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Lip Man 1
06-23-2007, 12:24 PM
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 didnít... but they did finish the season at 85-69.

June 24, 1969 - In the second game of a double header in Seattle, Sox 3rd baseman Bill Melton slugs three home runs in the 7 - 6 win. All are solo blasts. The Sox take the first game as well winning 6 - 4 with relief pitcher Wilbur Wood picking up wins in both games! Wood threw 5 2/3 rdís innings of relief on the day.

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 Ĺ games behind the Oakland Aís.

June 24, 1973 - It almost tied the club record. In the second game of a double header at Comiskey Park, Sox catcher Ed Herrmann drove in seven RBIís in the 11 - 1 win over the Aís. Herrmann went 3 for 4 with a three run home run, a two run double and a two run single. The club record is eight RBIís in a game. (Herrmann talks about that afternoon in his White Sox Interactive interview.)

June 24, 1977 - An embarrassing moment for Sox outfielder Ralph Garr and as it turned out a costly one for the team. In the 3rd inning of a game in Minnesota, Garr hit what appeared to be a three run home run... however as he was running the bases he passed catcher Jim Essian who waited at first base to make sure the ball was, in fact, a home run. Garr was called out for passing the runner and awarded a two run single. The Sox wound up losing the game 7 - 6.

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