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Lip Man 1
04-21-2007, 12:35 PM
Here you go gang, the strangest, most unusual, bizarre day in the year in White Sox history. If anyone has any better candidates, feel free to let me know.

On the docket today is "Jungle" Jim Rivera being...well, "Jungle" Jim Rivera, the wildest single inning in franchise history, Wilbur Wood showing his 'speed' (you're kidding right?), Frank Thomas with a Comiskey Park 'first' and the Tigers and White Sox asking each other, 'where is the love?' (with due respect to Roberta Flack and Donny Hataway!)
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April 22, 1955 - It’s the first time the White Sox ever played in Kansas City and it was the first time the club ever flew to another series and outfielder "Jungle" Jim Rivera would make it a memorable night. Rivera’s home run helps the Sox beat the A’s 5 - 3 but it’s his comment afterwards to former first lady Bess Truman that makes the most news. When introduced, Rivera said, "I’m sure sorry my home run beat your club but it was a helluva wallop eh, Bess?"

April 22, 1959 - In one of the most bizarre innings in baseball history, the Sox get eleven runs in the 7th inning as part of their 20 - 6 win at Kansas City. The ‘uniqueness’ of it is that fact that those eleven runs scored on only one hit! It took 45 minutes to play. Here is the play by play from it:

WHITE SOX 7TH: GORMAN REPLACED WARD (PITCHING); Ray Boone reached on an error by DeMaestri ; [B]Al Smith reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt by Smith ; [B]Johnny Callison singled to right ; [B]Luis Aparicio walked; Aparicio stole second; Bob Shaw walked; EARL TORGESON BATTED FOR SAMMY ESPOSITO; FREEMAN REPLACED GORMAN (PITCHING); Torgeson walked (walk was charged to Gorman) [Callison scored, Aparicio to third, Shaw to second]; Nellie Fox walked [Aparicio scored, Shaw to third, Torgeson to second]; Jim Landis forced Shaw (pitcher to catcher) [Torgeson to third, Fox to second]; Sherm Lollar walked [Torgeson scored (unearned), Fox to third, Landis to second]; BRUNET REPLACED FREEMAN (PITCHING); Boone walked [Fox scored (unearned), Landis to third, Lollar to second]; Smith walked [Landis scored (unearned), Lollar to third, Boone to second]; Callison was hit by a pitch [Lollar scored (unearned), Boone to third, Smith to second]; LOU SKIZAS RAN FOR CALLISON; Aparicio walked ; Shaw struck out; "[B]BUBBA" PHILLIPS BATTED FOR TORGESON; Phillips walked [Smith scored (unearned), Skizas to third, Aparicio to second]; Fox walked [Skizas scored (unearned), Aparicio to third, Phillips to second]; Landis grounded out (pitcher to first); 11 R, 1 H, 3 E, 3 LOB.

April 22, 1972 - In the first game of a double header against the Royals, Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood reached on a fielder’s choice and scored the only run of the game thanks to an error, in the 1 - 0 win. Wood went the distance allowing seven hits. The Sox also won the second game 3 - 2 thanks to a home run from Carlos May in the 8th inning.

April 22, 1991 - Frank Thomas hit the first White Sox home run in ‘new’ Comiskey Park. The Sox win the first ever night game in the stadium beating Baltimore 8 - 7.

April 22, 2000 - The Sox and Tigers have a brawl which reminded many long time Sox fans of the fights from the 50's with New York. This one lasts for almost thirty minutes and sees eight players from both sides get kicked out along with Sox manager Jerry Manuel. A record number of players would be fined and subsequently suspended. One of the more lingering memories is Sox relief pitcher Keith Foulke suffering a gash on his face courtesy of a sucker punch from the side. The Sox win the game 14 - 6 and use it as a rallying point for the rest of the season.

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Lip

chisox77
04-21-2007, 04:38 PM
That's a lot of stuff, all on April 22. Must be the way the stars are lined up.
Thanks for the gems, though. Some of them bring back great memories.

:cool:

Dan the Man
04-21-2007, 04:43 PM
I was only 7, but I still remember quite a bit about that brawl with the Kitties. If I'm not mistaken, it was douchebag Todd Jones who hit a batter, talked some trash, then the melee began. I liked how guys like Maggs, El Caballo, and Foulke got involved.

The Racehorse
04-21-2007, 05:20 PM
Who sucker-punched Foulke? Fick?

Dan the Man
04-21-2007, 06:18 PM
Who sucker-punched Foulke? Fick?

Sounds right to me. Good memory.

Lip Man 1
04-21-2007, 06:42 PM
Was it Fick or 3rd base coach Juan Samuel?

Lip

Brian26
04-21-2007, 06:50 PM
One of the more lingering memories is Sox relief pitcher Keith Foulke suffering a gash on his face courtesy of a sucker punch from the side.

There are a lot of crazy memories from that one. Robert Fick walked back to the visitors bullpen with his arms in the air like he just won a wrestling match, only to be deluged with cups of beer from the bleachers. Magglio showed off his karate skills on the infield dirt as he tried to kick several Tigers as they came after him. Juan Samuel and Lance Parrish, two Tiger coaches, were in the middle of the fight throwing all kinds of sucker punches. Parque showed some tenacity by going after Dean Palmer after the first fight ended and the game resumed, which was a nice touch.

Dan the Man
04-21-2007, 07:04 PM
Was it Fick or 3rd base coach Juan Samuel?

Lip

I was kind of surprised to find this story, but here it is: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/news/2000/04/22/brawl_ap/


Several punches were thrown. Tigers coach Juan Samuel was seen hitting White Sox reliever Bill Simas (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/ml/players/5487/), and Detroit outfielder Bobby Higginson hit pitcher Keith Foulke (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/ml/players/5817/), who had a lot of blood under his left eye from the scuffle... Detroit backup catcher Rob Fick returned to the bullpen and was taunting fans, who doused him with beer.


ESPN.com story (http://espn.go.com/mlb/2000/20000422/recap/detchw.html)
And I was thinking of a different incident with Todd Jones, I think it took place in Detroit.

Karim Garcia was also involved in the fight, the guy remembered in Boston as the loser who started a fight in the Red Sox right field bullpen as a member of the Yanks.

Medford Bobby
04-21-2007, 09:00 PM
April 22, 1991 - Frank Thomas hit the first White Sox home run in ‘new’ Comiskey Park. The Sox win the first ever night game in the stadium beating Baltimore 8 - 7.

This game was my first visit to the cell. Frank Thomas hit a home run at my last visit to Comiskey Park on Sept. 27, 1990. :smile:
My question was that his only HR at Comiskey?? Does anybody (Lip) know how many HR's he hit at the Baseball Palace of the World?? :?:

anewman35
04-21-2007, 10:15 PM
This game was my first visit to the cell. Frank Thomas hit a home run at my last visit to Comiskey Park on Sept. 27, 1990. :smile:
My question was that his only HR at Comiskey?? Does anybody (Lip) know how many HR's he hit at the Baseball Palace of the World?? :?:

Per my 1991 Media Guide, he had 2 homers at home in 1990 (and 5 on the road).