This Day in White Sox History - Magic up the middle

This Day in White Sox History - Magic up the middle
"Magic up the Middle" (Sports Illustrated)

August 10, 1959 - Chicago White Sox infielders Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio appeared together on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The caption read,Magic Up The Middle, Fox And Aparicio.”

August 10, 1990 - The odds had to be a million to one. They were two of the smallest players in major league baseball yet on this night in the second game of a double header at Comiskey Park, the impossible happened. In the second inning, the Sox Craig Grebeck and Ozzie Guillen hit back to back home runs off flame throwing Nolan Ryan. It was part of a four run inning in a 5-1 win and a sweep of the two games. Making matters even more incredible was that both Grebeck and Guillen pulled their shots. Craig reaching the left field seats and Ozzie right field bleachers. Those home runs were the start of the feud between the Rangers and White Sox that lasted three years, culminating when Robin Ventura charged Ryan on the mound in Texas.

August 10, 1993 - With his career fading, the Sox dealt their all time saves leader, Bobby Thigpen to the Phillies for pitcher Jose DeLeon. Thigpen saved a then major league record, 57 games in 1990, but was never the same afterwards posting lower and lower save numbers in the years after his record. His manager for most of that time, Jeff Torborg explained why he thought Bobby started to lose it when I interviewed him.

“As far as Bobby was concerned we played a game against the A’s in 1991," Torborg said. "We had a lead and Bobby came in to pitch the eighth inning for Alex Fernandez and a pitch got away from him and hit Terry Steinbach in the head. Tony (LaRussa) went crazy, I still remember him throwing a bat and my first thought was ‘what if that hit a fan? What kind of a lawsuit would he be looking at?’ Anyway it was an ugly, ugly game, we lost the lead, wound up losing the game but there was a big fight after Steinbach got hit. Bobby was down on the bottom of the pile and he hurt his back. I think that’s why he lost his effectiveness."

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