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StatManDu
06-07-2008, 12:06 PM
THIS DATE IN WHITE SOX HISTORY: JUNE 7TH

1927: Two members of the famed “Murderer’s Row” did in the White Sox in a 4-1 loss at New York. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning off Tommy Thomas to help the Yankees open up a two game lead over the Sox. First baseman Bud Clancy’s homer accounted for the Sox only run.

1944: The White Sox took advantage of nine Hal Newhouser walks in six innings to defeat the Tigers and the future league MVP and Hall of Famer 3-1 at Comiskey Park. Orval Grove got the victory, which was the White Sox seventh in a row and improved them to 21-21.

1962: Al Smith went 5-for-5 – all singles – in the White Sox 8-4 win over the Angles at Dodger Stadium. Smith drove in two as did Mike Hershberger and Juan Pizarro. Eddie Fisher turned in 5.1 innings of one-run relief for the victory.

1963: Juan Pizarro hit a two-run home run and went the distance while striking out 10 in the White Sox 7-1 win at Kansas City. Pizarro’s homer was part of a five-run eighth that broke the game open.

1964: The White Sox took over first place with by sweeping a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers before 36,313 at Comiskey Park. The Sox took the opener 8-3 thanks to a RBI by Pete Ward in the sixth, which gave the team the lead for good. The Sox stole the nightcap 2-1 with two in the eighth which made a winner out of Joe Horlen, who went the distance.

1972: Rookie Rich Gossage notched the first of his 310 career saves in the White Sox 2-1 triumph of the Red Sox before 11,857 at Comiskey Park. Gossage, a rookie appearing his 11th big league game, earned the save with three shutout innings.

1973: Eddie Leon’s single tied the game and Jorge Orta’s sac fly gave the Sox the lead in the fifth inning of a 3-2 win at Baltimore. The victory enabled the Sox to take over sole possession of first place in the American League West by a half game.

1974: The White Sox used a three-run fifth to overtake the Boston Red Sox in an 8-6 win over the Red Sox before 15,173 at Comiskey Park in a game that was delayed 70 minutes when a popcorn machine in the right field stands caught fire causing fans to flee for safety. Bill Melton scored the tying run on an error and Jorge Orta forced home Ron Santo with the go-ahead run to make a winner out of Jim Kaat, who was making a rare appearance out of the bullpen.

1977: The White Sox used the top overall pick in the draft to select Harold Baines, who went on to have a brilliant career on the South side.

1983: Greg Luzinski’s single in the 10th scored Tony Bernazard with the go-ahead run in a 12-11 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Luzinski also hit a three-run home run in the wild affair, which featured 25 hits and four innings of at least four runs.

1984: Behind Harold Baines’ six RBIs, the White Sox overcame an early 7-0 deficit in outlasting California 11-10 before 20,721 at Comiskey Park. On the seventh anniversary of his drafting by the Sox, Baines hit a three-run homer in the third and then launched another three-run homer in the fifth, which gave the Sox the lead for good. Tom Paciorek and Ron Kittle also homered as part of the 11-hit attack. Bert Roberge got the win with 4.1 innings of shutout relief.

1986: The White Sox’ biggest Comiskey Park crowd since Opening Day witnessed a 10-3 win over Oakland. Greg Walker’s homer in the third fronted the Sox for good and Bobby Bonilla added a three-run shot in the fifth as 26,773 saw the “good guys” win their third consecutive game.

1987: Bill Long fired his second complete game shutout in a little over a month in a 4-0 win at California. The right-hander scattered seven hits and struck out seven while walking none to improve to 3-1. He received support from batterymate Carlton Fisk, who hit two home runs.

1991: Charlie Hough pitched into the eighth and received help from Scott Radinsky in the White Sox 2-0 win at Kansas City. Hough gave up six hits and no walks while striking out three. Radinsky turned in 1.1 perfect innings for his first save. Robin Ventura and Dan Pasqua had RBIs as the Sox won for the second straight day.

1992: Charlie Hough played stopper in knuckling the White Sox past Oakland 6-1 before 42,415 at Comiskey Park. Hough went the distance and limited Oakland to just three hits as the Sox halted a four-game skid. Robin Ventura went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBI. Warren Newson also homered to help the Sox pull to within 5.5 games of the American League West lead.

