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Railsplitter
08-30-2010, 10:27 AM
With blunders and great moves, How about the just plain wierd. I submit:

April 22, 1959: The Sox beat the Kansas City A's 20-6 with the help of an 11 run, one hit, three error, one HBP inning.

July 1, 1990: Andy Hawkins no hits to Sox, three Yankee errors help sox to win 4-0 without a hit.

Lip Man 1
08-30-2010, 11:29 AM
Do these qualify? :D:

January 14, 2001 - The Sox acquire David Wells from Toronto basically for Mike Sirotka. Over the coming weeks and months, Sirotka and the Blue Jays claim the Sox knew that Sirotka had a bad arm and couldn’t pitch. Sox G.M. Ken Williams defends himself by saying that he told the Jays he thought Sirotka might be hurt and offered pitcher Jim Parque instead. Commissioner Bud Selig rules in late March that the trade will stand. The whole episode becomes known as "shouldergate."

March 9, 1927 - Popular Sox outfielder Johnny Mostil attempts suicide in a hotel room in Shreveport, Louisiana. Despite razor cuts to his wrist, neck and chest, Mostil survives and returned to the team in April. After his career he’d become a longtime scout / coach and help develop future players like All Star outfielder Jim Landis.

April 4, 1982 - One of the most highly anticipated opening day’s in franchise history gets snowed out. The Sox were set to host Boston and the organization was expecting a crowd of around 50,000. That got torpedoed when a blizzard hammered the entire Midwest cancelling games for days. In fact the season wouldn’t open until April 11th in New York.

April 5, 1974 - The Sox opened the season at home under freezing conditions versus the Angels and Nolan Ryan. The Sox started Wilbur Wood which caused broadcaster Harry Caray to comment that the game was ‘the tortoise against the hare.’ This time the hare won as Ryan and the Angels got an easy 8 - 2 victory. The game did have its moments however. The ‘streaking’ craze had hit college campuses and on this day a few young ladies in the upper deck decided to ‘partially’ streak while a young man jumped the outfield fence and ran naked through left field before being apprehended by security. Sox manager Chuck Tanner had one of the best lines anywhere when asked what he thought about the outfield streaker. “I wasn’t impressed by him.” (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...say no more!)

April 7, 1971 - Charlie Finley, the A’s owner, gets the first regularly scheduled opening day double header in history but is stunned when the Sox under new manager Chuck Tanner beat them twice 6 - 5 and 12 - 4. Tommy John and Bart Johnson are the winning pitchers. The Sox club five home runs on the day, including a grand slam by Bill Melton. It should have been six homers except that Carlos May somehow missed touching home plate on his blast. The A’s picked up on it and tagged him out when he was sitting in the dugout. This was also Harry Caray’s first regular season game as Sox announcer although at the time not a whole lot of folks could hear him. Three straight awful years caused the Sox to lose their radio contract with any ‘mainstream’ Chicago station. For the next two years Sox games were broadcast on WTAQ-FM (LaGrange) and WEAW-FM (Evanston)!

April 10, 1961 - “Jungle” Jim Rivera was at it again. Right before the Sox played in Washington to open the season, President John Kennedy threw out the first ball. Rivera came up with it and was escorted to the President’s box where both he and vice president Lyndon Johnson signed the ball. After Rivera looked at it he said to the President, “You’ll have to do better then that John. This is a scribble I can hardly read!” Oh… the Sox went on to win the game 4 - 3 getting single runs in the 7th and 8th innings.

More to follow throughout the day.

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-30-2010, 11:30 AM
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April 18, 1991 - The Sox open the ‘new’ Comiskey Park by falling flat on their faces and getting wiped out 16 - 0. It was a strange game that saw Detroit have a ten run inning! The next day Sox players burned the jersey of pitcher Scott Radinsky at 2nd base as a ‘sacrifice’ to the baseball gods for leaving the original park according to Jack McDowell.

April 19, 1961 - In the home opener against Washington, owner Bill Veeck hired numerous midgets to sell concessions throughout Comiskey Park. Why? Because Veeck received a number of complaints from fans that ‘normal’ sized sellers were obstructing their view of the game itself!

April 22, 1955 - It’s the first time the White Sox have ever played in Kansas City and outfielder “Jungle” Jim Rivera would make it a memorable night. Rivera’s home run helps the Sox beat the A’s 5 - 3 but it’s his comment afterwards to former first lady Bess Truman that makes the most news. When introduced, Rivera said, “I’m sure sorry my home run beat your club but it was a helluva wallop eh, Bess?”

April 22, 1959 - In one of the most bizarre innings in baseball history, the Sox get eleven runs in the 7th inning as part of their 20 - 6 win at Kansas City. The ‘uniqueness’ of it is that fact that those eleven runs scored on only one hit! It took 45 minutes to play. Here is the play by play from it:

WHITE SOX 7TH: GORMAN REPLACED WARD (PITCHING); Ray Boone reached on an error by DeMaestri ; [B]Al Smith reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt by Smith ; [B]Johnny Callison singled to right ; [B]Luis Aparicio walked; Aparicio stole second; Bob Shaw walked; EARL TORGESON BATTED FOR SAMMY ESPOSITO; FREEMAN REPLACED GORMAN (PITCHING); Torgeson walked (walk was charged to Gorman) [Callison scored, Aparicio to third, Shaw to second]; Nellie Fox walked [Aparicio scored, Shaw to third, Torgeson to second]; Jim Landis forced Shaw (pitcher to catcher) [Torgeson to third, Fox to second]; Sherm Lollar walked [Torgeson scored (unearned), Fox to third, Landis to second]; BRUNET REPLACED FREEMAN (PITCHING); Boone walked [Fox scored (unearned), Landis to third, Lollar to second]; Smith walked [Landis scored (unearned), Lollar to third, Boone to second]; Callison was hit by a pitch [Lollar scored (unearned), Boone to third, Smith to second]; LOU SKIZAS RAN FOR CALLISON; Aparicio walked ; Shaw struck out; “[B]BUBBA” PHILLIPS BATTED FOR TORGESON; Phillips walked [Smith scored (unearned), Skizas to third, Aparicio to second]; Fox walked [Skizas scored (unearned), Aparicio to third, Phillips to second]; Landis grounded out (pitcher to first); 11 R, 1 H, 3 E, 3 LOB.

April 26, 1925 - The Sox forfeit a game to the Indians. It happened in front of a Comiskey Park record crowd of 44,000 fans. So many fans were at the game that owner Charles Comiskey allowed fans on the field behind roped off sections of the outfield. With the Sox losing 7 - 4 in the 9th inning, many fans broke through the ropes, thinking the game was over. It wasn’t, as there were only two outs. Order was never restored and a forfeit was declared.

April 27, 1930 - One of the most bizarre individual stats you’ll ever see and I have no idea how this happened. On this date in a 2 - 1 Sox win at St. Louis, first baseman John “Bud” Clancy recorded no putouts and no assists in the nine inning game. None, zero, nada, zip! His feat has been matched only one other time, by the A’s Gene Tenace.

Lip

dwitt76
08-30-2010, 11:56 AM
I thought it was weird that Frank Thomas coming back to the Cell in an A's jersey

kba
08-30-2010, 12:06 PM
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April 27, 1930 - One of the most bizarre individual stats you’ll ever see and I have no idea how this happened. On this date in a 2 - 1 Sox win at St. Louis, first baseman John “Bud” Clancy recorded no putouts and no assists in the nine inning game. None, zero, nada, zip! His feat has been matched only one other time, by the A’s Gene Tenace.



Fred McGriff also accomplished that in this game - August 12, 2002 (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN200208150.shtml). It helped that 17 of the Astros' outs in the game were strikeouts. (Mark Prior struck out 12 in 6 innings.) 5 flyballs, 4 popups, one forceout at 2nd.

DumpJerry
08-30-2010, 12:07 PM
I once saw Aaron Rowand make a good catch.

Lip Man 1
08-30-2010, 12:21 PM
Lots of strange stuff in May:

May 1, 1991 - The Sox lose one of the longest games in their history 10 - 9 to the Brewers in Milwaukee. The Sox blew leads of 5 - 0 and 9 - 6 in this one. The game ran so long that WGN-TV sports director Dan Roan who was covering the game had to do his sports from a parking lot at a bar just inside the state line on route 41. He couldn’t get back to the studio in time!

