View Full Version : This Date In Sox History 6-22 THROUGH 6-27

Lip Man 1
06-21-2006, 01:10 PM

I am going to be out of town for the next few days. I'll be meeting Roland Hemond in Great Falls, Montana. Roland is coming in to speak to and evaluate the new Sox signee's that have been sent to that rookie league club. I'm going to follow him doing doing some stories for both the Idaho State Journal and WSI on the 'art' of scouting and perhaps a feature on first round pick Kyle McCollugh of Texas. We'll be watching the weekend games then driving together to Helena, Montana to watch the Great Falls team in a road game or two.

So, I'm am packaging the week's worth of THIS DATE IN SOX HISTORY here. Sorry to have to toss everything into one hopper but I don't have a choice.

Enjoy the memories!!!!! There are some impressive ones!!!

June 22, 1922-Catcher and future Hall of Famer, Ray 'Cracker' Schalk becomes the first White Sox player to hit for the cycle when he does it against the Tigers.

June 22, 1983- Noted team prankster, starting pitcher Jerry Koosman somehow "discovers" Gaylord Perry’s false teeth on the mound at Comiskey Park during a game against the Mariners. He offers to return them but Perry declines. Oh by the way, the Sox won the game 6-3. (Koosman talks about this entire episode in his interview with White Sox Interactive.com)

June 22, 1993- On "Carlton Fisk Night", Fisk sets the major league record for games caught at 2,226. He breaks the old record held by Bob Boone. Teammates surround Fisk on the field for pre game ceremonies and present him with a motorcycle that they chipped in and bought him. The cycle is driven to home plate by Bo Jackson. The Sox would beat the Rangers 3-2 on a game winning single in the 9th inning by Lance Johnson.

June 23, 1956- It’s the first of the two great fights on the field between Yankee and White Sox players. (Almost one year later was the second one on June 13, 1957.) In this one Bob Grim (the late uncle to current Sox director of business development and broadcasting Bob Grim) threw one high and tight to Sox outfielder Dave Philley in the home half of the 6th inning. The ball glanced off Philley’s shoulder and bounced into his batting helmet knocking it off. Philley charged the mound as the benches and bullpen’s emptied. Both players swung at each other and both players (fortunately) missed, as the rest of the teams held each other back. Order was restored after about twenty minutes. Philley was tossed from the game. Grim allowed to stay in but perhaps shaken, he was tagged for two runs...the only runs of the day in the Sox 2-0 win.

June 24, 1956- It was probably the biggest White Sox weekend of the 1950's. Two days earlier the Sox started, what was an unheard of, four game sweep of the Yankees winning 5-4 in 12 innings. Saturday the Sox shut out the Bombers 2-0. Then on Sunday before almost 48 thousand, the Sox took a pair, closing to within one game of first place. Larry Doby would hit a pair of three run shots in the twin bill helping to account for the 14-2 and 6-3 wins. Fans by the hundreds poured on to the field during the second game simply to get the chance to shake players hands and run around the outfield. Then Mayor Richard J. Daley came out and said that the Sox would be in the World Series that fall. Of course they didn’t... but they did finish the season at 85-69.

June 24, 1972- Behind the inspired play of Dick Allen,Wilbur Wood, Stan Bahnsen, Terry Forster and Carlos May, the Sox are in the middle of a pennant chase when the bizarre injury curse struck again. Bill Melton fell off a ladder damaging his back during the previous off season and had been playing in pain ever since. The defending American League home run champion was put on the disabled list and lost for the rest of the year when it was discovered he had a herniated disk. The reason he was on the ladder? Somehow his son got caught on the garage roof! The Sox would finish 5 ½ games behind the Oakland A’s.

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 26, 1983- Sox slugger Greg Luzinski belts the first of his three ‘rooftop’ home runs at Comiskey Park becoming the first player to ever hit that many in a single season. Luzinski powers a pitch from the Twins Brian Oelkers over the roof in left center field. The shot came in the 3rd inning of a game the Sox would win 9-7.

June 27, 1958- He came so close to perfection. Sox left hander Billy Pierce fired four one hitters in his brilliant career but he never came closer then on this night to baseball immortality. With two out in the 9th inning, Pierce lost a perfect game as the Senators Ed FitzGerald doubled down the first base line. The hit was fair by a foot. The crowd at Comiskey Park was in disbelief. The Sox win 3-0 but Pierce never comes closer to pitching a masterpiece. (Billy talks about this game and this at bat, including what he threw and why he threw it, in his interview at White Sox Interactive.com) One other side note, FitzGerald came from the family that the ship the "Edmund FitzGerald" was named after. It was named after his father, a shipping, banking magnate in Wisconsin. The ship would sink in a storm in 1975 and inspire the Gordon Lightfoot ballad, 'The Wreck Of The Edmund FitzGerald.'


06-21-2006, 01:19 PM
Always great to read these columns, Lip.

But in the zeal for historical accuracy, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on November 10, 1975. :D: