This Day in White Sox History: Big Klu caught in a timeout

This Day in White Sox History: Big Klu caught in a timeout
Former White Sox slugger Ted Kluszewski (Chicago White Sox)

August 28, 1960 - Of all the crazy games and things that have happened when the Sox played at Baltimore, this one topped the list. The Sox started the day 2 ½ games behind the Yankees and trailed the O’s 3-0 going into the eighth inning. With two out, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox and Roy Sievers ripped consecutive singles, scoring a run and putting the tying runs on base. Manager Al Lopez called on Ted Kluszewski to pinch hit.

“Big Klu” drilled the pitch from Milt Pappas into the right field stands for an apparent three run homer except for one small thing…

Third base umpire Ed Hurley called time! Nobody remembered seeing him do it but he refused to change his call. Fox was ejected in the confrontation afterwards while Lopez played the remainder of the game in protest.

The next day Hurley was quoted in the newspapers as saying "I wish to heck I hadn’t called it, I’d gladly take it back...” End result was the Sox lost, and were now three games behind the Yankees. Kluszewski later recalled that this game was the one that broke the team’s spirit that season.

Sox pitcher Bob Shaw recalled that afternoon and that play years later when I spoke with him.

“I remember that no one saw any umpire give a time out signal. I think he said that a ball got loose in the bullpen or something like that. It was startling. Ted was looking the field over following his home run and then it wasn’t a home run. We were sitting there in the dugout shocked, it took the wind right out of our sales."

August 28, 1983 Greg Luzinski completed his "downtown Triple Crown" by blasting a pitch from Boston’s Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd over the roof in left center field. It was Luzinski’s third roof shot in 1983. Greg would have four roof top home runs in his White Sox career. The Sox took care of Boston on this afternoon 6-2.

August 28, 1990 - Frank Thomas, who would become the White Sox all-time home run leader, belted his first big league round tripper. Thomas connected in the ninth inning of a game at the Metrodome off the Twins Gary Wayne. The Sox would lose that day 12-6.

August 28, 1998 - The Sox and Rangers combined for 14 home runs in a double header at Comiskey Park, tying the American League mark. The teams hit six in the first game, eight in the second. Texas and the Sox split the two games on the day.

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