Roland Hemond

After a successful career as director of the Angels’ farm system, 1961-70, developing such players as Clyde Wright and Jim Spencer, Hemond was hired in 1971 as director of player personnel by the White Sox (and later became GM) to reverse their fortunes. At the winter meetings that year, he moved 16 players within 18 hours. Chuck Tanner was brought in to manage, and the team won 23 more games than in 1970. Hemond traded for Dick Allen, who became the AL MVP in 1972. Richie ZiskRich Dotson, Rudy Law, and Bob James were just a few of his other productive acquisitions. Hemond was the architect of the 1983 Division Champions, for which he won UPI’s Executive of the Year award.