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Lip Man 1
04-17-2006, 11:12 PM
This Day In White Sox History

Actually itís a double header with two of the most memorable, bizarre games ever played by the White Sox. BOTH against Kansas City, although not the Royals...the Athletics.

The anniversary dates are this Saturday and Sunday.

APRIL 22, 1959

White Sox-20, Athletics-6

The Sox led the Aís 8-6 going into the 7th inning at Municipal Stadium. Sox killer Ned Garver, who hadnít lost to the Sox in two years was on the mound looking to continue that streak. It was then that the impossible happened. How strange was that half inning? Letís put it this way...how many hits do you think youíd need to score 11 runs??????

No peeking....pick a number.

Now hereís the correct answer. ONE!

Yep... the White Sox scored 11 runs on one hit, three errors, a hit batsman and TEN WALKS!!!

Donít believe me eh?

Hereís the breakdown:

Tom Gorman came in to pitch for the Aís.
* Ray Boone was safe when shortstop Joe DeMaestri made a wide throw to first on his ground ball.
* Al Smith sacrificed Boone to second but was also safe when catcher Hal Smith bobbled his bunt.
* Johnny Callison singled to right scoring Boone and when Roger Maris booted the ball (yes, THAT Roger Maris...) Smith also scored and Callison wound up at third.
* Luis Aparicio walked and stole second base.
* Bob Shaw walked to load the bases.
Mark Freeman came in to pitch for the Aís.
* Earl Torgeson walked forcing Callison in.
* Nellie Fox walked forcing Aparicio in.
* Jim Landis bounced back to Freeman who threw to the plate forcing Shaw.
* Sherm Lollar walked forcing Torgeson in.
George Brunet came in to pitch for the Aís.
* Boone walked forcing Fox in.
* Smith walked forcing Landis in.
* Callison was hit by a pitch forcing Lollar in.
Lou Skizas came in to run for Callison.
* Aparicio struck out.
* Bubba Phillips pinch hit for Torgeson and walked forcing in Smith.
* Fox walked forcing in Skizas.
* Landis grounded out to Brunet.

Eleven runs, one hit, three errors!!! with Landis making two of the three outs. The half inning lasted :45 minutes!

Fox would have five RBIís on the day with Aparicio chipping in with four.

APRIL 23, 1955

White Sox- 29, Athletics-6

This was a game of Ďfirstsí for the White Sox. The first time they ever played a regulation game in Kansas City (the Aís had just moved from Philadelphia), the first time the Sox ever flew to a major league game (charter from Detroit) and the first and only time they ever scored 29 runs in a game. To this day itís the highest scoring game in franchise history.

The White Sox slugged seven home runs in the game at Municipal Stadium. Bob Nieman and Sherm Lollar each had two. Minnie Minoso, pitcher Jack Harshman and Walt Dropo also went deep.

Nieman and Dropo each had seven RBIís. Lollar went 5 for 6 with five RBIís and Minoso went 4 for 6 with five RBIís.

The Sox led 4-3 after one, 11-3 after two, 14-5 after three, 16-5 after four, 22-6 after six, 25-6 after seven, and 29-6 after eight. Thatís the way it ended!

Strange but true!


04-17-2006, 11:36 PM
Great post Lip, good for us 20-something year olds to get a little bit of a White Sox history lesson. From what my Father tells me Ned Garver was really a pain in the ass for the SOX back then, and when this happened it was a huge deal. Thanks for posting! :smile: If ya got the time these "Days in White Sox history" posts would be real cool every so often.

Corlose 15
04-17-2006, 11:42 PM
My dad has told me about that game. He remembers listening to it on the radio.

04-18-2006, 08:28 AM
That's amazing.

Anyone know the major league record for runs scored in a game?

- Hey wait a minute... THIS date in history? Are you posting from the future? Do we end up sweeping the Twins?

04-18-2006, 10:11 AM
That's amazing.

Anyone know the major league record for runs scored in a game?

- Hey wait a minute... THIS date in history? Are you posting from the future? Do we end up sweeping the Twins?

The "modern" record (since 1900) is 29; the Sox share this record with the Red Sox, who did it against the St Louis Browns on June 8, 1950.

On June 29, 1897, the Cubs scored 36 runs vs Louisville.

More: http://experts.about.com/q/Baseball-Trivia-General-2552/runs-scored.htm

Great post Lip. :smile:

04-18-2006, 10:28 AM
Growing up and learning about Sox history, these were two individual games that really stood out. (Especially since there was a lack of World Championships to read about...thank goodness that's been taken care of! :D: )

Interesting to note that other than the Monarch's of the Negro Leagues and the George Brett era, K.C. has seen some pretty pathetic baseball, haven't they.

04-18-2006, 10:33 AM
I have read about this particular game several times, and still find it hard to believe that it actually happened.

This is the type of game (or inning) they should show on rain delay theater (or play on the radio), if footage exists.

But having been at Andy Hawkins no hitter against the Sox in 1990 when they beat Hawkins 4-0 to move into 1st Place was probably my most bizzare game ever attended.

04-18-2006, 11:51 AM
My dad has told me about that game. He remembers listening to it on the radio.

Same here, I remember my old man telling me about that game, about how crazy that was. thanks again for the reminder

Lip Man 1
04-18-2006, 11:52 AM

I do post those TDISH now and again.

Soxinem 1:

To the best of my knowledge no footage is know to exist of these games (innings)



04-18-2006, 01:44 PM

Though I'm too young (HA!) to remember the 1955 game, I do remember my father and I reviewing the 1959 box the day after.

I believe in the 1955 game, Sherm Lollar became the third major leaguer to get two hits in the same inning twice in the same game.

Link: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCI/is_7_59/ai_64150785/pg_12


Lip Man 1
04-18-2006, 02:46 PM

It was two hits in one inning. He became the 3rd player (at that time) to do this when it happened in the 6th inning. He did not do it twice in this game.