White Sox Einhorn joins College Basketball Hall

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White Sox Einhorn joins College Basketball Hall

Monday, February 28, 2011
3:49 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. Chicago White Sox vice chairman Eddie Einhorn was selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, an honor that will be acknowledged at this years Final Four in Houston. Induction ceremonies will take place in Kansas City on November 20.

Einhorn started his 58-year broadcasting career as a 17-year-old freshman at Penn.

First day, I checked in, ran to the radio station, Einhorn said. Got on the campus radio station by the end of that year, doing Penn basketball, and havent quit since.

Mere years later, Einhorn had formed the Midwestern Sports Network and ran it out of his dorm at Northwestern University, where he was studying law. The floor phone at Abbott Hall was his business phone.

In 1958, Einhorn arranged the national syndication of the NCAA Tournament on radio, and 10 years later founded the TVS television network to produce the Game of the Century for television. The game, pitting UCLAs Lew Alcindor vs. Houstons Elvin Hayes, was played in the Astrodome and filmed using just three cameras, according to Einhorn.

The success of the Game of the Century, won in an upset by HoustonI really do think that had UCLA won, it wouldnt have been the story it wasis largely credited with fueling the popularity of televised basketball as a whole.

Einhorn later televised the very first University of Kentucky road games shown on TV, UCLA-Notre Dame battles, and LSU games featuring Hall-of-Famer Pete Maravich.

The big guys liked me, for some reason, Einhorn said. Kentucky head coach Adolph Rupp and UCLA coach John Wooden and Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, those kinds of guys, you needed their support. I was a pain in the neck: Who is this young kid?

Chasing his lifelong love for college basketball, Einhorn had attended 25 straight Final Fours. Ironically, it was his new job as part of Jerry Reinsdorfs ownership team that saw him fall short of a 26th.

I was scheduled to get on a plane to Tampa to get me there in time but in the morning, I had a meeting with Ruly Carpenter of the Phillies and we signed Greg Luzinski, Einhorn said. I was so excited about that, I started across the freeway and I said, You know, Ive had enough of that. I turned around and came back and broke my streak.

Einhorn is part of a gilded class entering the Hall of Fame, which includes Ralph Sampson, James Worthy, Eddie Sutton, Cassie Russell, Chris Mullin, and Bobby Knight.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

Preview: Chris Sale starts for White Sox against Rays tonight on CSN+

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James Shields gets first win in two months as White Sox beat Rays

James Shields gets first win in two months as White Sox beat Rays

James Shields’ time with the White Sox has not gone well. But Monday night was one of the bright spots, and it came against his former team.

Shields allowed just one run in his six innings of work against the visiting Tampa Ray Bays — with whom he spent the first seven seasons of his career — and earned his first win since July 26 as the White Sox opened this four-game set with a 7-1 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

Shields didn’t exactly keep the Rays off the bases Monday, running into jams with multiple base runners on in four of his six innings. But he did keep them off the scoreboard, for the most part, getting some help from his defense with a couple double plays. He finished allowing just one run on seven hits with six strikeouts over his six innings.

The win was his first in two months after a brutal August — six starts with four losses and an 11.42 ERA — and a couple of rough outings in September. It was Shields’ sixth victory on the season and fourth since joining the White Sox compared to 18 losses on the season, 11 coming with the White Sox.

“I had a few chances my last few starts to get some wins, but sometimes those things happen,” Shields said. “I’m just trying to finish the season strong right now. Body feels good, arm feels good, so hopefully I can get another win on Saturday to end my season and move into next year.”

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With just one more start on his schedule in the season’s final week, Shields won’t lose a visually upsetting 20 games. Avoiding that number might not make losing 18 or 19 much easier for fans and observers to swallow, but teammates understand what Shields has gone through this season.

“I think we’ve all been through it once or maybe even twice in our career. He works his butt off, though,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “He looks at film. He watches everything he’s doing. To come out with the strong outing today, even in the first inning, getting two runners on and getting out of that jam, it goes to show you his resilience. Whenever he got runners on, he looked relaxed and induced a lot of ground balls which we needed.”

Certainly Shields’ teammates picked him up Monday. The two double plays while he was in the game were just half the infield’s total on the night, two more coming in the seventh and eighth, when Tommy Kahnle and Nate Jones put the first two hitters they faced on in each frame. But the double plays helped end those threats and keep the Rays down.

The White Sox struck first with a run in the first inning, Melky Cabrera scoring on Justin Morneau’s sacrifice fly. After the Rays tied it up in the fourth with an RBI single, the White Sox punched back, Frazier doubling, stealing third base and scoring on Omar Narvaez’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of that inning.

And as Shields and the relief corps danced out of jams, the White Sox added to their score. Jose Abreu singled in a run in the fifth, but it was a pair of two-run homers off the bats of Morneau and Carlos Sanchez in the seventh and eighth innings that provided the real insurance.

The win was the third straight for the White Sox, something that while positive won’t provide much solace in a season where competing for a playoff spot is a distant memory.

But, like Shields finishing his season strong, White Sox players in general can create individual momentum for each of their offseasons and into next year with good finishes to 2016.

“We want to end on a positive note,” Frazier said. “Everybody wants to meet their goals. Baseball is the most individualistic team sport there is. You have to have your individual goals just like your team goals, and our team goals are out the door right now. You don’t want to play for yourself, but at the same time play for your pitcher a little bit and help him out.”