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Lip Man 1
05-15-2006, 09:57 PM
This Day In Sox History

May 18, 1983 (anniversary is Thursday)

It was one of, if not, the lowest point of the season. And for pitcher Richard Dotson it was excruciating.

That night in Baltimore Dotson never threw better. His control was off as he walked seven but he always seemed to make the big pitch when he needed it. Unfortunately the Sox were being completely stopped by Dotson’s opponent Storm Davis.

After seven full, Davis had only allowed three hits. Dotson none. The trouble was, the game was a scoreless tie.

In the bottom of the 8th inning with one out, Dotson made his only mistake. ‘Disco’ Danny Ford took an outside pitch and drove it down the first base line into the first row of the ‘short corner’ of Memorial Stadium. It was a solo home run...it went all of about 308 feet...it would have been an easy out in Comiskey Park...but it still counted.

Richard Dotson had to suffer the agony of throwing a complete game one hitter and LOSING 1-0.

The Sox dropped to 13-20 on the year.

But all’s well that end’s well. Starting in late May the White Sox ransacked the rest of the American League hammering their way to 99 wins and the Western Division Title. Dotson also would recover nicely ending the season at 22-7.

Postscript: Ironically enough last August 23rd, Freddy Garcia found himself in the same boat. He one hit the Twins, only to lose 1-0 on a Jacques Jones home run in the 8th inning! Strange but true.

Dotson until this year was a pitching coach in the Sox organization, most recently at Great Falls Montana in the Pioneer League. He was among the former players who participated in the White Sox fantasy camp this past January in Tuscon.


05-15-2006, 10:18 PM
Didn't the 1917 or 1919 team win 100 games? I thought that is the team record.

05-15-2006, 10:25 PM
Didn't the 1917 or 1919 team win 100 games? I thought that is the team record.

The 1917 team, but one of those wins was a forfiet from Cleveland (?) for some reason, I don't remember.

05-16-2006, 12:15 PM
That reminds me of the infamous Harvey Haddix game in 1959; Pittsburgh vs Milwaukee Braves, where he had a perfect game going into the 13th inning. Unfortunately, he lost the perfect game, no hitter and the game itself in the 13th when the Braves scored, and the Pirates lost 1-0.


Lip Man 1
05-16-2006, 12:35 PM
Game was played on May 26, 1959. Joe Adcock's double in the 13th was the game winner.


05-16-2006, 12:42 PM
Just seeing the names of those Orioles players from 1983 makes me shudder. But one of the best regular seasons ever for the Sox