This Day in White Sox History: Lyons throws 21 innings

This Day in White Sox History: Lyons throws 21 innings
White Sox Hall of Famer Ted Lyons.

May 24, 1929 - In one of the greatest pitching performances in the history of baseball, Sox starter Ted Lyons threw all 21 innings in a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to the Tigers. He allowed 24 hits in the 21 innings. Only two other hurlers had ever matched Lyons mark and no one has ever bettered it.

May 24, 1946 - Sox manager Jimmy Dykes left the organization. Dykes was in charge for 12 years, 13 days, the longest tenure in franchise history. The Sox apparently tried to keep the firing a secret but a Hollywood ‘gossip’ columnist found out about it and broke the story

May 24, 1961 - For the first time since the 1950 season the Sox dropped into last place in the American League for a time after they lost a double header in Baltimore. The plight of the Sox actually caused some Chicago aldermen in city council session to publicly ask what was going on. The Sox would rebound though to end the year in fourth place with 86 wins.

May 24, 1967 - Sox first baseman Tommy McCraw had his career day. In a game at Minnesota, McCraw slammed three home runs and knocked in eight RBIs as the Sox pounded the Twins 14-1. On the day he went 3 for 6, with three runs scored. The eight RBIs, tied a franchise record.

May 24, 1983 - The 1983 season turned around completely on this evening as the White Sox destroyed Boston and pitcher Doug Bird 12-4. Bird, who hadn’t lost a game in two years, was roughed up as the Sox blasted five home runs on the night. Greg Luzinski hit one of them which was his fifth shot in five games. It was the start of the drive that would lead, four months later, to the Western Division championship. Marc Hill who backed up Carlton Fisk behind the plate that season told me about an incident in the clubhouse when the Sox finally got back to the .500 mark that personified that team.

"When we got back to .500 we thought things were going to be OK. I thought that really helped us and the veteran guys were there to keep pushing and helping everybody. I'll never forget "Wimpy" (Tom Paciorek) spoke in the club house and said, 'we've got the best team...we've got the "Bull" (Greg Luzinski) and the "Dozer" (Coach Joe Nossek) and we're just going to 'bulldoze' everyone!' Right then you could feel the tension just go right out of the room and we were off and running.

May 24, 2011 - Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin wrote his name in the franchise record book when he hit three home runs in a game against the Rangers. Quentin hit them before and after a rain / high wind delay of almost three hours which caused the game to end at 1:27AM local time. He went 3 for 5 on the night with five RBIs in the Sox 8-6 win.

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