Tag: Billy Pierce

This Day in White Sox History: Yankees steal Lopat

This Day in White Sox History: Yankees steal Lopat
February 24, 1948 – Sox GM Les O’Connor sent pitcher Eddie Lopat to the Yankees for three players. Lopat, a soft tossing, off speed pitcher would quickly develop into one of the aces on the Yankees dynasty clubs of the 1950’s. Of the players the Sox got in return, only pitcher Bill Wight had any success on the South Side winning 34 games... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: White Sox trade Pierce

This Day in White Sox History: White Sox trade Pierce
November 30, 1955 – It was the start of a new era at shortstop for the White Sox. On this date the team purchased the contract of young infielder, Luis Aparicio from Memphis. Aparicio would begin his Hall of Fame career the following season, winning the Rookie of the Year honor. November 30, 1961 – After 13 years on the South... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Frank Thomas for MVP

This Day in White Sox History: Frank Thomas for MVP
November 10, 1948 – New Sox G.M. Frank Lane makes his first deal and it’s a beauty. Lane trades backup catcher Aaron Robinson to the Tigers for a young left handed pitcher named Billy Pierce. Pierce would become arguably the finest left hander in White Sox history. He won 186 games in a Sox uniform with two 20 win seasons, seven All-Star selections and four one... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Frank Lane comes to Chicago

This Day in White Sox History: Frank Lane comes to Chicago
October 8, 1948 – Frank Lane is recruited out of the Big Ten Conference and takes over as the new General Manager of the White Sox. Lane would go on to become one of the greatest G.M.’s in team history. Among the players acquired by Lane, who made over 230 trades in his Sox tenure, were such future All-Stars as Nellie Fox,... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodybe

This Day in White Sox History: Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodybe
October 6, 1905 – The Sox lose the pennant on the next to last day of the season when pitcher Doc White can’t beat the bottom feeding St. Louis Browns. White and the Sox lost 6-2 which handed the flag to the Philadelphia Athletics. The Sox would finish the season two games off the pace.  October 6, 1908 – The Sox... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Preparing for the World Series

This Day in White Sox History: Preparing for the World Series
This week’s TDIWSH was delayed a bit, so enjoy an epic avalanche of Sunday content! – Daniel Shapiro September 28, 1932 – J. Louis Comiskey, the new owner of the White Sox and son of Charles Comiskey tries to rebuild his franchise. He payed an unheard of sum (in those days) of $150,000 to the Philadelphia A’s for infielder Jimmy... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Allyn brothers stop the team from moving

This Day in White Sox History: Allyn brothers stop the team from moving
September 24, 1919 – A 6-5 win over the St. Louis Browns clinched the pennant for the White Sox. Eddie Cicotte got the win. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s double in the ninth drove in the game and pennant clinching run. The Sox would beat out the Indians by three and a half games for the title and finish with a record of... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: Sox win the pennant

This Day in White Sox History: Sox win the pennant
September 22, 1959 – The White Sox clinched the American League pennant beating the Indians 4-2 in Cleveland. Al Smith and “Jungle” Jim Rivera hit back to back home runs in the game. Smith also threw out former Sox star Minnie Minoso trying to score a run at home. A crowd estimated by the Chicago Sun-Times at 125,000 was at Midway Airport to greet the... Read more »

This Day in White Sox History: The first American League champions

This Day in White Sox History: The first American League champions
September 21, 1901 – The Sox won the first “official” American League pennant despite losing to the Philadelphia A’s 10-4. The Sox would win the pennant by five games over the Boston Americans with a record of 83-53.  Unfortunately the World Series didn’t start until 1903, so this was the best that the Sox could do. They... Read more »
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This Day in White Sox History: Horlen's no-hitter

This Day in White Sox History: Horlen's no-hitter
September 10, 1930 – Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling made his White Sox debut. It was the start of the legacy of great Sox shortstops which included Chico Carrasquel, Luis Aparicio and Ozzie Guillen. Appling went 1 for 4 in a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox. September 10, 1954 – Paul Richards one of the greatest managers in club history resigned to accept a... Read more »
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