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Lip Man 1
08-16-2004, 10:31 PM
This Date In Sox History 8/17

One record breaking note!
8-17-51: Sox 7, Cleve. 1 AND Sox 8 Cleve. 3 - The Sox weren’t supposed to be this good not when the franchise hadn’t been alive in roughly ten years but here they were. The double header sweep behind the pitching of Billy Pierce and Luis Aloma in relief, pushed their record to 63-51. True they were still nine games out but the Sox served notice that things were going to be different from now on. No more losing seasons, no more garbage teams.

8-17-64: Sox 2, N.Y. 1 - The start of perhaps the biggest home series for the Sox in the 60's. Juan Pizarro out dueled Ralph Terry in game #1 of the four game series. Sox record 72-47. They trailed Baltimore by a game and a half.

8-17-65: Sox 7 @ Wash. 2 AND Sox 5 @ Wash. 1 - Danny Cater had three RBI’s in game #1 to back the pitching of Johnny Buzhardt while in game #2 starting pitcher Juan Pizarro had a two run home run and Floyd Robinson added a solo shot to cap the sweep. It was five wins in a row for the Sox who were now at 66-51. Unfortunately they were still eight behind the Twins.

8-17-72: Sox 6 @ Balt. 1 - It was a makeup game in Baltimore that saw Dave Lemonds get the win. The Sox were 65-46 and were only a half game behind the A’s. Oh the attendance at Memorial Stadium that night? 655!

8-17-90: Tex. 1, Sox 0 (13) AND Sox 4 @ Tex. 2 - Game #1 was the make up of the rain out in Chicago the previous week. That was the game where the Sox waited eight hours before calling it. Nolan Ryan started this one and again got into an altercation with Sox hitters, another fight also broke out around second base. Reuben Sierra’s single in the 13th won it.

But that was just a warm up for game #2 that saw Carlton Fisk set the record for most home runs by a catcher when he led off the 2nd inning with a shot into the left field seats. It came off Charlie Hough and was #328 breaking the tie with Reds Hall Of Famer Johnny Bench. Fisk’ son Casey, a bat boy with the club, greeted him at home plate. Ranger fans gave Pudge a standing ovation. The home run led to Fisk being featured in the ‘Sunday Night Conversation’ that week on ESPN’s SportsCenter as he was interviewed by Peter Gammons. The Sox were 68-48 after the split still six and a half behind Oakland.


08-17-2004, 08:21 AM

I really enjoy this history threads you bring up daily...keep up the good work!


08-17-2004, 10:15 AM
I second that. Keep it going.