1976 SSPC #153 – Jerry Hairston (White Sox)

1976 SSPC #153 Jerry Hairston

Jerry Hairston (Sr.)…  was best known as an exceptional pinch-hitter during his 14 years in the Majors, almost all of it with the White Sox – he played 51 games for the Pirates in 1977.  In between the Pirates and his second stint with the Chisox, he played four years in the Mexican League.

He’s also part of the multi-generational Hairston family which has 5 members with Major League experience.  Jerry Sr. is the father of Scott and Jerry Hairston, Jr.  He’s also the son of Sam Hairston (who played 4 years in the Negro American League and caught 4 games for the White Sox in 1951) and brother of John Hairston (who caught 3 games for the Cubs in 1969).

On 4/15/83, Jerry broke up a perfect game with two outs in the 9th inning. Pinch-hitting for shortstop Jerry Dybzinski, Hairston singled to center to ruin Milt Wilcox’s bid at immortality. After Hairston, Rudy Law grounded out to end the game, and the Tigers won 6-0.

In 1976, Jerry Hairston… appeared in 44 games as an outfielder;  he batted .227 with 20 runs and 10 RBI.

Shea-o-meter: Many of the photos in 1976 SSPC were taken in Shea Stadium; Every team came through Shea because the Yankees were temporarily playing in Shea while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. “Can two Major League teams share a ballpark without driving each other crazy?”

This photo was taken in Shea.
Shea: 48
Pretty sure it’s Shea: 8
Can’t tell: 10
Not Shea: 6

Betcha didn’t know… Jerry and his wife Esperanza were married in Héctor Espino Stadium in Hermosillo, Mexico. They originally met while Jerry was playing Winter ball in Hermosillo.

1970’s Census
I’m going to try something new, something that was suggested in a comment a while ago… when I get a chance I’ll go back and look to see who it was. In the meantime, the guilty party may feel free to post a comment and remind me.

The suggestion was to keep a count of the number of instances of 1970’s facial hair and other 1970’s trends… Sideburns, afros, mustaches, Aviator glasses… So I decided to give it a shot.

Jerry logs in with Aviators, a moustache and 1970’s sideburns… this brings my quickly-obtained totals for the set-so-far to:
Total Cards: 72
1970’s Sideburns: 35
Fu Manchu: 4
Mustache other than Fu Manchu: 22
Afro: 1
Perm: 2
Aviators: 6
Long Hair: 16

For the record, subjective things like “long hair” or “1970’s sideburns” are determined at the discretion of The Shlabotnik Report.

1976 SSPC #153 Jerry Hairston back


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