Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 14

1980 Topps #522 - Jim Morrison

On this day in 1982, the Chicago White Sox traded Jim Morrison to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Eddie Solomon.

Primarily an infielder for the Sox, with the occasional DH appearance, Jim hit decently for a team that was struggling with identity. He played for the Pale Hose from 1979 until June 1982, which was the adjustment period between the rent-a-player philosophy that spawned the South Side Hitmen and the surprising 1983 team that Texas Rangers manager Doug Rader coined Winning Ugly.

While Morrison went on to play another six years, mostly for the Pirates, but with short stints in Detroit and Atlanta to end his career, the man he was traded for, Eddie Solomon played in six games for the White Sox in 1982 and never played in the majors again. Aurelio Rodriguez took over duties for Jim at third base, but was just a stopgap until Vance Law moved there permanently in 1983, when Jerry Dybzinski arrived from Cleveland to take over shortstop.

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