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1987 Chicago White Sox leading baseball players

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The Chicago White Sox were 24-40 on June 21, 1987 then rallied in the second half of the year, going 53-45 and finished only 8 games out of 1st place in the AL West with a 77-85 record. Ivan Calderon, Gary Redus and Daryl Boston were the team's starting outfielders. Harold Baines, nagged by knee injuries, was the DH. Greg Walker, the 1st baseman, Fred Manrigue 2B, Tim Hulett 3B and Ozzie Guillen, who led the AL in chances was their shortstop.

Carlton Fisk was the starting catcher and rookie Ron Karkovice the backup. In the later part of June the club was hitting only .228 and the pitching staff's ERA was 4.51 and the team was mired in last place. Richard Dotson was 4-4, Jose DeLeon 4-6, Floyd Bannister 3-6 and Bill Long 3-3. Reliver Bobby Thigpen, 2-2, was shipped to the minors in early June. Knowing the ball club needed a yount movement, general manager Larry Himes, traded pitchers Dotson and Bannister. The Sox were confident that pitching newcomers Jack McDowell, Joel Davis and Melido Perez would all be big major league winners in the future. Jack McDowell who helped lead Stanford University to the NCAA championship, joined the White Sox in the final month of 1987. He was outstanding for the Sox and was 3-0, with a mere 1.93 ERA. Perez showed excellent control in the minors. He walked only 27 batters and fanned 177 in 198 minor league innings while going 12-8.

Jack McDowell
Birthdate: 1/16/1966
Height / Weight: 6' 5" / 180 lbs.
Place of Birth: Van Nuys, CA, USA
Bats / Throws: R / R

Pitched seven seasons for White Sox


Carlton Fisk
Birthdate: 12/26/1947
Height / Weight: 6' 2" / 220 lbs.
Place of Birth: Bellows Falls, VT, USA
Bats / Throws: R / R

Hall of Fame Catcher


Richard Dotson
Birthdate: 1/10/1959
Height / Weight: 6' 0" / 204 lbs.
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Bats / Throws: R / R

Pitched nine seasons with the White Sox


Ron Karkovice
Birthdate: 8/8/1963
Height / Weight: 6' 1" / 215 lbs.
Place of Birth: Union, NJ, USA
Bats / Throws: R / R

Played 12 seasons with White Sox


Greg Walker
Birthdate: 10/6/1959
Height / Weight: 6' 3" / 210 lbs.
Place of Birth: Douglas, GA, USA
Bats / Throws: L / R

Played nine season for White Sox


Harold Baines
Birthdate: 3/15/1959
Height / Weight: 6' 2" / 195 lbs.
Place of Birth: Easton, MD, USA
Bats / Throws: L / L

Played 13 years with White Sox


Ozzie Guillen
Birthdate: 1/20/1964
Height / Weight: 5' 11" / 150 lbs.
Place of Birth: Ocumare Del Tuy, , Venezuela
Bats / Throws: L / R

Played 13 seasons with White Sox plus managed team to 2005 World Championship


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