Posts tagged "Bill Veeck"

This Day in White Sox History - Tommy John goes down

This Day in White Sox History - Tommy John goes down
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... Read more »

This Day in White: Veeck gets into the Hall of Fame

This Day in White: Veeck gets into the Hall of Fame
July 22, 1941 – Slick fielding Sox first baseman Joe Kuhel tied a major league record set in 1905 by recording 40 putouts in a double header against the Philadelphia Athletics. Kuhel recorded 17 putouts in the first game and 23 in the second one. The Sox split the two games played at Shibe Park winning the first 14-0 and losing... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Punch AJ

This Day in White Sox History: Punch AJ
May 20, 1973 – A Sunday afternoon bat day double header with the Twins brought the largest crowd out to ever see a game in the original Comiskey Park. 55,555 packed into the stadium filling every single inch of it, including standing on the catwalks that connected the left and right field bleachers with the center... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Early Wynn's amazing day

This Day in White Sox History: Early Wynn's amazing day
May 1, 1901 – It was the first time in team history the Sox hit two grand slams in the same game. The Sox buried Detroit 19-9 with outfielders William “Dummy” Hoy and Herm McFarland clearing the bases. May 1, 1951 – Recently acquired outfielder Minnie Minoso made his White Sox debut. The “Cuban Comet” became the first black player in team history.... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Minnie Minoso has a grand return.

This Day in White Sox History: Minnie Minoso has a grand return.
April 19, 1960 – Minnie Minoso made a triumphant return to the White Sox, blasting two home runs, including the game winner in the ninth inning for a wild 10-9 victory over the A’s on opening day. Minnie, re-acquired over the off season, also had a grand slam and drove in six RBIs. More ominous however was the fact... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Comiskey Park's last Opening Day

This Day in White Sox History: Comiskey Park's last Opening Day
April 9, 1963 – The start of the season found the Sox in Detroit and it was a highlight game for third baseman Pete Ward. Wards macked a seventh inning, three run home run off Jim Bunning to push the Sox into the lead and he also made a barehanded pick up and throw out of a slow... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Buehrle sets a team record.

This Day in White Sox History: Buehrle sets a team record.
April 5, 1960 – Shortly before the season opened, the Sox ended their decimation of the young players on their roster, by shipping future All-Star and power hitting catcher Earl Battey along with future power hitting All-Star first baseman Don Mincher to the Senators for power hitting first baseman Roy Sievers. Sievers gave the Sox some good years, averaging 27... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Veeck buys the team.

This Day in White Sox History: Veeck buys the team.
March 7, 1959 – After the courts ruled in his favor and denied petitions by members of the Comiskey family, Bill Veeck and his partners, including Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, bought the White Sox. Veeck owned fifty-four per cent of the team. At the introductory press conference Veeck jokingly told the media that “you can have fifty-four per cent of the coffee!” Want to read... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Jerry and Eddie get the team

This Day in White Sox History: Jerry and Eddie get the team
January 29, 1981 – Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn gain control of the White Sox after American League owners turned down Bill Veeck’s attempt to sell to Eddie DeBartolo. Reinsdorf’s original partner was William Farley but he dropped out in part, because the Sox went out and signed free agents Ron LeFlore and Jim Essian. Farley didn’t approve of the team spending three million dollars for them... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Charlie Finley tries to get a post-Christmas sale

This Day in White Sox History: Charlie Finley tries to get a post-Christmas sale
December 26, 1958 – In the middle of a family fight involving the Comiskey’s and the attempt to sell the Sox, Charlie Finley (yes THAT Charlie Finley) offered $500,000 to buy the club. Dorothy Comiskey immediately began to give serious consideration to selling it to him, since that amount of money was gigantic for its time and surpassed the initial... Read more »
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