Mark Liptak’s White Sox interviews added to SABR Oral History Collection

Nearly 50 interview transcripts of Chicago White Sox players, executives, and broadcasters conducted by SABR member Mark Liptak have been added to the SABR Oral History Collection website this week.

Liptak, a sports broadcaster at Idaho State University and a Chicago native, graciously donated his collection of interviews that cover more than a half-century of history from a wide range of figures in the White Sox organization. His interview subjects include Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, broadcasters Jason Benetti, Milo Hamilton, Tom Paciorek, and Jimmy Piersall, executives Roland Hemond and Mike Veeck, and star players Ken Berry, Jim Kaat, Ron Kittle, and Jack McDowell.

He talked with Joe Horlen about his memories of the 1967 All-Star Game, Jim Landis about which “sun fields” were the toughest to play, and Gary Peters about his bid for “perfection.”

Click here to read Mark Liptak’s interview transcripts at the SABR Oral History Collection.

The SABR Oral History Collection, which launched in March 2018, includes hundreds of interviews conducted with ballplayers (Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, Negro Leagues, AAGBBL), executives, scouts, authors, writers, broadcasters, and other figures of historical baseball significance. These interviews, some of which date back more than 50 years, were conducted by members of SABR’s Oral History Research Committee and were digitized through a collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library.

To listen to more interviews from the SABR Oral History Collection, visit

Originally published: October 3, 2018. Last Updated: October 3, 2018.