This Day in White Sox History: Punch AJ

This Day in White Sox History: Punch AJ
The Cubs Michael Barrett punches A.J. Pierzynski, triggered a brawl. The series officially counted for the first time in 1997, leading to the 2006 brawl. (Chicago Mag)

May 20, 1973 - A Sunday afternoon bat day double header with the Twins brought the largest crowd out to ever see a game in the original Comiskey Park. 55,555 packed into the stadium filling every single inch of it, including standing on the catwalks that connected the left and right field bleachers with the center field scoreboard area. To his dying day, two time owner Bill Veeck refused to believe that figure was accurate. The Sox split the pair of games that afternoon.

May 20, 2006 – The Cubs / Sox rivalry never got hotter than on this day at U.S. Cellular Field when Cubs catcher Michael Barrett sucker punched the Sox A.J. Pierzynski which started a brawl around home plate.

In the second inning Brian Anderson hit a fly to left field. A.J. tagged up, ran over Barrett then went back and slapped his hand on home plate. Barrett took exception and punched Pierzynski on the side of his jaw. The punch didn’t faze A.J. but both benches cleared.  As a result Barrett, A.J., Anderson and John Mabry were ejected.

The Sox, behind Freddy Garcia, won the game 7-0. Tadahito Iguchi belted two home runs, one a grand slam and drove in six RBIs on the day.

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