This Day in White Sox History: Geoff Blum the unlikely hero

This Day in White Sox History: Geoff Blum the unlikely hero
Blum connects in the 14th inning October 25, 2005. (Getty Images)

October 25, 1955 - Sox co-GMs Chuck Comiskey and John Rigney made their first Sox trade; shortstop Chico Carrasquel and center fielder Jim Busby to Cleveland for slugging center fielder Larry Doby, the left-handed power hitter the Sox had been lacking the previous three years. The deal made room in the starting lineup for a rookie shortstop from Venezuela named Luis Aparicio.

October 25, 1983 - Thanks to the most wins in the major leagues and a second half run among the best ever, pitcher LaMarr Hoyt wins the Cy Young Award.  Hoyt was 9-8 at the All Star break then exploded to go 15-2 in the back half ending the year with a record of 24-10 and an ERA of 3.66. In addition Hoyt pitched almost 261 innings with only 31 walks. He then threw a brilliant complete game 2-1 win over the Orioles in the League Championship Series in Baltimore. Hoyt became the second Sox pitcher to ever win the award at the time, following Early Wynn in 1959. He easily outdistanced the Royals' Dan Quisenberry 116-81 in voting points. Hoyt won 52 games between 1981 and 1983.

October 25, 1993 - Sox manager Gene Lamont, who guided the team to its first postseason appearance in 10 years, was named American League Manager of the Year. Lamont would beat out the Yankees Buck Showalter for the honor. Lamont got 72 total points to Showalter’s 63.

October 25, 2005 - Game three of the World Series set the record for the longest game by time duration in history. The 14 inning game went 5:41 minutes and ended when another Sox role player Geoff Blum belted a home run giving the club the lead at 6-5. It would end 7-5 with Game 2 starter Mark Buehrle picking up the save. The Sox were now one win away from winning the World Series.


Click here to listen to Geoff Blum's 14th inning home run which turned out to be the game winner in the third game of the World Series. Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Courtesy: Fox Sports / Chicago White Sox.

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