This Day in White Sox History: Frank Lane comes to Chicago

This Day in White Sox History: Frank Lane comes to Chicago
Former Sox GM Frank Lane. (Chicago White Sox)

October 8, 1948 - Frank Lane is recruited out of the Big Ten Conference and takes over as the new General Manager of the White Sox. Lane would go on to become one of the greatest G.M.’s in team history. Among the players acquired by Lane, who made over 230 trades in his Sox tenure, were such future All-Stars as Nellie Fox, Sherm Lollar, Billy Pierce, Chico Carrasquel and Minnie Minoso. Lane built the club that would go on to win the pennant in 1959.

October 8, 1983 - With the Sox down two games to one in the playoffs, Jerry Dybzinski overran second base after a single by Julio Cruz in the seventh inning of a scoreless game at Comiskey Park. In the ensuing rundown Vance Law, who was on base in front of Dybzinski, was thrown out trying to score what would have been the go ahead run. The Sox wound up losing the game and the series on a home run by Tito Landrum in the  tenth inning, the final score was 3-0, spoiling a masterful pitching performance by Sox pitcher Britt Burns.

October 8, 1993 - With the Sox down two games to none in the playoffs Wilson Alvarez pitched a gem and beat the Blue Jays 6-1. The Sox scored five runs in the third inning giving him some breathing room. The complete game victory is badly needed and gave Sox fans a reason to keep hoping.

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