This Day in White Sox History: Early Wynn's amazing day

This Day in White Sox History: Early Wynn's amazing day
White Sox pitcher Early Wynn.

May 1, 1901 – It was the first time in team history the Sox hit two grand slams in the same game. The Sox buried Detroit 19-9 with outfielders William "Dummy" Hoy and Herm McFarland clearing the bases.

May 1, 1951 - Recently acquired outfielder Minnie Minoso made his White Sox debut. The “Cuban Comet” became the first black player in team history. In his first at bat as a member of the Sox he hit a home run into the center field bullpen at Comiskey Park off Vic Raschi. The drive went an estimated 415 feet and drove in a pair of runs. Later in the same game, won by the Yankees 8-3, Mickey Mantle would hit the first of his 536 home runs.

May 1, 1954 - Sox pitcher Virgil "Fire" Trucks tossed a one-hitter in beating the Red Sox 3-0. The only hit he allowed came in the sixth inning, a single by future White Sox outfielder Billy Goodman. It was the first of his pair of one-hitters for the 1954 season.

May 1, 1959 - Early Wynn had one of the greatest days ever by a pitcher when he did it all in the 1-0 Sox win over Boston. Wynn tossed a one-hit complete game striking out 14. In addition he slammed a home run in the last of the eighth inning to account for the game’s only run. The only hit he allowed came to Pete Runnels in the first inning. It was a single to center field at Comiskey Park. Wynn would wind up taking the Cy Young Award that season going 22-10 and throwing over 255 innings.

May 1, 1960 - Al Smith connected on a Jim Bunning pitch and set off owner Bill Veeck’s new exploding scoreboard for the first time. The Sox would win the game 6-3, and then sweep the Tigers taking game two by the score of 5-2.

May 1, 1963 - Nellie Fox rapped out his 2,500th career hit. It came during a 7-0 Sox win over the Orioles at Comiskey Park. The pitcher was Mike McCormick.

May 1, 1973 - Dick Allen hit a lot of long home runs in his time with the White Sox but this may have been his longest. On a cool, damp night at Comiskey Park, Allen deposited a pitch from the Orioles Mike Cuellar on to the roof in left center field. The pitch was unusual as it approached home plate and many speculated that what Allen hit was a ‘Cuban Forkball’ (i.e. spitball) that failed to break downwards. Allen would hit two home runs on the night in the Sox 6-5 win.

May 1, 1991 - The Sox lost one of the longest games in their history 10-9 to the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Sox blew leads of 5-0 and 9-6 in this one. The game went 19 innings and ran 6:05. The game went so long that WGN-TV sports director Dan Roan, who was covering the game, had to do his evening sportscast from a parking lot at a bar just inside the state line on Route 41. He couldn’t get back to the studio in downtown Chicago in time!

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