1993: The White Sox unleashed a home run barrage in walloping the Detroit Tigers 7-3 before 27,490 at Comiskey Park. Frank Thomas, Dan Pasqua and Ellis Burks all homered as Jason Bere collected his second consecutive win over Detroit.

1996: Robin Ventura doubled and homered and drove in three and Tony Phillips and Ron Karkovice also went deep in an 8-2 win at Baltimore. Alex Fernandez went the distance and earned his sixth win despite giving up 11 hits.

1997: The White Sox outlasted the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in 11 innings before 31,548 at Comiskey Park. The Sox won the game in the 11th when Dave Martinez walked, took second on a passed ball and advanced to third on Darren Lewis’ sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk, Harold Baines drove in Martinez with a single. Wilson Alvarez, Matt Karchner, Tony Castillo and winner Roberto Hernandez limited the Orioles to nine hits.

2000: Frank Thomas couldn’t have picked a better time for his first career pinch-home run in the White Sox 6-4, sweep-completing win over the Reds in Cincinnati. Thomas’ homer, a two-run shot, came in the sixth with the White Sox trailing 3-2 and gave the team the lead for good.

2001: Mark Buehrle fashioned eight shutout innings in earning the win in the White Sox 5-1 triumph at Kansas City. Buehrle was backed by a 4-for-4 performance from Magglio Ordonez and a home run from Carlos Lee for his fourth win.

2003: Bartolo Colon went the distance and was supported by home runs from Joe Crede and Frank Thomas in the White Sox 4-1 over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Colon gave up four hits and struck out five for his sixth win in the Sox first game at Dodger Stadium since a 2-1 loss in 14 innings to the Angels in the second game of a doubleheader Sept. 15, 1965.

2005: A.J. Pierzynski and Jermaine Dye drove in runs in the fourth as the first-place White Sox posted a 2-1 interleague win over the Rockies in Denver. Jose Contreras tossed six strong innings and received stellar relief help from Neal Cotts and Dustin Hermanson, who combined to fan five in three perfect frames.

2006: For the second consecutive day, Alex Cintron drove in the winning run in a White Sox 4-3 win over Detroit. Cintron’s single in the seventh scored Joe Crede with the go-ahead run before 37,612 at US Cellular Field. Jose Contreras improved to 6-0 while Bobby Jenks earned his 17th save.

JUNE 6TH
1960: The White Sox scored all of their runs in the eighth and ninth innings in stunning the Yankees and Whitey Ford 3-2 in Yankee Stadium. Ford had fired seven shutout innings of two-hit ball before the Sox scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth. Minnie Minoso’s two-run single in the eighth put the Sox ahead while Luis Aparicio’s RBI single in the ninth provided some insurance.

1966: Lee Elia clubbed the first home run of his career in the White Sox 5-1 win – their fifth straight – at California. Elia’s blast came in the second, an inning after the Sox had taken the lead for good on Floyd Robinson’s RBI single. Dennis Higgins, the cousin of Joe Crede, fired four perfect innings for his second save in preserving Juan Pizarro’s fifth win.

1980: Diminutive Harry Chappas’ double in the ninth scored Bobby Molinaro with the winning run as the White Sox beat the Indians 8-7 before 20,231 at ComiskeyPark. Marv Foley’s two-run, pinch-homer in the eighth tied the game, setting the stage for the 5-foot-3 Chappas’ heroics. Ed Farmer got the win in relief to improve to 5-0.

1984: Tom Seaver recorded his 58th career shutout, a four-hit masterpiece in a 4-0 win over the Angels before 20,995 at ComiskeyPark. Seaver delivered first-pitch strikes to 20 of 30 batters and he retired seven hitters on the first pitch. Seaver fanned eight and walked none and was backed by a home run from batterymate and future fellow Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk.

1989: The White Sox used their first round pick on Frank Thomas thus beginning one of the most productive careers in franchise history. The first baseman out of Auburn was the seventh overall pick of the draft. Fourteen months later, Thomas debuted for the Sox.

1996: The White Sox turned their first triple play since June 15, 1986 in a 7-4 loss at Boston. The triple play came in the first inning with Joe Magrane on the mound and Mo Vaughn on second, Jose Canseco on first and Tim Naehring at bat. Naehring hit a grounder to Robin Ventura, who started the 5-4-3 triple play. Boston’s John Valentin hit for the cycle, marking only the second time in baseball history a triple play and a cycle occurred in the same game.