This Day in White Sox History: Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodybe

This Day in White Sox History: Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodybe
Sherm Lollar heads towards first as Nellie Fox scores October 6, 1959. (Chicago White Sox)

October 6, 1905 - The Sox lose the pennant on the next to last day of the season when pitcher Doc White can’t beat the bottom feeding St. Louis Browns. White and the Sox lost 6-2 which handed the flag to the Philadelphia Athletics. The Sox would finish the season two games off the pace. 

October 6, 1908 - The Sox lose the pennant on the last day of the season when Ty Cobb and Detroit win the decisive game 7-0. Doc White again was the pitcher of record, only this time he may have had an excuse. He was working on two day’s rest having beaten the Tigers 3-1 on October 4.

October 6, 1909 - Architect Zachary Taylor Davis submits his design for a new ballpark on the South Side to owner Charles Comiskey.

October 6, 1959 - At the mammoth L.A. Coliseum, which was the temporary home of the Dodgers, the White Sox play "small ball" in Game #5 of the World Series. They beat Sandy Koufax 1-0 to stay alive, cutting L.A.’s lead to three games to two. The only Sox run scored on a double play ground ball but it turned out to be enough. The Sox became the first team in World Series history to have three pitchers combine for a shut out (Bob Shaw, Billy Pierce, Dick Donovan). The game was saved in the seventh inning thanks to a brilliant managerial move from Al LopezLopez moved Al Smith from right to left field and inserted "Jungle" Jim Rivera to right. Charlie Neal then blasted a pitch deep into the right center field alley but Rivera came out of nowhere to make an over the shoulder catch against a murderous white shirted background to save the day.

 Jim Landis who was in center field at that time told me about what he say on that play. "I never could have caught that ball. What made that catch even more incredible is that it was absolute hell in the Coliseum because you couldn’t see the ball! I don’t know how Jim saw it. It was a sunny afternoon game and you had nothing but fans wearing white shirts! Later in that same game I lost a ball in the sun. I squinted and thought I knew where it was but it wound up hitting me in the toes. Man how that hurt!"

Click here to listen to Rivera's game saving World Series catch. Announcer: Mel Allen. Courtesy: NBC Radio / Chicago White Sox.

 October 6, 2000 - Another dramatic and fantastic season is ruined as the Sox fall apart and lose the divisional series in three straight games to the Mariners. The M’s clinched the series despite a heroic effort from pitcher James Baldwin. "JB," pitching with a bad arm, held the Mariners to one run on three hits in six innings. Seattle scored the series clinching run in the 2-1 win on a suicide squeeze from Carlos Guillen in the ninth inning. Replays showed him clearly out of the batter’s box on the bunt attempt, but Sox manager Jerry Manuel never protested the play. During the series, the Sox ran their home post season losing streak to nine games in a row, dating back to the 1959 World Series. The all time big league record for home post season futility is 10 straight, set by the Phillies.

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