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Chicago White Sox - "Amateur Fan-Footage" (1972)

Here is some fan-shot footage of the Chicago White Sox from June of 1972.

Look for an appearance by the original Svengoolie - Jerry G. Bishop at about a minute and 47 seconds in. Or is it? Could it be an impersonator? Maybe someone could do some research to see if Jerry G. made an official appearance at Comiskey in June of 1972?

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Harry's ready with that net!!

Man,alive.This is GOLD!!!

And Svengoolie was at White Sox Park?WOW!!!!

Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Thursday, April 3rd 2008 at 8:07am.

Since the Sox were on 32 that year perhaps there was some sort of cross promotion with Svengoolie. Also, this was the year they aquired Dick Allen and they conteneded after being horrible the previous couple of years.
Comment posted by 1cpw on Thursday, April 3rd 2008 at 12:14pm.

Random thoughts: That's Harry Caray at 1:38 interviewing a Yankee, Bobby Murcer, I think; Astroturf on the infield, grass in the outfield; Sox swept a double header with the Yankees, 6-1 and 5-4.
Comment posted by Polyrasmatazz on Thursday, April 3rd 2008 at 12:37pm.

I wasn't convinced that it was the real Svengoolie - Jerry G. Bishop. Somehow it didn't look entirely like him - could it have been an impersonator?
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Thursday, April 3rd 2008 at 12:47pm.

Now that's the White Sox that I grew up with.That footage is awesome.That's a 5-Star clip in my book!

Bravo Fuzzy!!!!

Great shot of Dick Allen stealing home at the 2:50 mark. At 2:55 there's Cy Acosta(#41) and Terry Forster(#51) warming up.Game 2 was famous that season as Dick Allen hit a 3-run pinch-hit walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th off Yankees closer Sparky Lyle.

Another note from that afternoon,the total attendance for that twinbill was 51,904.

Comment posted by Chisox73 on Thursday, April 3rd 2008 at 7:43pm.

I do remember being at Comiskey once when the Sox were wearing the red-lettered "SOX" jerseys. What made it memorable is that I saw both Dick Allen and Harmon Killerbrew sky a homer over the roof in the same game!
Comment posted by madsixtian on Friday, April 4th 2008 at 4:39pm.

wow, great footage.....I remember the Bat Days, T-shirt days, and of course helmet days.......everyone notice how the infileds was artificial turf and the outfield was grass? Leave it to bill veeck to be different....if the WS were on WGN all those years, they'd be just as popular as the Drubs.
Comment posted by ZayreRippedMeOff on Friday, January 2nd 2009 at 11:27pm.

Bill Veeck did not own the team when this footage was shot. John Allyn did. The Sox were the first American League team to have astroturf. As the previous comment said, it was on the infield and not the outfield. When Veeck bought the team in 1976, he removed the astroturf and sold sections of it to fans, with the money going to charity. So Veeck did not come up with the turf infield/grass outfield idea, although it would seem right up his alley.
Comment posted by Niteowlfan on Wednesday, September 30th 2009 at 6:09am.

That's right, Niteowlfan. Veeck changed the uniforms to those silly looking ones with the collars and shorts and removed the AstroTurf. Those red Sox uniforms were slick-looking, I thought, especially on Dick Allen...
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Thursday, October 1st 2009 at 11:44am.

Finally updated the video file on this one (it was a bad encoding).
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, April 9th 2011 at 6:38pm.

Those red uniforms are coming back for Sunday home games this year, which I think is pretty neat.
Comment posted by 1cpw on Saturday, January 28th 2012 at 10:31am.

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