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July 13, 1968

One of the lingering memories of the Impossible Dream Red Sox came from Chicago White Sox manager Eddie Stanky.

In a silly attempt to rattle Yastrzemski before the start of a series, Stanky commented that Yaz was “an all-star from the neck down.”

In the ensuing doubleheader, Yastrzemski had six hits, the final one a home run. While passing the White Sox’ dugout, he tipped his cap to the Chicago manager. Stanky had little to offer on Yastrzemski’s abilities from then on.

So on this date, Stanky’s resignation as White Sox skipper hit the news services. Chicago was 34-46, in ninth place and still fading. White Sox owner Arthur Allyn insisted that Stanky had not been fired and that the two remained great friends.

Maybe the friendship is why Allyn said Stanky would continue being paid through a contract that ended after the 1971 season.

There was no word on Yastrzemski’s reaction to the news.

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