May 2, 1901 - The Sox are part of the first forfeit in American League history. Playing against Detroit, Sox players began stalling hoping to have the game end because of darkness. Umpire Tom Connolly had seen enough and forfeited the game to Detroit as Sox fans stormed the field in protest. Connolly had to be given a police escort to get out of the stadium.

May 4, 1980 - During an 11 - 1 loss to the Brewers at Comiskey Park, Mike Squires becomes the first left handed catcher to appear in a game since Dale Long in 1958. The move came in the 9th inning and saw Squires behind the plate for four hitters.

May 6, 1903 - The White Sox are charged with 12 errors in a game in Chicago vs. Detroit. While that’s a big story in itself, it’s not the most remarkable item to come out of this game. That’s the fact that the Sox won the game 10 - 9!!!

May 8, 1966 - New Sox manager Eddie Stanky gives a real indication that this season is not going to be like any other, and that he’s a lot different from former skipper Al Lopez. On this date after the Sox dropped a 3 - 1 eleven inning game to the Tigers, Stanky was asked by reporter Watson Spoelstra of the Detroit News what pitch Bob Locker threw to the Tigers Gates Brown in a key situation (Brown would get a two RBI double in the eleventh off it.) Stanky, who was preparing to change into his street clothes, went temporarily crazy. He launched an abusive tirade at Spoelstra while ripping his jersey to pieces. Then he took off his spikes and threw them crashing against the wall! The media were astonished (perhaps so was Stanky!)

May 9, 1984 - Harold Baines ends the longest game, inning wise, in American League history blasting a home run in the 25th inning to give the Sox a 7 - 6 win over Milwaukee. The 8:06 length of the game set a Major League record. Tom Seaver got the win in relief in the marathon contest which started on May 8th and was suspended, then came back and won the regularly scheduled game later that same evening when the Sox won 5 - 4. For the night Seaver threw 9 1/3 rd innings allowing only four hits!

May 15, 1951 - A testament to the managerial genius of Sox skipper Paul Richards. It was thirty years since the league saw a move like this. In the 9th inning of a game in Boston where the Sox were winning 7 - 6, relief pitcher Harry Dorish was removed in favor of Billy Pierce to face the left handed hitting Ted Williams, only Dorish wasn’t removed from the game! He was moved to third base. Pierce retired Williams on a pop up, then was taken out of the game and Dorish put back on the mound. Boston eventually tied the game but the Sox would have the last laugh, winning 9 - 7 in eleven innings. The win marked the start of a 14 game win streak, with eleven of the wins on the road. On May 30th after sweeping the St. Louis Browns, the Sox record stood at 26 - 9!

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-30-2010, 12:22 PM
May continued:

May 16, 1953 - White Sox pitcher Tommy Byrne who was knocked out of the game in an eventual win against the Yankees two days earlier, is sent up to pinch hit in the 9th inning with the bases loaded and the Sox trailing 3 - 1. Byrne slams a full count pitch from Ewell “The Whip” Blackwell into the lower deck in right field at Yankee Stadium for the only pinch hit grand slam by a pitcher in team history! The Sox would win the game 5 - 3, scoring all their runs in the 9th inning.

May 18, 1957 - More bizarre circumstances surrounding a game in Baltimore (you shouldn’t be surprised.) On this night the Sox had to catch a train to Boston and the Orioles agreed to end the game at 10:20 regardless of the outcome. The Sox trailed 3 - 0 going into the 7th inning when they scored four runs. That half inning was strange in itself because the Sox used five pinch hitters and two pinch runners in it! The Sox were still leading 4 - 3 in the 9th inning. Paul La Palme was brought in to protect the lead. With thirty seconds remaining until curfew he elected to pitch to former Sox outfielder Dick Williams. League rules did not allow for a suspended game under these circumstances so the Sox could have legally stalled the final seconds away. Unfortunately they didn’t. La Palme threw...Williams swung...home run. Tie game... make that a suspended tie game! (This had to be replayed from the start later in the season.)

May 18, 1983 - Still another bizarre moment in Baltimore. On this night Sox pitcher Rich Dotson tossed a one hitter. Only he lost it 1 - 0. His only mistake came when ‘Disco’ Danny Ford lofted a pitch down the right field line at Memorial Stadium that fell into the first row of seats along the line. The ‘blast’ went all of about 308 feet, an out in most other parks. The hit came in the 8th inning.

May 19, 1963 - Sox starter Ray Herbert’s consecutive scoreless inning streak ends controversially in (where else?) Baltimore. Herbert, a twenty game winner in 1962, had thrown 38 straight scoreless innings when he faced the Orioles Johnny Orsino in the 3rd inning. Orsino then hit what appeared to be a home run to left field...or did he? Both Al Lopez and Dave Nicholson argued that the ball struck an iron railing on the left field wall, and then bounced back into play. Their contention was it should have been a ground rule double since the ball never went into the seats or left the playing field. They lost the argument, Herbert lost his scoreless streak but the Sox won the game 4 - 3 in ten innings to get a double header split.

May 26, 1959 - Bill Veeck was always good for a crazy stunt but this one topped the cake. Before a game against the Indians, midgets dressed up as Martians "landed" and captured Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio.One of the midgets was Eddie Gaedel. "Terms" were discussed for releasing the two Sox players when the Martian leader, (Gaedel) said "don’t bother taking me to your leader (Veeck), I’ve already met him."

May 26, 1968 - In an effort to jump start a stagnant offense, Sox manager Eddie Stanky bats pitcher Gary Peters in the #6 slot in a game in New York. Peters who had 19 career home runs is listed in the order ahead of Luis Aparicio, Duane Josephson and Tim Cullen. The move doesn’t help as the Sox lose 5 - 1.

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-30-2010, 12:23 PM
May wrapped up:

May 26, 1976 - Newly acquired pitcher Ken Brett nearly throws a perfect game and then a no hitter, only to lose it on a controversial ruling by the official scorer. In a game in Anaheim, Brett had a perfect game for 7 2/3 rd’s innings before walking Leroy Stanton. Then with two out in the 9th inning of a scoreless game, Jerry Remy hit a ground ball that Sox 3rd baseman George Orta butchered, with the ball going under his glove. Official scorer Don Merry of the Long Beach Independent Telegram ruled it a hit. Other writers disagreed with the decision, the Sox players were incensed and announcer Harry Caray went crazy on air but the decision stood. Former Sox player Bill Melton would get a ‘clean’ single with one gone in the 10th inning ending the controversy. The Sox would finally win it 1 - 0 in eleven innings on a single by “Bucky” Dent. It was their 10th straight victory!

May 28, 1973 - A night Wilbur Wood will never forget. Two days earlier the game between Cleveland and the White Sox was suspended by curfew tied at two after 16 innings. Rain washed out action on the 27th so when the suspended game was resumed on the 28th, it was Wood’s turn to pitch. He went out and threw five innings before the Sox would win it 6 - 3 in 21 innings. Thirty minutes later Wood went out and started the regularly scheduled game. He would toss a complete game, four hitter, winning 4 - 0. Two wins in one evening! His line for the night, 14 innings pitched one run, six hits, nine strikeouts, two wins. Wilbur was now 13 - 3 on the season and it wasn’t even June 1st!

May 30, 1960 - Outfielder Jimmy Piersall, who would become a Sox announcer in the 70's and early 80's, goes on a rampage against the scoreboard and Comiskey Park. Piersall started by throwing the contents of the Cleveland dugout on to the field. Then he went into the Sox dugout grabbing a bucket of groundskeeper Gene Bossard’s sand and dumped that on the field. Piersall then didn’t move when a ball hit by “Minnie” Minoso came right at him. It went over his head for a double and adding insult to injury, the Sox thought it was a home run and set off the scoreboard! Finally Piersall took a ball and threw it at the board. All in a day’s work, as Cleveland took a twin bill.

May 30, 1971- In the second game of a double header with the Orioles, former Sox infielder Don Buford charges pitcher Bart Johnson with his bat after Johnson drills him with a pitch in his behind. Cooler heads prevailed but in the 9th inning while standing in the on-deck circle ‘lecturing’ a fan, Buford was attacked by a second fan from behind. The Orioles charge out of the dugout and do a bloody number on that fan who is led away by security.

