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This Date In White Sox History 7/15



Gary Peters (Tribune File Photo)

July 15, 1963 - Sox pitcher Gary Peters, on his way towards being named Co-Rookie Of The Year, throws a one hitter in beating the Orioles 4 - 0. Future Hall Of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts gets the start for Baltimore and gets that team's only hit. J.C. Martin and Tommy McCraw blast two run home runs for the Sox. Peters would strike out thirteen. This has always been a special game for me, it was the first time I ever saw the White Sox in person.

Years later I spoke with Gary about that night and he still has vivid memories of it:

"I remember that when I was warming up I felt alright, not great. When I got to the mound and started pitching, my stuff was exceptional. That night my slider was so good nobody could hit it. I've talked with some of the Orioles over the years like Brooks Robinson, and they said the same thing. I threw one ball to Jackie Brandt that J.C. (Martin) just completely missed. He wanted the pitch inside and I threw a cross seam fastball like Sandy Koufax and it just took off. Brandt was scared on that pitch. The only hit came from Robin Roberts, their pitcher. He lives a few miles from me and over the years he's reminded me about that! I threw him a fastball and he hit it on the hands and blooped it over the infield into short right." 

July 15, 1994 - 'Batgate' comes to Comiskey Park. Indians slugger Albert Belle was caught using a corked bat by Sox manager Gene Lamont and was ejected from the game. In order to keep Belle from being suspended further, teammate Jason Grimsley crawled through the air ducts and dropped into the umpire's room where the bat was being held for examination. Grimsley replaced Belle's bat with a Paul Sorrento model which tipped off everyone to the switch. Belle wound up getting suspended for ten games.

July 15, 2003 - Sox starter Esteban Loaiza starts the All Star Game being hosted by the White Sox for the fourth time in franchise history. He goes two scoreless innings and gets no decision in the A.L.'s 7 - 6 come from behind win. He's joined in the game by teammates Carl Everett and Magglio Ordonez.



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