This Day in White Sox History: Kluszewski's game winner that wasn't

This Day in White Sox History: Kluszewski's game winner that wasn't
Former White Sox slugger Ted Kluszewski (Chicago White Sox)

 August 28, 1960 - Of all the crazy games and things that happened when the White Sox played at Baltimore, this one topped the list. The Sox started the day 2.5 games behind the Yankees and trailed the O’s 3-0 going into the 8th inning. With two out, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox and Roy Sievers ripped consecutive singles, scoring a run and putting the tying runs on base. Manager Al Lopez called on Ted Kluszewski to pinch hit.

“Big Klu” drilled the pitch from Milt Pappas into the right field stands for an apparent three run homer except for one small thing.

Third base umpire Ed Hurley called time! Nobody remembered seeing him do it but he refused to change his call. Both Lopez and Fox were ejected in the confrontation afterwards.

The next day Hurley was quoted in the newspapers as saying "I wish to heck I hadn’t called it, I’d gladly take it back...” End result was the Sox lost, and were now three games behind the Yankees. Kluszewski later recalled that this game was the one that broke the team’s spirit that season.

August 28, 1983 - Greg Luzinski completed his ‘downtown Triple Crown’ by blasting a pitch from Boston’s Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd over the roof in left center field. It was Luzinski’s third roof shot in 1983. The others came that year against the Twins and Yankees. Greg would have four roof top home runs in his White Sox career. The Sox took care of Boston on this afternoon 6-2.

August 28, 1990 - Frank Thomas, who would become the White Sox all time home run leader, belted his first big league round tripper. Thomas connected in the ninth inning of a game at the Metrodome off the Twins' Gary Wayne. The Sox would lose that day 12-6.

August 28, 1998 - The Sox and Rangers combined for 14 home runs in a double header at Comiskey Park, tying the American League mark. The teams hit six in the first game, eight in the second. Texas and the Sox split the two games on the day.

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