May 31, 1970 - The torpid White Sox, on their way to the worst single season in franchise history annihilate the Red Sox in Boston 22 - 13. The Sox bang out 24 hits with Bill Melton knocking in four RBI’s. The Sox victim that afternoon? None other then former Sox star pitcher Gary Peters! It’s the second most runs ever scored in a single game by the franchise.

May 31, 1973 - It was an inauspicious debut for a player who’d make himself into a fine big league hitter. In a game at Chicago, Brian Downing had just entered the game in the 7th inning making his major league debut. On his first play in the big leagues, Downing caught a foul pop off the bat of the Tigers Dick McAuliffe, diving to make the catch. On the catch though he’d tear up his knee and have to be placed on the disabled list. Downing would collect his first big league hit in August, an inside the park home run.

Lip

shingo10
08-30-2010, 01:00 PM
In 2006, Pablo Ozuna (I think it was him) threw out someone from the Tigers at first base from left field. That was pretty strange.

fram40
08-30-2010, 01:06 PM
Thanks Lip. Very good as usual.

How about one this did not happen on the field, but was still bizarre - and unfortunate for the Sox. Carlos May shooting off a chunk of his thumb during reserve training in Aug, 1969?

Also - he is the only MLB palyer to have his birthday on his uniform.

fram40
08-30-2010, 01:08 PM
In 2006, Pablo Ozuna (I think it was him) threw out someone from the Tigers at first base from left field. That was pretty strange.

I don't remember it being Pablo, but I do remember that it was Sean Casey.

I think

DumpJerry
08-30-2010, 01:12 PM
I don't remember it being Pablo, but I do remember that it was Sean Casey.

I think
Quentin threw out Casey.

shingo10
08-30-2010, 01:19 PM
Quentin threw out Casey.


We didn't have Quentin in 2006 though...hmm. Well whoever it was it was a cool play.

DumpJerry
08-30-2010, 01:30 PM
We didn't have Quentin in 2006 though...hmm. Well whoever it was it was a cool play.
It wasn't 2006. It was 2008, his first year with the Sox.

fram40
08-30-2010, 01:31 PM
Quentin threw out Casey.

That's how I remember it. But according to the box scores on baseball-reference.com, it was Ozuna throwing out Casey on Aug 24, 2006 in the bottom of the fifth.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET200608240.shtml

Foulke You
08-30-2010, 01:42 PM
September 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2008- The White Sox become the first team in MLB history to beat 3 different teams in 3 straight days (Indians, Tigers, Twins) to win the AL Central Division flag in a tiebreaker game on the 30th. The second of which was a make up game from an earlier rain out that ended up being needed.

Athrun
08-30-2010, 01:58 PM
That's how I remember it. But according to the box scores on baseball-reference.com, it was Ozuna throwing out Casey on Aug 24, 2006 in the bottom of the fifth.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET200608240.shtml

There's a description of it here:

http://www.foulballs.net/2006/08/laugher-at-comerica.html

Lip Man 1
08-30-2010, 04:52 PM
More strange-ness:
June 4, 1972 - It is forever known as the ‘Taco Game.” In the second game of a double header with the Yankees, Sox manager Chuck Tanner wanted Dick Allen to be ready to pinch hit in the last of the 9th inning if needed. One problem....he couldn’t be found! Eventually one of the clubhouse boys found Dick at a taco stand across the street. They rushed back to the park with Allen wolfing down his ‘snack.’ With two men on and the Sox losing 4 - 2, Allen was called to hit. On the third pitch from “Sparky” Lyle, Allen deposited the ball into the left field lower deck for a 5 - 4 win. (This story was confirmed for me when I spoke with Ed Herrmann for his interview with White Sox Interactive.com and Bill Melton has talked about this incident at Sox Fantasy Camp.)

June 7, 1951 - Chicago area native Marv Rotblatt becomes the first pitcher to enter a game while being driven in from the center field bullpen. Rotblatt relieved starter Harry Dorish in the Sox 5 - 0 win over Washington. In the 1960's, Sox pitchers were brought into the game in golf carts and in 1966, a converted snowmobile (sponsored by Nickey Chevrolet) that was fitted with special skies so as to not harm the grass, performed the task.

June 9, 1947 - Somehow I can’t see this happening today. In a game at Comiskey Park against the Yankees, a fan held up the contest for nearly an hour while he argued a call with one of the umpires. That’s right...a fan! The Sox would eventually win the game 9 - 8 in ten innings.

June 12, 1967 - The Sox play the longest game, that they lose, in their history when they drop a 6 - 5 decision to the Senators in Washington. The game goes 22 innings. Both teams scored a run in the 10th then didn’t score again until the Nats Paul Casanova drove home the winner in the last of the 22nd. Johnny Buzhardt tossed eight innings in relief before giving up the run that cost him the game. Walt Williams had ten at bats! The night game took 6:38 minutes. Both teams went the entire game without an error which is the A.L. record. The contest was played in temperatures around 90 degrees which prompted an angry Eddie Stanky afterwards to demand implementation of a league curfew.

June 20, 1973 - Sox relief pitcher Cy Acosta becomes the first pitcher to actually hit for the team, in the DH era, when he strikes out in the 8th inning of an 8 - 3 win over Nolan Ryan and the Angels at Comiskey Park. Acosta came to bat because manager Chuck Tanner pulled Dick Allen after a six run 7th inning and moved Tony Muser from DH to first base. That meant the Sox ‘gave-up’ the DH and Acosta took the spot in the batting order.

June 24, 1977 - An embarrassing moment for Sox outfielder Ralph Garr and, as it turned out, a costly one for the team. In the 3rd inning of a game in Minnesota, Garr hit what appeared to be a three run home run... however as he was running the bases he passed catcher Jim Essian who waited at first base to make sure the ball was, in fact, a home run. Garr was called out for passing the runner and awarded a two run single. The Sox wound up losing the game 7 - 6.

June 25, 1953 - Sox manager Paul Richards was regarded as one of the smartest guys ever to lead a team in baseball history. Here’s what I mean...with the Sox going for a series sweep of New York and leading 4 - 2 in the 9th, Richards brings in pitcher Harry Dorish to relieve Billy Pierce. Only Richards doesn’t remove Pierce from the game! He moves him to first base! After Dorish retires his two men, Pierce is brought back to the mound to end the game.

June 28, 1973 - The ill fortune of the team really came into focus, as by the time the summer ended, a team that was in first place for two months, wound up placing 38 names on the injured list! Among the key injuries were Ken Henderson tearing up his knee sliding into home plate, Bill Melton suffering a groin injury, Carlos May with a bad hamstring, Brian Downing wrenching his knee on his first major league play, catching a foul pop up and Pat Kelly having a bad back. But the most damming injury occurred in Anaheim on the day listed above. Dick Allen suffered a broken leg when Mike Epstein crashed into him on a play at first. Allen was stretching to grab a wild throw from 3rd baseman Bill Melton. Here’s where it really gets strange.....the injury took place just a little over ten years after Sox first baseman Joe Cunningham suffered his broken collarbone against the same team on the same type of play ( i.e. a wild throw) with the Sox in first place!

Lip

DumpJerry
08-30-2010, 05:13 PM
Terry Bevington signaled for a reliever.

TommyJohn
08-30-2010, 09:00 PM
September, 1960-Willie Harris charges onto the field at Comiskey Park to exchange words with Sammy Esposito, the infielder who had made a crucial error in the 8th inning of a White Sox-Yankees game. The two yell at each other and throw punches before Harris is finally collared and dragged away.

How about Art Shires? One of the few players in Sox history to deck his own manager, Lena Blackburne. He later boxed Bears center George Trafton and issued a challenge to Gene Tunney. Wouldn't you love to see Ozzie take on this guy?

August, 1935-Sox first baseman Zeke Bonura steals home plate. Not too impressive, except that Bonura was 6'0'', 210 lbs. and could charitably be described as a lumbering ox. The steal came with the bases loaded in the 15th inning of a game against the Yankees and won the game for the Sox, 9-8.

