Friday, May 4, 2012

The 1972 Chicago (Red) White Sox

If you happen to be watching a Chicago White Sox game this summer, and something seems "a little off", take a deep breath and relax. EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK. The hue on your television screen or computer monitor is not on the fritz, it's merely a Sunday home game on the South side of the windy city.

By most standards, 1972 was an average year for the Chicago White Sox: the club finished the regular season with a final record of 87-67 (a mere 20 games over the all important mark of .500), they found themselves 5.5 games behind the American League West Champion Oakland Athletics at seasons end, and they were destined for another long off-season in the middle of a 55 year championship drought. Although the next ticker tape parade, in celebration of the teams third title, seemed to be an eternity away, a certain first basemen gave the teams fans something to watch.

Dick Allen, a 31 year old infielder, took the Chicago fan base by storm with his inspiring offense. Allen, who averaged 25 home runs and 80 RBI a season over his career, quickly opened eyes across the nation. The first basemen slugged 37 homers and drove home 113 runs that summer, which was good enough to take home MVP honors in the American League, and make a start at the All-Star Game in Atlanta. Allen would spend two additional seasons in Chicago, before moving onto Philadelphia and Oakland, where he spent the twilight years of his career.

Other notable players and coaches to take the field for White Sox that summer, include: Rich "Goose" Gossage (more notably of the New York Yankees), Wilbur Wood (who was also an All-Star in 1972 and won 24 games), and manager Chuck Tanner, who managed 6 seasons on the South Side (Tanner also won a World Series Championship with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979).

This cap is more or less the same one we all know and love today, outside of a couple key differences: The diagonally interlocking "S" "O" "X" logo on the front has a slightly more "boxy" font to it, and the primary colorway is a bright red other than the typical black worn on their primary cap. All in all, it really is a beautiful cap. I give New Era and the White Sox credit for bringing back an all time classic look, that I wouldn't mind making a somewhat regular return to the field past 2012.

 The cap can be found and any of your major New Era retailers, but this one in particular I picked up at Cap City in West New York, New Jersey. The link to the stores website is HERE.

I hope you enjoyed today's post, and maybe even learned a thing or two. Have a great weekend.  



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