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Chicago White Sox - A.L. West Championship & Celebration (Part 1, 1983)

Here is Part 1 of a great night in White Sox history - their win of the American League West Division Championship, playing against the Seattle Mariners.

The first one and a half parts show the second half of the last inning of the game; the remaining three show the rest of the celebration.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Saturday, September 17th 1983.

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This was probably the night that Sportsvision had it's biggest rating. Of course a lot of that came from the fact that as Don Drysdale points out Ch. 32,9,7 & 2. were simulcasting parts of this game.

Lot of little things going on here. Seattles manager Dell Crandell would return to Chicago in 1985 and do some radio broadcasting with Lorn Brown for the Sox till 1988. Almost the entire coaching staff of the 2005 World Series team were players on this team. Walker, Baines, Hickey and of course Ozzie. Also Detroit Tiger manager Jim Leyland is the Sox a 3rd base coach. Then Sox manager Tony LaRussa did alright for himself in Oakland and St. Louis after GM Hawk Harrelson fird him a few years later.

It happened earlier in the game but Julio Cruz who scores the winning run was traded to the Sox earlier that year by the Mariners for Tony Bernazard. Bernazard looks like a man on a mission attempting to spoil it for the Sox and he injures himself and is not on the field when the Sox win.

First Chicago baseball championship since the 1959 American League champion Sox. None of that back to back champions stuff for Chicago. We take our time between titles.

Comment posted by telefrank on Monday, April 7th 2008 at 10:45am.

What,Channel 5 wasn't showing this that night?What,they were showing a very "special" episode of "Mama's Family" that night,instead of the Sox?For shame!

But still what a great game,and great year of 1983 on the southside!

Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Monday, April 7th 2008 at 1:05pm.

Actually, Ozzie wasn't on the 1983 team. He didn't come until 1985, he was actually aquired in the trade of LaMar Hoyt as Ozzie was originally drafted by the Padrees.
Comment posted by 1cpw on Monday, April 7th 2008 at 1:28pm.

This is from WFLD Channel 32 if I am correct

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Monday, April 7th 2008 at 2:57pm.

Yeah, I think there is an on-screen station ID for WFLD at some point. They were displaying Sportschannel's feed I guess.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, April 7th 2008 at 3:12pm.

Thanks Fuzzy for posting this clip. That was a fantastic night. Every local television were broadcasting the game. It was a shame the Sox got beat badly by Baltimore in the ALCS that year.
Comment posted by Loyal32fan on Sunday, May 10th 2009 at 8:46pm.

One more thing. I sure miss Don Drysdale.
Comment posted by Loyal32fan on Sunday, May 10th 2009 at 8:48pm.

Our church usually went to a game or two a year and this was one of the scheduled games. For some reason my family was not able to go that night and we missed it! What a great time that would have been! We did see it on TV so that was nice! Thanks Fuzzy!
Comment posted by Berger on Monday, March 26th 2012 at 2:00pm.

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