This Day in White Sox History: Frank christens New Comiskey.

This Day in White Sox History: Frank christens New Comiskey.
Frank Thomas christened New Comiskey Park with a home run on April 22, 1991. (Chicago White Sox)

April 22, 1955 – It was the first time the White Sox ever played in Kansas City and outfielder “Jungle” Jim Rivera would make it a memorable night. Rivera’s home run helped the Sox beat the A’s 5-3 but it was his comment afterwards to former first lady Bess Truman that made the most news. She attended the game and then when introduced, Rivera said,

“I’m sure sorry my home run beat your club but it was a helluva wallop eh, Bess?”

April 22, 1959 - In one of the most bizarre innings in baseball history, the Sox got 11 runs in the seventh inning as part of their 20-6 win at Kansas City. The ‘uniqueness’ of it was that fact that those 11 runs scored on only one hit! It took 45 minutes to play the half inning. Johnny Callison got the only Sox hit in it.

Here is the play by play from it:

WHITE SOX 7TH: GORMAN REPLACED WARD (PITCHING); Ray Boone reached on an error by DeMaestri [Boone to first]; Al Smith reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt by Smith [Boone to second]; Johnny Callison singled to right [Boone scored (unearned) (error by Maris), Smith scored (unearned) (error by Maris), Callison to third]; Luis Aparicio walked; Aparicio stole second; Bob Shaw walked; EARL TORGESON BATTED FOR SAMMY ESPOSITO; FREEMAN REPLACED GORMAN (PITCHING); Torgeson walked (walk was charged to Gorman) [Callison scored, Aparicio to third, Shaw to second]; Nellie Fox walked [Aparicio scored, Shaw to third,Torgeson to second]; Jim Landis forced Shaw (pitcher to catcher) [Torgeson to third, Fox to second]; Sherm Lollar walked [Torgeson scored (unearned), Fox to third, Landis to second]; BRUNET REPLACED FREEMAN (PITCHING); Boone walked [Fox scored (unearned), Landis to third, Lollar to second]; Smith walked [Landisscored (unearned), Lollar to third, Boone to second]; Callison was hit by a pitch [Lollar scored (unearned),Boone to third, Smith to second]; LOU SKIZAS RAN FOR CALLISONAparicio walked [Boone scored (unearned),Smith to third, Skizas to second]; Shaw struck out; “BUBBA” PHILLIPS BATTED FOR TORGESONPhillips walked [Smith scored (unearned), Skizas to third, Aparicio to second]; Fox walked [Skizas scored (unearned), Aparicioto third, Phillips to second]; Landis grounded out (pitcher to first); 11 R, 1 H, 3 E, 3 LOB, 10 BB, 1 HBP

April 22, 1972 - In the first game of a double header against the Royals, Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood reached on a fielder’s choice and scored the only run of the game thanks to an error, in the 1-0 win. Wood went the distance allowing seven hits. The Sox also won the second game 3-2 thanks to a home run from Carlos May in the eighth inning.

April 22, 1991 - Frank Thomas hit the first White Sox home run in ‘new’ Comiskey Park. The Sox won the first ever night game in the stadium beating Baltimore 8-7.

April 22, 2000 - The Sox and Tigers had an on field brawl which reminded many longtime fans of the fights from the 1950's with the Yankees. This one lasted for almost 30 minutes and saw eight players from both sides get kicked out along with Sox manager Jerry Manuel. A record number of players would be fined and subsequently suspended. One of the more lingering memories was Sox relief pitcher Keith Foulke suffering a gash on his face courtesy of a sucker punch from the side.

The Sox won the game 14-6 and used it as a rallying point for the rest of the season as they went on to win 95 games in route to the division championship.

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