1949-Frank Lane installs a fence to cut down the home run distances in Comiskey Park. This immediately helps the Washington Senators, who smack several home runs in two games (they would go 50-104). An irate Lane orders the grounds crew out of bed and the fence is pulled down overnight. One Sox player who benefitted from the fence was 3rd baseman Floyd Baker, who lofted a soft flyball that cleared the wall for his first major league home run. It was also the only one he would hit in 2,280 at-bats.

One personal memory-watching a Sox vs. Royals game taking place in Kansas City in the mid '70s. It is the late innings, and Harry is three-quarters in the bag. A camera shot of a large, full moon is shown. Harry bellows "THERE'S THE MOON!" at the top of his lungs.

Art Shires gets into a knock-down, drag out fight with manager Lena Blackburne and traveling secretary Lou Barbour in the lobby of a Philadelphia hotel. In the melee, Shires comes close to biting Barbour's thumb off.

The eight banned White Sox players return from the dead and start playing baseball in Ray Kinsella's cornfield. Ray kidnaps legendary 60s writer Terrence Mann to come see it. An ancient doctor bearing a close resemblance to Burt Lancaster also shows up out of nowhere. Ray's wife annoying throughout. :redneck:redneck

SephClone89
08-30-2010, 09:12 PM
September, 1960-Willie Harris charges onto the field at Comiskey Park to exchange words with Sammy Esposito, the infielder who had made a crucial error in the 8th inning of a White Sox-Yankees game. The two yell at each other and throw punches before Harris is finally collared and dragged away.



Didn't realise he was so old.

mantis1212
08-30-2010, 10:08 PM
That's how I remember it. But according to the box scores on baseball-reference.com, it was Ozuna throwing out Casey on Aug 24, 2006 in the bottom of the fifth.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET200608240.shtml


I can't believe that was four years ago already. Quentin did throw out somebody at first from LF though, but I think it was a double play.

pistolesatdawn
08-30-2010, 11:46 PM
Paulie had 4 triples in 1999.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/konerpa01.shtml

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 12:11 PM
Some of this stuff sounds like The Twilight Zone:

July 1, 1962 - The Sox set the A.L. record for sacrifice flies in an inning as they get three in the 5th inning as part of a 7 - 6 win over the Indians at Comiskey Park. Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith did the honors.

July 1, 1990 - On the 80th anniversary of the opening of Comiskey Park, the Yankees Andy Hawkins throws a no hitter. Except for one small problem....he LOSES the game 4 - 0! The Sox get all their runs thanks to back to back fly ball errors courtesy of Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield.The Sox Greg Hibbard matches Hawkins pitch for pitch in the early going as he also has a nohitter through the first five and a third innings!

July 2, 1909 - The Sox run wild in an unusual 15 - 3 romp over St. Louis. In this game the Sox steal eleven bases with three steals of home and three double steals. Sox 3rd baseman Bill Purtell leads the way with three swipes.

July 2, 1980 - Sox radio announcer Jimmy Piersall attacked Daily Herald sportswriter Rob Gallas after Gallas wrote a story speculating why Piersall was fired as a part time Sox coach. Spectators had to physically jump in and pull Piersall away. At the time Piersall was choking Gallas. Yes, this is the same Rob Gallas who later would become the Sox Marketing Director, responsible for ‘Turn Back The Clock Day’, ‘Beatles Night’, ‘Elvis Night’ and ‘Dog Day Afternoon’. Later on that same day, the Sox Ross Baumgarten would one hit the Angels, winning 1 - 0. Rod Carew got California’s only hit, on a single leading off the 7th inning.

July 3, 1976 - It’s the first morning start for a game in the history of Comiskey Park as the Sox host Texas. The first pitch is delivered at 10:30 AM. The Sox didn’t care much for the novelty as they lost 3 - 0 to Nellie Briles, getting only three hits.

July 4, 2000 - Ray Durham and Jose Valentin lead off the Sox half of the first inning in Kansas City with back to back home runs. It was the second time in team history a game started that way and the first time since 1937. The game also marked the major league debut for Jon Garland who only lasted three innings in the 10 - 7 loss. It was the end of the Sox 12 game road winning streak. The last ten of those 12 road wins came against teams with records of at least .500, making the Sox the only team since 1900 to accomplish that.

July 11, 1985 - The Sox blow a game and lose to the Orioles in Baltimore 7 - 6. The loss would have long term consequences for the franchise because it eventually led to the firing of longtime G.M. Roland Hemond. With two outs and the Sox leading 6 - 3, Bob James, the team closer hurt his right knee. In came journeyman relief pitcher Mike Stanton who was picked up out of the minors a few weeks before. Stanton didn’t get a man out and gave up a three run, game winning home run to Fred Lynn. Up in the broadcast booth, Sox announcers Don Drysdale and Ken “Hawk” Harrelson were openly questioning the organization if the ‘best’ they could do was Stanton. It planted the seed in the mind of ownership that a change was needed. That ‘change’ turned out to be Harrelson... named the new G.M. that off season. The rest as they say is history.

July 12, 1979 - On this night, between games of a double header with the Tigers, the infamous “Disco Demolition" is staged. Sox fans riot after DJ Steve Dahl blows up a load of disco records. The second game is forfeited to Detroit. Among those in the stands that night for the game were future White Sox relief pitcher Donn Pall and future actor Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile, Armageddon)

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 12:12 PM
July 13, 1919 - You don’t see this every day. In a 14 - 9 win over Boston, three Sox players score on a routine single off the bat of “Buck” Weaver.

July 13, 1961 - The Sox catcher / pitcher duo of Sherm Lollar and Frank Baumann become only the 3rd set of battery mates to hit back to back home runs in a game. They connected off the Yankees Bill Stafford in the 5th inning of a 6 - 2 loss in Comiskey Park

July 14, 1915 - In a 6 - 4 win over the Athletics at Comiskey Park, pitcher Urban “Red” Faber steals second, third and home in the contest. He’s one of only three Sox players to ever do this and the only pitcher to pull it off.

July 14, 1991- It was ‘almost’ a no-hitter with an unusual twist. Sox starter Jack McDowell
opened the game at Milwaukee by allowing a leadoff home run by Paul Molitor. It would be the only hit on the day for the Brewers as Jack recorded the next 27 outs without allowing a hit. McDowell allowed only one walk and a base runner via error the rest of the afternoon in the Sox 15 - 1 laugher.

July 15, 1994 - ‘Batgate’ comes to Comiskey Park. Indians slugger Albert Belle was caught using a corked bat by Sox manager Gene Lamont and was ejected from the game. In order to keep Belle from being suspended further, teammate Jason Grimsley crawled through the air ducts and dropped into the umpire’s room where the bat was being held for examination. Grimsley replaced Belle’s bat with a Paul Sorrento model which tipped off everyone to the switch. Belle wound up getting suspended for ten games.

July 16, 1990 - One of the funniest moments in Sox history, as Sox utility player Steve “Psycho” Lyons makes a mistake that winds up on every highlight show in the nation. In the 5th inning at Detroit, Lyons bunts his way on, sliding the final few feet to beat the throw. He then calls time and completely blanks out as he starts to drop his pants to get the dirt out of them. Fortunately he was wearing sliding shorts. When he realized what he was doing he quickly yanked his pants back up while turning beet red in the process. After he was forced at second and ran back to the dugout, female fans in the first few rows behind the Sox bench began waving dollar bills at him!

July 19, 1946 - In a strange game at Boston, umpire “Red” Jones ejects 12 White Sox players and two coaches after someone in the dugout yells out, “hey, meathead, what kind of call is that?” Naturally Boston would go on to win the game 7 - 2.

July 20, 1973 - Wilbur Wood starts both regularly scheduled games in New York. He becomes the first pitcher to do this in decades. Unfortunately he gets beat around twice, losing both decisions 12 - 2 and 7 - 0. Earlier in the season he started the suspended game and a regularly scheduled game in Chicago beating Cleveland twice.

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 the nightcap 3 - 0.

July 22, 1995 - In a game in Chicago then Brewers manager Phil Garner and then White Sox manager Terry Bevington get into a fist swinging brawl near the third base bag. The brawl was touched off when Ozzie Guillen shoved Jeff Cirillo. Garner, who managed Milwaukee from 1992 to 1999, had incidents with the club before. Many of those were prompted by some of his acerbic comments including refusing to refer to the Sox by name, using the moniker ‘big city’ The Sox would win this day 4 - 2.

