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1914: Jim Death Valley” Scott tossed the first of his two one-hitters of his White Sox career in a 2-0 win over Cleveland Indians at Comiskey Park.

1957: Billy Pierce tossed 10 shutout innings and contributed to the game-winning rally with a sacrifice in the White Sox 1-0 win over Boston before 38,490 at Comiskey Park. Pierce gave up two hits and fanned seven in improving to 9-2. The left-hander was amazing, retiring 15 in a row at one point and never allowing a runner past second. His sacrifice moved runners up to second and third before Nellie Fox came through with the game-winner.

1959: Earl Torgeson’s two-out homer in the 17th inning lifted the White Sox to a 6-5 over the Orioles before 3,514 at Comiskey Park. Bob Shaw got the win as the Sox improved to 27-21 and moved past Cleveland into first place by a half game. This was the Sox first 17-inning game in seven years.

1965: The White Sox got solo home runs from Danny Cater and Floyd Robinson in the 15th inning in downing the Yankees 2-0 in New York. Cater broke the scoreless deadlock when he led off the frame with his fifth homer of the season. After an out, Robinsonpadded the lead with his fifth blast of the year. Joe Horlen went the first nine innings and gave up six hits and one walk while fanning eight. Eddie Fisher picked up the win with six shutout innings of relief.

1966: John Buzhardt was brilliant in the White Sox 6-0 win over the Washington Senators before 5,453 at Comiskey Park. Buzhardt went the distance and gave up four hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Aided by a pair of double plays, Buzhardt faced just two over the minimum in improving to 3-2. Ken McMullen had three of the Senators’ four hits. Coupled with Jack Lamabe’s shutout the day before and some scoreless work two days eariler, Buzhardt extended the Sox scoreless streak to 23 innings. The streak would reach 29 before being broken the next day. The Sox pitching staff was in the midst of a streak in which it would hold opponents scoreless in 53 of 54 innings.

1967: Tommy John finished with a flurry as the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Athletics 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before 30,522 at Comiskey Park. John retired the last 15 batters he faced in firing a five-hitter. The shutout improved John to 4-3 and was one of a league-leading six he would throw that season. The whitewashing began an eight-start stretch in which John would go 5-2 with an 0.98 ERA with five shutouts. A two-run single by Ken Berry in the fourth accounted for all of the Sox offense. The Sox dropped the nightcap 5-4.

1970: Walt “No Neck” Williams got the White Sox off to a great start in a 7-3 win at Washington. Williams homered off future White Sox pitching coach Dick Bosman to lead off the game and ignited a four-run first which put the team in command. Jerry Crider got the win and Danny Murphy earned the save as the Sox triumphed for just the fourth time in their last 18 games.

1971: Carlos May drove in all of the White Sox runs in a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers before 17,168 at Comiskey Park. May drove in two in the first to erase a 1-0 deficit and one in the third. Wilbur Wood turned in complete game, giving up seven hits and one earned run to improve to 4-2.

1972: In one of the great days in club history, the White Sox treated a Bat Day crowd of 51,904 at Comiskey Park to a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees. MVP-to-be Dick Allencapped the party by launching a three-run pinch-hit home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth off Sparky Lyle to power the Sox to a 5-4 win in Game 2. The blast made a winner out of Cy Acosta, who pitched a scoreless top of the ninth in his big league debut. In the opener, the Sox rode a four-run third -- thanks to two-RBIs each by Mike Andrews and Carlos May -- to a 6-1 win. Tom Bradley gave up one run on six hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in a complete game effort to improve to 6-2.

1974: Dick Allen’s grand slam in the fifth inning gave the White Sox the lead for good in a 9-2 win over the New York Yankees before 14,351 at Comiskey Park. Bucky Dent also homered and Ken Henderson had three hits and an RBI in support of Wilbur Wood, who went the distance for his ninth win.

1976: The White Sox scored two in the first and two in the fifth off future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians before 25,833 at Comiskey Park. Ralph Garr and Jorge Orta each had the RBIs, allowing Rich Gossage, spending the season as a starter, to go the distance. “The Goose” scattered nine hits while walking one and striking out three to move to 4-3.

1977: Richie Zisk hit his first and only Comiskey Park roof-shot home run in an 8-6 loss to the New York Yankees before 35,789 on the Southside. Zisk’s blast -- his 15th of the year -- came off the New York Yankees’ Don Gullet in the second inning. Chet Lemon homered twice and Oscar Gamble went deep once but it wasn’t enough as the Yankees used a seven-run second to stop the Sox four-game winning streak.

