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04-11-2007, 01:11 PM
April 12, 1966 - The Sox open the season with a 3 - 2 win over the Angels in 14 innings. Tommy McCraw delivers the game winning hit. Rookie Tommy Agee would crack a home run off Dean Chance to begin his season which would end with him being named the Rookie Of The Year and the first Sox player to ever hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season. But the game is known for what the 28 thousand plus fans sing to open the afternoon...it’s not ‘‘The Star Spangled Banner’’ but ‘‘God Bless America.’’ The Sox made the change stating that the words to the usual anthem were to hard to remember and to sing. Irving Berlin would write a letter to the Sox begging them to go back to the original anthem. The Sox then decided to let the fans vote on which they preferred. ‘‘The Star Spangled Banner’’ won.

April 12, 1967 - The bittersweet 1967 season opens with a 5 - 4 loss in Boston to the eventual American League champions. The Sox would go into the final week of the season in position to take their first pennant since 1959...only to lose five in a row to bottom feeders Kansas City and Washington.

April 12, 1977 - Former housewife and Milwaukee radio broadcaster Mary Shane becomes the first female announcer in MLB history when she begins doing Sox games. Mary joined Lorn Brown, Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersall in the booth for roughly twenty games. Most of her work was done when the Sox were at home. WMAQ general manager Charlie Warner ‘discovered’ Shane who only lasted this season. She returned to Massachusetts where she became an award winning sportswriter before passing away at an early age on November 3, 1987.

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