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 12:13 PM
July 26, 1942 - 17 year old Chuck Comiskey III was being groomed to take over the team and his passions boiled over on this afternoon. In a game versus the Yankees, umpire John Quinn kicked out Sox manager Jimmy Dykes for arguing a call. That brought the young Comiskey out to continue the argument. He too got tossed, while Sox fans roared their approval over his pluck.

July 28, 1976 - John "Blue Moon" Odom and Francisco Barrios combine to throw a no hitter against the A’s in Oakland. The Sox win it 2 - 1. It’s one of the strangest no-hitters in history. Odom and Barrios combine to walk eleven Oakland hitters!

July 29, 1962 - In a double header versus the Yankees, Sox outfielder / 1st baseman Charlie ‘Paw Paw’ Maxwell hits three home runs and knocks home five RBI’s in the split. Maxwell had a curious history of doing his best hitting on a Sunday. When acquired from the Tigers it was discovered that 25 of his 70 career homers (at that point) were hit on the Sabbath. Of his ten in 1962, five came on Sunday. On July 8th, Maxwell got six hits in a game against Cleveland and on August 19th, Maxwell hit a grand slam and knocked in six against Detroit. Yes all of those games were on Sunday!

July 31, 1909 - ‘Sleepy’ Bill Burns fires a one hitter defeating Walter Johnson and the Senators in Washington 1 - 0. If that name sounds familiar it’s because Burns would become one of the ringleaders in the plot to fix the World Series. It was he who had the idea of going to gambler Arnold Rothstein to get the financial backing to rig the White Sox - Reds World Series of 1919.

July 31, 1972 - Another baseball rarity! Dick Allen’s magical season continued withtwo inside the park home runs in a single game. That tied the Major League record at that time. It was set in Minnesota at old Metropolitan Stadium as the Sox beat Bert Blyleven 8 - 1. Bobby Darwin was the Twins center fielder who misplayed both of Allen’s drives. Allen was credited with five RBI’s on the day.

July 31, 1997- Perhaps the lowest point in the history of the Chicago White Sox franchise occurs as owner Jerry Reinsdorf issued his "anybody who thinks this club can catch Cleveland is crazy" comment and gutted the team. Reinsdorf allowed General Manager Ron Schueler to trade Wilson Alvarez, Roberto Hernandez and Danny Darwin to the Giants with the Sox only 3½ games out of first. The Sox got back six minor league prospects. The "White Flag" trade results in catastrophic consequences for the team from an attendance and public relations standpoint both locally and nationally. No team before had ever traded their top pitchers when they were only a few games off the lead. Joe Morgan went on ESPN’s ‘Baseball Tonight’ and angrily denounced Sox management saying how sorry he felt "for the fans and the season ticket holders." Dave Campbell echoed those remarks. Sports Illustrated had the Sox "surrender" as their feature story and quoted both Alvarez and Hernandez as stating that when manager Terry Bevington told them they were traded he was "laughing." Many Sox fans never forgave Reinsdorf and refused to ever attend games again in person. Sox star Robin Ventura issued his famous"I didn’t know the season ended in August" quote.

Lip

TomBradley72
08-31-2010, 12:41 PM
Either 1978 or 1979...the White Sox played a DH vs. Toronto where nearly the entire outfield was dirt vs. grass....the grass had been torn up during a rock concert with a ton of rain that destroyed the field. It would have to be a low point of the Veeck ownership era.

broker3d
08-31-2010, 12:45 PM
Carlton Fisk tagging out 2 Yankees at home plate on the same play. The 2 Yankees were Bobby Meachem (out 1) and Dale Berra (out 2).

This occurred in 1985.

hi im skot
08-31-2010, 12:54 PM
July 1, 1962 - The Sox set the A.L. record for sacrifice flies in an inning as they get three in the 5th inning as part of a 7 - 6 win over the Indians at Comiskey Park. Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith did the honors.



Can someone explain the logistics of three sacrifice flies in one inning?

Chez
08-31-2010, 01:29 PM
Can someone explain the logistics of three sacrifice flies in one inning?

I'm guessing that one or more of the flyballs was dropped for an error so no out was recorded but the batter received "credit" for a sac fly because the ball was hit deep enough in the official scorer's opinion. Just a guess.

doublem23
08-31-2010, 01:34 PM
I'm guessing that one or more of the flyballs was dropped for an error so no out was recorded but the batter received "credit" for a sac fly because the ball was hit deep enough in the official scorer's opinion. Just a guess.

Yep, both Juan Pizarro and Nellie Fox were credited with sacrifice flies on 2 errors by Indians RF Gene Greene.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA196207012.shtml

Fenway
08-31-2010, 02:11 PM
The First Dog Day when they fired off fireworks

Gavin
08-31-2010, 02:13 PM
I can't believe that was four years ago already. Quentin did throw out somebody at first from LF though, but I think it was a double play.

To watch the play,

Go here..
http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060824&content_id=1626702&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=det

Then click on the highlight...

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 02:53 PM
August 1, 2005 - Pitcher Mark Buehrle’s streak of 49 straight starts with six or more innings ends when he is thrown out of a game in Baltimore by umpire Brian Gorman. “Hawk” Harrelson is extremely upset in the TV booth (you’ve GOT to be kidding me!) Buehrle gets tossed without warning for hitting B.J. Surhoff. The Sox would get the last laugh however winning the game and sweeping the four game series.

August 2, 1968 - The Sox and Senators complete a trade as infielders Tim Cullen and Ron Hansen are exchanged for each other. Why the notoriety? Because the same two players were traded for each other by the same two clubs on February 13th!

August 2, 1985 - An incredible weekend in New York starts with perhaps the most unusual play in White Sox history. With Britt Burnson the mound, Rickey Henderson slams a double to left center over the head of Luis Salazar. Yankee base runners Bobby Meacham and Dale Berra get confused because it looked like Salazar might have been able to make the catch. Meacham stumbles running the bases and is nearly passed by Berra. Both runners attempt to score as Salazar’s relay throw is caught by Ozzie Guillen and fired to Carlton Fisk at the plate. Fisk then tags out and knocks down BOTHMeacham and Berra one / two as they attempt to score. That’s two for the price of one at home plate! To cap things off the Sox win the game 6 - 5 in 11 innings.

August 6, 1959 - The third and final marathon game of the 1959 season. The Sox battled the Orioles in Baltimore and played for 18 innings before curfew stopped the night game tied at one all. The game lasted only four hours. The most significant item to come out of it...the incredible performance by the Sox starter Billy Pierce. Pierce pitches sixteen innings! Let me repeat that...sixteen innings allowing one run on eleven hits.

August 7, 1970 - In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, some smiles are seen after the Sox unveil the ‘Big White Machine,’ at Comiskey Park. The car was a 1929 Ford rebuilt and put together by Sox players Ed Herrmann, Bill Melton, Syd O’Brien and the folks at Hawkinson Ford. It circled Comiskey Park every time the Sox won a home game (which wasn’t often!)

August 10, 1990 - The odds had to be a million to one. They were two of the smallest players in major league baseball yet on this night in the second game of a double header at Comiskey Park, the impossible happened. In the second inning, the Sox Craig Grebeck and Ozzie Guillen hit back to back home runs off flame throwing Nolan Ryan. It was part of a four run inning in a 5 - 1 win and a sweep of the two games. Making matters even more incredible was that both Grebeck and Guillen pulled their shots. Craig reaching the left field seats and Ozzie right field!

August 11, 1969 - Promising Sox outfielder Carlos May loses part of his right thumb while serving with the Marine Reserves in California. A mortar misfired causing the accident. May would come back and have some very good years (especially 1972) but he was never the same.

August 12, 1990 - The Sox set what is believed to be the longest wait in baseball history before calling a game because of rain. The Sox were slated to play the Rangers at Comiskey Park in an afternoon contest starting at 1PM Central time. Persistent rains caused a delay before the first pitch was even thrown. Because this was the last trip into Chicago by Texas, the Sox waited until the evening before "officially" calling the game. The wait lasted seven hours and 23 minutes!!! As it turned out the Sox had to play the make up game in Arlington as part of a double header the following week.

