This Date in White Sox History: Sox get no hit, still win

This Date in White Sox History: Sox get no hit, still win
Yankees pitcher Andy Hawkins threw a no-hitter against the Sox, only to still lose the game.

July 1, 1905 - Sox pitcher Frank Owen won both games of a double header at St. Louis. The scores were 3-2 and 2-0. In both games he went the distance and only allowed the Browns seven total hits for the afternoon. He is one of only ten pitchers in baseball history to accomplish this feat. (i.e. two complete game shutout wins in a single day). 

July 1, 1910 - The Sox opened the original Comiskey Park and lost 2-0 to the St. Louis Browns. Within three days of the first game, three Sox players were sidelined with injuries thus beginning, in the minds of some, a “Curse of the Comiskeys” or “White Sox Curse.” Infielder Lena Blackburne stroked the first Sox hit in their new stadium.

July 1, 1920 - Future Hall of Fame catcher Ray Schalk was honored with his own day. The ceremony took place before a double header with the St. Louis Browns.

July 1, 1962 - The Sox set the AL record for sacrifice flies in an inning as they got three in the fifth inning as part of a 7-6 win over the Indians at Comiskey Park. It was the second game of a double header with the Sox winning both contests. Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith did the honors. The Sox were able to accomplish this feat because Indians outfielder Gene Green committed errors on two of the fly balls.

July 1, 1978 – Former Sox outfielder Larry Doby was named manager replacing Bob LemonDoby became the second minority manager in MLB history after Frank Robinson. His tenure would be short. He was fired at the end of the season, replaced with Don Kessinger.

July 1, 1990 - On the 80th anniversary of the opening of Comiskey Park, the Yankees Andy Hawkins threw a no hitter. Except for one small problem....he LOST the game 4-0! The Sox got all their runs thanks to back to back fly ball errors courtesy of Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield in the eighth inning. The Sox Greg Hibbard matched Hawkins pitch for pitch in the early going as he also had a no-hitter through the first five and a third innings. Years later I asked Jeff Torborg what he remembered about that bizarre afternoon.

“What I most remember about that game was turning to Sammy Ellis in the dugout (Ellis was the Sox pitching coach) and saying ‘you know, we’re going to get no-hit and still win this game, I’ve got this feeling.’ I think I said it in the seventh inning. And another thing about Hawkins… a week or so later we played the Yankees in New York, Hawkins started for them and Melido Perez threw a rain shortened seven inning no hitter!” 

July 1, 1991 – Thanks to a Carlton Fisk home run in the 10th inning the Sox beat Minnesota at the Metrodome 5-4. It was the franchises 7,000th win. Bobby Thigpen, the fifth Sox pitcher of the game, picked up the win.



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