1968 Chicago White Sox season
The 1968 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 68th season in the major leagues, and its 69th season overall. They finished with a record 67–95, good enough for eighth place in the American League, 36 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers.
|1968 Chicago White Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Arthur Allyn, Jr., John Allyn|
|General manager(s)||Ed Short|
|Manager(s)||Eddie Stanky, Les Moss, Al López|
(Jack Drees, Dave Martin)
|Local radio||WMAQ (AM)|
(Bob Elson, Red Rush)
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- October 16, 1967: Smoky Burgess was released by the White Sox.
- October 26, 1967: Marv Staehle was sent by the White Sox to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal (the White Sox traded Jim King and a player to be named later to the Indians for Rocky Colavito) made on July 29, 1967.
- November 29, 1967: Don Buford, Roger Nelson and Bruce Howard were traded by the White Sox to the Baltimore Orioles for Luis Aparicio, Russ Snyder and John Matias.
- December 15, 1967: Tommie Agee and Al Weis were traded by the White Sox to the New York Mets for Tommy Davis, Jack Fisher, Billy Wynne, and Buddy Booker.
- February 13, 1968: Dennis Higgins, Steve Jones, and Ron Hansen were traded by the White Sox to the Washington Senators for Tim Cullen, Buster Narum and Bob Priddy.
The White Sox played in 74 games that were decided by a one run margin, which is an all-time American League record. In those games, the team had a record of 30–44. The 44 one run losses are an all-time MLB record.
|Boston Red Sox||86||76||.531||17|
|New York Yankees||83||79||.512||20|
|Chicago White Sox||67||95||.414||36|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1968 American League Records
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Opening Day lineupEdit
- Luis Aparicio, SS
- Tommy McCraw, 1B
- Tommy Davis, LF
- Pete Ward, RF
- Ken Boyer, 3B
- Duane Josephson, C
- Ken Berry, CF
- Tim Cullen, 2B
- Joel Horlen, P
Games in MilwaukeeEdit
To demonstrate there still was support for big-league ball in Milwaukee, Bud Selig's group contracted with Chicago White Sox owner Arthur Allyn to host nine White Sox home games at Milwaukee County Stadium in 1968. A 1967 exhibition game between the White Sox and Minnesota Twins had attracted more than 51,000 spectators, and Selig was convinced the strong Milwaukee fan base would demonstrate the city would provide a good home for a new club.
The experiment was staggeringly successful – those nine games drew 264,297 fans. In Chicago that season, the Sox drew 539,478 fans to their remaining 72 home games. In just a handful of games, the Milwaukee crowds accounted for nearly one-third of the total attendance at White Sox games. In light of this success, Selig and Allyn agreed County Stadium would host Sox home games again the next season.
- June 7, 1968: Rich McKinney was drafted by the White Sox in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 1968 Major League Baseball draft.
- July 20, 1968: Wayne Causey was traded by the White Sox to the California Angels for Woodie Held.
- July 26, 1968: Don McMahon was traded by the White Sox to the Detroit Tigers for Dennis Ribant.
- August 2, 1968: Tim Cullen was traded by the White Sox to the Washington Senators for Ron Hansen.
|1968 Chicago White Sox|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
|Sandy Alomar, 2B,3B,SS||133||363||41||92||8||2||0||12||20||42||.253||21|
|Luis Aparicio, SS||155||622||55||164||24||4||4||36||33||43||.264||17|
|Ken Berry, CF||153||504||49||127||21||2||7||32||25||64||.252||6|
|Buddy Booker, C||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000||0|
|Ken Boyer, 3B,1B||10||24||0||3||0||0||0||0||1||6||.125||0|
|Buddy Bradford, RF,CF,LF||103||281||32||61||11||0||5||24||23||67||.217||8|
|Wayne Causey, 2B||59||100||8||18||2||0||0||7||14||7||.180||0|
|Tim Cullen, 2B||72||155||16||31||7||0||2||13||15||23||.200||0|
|Tommy Davis, LF,1B||132||456||30||122||5||3||8||50||16||48||.268||4|
|Ron Hansen, 3B,SS||40||87||7||20||3||0||1||4||11||12||.230||0|
|Woodie Held, OF,3B||40||54||5||9||1||0||0||2||5||14||.167||0|
|Gail Hopkins, 1B||29||37||4||8||2||0||0||2||6||3||.216||0|
|Duane Josephson, C||128||434||35||107||16||6||6||45||18||52||.247||2|
|Dick Kenworthy, 3B||58||122||2||27||2||0||0||2||5||21||.221||0|
|Carlos May, LF,RF||17||67||4||12||1||0||0||1||3||15||.179||0|
|Jerry McNertney, C||74||169||18||37||4||1||3||18||18||29||.219||0|
|Bill Melton, 3B||34||109||5||29||8||0||2||16||10||32||.266||1|
|Tommy McCraw, 1B||136||477||51||112||16||12||9||44||36||58||.235||20|
|Rich Morales, SS,2B||10||29||2||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.172||0|
|Russ Snyder, OF||38||82||2||11||2||0||1||5||4||16||.134||0|
|Bill Voss, OF||61||167||14||26||2||1||2||15||16||34||.156||5|
|Leon Wagner, RF,LF||69||162||14||46||8||0||1||18||21||31||.284||2|
|Pete Ward, 3B,1B,LF,RF||125||399||43||86||15||0||15||50||76||85||.216||4|
|Walt Williams, RF,LF||63||133||6||32||6||0||1||8||4||17||.241||0|
|Cisco Carlos, P||29||31||0||2||0||0||0||0||1||15||.065||0|
|Jack Fisher, P||35||53||1||6||1||0||0||2||1||4||.113||0|
|Joe Horlen, P||41||67||2||7||0||1||0||3||3||13||.104||0|
|Tommy John, P||25||62||3||12||1||0||1||9||0||15||.194||0|
|Danny Lazar, P||8||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||1||.000||0|
|Bob Locker, P||70||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||.000||0|
|Don McMahon, P||25||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333||0|
|Jerry Nyman, P||8||13||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||8||.154||0|
|Gary Peters, P||46||72||10||15||3||1||2||8||6||13||.208||0|
|Bob Priddy, P||42||24||3||1||0||0||1||2||0||9||.042||0|
|Dennis Ribant, P||17||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|Hoyt Wilhelm, P||72||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000||0|
|Wilbur Wood, P||88||22||0||2||0||0||0||2||2||17||.091||0|
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
- Smoky Burgess page at Baseball Reference.
- Marv Staehle page at Baseball Reference.
- Roger Nelson at Baseball Reference
- Tommie Agee at Baseball Reference
- Tim Cullen at Baseball Reference
- "Team Batting Game Finder: From 1908 to 2017, (requiring run_diff<=1 and run_diff>=-1), sorted by greatest number of games in a single season matching the selected criteria". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 7, 2018. Note that tie games are not explicitly shown in the table; the number of ties, if any, can be deduced from any discrepancy between #Matching and (Wins + Losses). The 1968 White Sox did not have any tied games in any case.
- "Team Pitching Game Finder, From 1913 to 2017, (requiring run_diff=-1)". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
- Rich McKinney at Baseball Reference
- Woodie Held at Baseball Reference
- Dennis Ribant at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997