This Day in White Sox History: Back-to-back-to-back homers

This Day in White Sox History: Back-to-back-to-back homers
White Sox pitcher Britt Burns threw a one-hitter on the same day that his team hit back-to-back-to-back homers against former Sox pitcher Tommy John in 1983.

September 9, 1917 - It’s the only time the Sox have ever won a forfeited game. In Chicago against Cleveland, the Indians were protesting a close call that went against them in the top of the tenth inning of a tie game. When they took the field in the last of the inning, Cleveland players threw their gloves in the air, some rolled around in the dirt and catcher Steve O’Neill deliberately threw a ball into center field. Umpire Clarence“Brick” Owens had enough and declared the game won by the Sox.

September 9, 1983 - The Sox express roared on crushing former Sox great Tommy John and the Angels 11-0. What was significant in this one was, for the first time in team history, the Sox hammered back to back to back home runs. They were courtesy of Carlton Fisk, Tom Paciorek, and Greg Luzinski in the first inning after John retired the lead off hitter. In the same game Sox pitcher Britt Burns threw a one hitter. Outfielder Mike Brown’s two out single in the seventh inning was Britt’s only mistake.

Click here to listen to the three consecutive home runs. Announcers: Joe McConnell and Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. Courtesy; WFLD-TV / Chicago White Sox.

September 9, 2003 - With one move Sox manager Jerry Manuel perhaps cost his team a post season playoff berth and eventually led himself to be fired. In a game the Sox were leading Minnesota 8-2 in the ninth inning, Manuel brought in relief pitcher Jose Paniagua to get some work in. The Sox had a one game lead over the Twins and this was the second of a four game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Paniagua allowed four runs giving Minnesota momentum even though they’d lose 8-6. The Twins promptly won the final two games, swept the Sox the following week in Minnesota and won the second of three consecutive divisional titles. Paniagua, as he was leaving the field, made an obscene gesture at the home plate umpire and was released by GM Kenny Williams later that evening. Manuel’s dismissal would come a few weeks later.

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