This Day in White Sox History: Bo Jackson propels the team to victory

This Day in White Sox History: Bo Jackson propels the team to victory
Jackson watches home run September 27, 1993. (Chicago Sun-Times)

This week's TDIWSH was delayed a bit, so enjoy an epic avalanche of Sunday content! - Daniel Shapiro

September 27, 1959 - The Sox closed their championship season with a 6-4 win at Detroit and when the final stats were recorded, second baseman Nellie Fox pulled off a rare feat. Fox wound up leading all American League second baseman in fielding percentage, put outs and assists.

September 27, 1963 - During the last double header at home for the season, the White Sox caught on to the folk music craze sweeping the nation. Between games against the Senators, the Sox had a ‘hootenanny’ promotion where folks groups and singers held a concert on the field.

September 27, 1967- The Sox finished the season with the two worst teams in the league, Kansas City and Washington and the fans could smell that elusive World Series. However it all began to fall apart as the Sox dropped a double header to the A’s 5-2 and 4-0 after rain postponed the single game Tuesday night. The Sox, in the middle of a pennant race, and having won nine of 11, got over three days off, not having played since Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. Pitchers Gary Peters and Joe Horlen got tagged with the losses on "black Wednesday" but the final embarrassment was yet to come.

Sox shortstop Ron Hansen spoke with me on the fact that the Sox because of the rain, wound up getting an unusual amount of time off and if that made an impact.  "Not to make any excuses but yes in my personal opinion it was. We were playing well coming into that final week and having to sit around for all that time, it hurts the pitching and the hitting.  We weren’t sharp and again I’m not trying to make any excuses. When you look back on it things might have turned out different if we had been able to play that Tuesday. We weren’t even able to take batting practice for almost three days.”

Meanwhile Gary Peters remembered what it was like in the locker room afterwards.

"We didn’t play good baseball. Both Joe (Horlen) and I pitched very mediocre that night. Kansas City was the underdogs and underdogs are notorious for playing good ball. You have to give them the credit. I remember the silence in our locker room after those games. I’ve gotten over that over the years ... it doesn’t bother me now because you have to move on, but I know some of the guys on the team are still bothered by what happened."

September 27, 1993 - In front of a capacity crowd at the new Comiskey Park, the Sox won the Western Division by beating Seattle 4-2. It was Bo Jackson who clubbed a towering three run blast that just dropped over the wall in left that was difference in the game. The homer capped off an incredible comeback season for one of the finest natural athletes in history. Also in this game Sox starting pitcher Wilson Alvarez saw his streak of 30 consecutive shutout innings snapped when Seattle got to him for two runs in the eighth inning. The Sox went 94-68 and took the title by eight games over Texas.

Click here to listen to Jackson's towering three run home run. Announcers: Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Tom Paciorek. Courtesy: Sports Channel-Chicago / Chicago White Sox.

Click here to listen to the final out as the White Sox clinched the 1993 Western Division championship. Announcers: Ken "Hawk" Harrelson. Courtesy: Sports Channel-Chicago / Chicago White Sox.

September 27, 2003 - In one of the highest scoring games in their history, the Sox battered the Royals in Kansas City 19-3. Pitcher Bartolo Colon won this one easily. Joe Crede and Carl Everett both had four RBIs in the game.

September 27, 2011 - Pitcher Mark Buehrle set the franchise record when, for the eleventh straight season, he made at least 30 starts, won at least 10 games and pitched at least 200 innings. Buehrle set the milestone during a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays. Those numbers were a testament to his ability, dedication and durability.

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