August 14, 1910 - The Sox celebrated the first sellout in team history at Comiskey Park when over 32 thousand fans poured in to see a double header split against the New York Highlanders.
August 14, 1915 - The Sox purchased the contract of pitcher Claude “Lefty” Williams from Salt Lake City.Williams might have been inducted into the Hall of Fame for his abilities if not for the 1919 “Black Sox” incident. In his four seasons he’d go 81-44 for the White Sox.
August 14, 1939 - It was the first time a major league night game was played in Chicago with the Sox besting the St. Louis Browns 5-2. Johnny Rigney got the complete game win with 10 strikeouts. After he retired Rigney would eventually become a vice president with the team.
August 14, 1973 - GM Roland Hemond acquires starting pitcher Jim Kaat on waivers from Minnesota. All“Kitty” did was become a two time 20 game winner for the Sox in 1974 and 1975. He made the All-Star team in 1975 and won 45 games in two and a quarter years in Chicago. Jim told me how the waiver deal came about.
“It turned out I got a call from Roland and he said the White Sox wanted me to join them," Kaat said. "Roland also knew that I was a 5/10 man, the first one in fact. (Author’s Note: A 5/10 man means the individual has spent 10 years in the major leagues, the last five with the same team and had the right to refuse a deal.) I was flattered the Sox were interested. Roland offered me a 10 thousand dollar raise immediately. I was making 60 thousand dollars then and considering the money situation with Calvin Griffith, that was a big thing. It was about as good a deal as it gets.”
August 14, 1983 - Catcher Carlton Fisk appeared to hit a go ahead home run in the 5th inning off the Orioles Scott McGregor only to have home plate umpire Jim Evans overrule third base umpire Greg Kosc and say it was a ground rule double. The decision was based on the impression that a fan appeared to have leaned over the wall to catch it. The Sox wound up losing 2-1. That fan then called Jimmy Piersall’s radio show afterwards to give his side of the story. TV replays showed he was not leaning over the wall when he caught the ball. Manager Tony LaRussa went ballistic…arguing, kicking dirt, then taking the third base bag out of its position and flinging it towards the Sox dugout. Naturally he was thrown out for it. Just another in a series of bizarre plays that took place against Baltimore down through the years.
August 14, 2008 - White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin set the major league record when he was hit by a pitch for the sixth consecutive game. Quentin would get hit 20 times in the 2008 season.
August 14, 2008 - In a 9-2 win over the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox hit four consecutive home runs for the first time in franchise history. The four came in a six run, 6th inning and were hit by Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe in that order. It was the sixth time in major league history a team hit four home runs in a row.
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