This Day in White Sox History: Piersall hates scoreboards

This Day in White Sox History: Piersall hates scoreboards
Former Sox outfielder and broadcaster Jimmy Piersall.

May 30, 1951 - The Sox blasted the St. Louis Browns 8-1 to win their 14th consecutive game. It’s is the second longest winning streak in franchise history.

After returning to Chicago, Mayor Martin Kennelly presented vice president Chuck Comiskey, manager Paul Richards and the White Sox, the keys to the city in a ceremony. The Sox would go from ‘rags to Richards’ in 1951 ending their string of desultory seasons and pointing the way to the “Go-Go” 1950's.

May 30, 1960 - Outfielder Jimmy Piersall, who would become a Sox announcer in the 1970's and early 1980's, went on a rampage against the scoreboard and Comiskey Park.

Piersall started by throwing the contents of the Cleveland dugout on to the field after he felt a ball call was made by the home plate umpire. Then he went into the Sox dugout grabbing a bucket of groundskeeper Gene Bossard’s sand and dumped that on the field.Piersall then didn’t move when a ball hit by Minnie Minoso came right at him. It went over his head for a double and adding insult to injury, the Sox thought it was a home run and set off the scoreboard! Finally Piersall took a ball and threw it at the scoreboard which he hated. All in a day’s work, as Cleveland took a twin bill. Jimmy certainly remembered that afternoon when I interviewed him and explained why he got so angry.

“In that first game umpire Larry Napp was calling strikes on pitches that were outside and I said something about it so he ran me. The problem was I wasn’t talking to Napp. I started tossing stuff on to the field for like ten minutes, I went into the Sox dugout and Jim Rivera was the one who kept handing me stuff to toss! I was back for the second game and on the final play I got hit in the head by an orange so I took the ball and just heaved it at the scoreboard as hard as I could. Remember in those days when the fireworks went off you had a lot of debris come down. I got hit two or three times that day with stuff. The next day I saw where  Bill Veeck wasn’t happy about that.” 

May 30, 1966 - Sox pitcher Jack Lamabe fired a one-hitter at Comiskey Park beating the Red Sox 11-0. Lamabe didn’t allow a hit until Joe Foy singled leading off the eighth inning. It was a sweep on the night for the Sox who shut out Boston in both games. The Sox won the opener 1-0 behind pitcher Johnny Buzhardt. In addition this was the club’s third consecutive shutout since the day before Tommy John blanked the Yankees 2-0.

May 30, 1985 - In a night game at Comiskey Park, Carlton Fisk belted a rooftop home run off the Royals Charlie Leibrandt. It helped Tom Seaver and the Sox win 4-3. It was the start of a four game sweep of the Royals and a week in which Fisk would hit five home runs and drive in 12 RBI’s. That season Carlton would set career highs with 37 home runs and a 107 RBI’s.

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