This Day in White Sox History - Back to back to back to back

This Day in White Sox History - Back to back to back to back
Former White Sox pitcher Jim Kaat. (Ebay)

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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  • This Date in Sox History 8-16

    August 16, 1927 - The Yankees Babe Ruth hit the first rooftop home run in Comiskey Park history when he blasted a shot off Tommy Thomas. The ball was estimated to have gone 474 feet. The Yankees won 8-1.

    August 16, 2011 - In an 8-7 14 inning win over the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hit five triples. That was the most in a single game since September 17, 1920 when they got six against the Yankees. Alejandro DeAza had two and Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Alex Rios got the other three. The Sox won the game on a Juan Pierre single in the last of the 14th inning.

  • This Date in Sox History 8-17

    August 17, 1986 - Future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, picked up on waivers by the Sox, made his American League debut. “Lefty” went seven plus innings allowing four runs in the Sox 7-4 win over the Brewers in Chicago. In ten games, Carlton would have four wins, a 3.69 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 63 innings before being released at season’s end.

    August 17, 1990 - In the second game of a double header at Texas, Carlton Fisk became baseball’s all- time home run leader by a catcher, as he nailed a Charlie Hough offering and drove it into the left center field seats. The Sox would win the game 4-2.
    It was his 328th career shot as a backstop and also established himself as the White Sox all-time career home run champ. The team record would be passed by Frank Thomas. Fisk’ record for catchers would eventually be passed by Mike Piazza.

    This Date in Sox History 8-19

    August 19, 1930 - The White Sox sent 20,000 dollars along with outfielder Doug Taitt to the Cubs in return for minor league shortstop Luke Appling. The deal was engineered by the front office’s Milt Stock who was future Sox manager Eddie Stanky’s father in law. Appling would go on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Sox winning batting titles in 1936 and 1943. That season of 1936 would also find him driving in 128 RBI’s.

    August 19, 1970 - The White Sox set the franchise record for most runs ever scored in the ninth inning of a game when they got 11 runs in Boston. Earlier in the year the Sox scored 22 runs at Fenway Park and on this day the 11 runs turned a loss into a 13-5 win for pitcher Wilbur Wood. The 11 runs were scored without the benefit of a single home run as 16 men batted in the inning.

    This Date in Sox History 8-20

    August 20, 1915 - The White Sox purchased the contract of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson from the Cleveland Indians for $31,500 dollars and three journeyman players. Jackson even with the “Black Sox” scandal is still considered one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. Babe Ruth said he modeled his swing after Jackson’s. Joe hit .356 for his career in the major leagues.

    August 20, 1928 - Sox rookie Art “The Great” Shires made a sensational debut with four hits against the Red Sox in a 6-4 win. He’s one of only 11 players to ever get four or more hits in their first big league game. “The Great” nickname by the way was self-given!

    August 20, 1929 - The Sox honored pitcher Urban “Red” Faber with a day at Comiskey Park. The Hall of Famer won 254 games, all with the Sox and had four seasons of twenty or more wins.

    August 20, 1948 - The Sox played before the largest regular season crowd in franchise history as they faced the Indians on a Friday night in Cleveland. An amazing 78,382 were on hand to see the Tribe edge the Sox 1-0.

    August 20, 1957 - Pitcher Bob Keegen tossed the first night no-hitter in Sox history as he blanked Washington 6-0 at Comiskey Park. It was the second game of a double header. Keegen would go 10-8 on the season that saw the Sox win 90 games and finish in second place.

    August 20, 1989 - After Sox star Harold Baines was traded to Texas on July 29, the team retired his uniform number #3 when the Rangers came to Chicago. He was only the third active player to have his uniform number retired by a club, joining Frank Robinson and Phil Niekro.

    This Date in Sox History 8-21

    August 21, 1926 - Ted Lyons fired a no-hitter in beating Boston 6-0 at Fenway Park. Lyons, a future Hall of Famer would win 260 games in a 21 year career, all with the Sox. His number #16 would be retired by the club in 1987.

    August 21, 1959 – It was Nellie Fox night at Comiskey Park. In the midst of a pennant race the Sox honored their second baseman and future Hall of Famer. Fox was given a new boat, shotgun and other presents and teared up when he spoke to the home crowd. He’d go on to become the American League’s M.V.P. that season hitting .306 with 70 RBI’s.

    August 21, 1973 - Sox pitcher Stan Bahnsen took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Cleveland. After getting the first two outs, former Sox outfielder Walt Williams got a ground single to left past Bill Melton. Stan then got the final out finishing with a one-hitter in the 4-0 win.

    August 21, 2005 - The Sox tied the club record by hitting four home runs in a single inning. It happened off the Yankees Randy Johnson in a 6-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The four who went deep were Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand, Paul Konerko and Chris Widger.

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