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 02:54 PM
August 13, 1967- All season long the Sox battle the big boys, the Tigers, Twins and Red Sox in the greatest pennant race in American League history. This game marked the beginning of the end of the dream. The Sox lost a controversial game to the Twins 3 - 2 when Tommy Agee was called out at 3rd base on a close play in the 9th inning. The Sox dropped out of first place for the first time in two months. Afterwards manager Eddie Stanky kept Vice President Hubert Humphrey waiting outside the Sox locker room with reporters. Stanky later said "what do I need Humphrey for? Can he hit?"

August 14, 1983 - Carlton Fisk appeared to hit a go ahead home run in the 5th inning off the Orioles Scott McGregor only to have home plate umpire Jim Evans overrule 3rd base umpire Greg Kosc and say it was a ground rule double. The decision was based on the impression that a fan appeared to have leaned over the wall to catch it. The Sox wind up losing 2 - 1. That fan then called Jimmy Piersall’s radio show afterwards to give his side of the story. TV replays showed he was not leaning over the wall when he caught the ball. Manager Tony LaRussa went ballistic…arguing, kicking dirt, then taking the 3rd base bag out of its position and flinging it towards the Sox dugout. Naturally he was thrown out for it. Just another in a series of bizarre plays that took place against Baltimore down through the years.

August 20, 1948 - The Sox play before the largest regular season crowd in franchise history as they face the Indians on a Friday night in Cleveland. An amazing 78,382 are on hand to see the Tribe edge the Sox 1 - 0.

August 22, 1968 - In Detroit, White Sox pitcher Tommy John is attacked by the Tigers Dick McAuliffe. McAuliffe, who made the final out in Joe Horlen’s no-hitter in 1967, walked in the 3rd inning then attacked John on the mound because some of the pitches were close to him. John suffered a shoulder injury and had to go on the disabled list. McAuliffe was suspended for five games.

August 23, 1972 - Sox slugger Dick Allen would make history again on this day. He slammed a pitch from the Yankees Lindy McDaniel into the center field bleachers directly under the scoreboard at Comiskey Park becoming the first Sox player to ever do this. Sox announcer Harry Caray, who was broadcasting the game from that area nearly caught the ball in his fishing net which he kept with him for just such an occasion. A favorite of mine because I was at this game and was sitting about ten feet from Caray. The Sox would win it 5 - 2.

August 23, 1983 - Normally a first baseman, manager Tony LaRussa moves Mike Squires to 3rd base in the 8th inning of a 10 - 2 loss to the Royals. Squires was left handed! It was the first time in at least fifty years a left hander had played that position in a major league game. Squires faced three batters from that spot without handling any chances.

August 23, 2005 - In an excruciating game in Minnesota, the Sox Freddy Garcia tosses a complete game one hitter and loses 1 - 0. The only mistake he made was allowing a home run to Jacque Jones leading off the 8th inning.

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 02:54 PM
August 24, 1910 - It was a noteworthy publicity stunt. With the White Sox in Washington D.C., catcher Ray “Cracker” Schalk caught a ball tossed off the top of the Washington Monument from pitcher “Big” Ed Walsh. It took 23 tries before Schalk was able to grab the ball, traveling at well over 100 MPH, into his glove. The ball fell 542 feet.

August 25, 1968 - The tensions surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago spill over to Comiskey Park. During a game against the Twins, supporters of Alabama Governor George Wallace and Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy get into an altercation in the lower left field seats after some of the Wallace supporters were accused of making racial remarks to Sox left fielder Tommy Davis. Security quickly separated the groups and averted a larger brawl.

August 26, 1971 - It was the kind of thing that could only happen to the White Sox and only in Baltimore’s ‘house of horrors,’ Memorial Stadium. The Sox trailed 6 - 0 before mounting a big comeback that saw them take a 9 - 8 lead in the 9th inning thanks to a home run by Mike Andrews. With two outs, torrential rain hit the area and after a wait of almost an hour and a half, the game was called. Because of rules in place at the time, the score reverted back to the last completed inning, the 8th, which saw Baltimore ahead 8 - 7. That’s the way the game ended...typical.

August 28, 1960 - Of all the crazy games and things that have happened when the Sox played at Baltimore, this one tops the list. The Sox started the day two and a half games behind the Yankees and trailed the O’s 3 - 0 going into the 8th. With two out, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox and Roy Sievers ripped consecutive singles, scoring a run and putting the tying runs on base. Manager Al Lopez called on Ted Kluszewski to pinch hit. “Big Klu” drilled the pitch from Milt Pappas into the right field stands for an apparent three run homer except for one small thing. Third base umpire Ed Hurley called time! Nobody remembered seeing him do it but he refused to change his call. Both Lopez and Fox were ejected in the confrontation afterwards. The next day Hurley was quoted in the newspapers as saying "I wish to heck I hadn’t called it, I’d gladly take it back...” End result was the Sox lost, and were now three games behind the Yankees. Kluszewski later recalled that this game was the one that broke the team’s spirit that season.

August 29, 1915 - Sox pitcher Jim Scott fires 5 - 0 shutout over the Philadelphia A’s... and he does it in only 68 minutes!! It’s the fastest game ever played in team annals.

August 29, 1965 - In a double header at Comiskey Park, Sox shortstop Ron Hansen sets the major league record when he handles 29 chances. Boston provides the opposition. The Sox win both games 3 - 2, with game one going 14 innings.

August 30, 1990 - Ron Karkovice, one of the slowest catchers in baseball history, (although he amazingly had ten steals in 1992!) hits an inside the park grand slam off the Twins David West at Minnesota. With the bases loaded in the 4th inning Karkovice hit a line drive just over shortstop that rolled to the wall in left center. Outfielder Dan Gladden was picking the ball up when he started to slip and fall. As he did so, he tossed the ball towards outfielder John Moses to try to start a relay, except that Moses wasn’t looking for it and the ball rolled towards center field. By the time the Twins got to it, Karkovice and all the runners had scored. It was the difference in a 4 - 3 win.

Lip

Zisk77
08-31-2010, 02:55 PM
I'm guessing that one or more of the flyballs was dropped for an error so no out was recorded but the batter received "credit" for a sac fly because the ball was hit deep enough in the official scorer's opinion. Just a guess.

You could also have it where multiple runners score on one sac fly, but that obviously didn't happen here.

Milw
08-31-2010, 03:15 PM
May 15, 1951 - A testament to the managerial genius of Sox skipper Paul Richards. It was thirty years since the league saw a move like this. In the 9th inning of a game in Boston where the Sox were winning 7 - 6, relief pitcher Harry Dorish was removed in favor of Billy Pierce to face the left handed hitting Ted Williams, only Dorish wasn’t removed from the game! He was moved to third base. Pierce retired Williams on a pop up, then was taken out of the game and Dorish put back on the mound. Boston eventually tied the game but the Sox would have the last laugh, winning 9 - 7 in eleven innings. The win marked the start of a 14 game win streak, with eleven of the wins on the road. On May 30th after sweeping the St. Louis Browns, the Sox record stood at 26 - 9!

For the life of me I don't understand why this isn't a more common occurrence. You're telling me Matt Thorton couldn't stand in right field for a single at bat against a right-handed hitter now and then? I'm not saying that type of thing should happen frequently, but a few times a season seems reasonable enough. If your righty-righty/lefty-lefty matchup percentages are good enough in the first place then you should be expecting a strikeout in that scenario more often than not...

Chez
08-31-2010, 03:34 PM
You could also have it where multiple runners score on one sac fly, but that obviously didn't happen here.

Right. But under your scenario, regardless of the number of runners who score, it still only counts as one sac fly. You might get multiple RBI on one sac fly, but you only get credit for one sac fly.

downstairs
08-31-2010, 03:36 PM
Can someone explain the logistics of three sacrifice flies in one inning?

The first two were E9/Sacrifice Fly.

The right fielder dropped two fly balls, but because of the situation it is still considered a sac fly.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA196207012.shtml#play_by_play

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 04:23 PM
September 4, 1961 - A strange start to a good Sox career for pitcher Joe Horlen. Horlen enters the game in Minnesota wearing a blank jersey. That’s right…no name, no number, on the back! Only one other time in MLB history has this ever happened as the Reds Eric Davis suffered the same fate in the 1980’s. Joe allows two hits in four innings of work and gets the win in the 9 - 5 decision. An unusual major league debut!