1979: Outfielder Wayne Nordhagen pitched a scoreless inning in the White Sox 6-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers before 13,713 at Comiskey Park. Nordhagen induced Cecil Cooper to ground into a double play and retired Sal Bando in his second big league pitching appearance in a week.

1984: The White Sox jumped to a 4-0 lead after four and hung on for a 6-4 win over the Angels before 25,779 at Comiskey Park. The Sox grabbed their lead on RBIs by Greg Luzinski and Harold Baines and a two-run homer by Rudy Law. A shaky LaMarr Hoyt gave up three earned runs on 10 hits in eight innings to move to 5-5. Bob James came on in the ninth and earned his third save despite allowing an inherited runner to score.

1988: In one of the most dramatic games in recent memory, the White Sox scored six in the ninth with the last four coming on Gary Redus’ grand slam to beat the Texas Rangers 10-8 before 17,101 at Comiskey Park. Ivan Calderon led off the ninth with a home run. After singles by Greg Walker and Dave Gallagher and a walk to Donnie Hill loaded the bases, Mike Woodard singled with one out to pull the Sox to within 8-6. Redus then came up and ended the game with his second grand slam in a week.

1989: Jerry Reuss turned in six shutout innings for his 215th career victory in the White Sox 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins before 15,170 at Comiskey Park. Reuss gave up three hits and one walk to move to 4-2. He got relief help from Tom McCarthy, Ken Patterson and Bobby Thigpen, who notched his ninth save. An Ozzie Guillen RBI single and a Harold Baines homer accounted for the White Sox offense.

1990: The White Sox used the fourth overall pick of the draft to select pitcher Alex Fernandez out of Miami-Dade South Community College. Less than two months later, Fernandez made his Major League debut.

1991: Jack McDowell was sharp in the White Sox 4-1 win over the Indians in Cleveland. McDowell improved to 6-3 with a complete-game effort. “Black Jack” yielded four hits and one walk while striking out. Frank Thomas drove in two runs as the Sox led from wire-to-wire in this one.

1994: Norberto “Paco” Martin broke open a close game with a ninth-inning grand slam as the White Sox pulled away from the Orioles for a 7-1 win in Baltimore. The grand slam was the only one of Martin’s career and the first by a White Sox rookie since Joe DeSa accomplished the feat Sept. 13, 1985 at Seattle. The slam was only the second by a White Sox player in Baltimore and the first since Cass Michaels did it on May 28, 1954.

1996: The surging White Sox pulled to within one game of first place in the American League Central with a 6-4 win at Boston. Chad Kreuter’s two-run single capped a four-run sixth as the Sox won their fifth consecutive game. Frank Thomas tied Tony Muser’s July 3, 1973 club record with five walks. Wilson Alvarez pitched into the eighth inning for his 50th career victory.

1997: James Baldwin gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings in pitching the White Sox to a 9-4 win at Cleveland. Baldwingave up three walks and eight strikeouts in improving to 3-7. The Sox grabbed a 9-0 lead thanks to three RBIs each from Jorge Fabregas and Albert Belle and a homer from Ray Durham and then hung on to win.

1998: Jaime Navarro went the distance, scattering eight singles as the White Sox thumped the Royals 7-1 in Kansas City. Four double play balls helped Navarro notch his 32nd career complete game and extend the Sox winning streak to 11 in Kansas City. Jeff Abbott spearheaded the White Sox 12-hit attack by going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and three RBIs.

2000: Ray Durham put the first-place White Sox on top in a hurry in a 7-3 win at Houston. Durham hit his 12th homer to leadoff a game to ignite a 13-hit attack which enabled the Sox to take the rubber game of the series at Enron Field. Chris Singleton homered and Paul Konerko went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI in support of winning pitcher Mike Sirotka.

2004: Frank Thomas’ two-run homer in the fourth inning put the Sox on top for good in a 4-2 win at Seattle. Carlos Lee extended his hitting streak to 20 games as the Sox maintained their two-game lead in the American League Central. Jon Garland pitched into the eighth inning giving up two runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts to improve to 5-2. Billy Koch tossed a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

2005: The first-place White Sox received home runs from Paul Konerko and Joe Crede in stopping the Indians 6-5 before 26,365 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox erased a 1-0 deficit with two in their first on a double by Aaron Rowand. Jon Garland, bound for the All-Star Game, pitched into the seventh for his ninth win.

2007: Bobby Jenks retired Derek Jeter, who represented the tying run, to nail down the White Sox 6-4 win over the Yankees before 32,703 at US Cellular Field. Jenks’ 16th save preserved Jon Garland’s fourth win.