Evansville White Sox

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The Evansville White Sox were the highest-ranked Evansville-based team prior to the Evansville Triplets, playing AA ball for three years. In their first year, 1966, the Mobile A's dominated the Southern League, leaving only 5 games between third-place Evansville and last (8th) place Knoxville. George Noga was the manager of a club that was outscored, 588-561. They drew 69,697 fans, the most in the SL. Cisco Carlos (15-8, 2.85) was third in the league in ERA and Steve Jones (8-7, 3.82) threw the league's only no-hitter, on July 4. Utility man Chico Fernandez (.302/~.360/.375) had the club's best batting average.

They had their best year in 1967, going 76-63-1 and finishing third again. They again led in fans drawn (54,020). Noga's team had the edge in runs, 494-454, over their opposition. They hit just .226/~.310/.308 in a pitcher-friendly league. The club had no All-Stars. 1B Rogelio Alvarez (.240/~.298/.414) spent part of the year with Knoxville and his 19 homers tied Graig Nettles for the SL lead, two more than Reggie Jackson. 1B-OF Gary Johnson (.280/~.360/.370) led the loop with 29 doubles and was seventh in batting average. Danny Lazar (9-8, 2.30) lost the ERA title to George Lauzerique by .005. Danny Murphy went 10-2 with a 1.97 ERA as the top reliever.

In their last year, the White Sox fell to last under Stan Wasiak and Gary Johnson. They were outscored 577-534, allowing the most runs in the league. Attendance fell to 35,027, last. John Bauer (6-4, 1.64 in 58 games, two of them starts) missed qualifying for (and winning) the ERA title by three innings pitched. Corner infielder Ossie Blanco (.289/~.365/.443) led the loop with 14 triples and was third in average while they had one All-Star, SS Rich McKinney (.261/~.328/.407).

Sources: 1967-1969 Baseball Guides

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1966 68-72 3rd George Noga none
1967 76-63 3rd George Noga none
1968 55-84 6th Stan Wasiak (40-62) / Gary Johnson (15-22) none

SL standings 7/30/68