September 6, 1981 - It’s the beginning of the end for broadcaster Jimmy Piersall in connection with the Sox. Piersall and Harry Caray appear 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 7, 1960 - In a game at Comiskey Park Sammy Esposito booted a cinch double play ball hit by “Moose” Skowron with the Sox leading in the 8th inning, 4 - 2. That lead quickly evaporated as the Yankees rallied for four runs and a 6 - 4 win. Willie Harris and his friend, Jesse James (I swear I'm not making this up) had a wager on the game. When Esposito blew the ground ball Harris took matters into his own hands. He jumped over the box seat railing, ran on to the field and before a startled team punched Esposito right in the mouth. It took several uniformed police officers to pull Harris off of Esposito. Harris left the field shouting that he was “a real Sox fan...”

September 9, 1917 - It’s the only time the Sox have ever won a forfeited game. In Chicago against Cleveland, the Indians were protesting a close call that went against them in the top of the 10th inning of a tie game. When they took the field in the last of the 10th, Cleveland players threw their gloves in the air, some rolled around in the dirt and catcher Steve O’Neill deliberately threw a ball into center field. Umpire “Brick” Owens had enough and declared the game won by the Sox.

September 9, 2003 - With one move Sox manager Jerry Manuel perhaps cost his team a post season playoff berth and eventually led himself to be fired. In a game the Sox were leading Minnesota 8 - 2 in the 9th inning, Manuel brought in relief pitcher Jose Paniagua to get some work in. The Sox had a one game lead over the Twins and this was the second of a four game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Paniagua allowed four runs giving Minnesota momentum even though they’d lose 8 - 6. The Twins promptly won the final two games, swept the Sox the following week in Minnesota and won the second of three consecutive divisional titles. Paniagua, as he was leaving the field, made an obscene gesture at the home plate umpire and was released by Kenny Williams later that evening. Manuel’s dismissal would come a few weeks later.

September 10, 1977 - Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood ties the A.L. record by hitting three Angel hitters in a row in the first inning of the club’s 6 - 1 loss at Anaheim. With two out and a man on, Woody hit Dave Kingman, Don Baylor and Dave Chalk.

September 13, 1967 - In one of the longest games in franchise history and in the middle of a four team pennant race, the Sox shut out Cleveland 1 - 0 in seventeen innings! (Now that’s pitching!) The game lasted over four and a half hours and was finally finished when Rocky Colavito singled to right driving home Buddy Bradford. One other note on this game. Sox starter Gary Peters allowed one hit in eleven innings, he also walked ten! (I wonder what his pitch count was!)

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-31-2010, 04:24 PM
September 13, 2004 - Due to Hurricane Ivan, Comiskey Park is host to the first two games of a series between Montreal and Florida. It’s the first time a National League team hosts a game in an American League park since 1946.

September 17, 1971 - The White Sox defeat the California Angels 9 - 4 at Comiskey Park. An unusual event marks this game. All nine players in the White Sox lineup that night get one RBI, including pitcher Bart Johnson, who starts, gives up eight hits and strikes out twelve in going the distance.

September 18, 1940 - A game originally played on June 20th with the Sox beating New York 1 - 0 in eleven innings, is ordered replayed by the Commissioners office. A Sox win is literally washed away. The Sox found themselves in the middle of a pennant race and losing 9 - 8 in the 8th inning of the replayed game, when umpire Harry Geisel orders the game ended, claiming it was too dark to finish.

September 18, 1971 - Carlos May pulls off one of the rarest baseball feats of all when he gets an inside the park grand slam against the Angels Tom Murphy. May, a left handed hitter, sliced a drive down the left field line at Comiskey Park. California’s Ken Berry slammed his head diving for the ball which rolled into the corner. By the time center fielder Mickey Rivers came over and threw it back home, everyone had scored. The Sox behind pitcher Tom Bradley won the game 5 - 1. I was sitting in the center field bleachers and witnessed this event.

September 19, 1986 - Sox pitcher Joe Cowley makes the record books by no hitting the Angels in Anaheim 7 - 1. It is an unusual no hitter. Cowley walked seven, including three straight in the 6th inning, when California got their run. Ironically it would be Cowley’s last win in the big leagues.

September 22, 1966 - In a game at Yankee Stadium, Joe Horlen and he teammates stop New York to the tune of 4 - 1. Only 413 fans were in attendance at the gigantic stadium. It’s believed to be the smallest home crowd ever at a Yankee game.

September 28, 1997 - Frank Thomas wins the batting championship with a .347 average. He joins Luke Appling as the only Sox players to do this. Thomas is one of only fourteen players in MLB history with a batting title and at least 450 home runs to their credit. Thomas is also the largest player (both in height and weight) to ever win a batting crown.

September 29, 1967 - The Sox still have a chance for the pennant before they lose 1 - 0 to the Senators. The only run scored whenTommy McCraw wasn’t able to catch a pop up off the bat of Washington’s Fred Valentine in the 1st inning. NBC-TV had erected a barrier for their field level cameras in case the World Series came to Comiskey Park and Valentine’s pop fell into that enclosed area. On the very next pitch Valentine singled driving in the only run. That season marked the 17th straight that the Sox finished better then .500. It’s the third longest streak in baseball history.

September 30, 1956 - In the season ending game at Kansas City, Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest person to ever appear in a game wearing a Sox uniform. Derrington, is 16 years old when he starts against the A’s. He goes six innings allowing six runs (five earned) in a 7 - 6 loss. The teenaged lefty who was a ‘bonus baby’ doesn’t last long in the big leagues. He pitches a total of 21 innings in the majors and has a career record of 0 - 2.

September 30, 1966 - The Sox defeat the New York Yankees 6 - 5 in eleven innings on a single to left by Johnny Romano. It scored Wayne Causey. Why is that important? The loss guaranteed the Yankees a last place finish. Their first since 1912!

Lip

Ex-Chicagoan
09-01-2010, 10:16 AM
Weirdest thing I saw in person:

August 1, 1982. Gary Allenson leads off the 6th inning for the Red Sox. It's a high fly to deep center... LeFlore is under it... and... it's off his head! Allenson comes around to score.

Official scoring: four-base error.

fram40
09-01-2010, 11:05 AM
Carlton Fisk tagging out 2 Yankees at home plate on the same play. The 2 Yankees were Bobby Meachem (out 1) and Dale Berra (out 2).

This occurred in 1985.

That has to be one of the best plays. I always watch that play on the pre-game video.

There is a similar play in the video but both Sox runners score when the catcher cannot handle the throw.

Lip Man 1
09-01-2010, 03:36 PM
The end of the strangeness:

October 1, 1975 - Owner John Allyn appears on Johnny Morris’ sports on WBBM-TV. While talking about the pending sale of the club he says if he does own the team in 1976, Harry Caraywon’t be back as lead announcer. Allyn is tired of Caray and wants to fire him. The next day Caray has this retort, "I can’t believe any man can own a ballclub and be as dumb as John Allyn. Did he make enough to own it or did he inherit it?"

October 5, 1993 - Game #1 of the A.L.C.S. is a complete unmitigated disaster both on and off the field for the Sox. On the field, Toronto rips the Sox 7 - 3 but by the middle of the game, not one fan cares. Michael Jordan who threw out the ceremonial first pitch confirms reports that he is holding a press conference the next morning to announce his retirement from the Bulls. Fans at the game and around the city are in shock. Adding insult to injury, future Hall Of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and Chicago native and former Sox pitcher Donn Pall are turned away by security guards when they attempt to wish the team "good luck" in the locker room before the game started. The White Sox claim the rules were set by Major League Baseball but no fan or media member is fooled by that comment. Most media members feel Fisk was turned away on explicit orders from Jerry Reinsdorf. It’s an insult Fisk never forgets. Reinsdorf then takes an unprecedented step of apologizing to the team in the clubhouse before the start of Game #2 saying he had no wish to take away their spotlight because of the Jordan situation.

October 9, 1919 - The Sox unexpectedly lose the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds five games to three. Sox fans, reporters and some players are totally shocked over the way some games were lost. The questions surrounding this series, one of the greatest upsets in baseball history would linger for a year before exploding into the ‘Black Sox’ scandal.

