Monday, January 14, 2008

#44 - Chet Lemon

It took a long time before I associated Chet Lemon with the White Sox. He was on the team from 1975 until 1981. I got my first pack of cards in 1983. By that time Chet was on the Tigers and that was the way I remember him. If I dig deep though, I find good stuff about Chet's time on the White Sox.

Number 44 belongs to Chet Lemon. He was an All-Star for the White Sox in 1978 and 1979. He led the league in doubles in 1979. He mostly kept his batting average around .300 when he was on the Sox. The team could always count on Chet to hit double digits in home runs by the end of the season.

Chet had a great year in 1979. He batted .318, had 177 hits, 44 doubles, 17 home runs and 86 RBI. The rest of his years were very consistent. I can see why he was a fan favorite.

In 1977, he set an American League record with 524 total chances and 512 putouts; in all, he recorded 400 or more outfield putouts in five different seasons, which is also an American League record.

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