South Siders send Kittle, Skowron to Draft
Former White Sox players will represent club at June 9 event
CHICAGO -- Ron Kittle originally was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 as an amateur free agent.Bill "Moose" Skowron found his primary fame and fortune as an integral part of five World Series champions, including four with the Yankees.
Yet, these players share a common bond. For starters, they both have made significant contributions to the White Sox organization -- on and off the field.And they both will be serving as the White Sox representatives at the First-Year Player Draft at MLB Network studios next month on June 9. The White Sox have five picks in the first 102 of this year's Draft, including No. 23 overall. MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft from June 9-11. MLB Network will broadcast the first round at 5 p.m. CT on June 9 from its Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J., and those 32 selections also will be simulcast live on MLB.com. Beginning with the 33rd pick, up-to-the-minute on-air coverage from the remaining rounds will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live, where host Vinny Micucci will be joined by MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo and Major League Scouting Bureau director Frank Marcos. Once the first night is done, the Draft will continue with the rounds 4-30, via conference call from MLB Headquarters in New York, at noon on Wednesday, June 10. Rounds 31-50 will be on Thursday, June 11, starting at 10:30 a.m. CT. Kittle actually broke into the Majors with the White Sox in 1982 but was a driving force on the 1983 squad that won the American League West title. Kittle hit 35 home runs, drove in 100 RBIs and was named AL Rookie of the Year. Skowron played from 1964 through the early stages of '67 with the White Sox. His best season with the team came in '65, but he has become just as well known as one of the former players turned community relations representatives for the organization. The same holds true for Kittle.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.