October 12, 2005 - In one of the strangest endings to a post season game in history, the Sox beat the Angels 2 - 1, in Game #2 of the A.L.C.S. With the game tied in the 9th inning catcher A.J. Pierzynski ran to first on a dropped third strike. The Angels thought he struck out and never contested the play. After pinch runner Pablo Ozuna stole second, Joe Crede’s double brought home the game winner.

October 16, 1952 - The Sox send infielder Willie Miranda to the St. Louis Browns in trade. So what? Well consider this it marks the third time in four months that he was dealt between the two clubs! Miranda was traded to the Browns on June 15th, thirteen days later the Sox re-acquired him and finally on this date they sent him back.

November 20, 1996 - The Sox shock the baseball world when Jerry Reinsdorf announces that he has signed slugger Albert Belle to the largest contract in baseball history. Sox fans are torn between being happy the Sox spent money on a star and being worried because of Belle’s sullen, moody reputation. Other baseball owners are furious with Reinsdorf feeling that he deliberately signed Belle to the large contract to "pay them back" for agreeing to settle the 1994 labor dispute. Reinsdorf would be removed from the labor relations board, the body that advised the commissioner in all labor matters, over it.

November 27, 1938 - Sox star pitcher Monty Stratton, an American League All Star in 1937 and one of the best young players in the game, accidentally shoots himself in the leg when his .32 caliber pistol discharges when he was replacing it in his holster. Stratton had been out hunting. Unable to get help, he crawled a half mile to a road leading into Greenville, Texas. The bullet pierced a femoral artery which stopped circulation to the limb and it had to be amputated. His four year career was ended. He eventually came back to play in a few minor league games using a wooden leg. In 1948 Hollywood made ‘The Stratton Story,’ starring Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson and former Sox manager Jimmy Dykes.

November 27, 1961 - In a bizarre coincidence both “Minnie” Minoso and Joe Cunningham were at the same sports banquet in Joliet when word came that the Sox and Cardinals had made a trade. The deal was Minoso for Cunningham! Cunningham became perhaps the finest fielding first baseman in franchise history ranking right up there with Joe Kuhel and Tony Muser. In 1962 Joe would reach base 268 times and lead the Sox in walks, runs, sacrifice flies and bunts.

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 dollars 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 offer that came from Bill Veeck’s group. However Veeck had purchased, for one hundred dollars, an ‘option’ period where he would have the first right to buy the team. Dorothy Comiskey and her advisors tried to determine a fair price to buy that option back and sell to Finley but were never able to do so. Thanks in part to a judicial ruling in March 1959 and because he raised his initial offer, Veeck’s group took control of the club right before the start of the regular season.

Lip

RadioheadRocks
09-01-2010, 07:26 PM
With blunders and great moves, How about the just plain wierd. I submit:

April 22, 1959: The Sox beat the Kansas City A's 20-6 with the help of an 11 run, one hit, three error, one HBP inning.



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April 22, 1959 - In one of the most bizarre innings in baseball history, the Sox get eleven runs in the 7th inning as part of their 20 - 6 win at Kansas City. The ‘uniqueness’ of it is that fact that those eleven runs scored on only one hit! It took 45 minutes to play. Here is the play by play from it:

WHITE SOX 7TH: GORMAN REPLACED WARD (PITCHING); Ray Boone reached on an error by DeMaestri ; [B]Al Smith reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt by Smith ; [B]Johnny Callison singled to right ; [B]Luis Aparicio walked; Aparicio stole second; Bob Shaw walked; EARL TORGESON BATTED FOR SAMMY ESPOSITO; FREEMAN REPLACED GORMAN (PITCHING); Torgeson walked (walk was charged to Gorman) [Callison scored, Aparicio to third, Shaw to second]; Nellie Fox walked [Aparicio scored, Shaw to third, Torgeson to second]; Jim Landis forced Shaw (pitcher to catcher) [Torgeson to third, Fox to second]; Sherm Lollar walked [Torgeson scored (unearned), Fox to third, Landis to second]; BRUNET REPLACED FREEMAN (PITCHING); Boone walked [Fox scored (unearned), Landis to third, Lollar to second]; Smith walked [Landis scored (unearned), Lollar to third, Boone to second]; Callison was hit by a pitch [Lollar scored (unearned), Boone to third, Smith to second]; LOU SKIZAS RAN FOR CALLISON; Aparicio walked ; Shaw struck out; “[B]BUBBA” PHILLIPS BATTED FOR TORGESON; Phillips walked [Smith scored (unearned), Skizas to third, Aparicio to second]; Fox walked [Skizas scored (unearned), Aparicio to third, Phillips to second]; Landis grounded out (pitcher to first); 11 R, 1 H, 3 E, 3 LOB.



And Jim Landis made two of the three outs in that inning.

TDog
09-01-2010, 07:58 PM
...

June 24, 1977 - An embarrassing moment for Sox outfielder Ralph Garr and, as it turned out, a costly one for the team. In the 3rd inning of a game in Minnesota, Garr hit what appeared to be a three run home run... however as he was running the bases he passed catcher Jim Essian who waited at first base to make sure the ball was, in fact, a home run. Garr was called out for passing the runner and awarded a two run single. The Sox wound up losing the game 7 - 6. ...

The same thing happened in a Giants game this year involving Pablo Sandoval. Giants announcer Duane Kuiper said he hadn't seen that happen since the 1970s when Ralph Garr passed someone on the bases in a White Sox game. He didn't mention that it resulted in a one-run loss in a game involving teams tied for first place.

But 1977 was a wacky season. The 1977 White Sox had to be the worst team that ever won 90 games. An old time Chicago sportswriter (I can picture him talking, but his name escapes me) said at the peak of the frenzy in July that it was such an unlikely first-place team. They could hit, but they couldn't pitch. They couldn't field. They ran the bases like a team out of the Middle Ages when they didn't have baseball and people just ran through through the woods and such.

LITTLE NELL
09-01-2010, 08:10 PM
The same thing happened in a Giants game this year involving Pablo Sandoval. Giants announcer Duane Kuiper said he hadn't seen that happen since the 1970s when Ralph Garr passed someone on the bases in a White Sox game. He didn't mention that it resulted in a one-run loss in a game involving teams tied for first place.

But 1977 was a wacky season. The 1977 White Sox had to be the worst team that ever won 90 games. An old time Chicago sportswriter (I can picture him talking, but his name escapes me) said at the peak of the frenzy in July that it was such an unlikely first-place team. They could hit, but they couldn't pitch. They couldn't field. They ran the bases like a team out of the Middle Ages when they didn't have baseball and people just ran through through the woods and such.

It still was one hell of a fun year.

TDog
09-01-2010, 08:20 PM
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It still was one hell of a fun year.

Until August when the White Sox stopped winning and started playing like the truly awful team they were.

Railsplitter
09-03-2010, 09:35 AM
One thing I'd forgotten when I started the thread and the "Taco" incident reminded me: sometime during the 1989 season Ivan Calderon was called on to pinch hit but couldn't be found. Turned out he was in the clubhouse watching tapes of himself hitting.

fram40
09-03-2010, 10:49 AM
Until August when the White Sox stopped winning and started playing like the truly awful team they were.

not really awful. The Royals finished an incredible 38 - 9 to beat out the Sox by 12 games. The Sox finished 24 -22 over the same time span.

I'll never forget the thrilling three run rally in the bottom of the tenth in the first game of a doubleheader to beat KC. I watched that game from the 19th hole (Gleneagles, I think).

Sox lost the second game - and were pretty much finished for the season.

TomBradley72
09-03-2010, 11:51 AM
Until August when the White Sox stopped winning and started playing like the truly awful team they were.

They were 11-18 in August...but bounced back to 16-14 in September.

They mashed the ball and had a decent closer (LaGrow, 2.86 ERA), Hamilton was a decent lefty our of the pen...Kravec/Barrios/Stone were decent starters but they had no "ace" just a bunch of #3-#5 guys.
The defense was ridiculous...especially Garr in LF, Bannister at SS and Orta at 2nd.

They had one "awful" month combined with an incredible run by KC...too much to overcome...if Zisk had stayed healthy that would have helped...they won more games than the 2008 AL Central champs....but they were all hitting/offense..the complete opposited of the great "hitless wonders" Sox teams.