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Lip Man 1
08-10-2006, 01:15 PM
A Sox six-pack!!! First time ever.....

August 11, 1964- The Sox finally win a game against the Yankees having lost ten straight to them that season. Why was this so important? Simple, the Sox won 98 games this season and finished one game behind New York! Making things tougher for Sox fans is that the team closed out the season winning nine straight, unfortunately the Yankees reeled off a streak that saw them win 15 of their last 19 down the stretch to win the pennent.

August 11, 1965 - Sox star left hander Juan Pizarro comes the closest in his career to a no hitter. In the second game of a double header at Comiskey Park, Pizarro fires a one hitter in beating the Senators 7-0. The only hit comes in the 5th inning, a single to right off the bat of future White Sox player Woodie Held.

August 11, 1969- Promising Sox outfielder Carlos May loses part of his right thumb while serving with the Marine Reserves in California. A mortar misfired causing the accident. May would come back and have some very good years (especially 1972) but he was never the same. (Carlos May talks about this accident and his recovery from it in his interview with White Sox Interactive.)

August 11, 1972 - It was one of the longest games in Sox history and was the start of a four game series that may have been the best in the decade. The Sox went to Oakland fighting the Aís for first place in the division, and the day before this game was called by curfew with the score tied at three after 17 innings. It was picked up on this day and went another two innings before Joe Rudi ended matters with a two run home run. In the regularly slated game, Cub castoff Dave Lemonds and Cy Acosta outdueled Catfish Hunter allowing two hits in a 1-0 win. The Sox and Aís would split the final two games of this series. (Ed Herrmann talks about this crucial series in his interview with White Sox Interactive.)

August 11, 1991- In only his second major league start, the Sox Wilson Alvarez tosses a no hitter against the Orioles in Baltimore. Alvarez is handed a big lead early on and makes the most of it, shutting down the Birds. Lance Johnson makes a saving catch in right center field late in the game as Alvarez has his greatest moment in winning 7-0.

August 11, 1994- The unthinkable finally happens as major league players strike the rest of the season because of the unwillingness by owners to negotiate fairly in a new contract. (A charge later upheld by the Federal Courts.) At the time of the strike, the Sox are leading the division, have the second best record in the A.L. and the third best in all of baseball. They were on their way to back to back playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history. Many Sox fans blame owner Jerry Reinsdorf for forcing the strike, being a hard line owner and sabotaging his own teams chance to get to that elusive World Series. Frank Thomas ends the season very close to the Triple Crown, hitting .353 with 38 home runs and 101 RBIís. He does get his second consecutive MVP award though.

Lip

jackbrohamer
08-10-2006, 02:12 PM
Wow, 1964 must have been a frustrating season to live through.

Frater Perdurabo
08-10-2006, 02:31 PM
I remember watching the Alvarez no-hitter. After a scoreless, hitless first inning, my friend and I went to get some food. We remarked to each other how funny it would be if he tossed a no-hitter in his Sox debut. When we returned three innings later, he still had it going and we watched the rest of the game.

During that game, wasn't there also a bunt or infield squibber that an Oriole batter hit that Karkovice fielded and, quickly realizing that he might not be able to throw the hitter out (which could have broken up the no-hit bid), intentionally committed an error to preserve the no-hitter?

FielderJones
08-10-2006, 02:41 PM
During that game, wasn't there also a bunt or infield squibber that an Oriole batter hit that Karkovice fielded and, quickly realizing that he might not be able to throw the hitter out (which could have broken up the no-hit bid), intentionally committed an error to preserve the no-hitter?

Retrosheet (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B08110BAL1991.htm) backs your memory of a Karkovice error on a Ripken-hit ball.

I want Mags back
08-10-2006, 02:55 PM
http://www.ou.edu/uobs/August.jpg

too bad today is Thursday, August 10th

FielderJones
08-10-2006, 03:25 PM
too bad today is Thursday, August 10th

Lip has already established that he posts stuff a day early because he, uh, wants to.

wilburaga
08-10-2006, 03:27 PM
August 11, 1991- In only his second major league start, the Sox Wilson Alvarez tosses a no hitter against the Orioles in Baltimore. Alvarez is handed a big lead early on and makes the most of it, shutting down the Birds. Lance Johnson makes a saving catch in right center field late in the game as Alvarez has his greatest moment in winning 7-0.


I remember I was flying high after this game. The Sox had won 7 in a row, putting us 20 games over .500 and within a game of first place. Sadly, the next day dawned. The Sox lost 15 out of their next 17. Sayonara, season.

Carlos May is probably the all time 'what if' for this franchise. He was the best young hitter the Sox had developed in my lifetime. Just a shame.

Pizarro also pitched a one hitter for the Cubbies. He and Dennis Lamp are the only two to throw one hitters for both Chicago teams.

W

Lip Man 1
08-10-2006, 04:10 PM
Fielder:

I do it a day earlier because you never know frankly who is reading these boards. If they are a media member, posting it a day earlier gives them some time in case they want to mention something that happened or interview someone about it for the next day's issue.

Wilbur:

Yep, Thiggy blew a game the next night and the hitters simply disappeared. In the next three weeks they were shut out I think six times culminating with Breat Saberhagen no-hitting them on August 25th. Which is my birthday. Some present eh?

Lip

Lip Man 1
08-11-2006, 01:36 AM
Jack:

Last year in August / September it was bad but in 1964 and 1967 it was pure agony. Totally excrutiating to be that close, that friggin' close to the World Series (no league playoffs in thos days...) and to not make it.

Lip

my5thbench
08-11-2006, 12:41 PM
Lip...agony is the word for those two years, I was a teenager & they tore at the ol' heart strings...life can never be quite the same

jamokes
08-11-2006, 12:55 PM
Who knows, we could be having a year this year like 1964 and 1967. Only this year, we have some power. In 1967 we had no power.

stl_sox_fan
08-11-2006, 01:19 PM
August 11, 1994 - The unthinkable finally happens

Ahhhh the "incident".

Dan Mega
08-11-2006, 01:24 PM
August 11, 1994- The unthinkable finally happens as major league players strike the rest of the season because of the unwillingness by owners to negotiate fairly in a new contract. (A charge later upheld by the Federal Courts.) At the time of the strike, the Sox are leading the division, have the second best record in the A.L. and the third best in all of baseball. They were on their way to back to back playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history. Many Sox fans blame owner Jerry Reinsdorf for forcing the strike, being a hard line owner and sabotaging his own teams chance to get to that elusive World Series. Frank Thomas ends the season very close to the Triple Crown, hitting .353 with 38 home runs and 101 RBIís. He does get his second consecutive MVP award though.


Reinsdorf had to get this town a World Series championship before alot of people, myself included, forgave him for what is truely one of the darkest days in all of sports history.:whiner:

NoShoesJoe
08-11-2006, 02:24 PM
Reinsdorf had to get this town a World Series championship before alot of people, myself included, forgave him for what is truely one of the darkest days in all of sports history.:whiner:

I was a season ticket holder that year. It took me a looonnngg time to get over it. Not forget it, mind you, but simply get past it. I was depressed when I got my refund, too.