View Full Version : This Day In Sox History 8/20

Lip Man 1
08-19-2004, 10:08 PM
This Date In Sox History 8/20

Some pretty special memories!

8-20-63: Sox 10 @ Bost. 2 - Juan Pizarro does it all for the Sox. He goes the distance in picking up his 15th win of the year PLUS he goes 3 for 4 from the plate with three RBIís. You canít do much better then that! Sox record is 69-54, they are nine and a half out.

8-20-64: Sox 5, N.Y. 0 - The four game sweep is complete with Johnny Buzhardt going the distance in front of almost 37,000. It was quite a birthday present for manager Al Lopez. Buzhardt also drove in a run on a squeeze bunt. The Sox were now 75-47, a half game in first place but what happened afterwards is the stuff of legend. On the bus back to OíHare Airport, with the Yankees stuck in rush hour traffic, utility man Phil Linz started playing his harmonica.. Manager Yogi Berra didnít like it and verbally confronted him about it. The ensuing screaming match ignited the Yankees who won 26 of their next 33, including an eleven game winning streak, to vault past the Sox and Baltimore on September 17th. The race went down to the end but the Sox finished one game short.

8-20-67: Sox 4, Balt. 2 AND Sox 2, Balt. 1 - Gary Peters took the first game and the Sox got a two run first inning home run from Pete Ward in game two, then made it stand up for the sweep. Don McMahon got the win in relief of Tommy John. The Sox were only a half game back and had a record of 66-52.

8-20-72: Sox 9, Bost. 7 AND Bost. 5, Sox 4 - This double header split is remembered for one thing. In the opener the Sox blew a late lead then had to rally for four runs to get the win. With two outs in the 9th inning, Pat Kelly blasted a Marty Pattin pitch over the fence in center field with two men on. The three run blast was the game winner. In game two Eddie Fisher got tagged with the loss. The Sox though were tied with the Aís for first place, in late August at 67-48.

8-20-90: Sox 11, Oak. 1 - Earlier in June, Aís pitcher Dave Stewart after the Sox beat him said that with the exception of ĎFisk, Kittle and Calderon...maybe, they canít carry my jock.í Tonight the Sox handed Dave his jock. Jack McDowell shut the Aís down on three hits, Ivan Calderon drove in three runs and Sammy Sosa hit a tremendous two run home run in the left field upper deck. By the way, Sox fans started tossing jocks out on to the field when the Sox built up a big lead! The Sox were 70-49 and trailed the Aís by five and a half games.


08-20-2004, 06:36 AM
That four game sweep of the Yanks in 64 was the biggest kick for me as a kid rooting for the Sox. IIRC the Yanks had beaten the Sox ten in a row that year. The atmosphere at Comiskey was electric for that series. It was payback time for a lot of years of frustration. It didn't end well though. What else is new?