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Lip Man 1
05-15-2007, 12:05 PM
May 16, 1953 - White Sox pitcher Tommy Byrne who was knocked out of the game in an eventual win against the Yankees two days earlier, is sent up to pinch hit in the 9th inning with the bases loaded and the Sox trailing 3 - 1. Byrne slams a full count pitch from Ewell ‘The Whip’ Blackwell into the lower deck in right field at Yankee Stadium for the only pinch hit grand slam by a pitcher in team history! The Sox would win the game 5 - 3, scoring all their runs in the 9th inning. (White Sox Interactive actually has announcer Bob Elson’s call of this moment. You can find it in the ‘audio memories’ archive under the title ‘The Go-Go Fifties!’)

May 16, 1978 - With the Sox record a dismal 9 - 20 and knowing that there was no way he was going to be able to resign him, Bill Veeck trades Bobby Bonds to the Rangers for Claudell Washington and Rusty Torres. Bonds would only play in 26 games with two home runs and eight RBI’s. Making matters worse is that to get Bonds the previous December, Veeck traded three players including future All Star Brian Downing.

May 16, 1984 - Carlton Fisk has one of his finest games as he becomes the 3rd player in franchise history to hit for the cycle in a game against the Royals at Comiskey Park. Despite Fisk’s efforts the Sox would lose it 7 - 6. Carlton went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI’s in the game.

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