This Day in White Sox History: Jim Thome ends a 15-inning game.

This Day in White Sox History: Jim Thome ends a 15-inning game.
Thome connects on the game winner on September 6, 2008.

September 6, 1903 - Doc White of the White Sox hurled a one-hitter in beating Cleveland 1-0 in ten innings in a game in Chicago. It would be the first of five one hitters thrown by White between 1903 and 1908.White never threw a no-hitter by the way. He also threw one-hitters against the Browns in 1904, the Athletics and Browns in 1906 and the Senators in 1908. In addition to being a great pitcher, White was also a dentist and an evangelist.

September 6, 1905 - Sox pitcher Frank Smith tossed a no- hitter against Detroit, in Detroit. The Sox won easily 15-0 and swept the twin bill; both by shutouts. Smith would throw a second no-hitter in 1908 and also had three one-hitters between 1905 and 1910.

September 6, 1971 - Sox pitcher Steve Kealey belted a three run eighth inning home run at Comiskey Park off the Twins Ray Corbin. It helped the Sox to a 6-3 win. It would be the last time a Sox pitcher homered in a game at home. Kealey also picked up the save in the same game.

September 6, 1981 – It was the beginning of the end for broadcaster Jimmy Piersall in connection with the Sox. Piersall and Harry Caray appeared on the ‘Mike Royko show’ on WLS-TV. Royko asked the duo how they handle baseball wives who disliked the comments they made about their husbands. Caray said, “You know what Mike. I would love to call all the wives together someday and tell them what their husbands say about them across the ballfield.”

Piersall’s answer was more controversial to say the least. “First of all they were horny broads that wanted to get married, and they wanted a little money, a little security and a big strong ballplayer. I traveled, I played. I got a load of those broads too.”

September 6, 1999 - In a double header at Texas, manager Jerry Manuel and star DH Frank Thomas got into an argument after Thomas refused to pinch hit in the second game. Manuel was livid and sent Thomas back to Chicago. It was discovered after examination by team doctors that Thomas saying he was hurt rang true. They found a bone spur the size of a walnut on the outside of his ankle which required surgery and ended his season.

September 6, 2008 – The White Sox and Angels battled at U.S. Cellular Field for almost four hours in the middle of a pennant race and played 15 innings to boot. That’s when Jim Thome blasted a monstrous home run deep into the right field bleachers to end the game with a 7-6 White Sox win. The game set the record for the longest game innings-wise ever played in September by two teams both first place at the time. The home run was Thome’s 30th on the season.

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