This Day in White Sox History: Fisk vs. Sanders

This Day in White Sox History: Fisk vs. Sanders
Carlton Fisk glances towards dugout April 10, 1981. (Getty Images)

May 22, 1977 - Richie Zisk became only the second Sox player in franchise history to hit a home run into the center field bleachers at Comiskey Park. He joined Dick Allen (1972) as the only Sox players to ever accomplish it. Zisk’s blast off the Tigers Dave Rozema in the eighth inning didn’t help the Sox win however. They got beat 14-3.

May 22, 1990 - Sox catcher Carlton Fisk struck a blow for traditionalists. Fisk got into a verbal exchange with Yankee outfielder Deion Sanders after the two sport star drew a dollar sign in the batter’s box before an at bat at Yankee Stadium, and then failed to run out a pop up. Fisk followed Sanders back to the Yankee dugout while shouting, “Run the ball out you piece of shit.”

The next time Sanders came up to bat he said something to FiskCarlton started to go after him when the umpire intervened. Fisk was asked after the game what else he told him. "There is a right way and a wrong way to play this game. You're playing it the wrong way. And the rest of us don't like it. Someday, you're going to get this game shoved right down your throat."

To read more of the incident, check out our guest piece from author Doug Wilson.

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