Steve Trout, son of former major leaguer Dizzy Trout and a recent call-up by the White Sox from their AAA affiliate in Des Moines, will make his major league debut tomorrow, July 29th, against the front-running Rangers at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Trout, a 20-year-old southpaw, spent the past three seasons working his way through the team’s minor league system after being picked by the Sox in the first round of the 1976 draft, and was summoned to the parent club when starter Rich Wortham was injured and placed on the disabled list on July 26th.
Trout was 8-3 with Knoxville of the Southern League and 3-4 with Iowa of the American Association this year, sporting a 5.24 ERA in nine starts with the Oaks. He’ll join Steve Stone, Wilbur Wood, and Ken Kravec in the starting rotation as the team’s fourth starter, and will hopefully bring some spark to an otherwise dreary Chisox season. In an interview during a recent WMAQ pre-game show at Comiskey, Trout was excited about his impending start and the chance to pitch for the Sox. “I can’t wait to follow in my father’s footsteps,” he told Harry Caray. “He lasted fifteen seasons in the bigs…I’ll be thrilled if I last fifteen minutes.”