This Day in White Sox History - Tommy John goes down

This Day in White Sox History - Tommy John goes down
Former White Sox pitcher, Tommy John, the namesake for Tommy John surgery. (Topps)

August 22, 1923 - In a game at Comiskey Park, Sox pitcher Hollis Sloppy Thurston struck out the side on only nine pitches versus the Philadelphia Athletics. Thurston however got the loss as the Sox were beaten 3-2 in 13 innings.

August 22, 1968 - In Detroit, White Sox pitcher Tommy John was attacked on the mound by the Tigers' Dick McAuliffe. McAuliffe, who made the final out in Joe Horlen’s no-hitter in 1967, walked in the third inning then attacked John while going down the baseline. He said some of the pitches were close to him.

John suffered a shoulder injury and had to go on the disabled list ending his season. He was 10-5 with an ERA of 1.98 at the time he was hurt. McAuliffe was suspended for only five games.

August 22, 1980 - Sox owner Bill Veeck agreed to sell the team to Edward DeBartolo Sr., a multi-millionaire who invented the modern day shopping mall. DeBartolo though was voted down by the other league owners due to speculation about his possible association with mobsters and his acknowledged horse racing interests.

The way was then opened for Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn to purchase the team. The Sox were actually an ‘afterthought’ for the two men. Einhorn was part of a group trying to buy the San Diego Padres and Reinsdorf was part of a group attempting to own the New York Mets. DeBartolo Sr. meanwhile went on to buy the San Francisco 49ers, turned the operation over to his son and watched them win numerous Super Bowls.

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