This Day in White Sox History: 20 runs

This Day in White Sox History: 20 runs
White Sox slugger Frank Thomas.

May 15, 1929 - Sox outfielder Art "The Great" Shires (Shires by the way gave himself that nickname) and manager Lena Blackburne got into a fistfight in the Sox clubhouse. Blackburne knocked Shires out cold.

May 15, 1941 - In a game in New York, Sox pitcher Edgar Smith allowed a hit to Yankee great Joe DiMaggio. It would be the first hit in his record setting 56 game hitting streak.

May 15, 1951 – It was a testament to the managerial genius of Sox skipper Paul Richards. It had been 30 years since the league saw a move like this.

In the ninth inning of a game in Boston where the White Sox were winning 7-6, relief pitcher Harry Dorish was removed in favor of Billy Pierce to face the left handed hitting Ted Williams, only Dorish wasn’t removed from the game! He was moved to third base. Pierce retired Williams on a pop up, then was taken out of the game and Dorish put back on the mound. Boston eventually tied the game but the White Sox would have the last laugh, winning 9-7 in 11 innings. The victory marked the start of a 14 game win streak, with 11 of the wins on the road. On May 30 after sweeping the St. Louis Browns, the Sox record stood at 26-9.

May 15, 1954 – With a 7-6 come from behind win over the Philadelphia Athletics at Comiskey Park, the White Sox secured the franchises 4,000th win. It was catcher Carl Sawatski’s single with two out in the ninth inning that won the game. That year the Sox went 94-60-1…and still finished 17 games back of the pennant winning Indians!

May 15, 1996 - The Sox scored 20 runs in a game. They easily handled the Brewers in Milwaukee 20-8. The Sox scored 20, yet only hit two home runs. Frank Thomas had one of them and knocked in six runs on the night. Harold Baines and Robin Ventura had three RBIs each as well.

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