ernie Banks would have hit over 500 homers playing in Comiskey for his whole career.
Management tried some big boppers like trading for Roy Sievers in 1960 but we never could catch the Yankees, they also had pitching and defense but could always beat you with the long ball.
The Sox had a pretty a pretty good farm system in those years, we had rookie of the years with Aparicio, Gary Peters and Tommy Agee. Some other damn good players came up through the system, Landis, Callison, Denny McLain, Horlen, Earl Battey, Don Buford, Carlos May and Melton.
The Comiskey family never had a vast amount of money, if they had, Comiskey Park might still be with us but they were never able to pour money into the park like PK Wrigley did with The Friendly Confines.
Maybe if they had more money they could have had an even better farm system and might have produced a Mantle or Kaline.