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Lip Man 1
08-01-2007, 12:35 PM
August 2, 1921 - A Chicago jury finds the eight ‘Black Sox’ players innocent of conspiring to commit fraud. The players expect to go back to the Sox but then commissioner Landis permanently banishes them, destroying the only team that could have played with the Yankees throughout the 1920's.

August 2, 1968- The Sox and Senators complete a trade as infielders Tim Cullen and Ron Hansen are exchanged for each other. Why the notoriety? Because the same two players were traded for each other by the same two clubs on February 13th!

August 2, 1979 - Tony LaRussa replaces Don Kessinger as White Sox manager. The Tampa native, who had passed the bar exam in Florida, is only 35 years old.

August 2, 1985 - An incredible weekend in New York starts with perhaps the most unusual play in White Sox history. With Britt Burns on the mound, Rickey Henderson slams a double to left center over the head of Luis Salazar. Yankee base runners Bobby Meacham and Dale Berra get confused because it looked like Salazar might have been able to make the catch. Meacham stumbles running the bases and is nearly passed by Berra. Both runners get hung up and attempt to score as Salazar’s relay throw is caught by Ozzie Guillen and fired to Carlton Fisk at the plate. Fisk then tags out and knocks down BOTH Meacham and Berra one / two as they attempt to score. That’s two for the price of one at home plate! To cap things off the Sox win the game 6 - 5 in 11 innings.

August 2, 1990 - In the first game of a double header Frank Thomas makes his major league debut in Milwaukee. He goes 0-4 in his first game. The next night Big Frank narrowly misses a home run in the 7th inning when his line shot hits the top of the wall in right field and goes for a triple. It would be his first major league hit.

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Medford Bobby
08-01-2007, 02:20 PM
August 2, 1979 - Tony LaRussa replaces Don Kessinger as White Sox manager. The Tampa native, who had passed the bar exam in Florida, is only 35 years old.


Lip

That was kind of a surreal day in sports...The Kessinger firing and Thurman Munson's plane crashed ....The Kessinger dismissal to me was really the beginning of the end of the Veeck era...the team had some promissing arms, but would not show a pulse again till the Sunshine Boys:cool: bought the team.....:o:

Brian26
08-01-2007, 07:29 PM
August 2, 1990 - In the first game of a double header Frank Thomas makes his major league debut in Milwaukee. He goes 0-4 in his first game. The next night Big Frank narrowly misses a home run in the 7th inning when his line shot hits the top of the wall in right field and goes for a triple. It would be his first major league hit.

Lip

I remember that like it was yesterday. Didn't Alex Fernandez get called up on the same day? I don't remember, without checking, if he started that game, but I think he and Frank both got the call at the same time for the stretch run.

Lip Man 1
08-01-2007, 09:28 PM
Yes.

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DSpivack
08-01-2007, 09:35 PM
That Fisk play is my favorite highlight of the highlights package before games. Too bad I am too young to remember him play.

Lip Man 1
08-01-2007, 11:56 PM
Even better was the fact that the game was part of NBC's Friday Night Baseball package and it was Vin Scully who called it.

Lip

Medford Bobby
08-02-2007, 09:21 AM
:smile: So how many home runs did Frank Thomas hit at Old Comiskey? And what game was his first HR at Comiskey? I saw Thomas hit one on Sept. 27, 1990.

I know his first HR at the new ball park was the first night game against the Orioles. That was my first visit to the new park.:cool:

Lip would you know?

tebman
08-02-2007, 10:13 AM
Even better was the fact that the game was part of NBC's Friday Night Baseball package and it was Vin Scully who called it.

Lip
I remember watching that game on TV and being amazed at how clumsy Berra looked as he came around right on the heels of the lead runner. I kept wondering, "What are they thinking?" as they ran headlong into Fisk's tag. I had to laugh, knowing I wasn't likely to see a play like that for a long, long time. :D:

Lip Man 1
08-02-2007, 12:01 PM
Bobby:

Frank's first original Comiskey Park home run came in the 3rd inning off the Brewers Tom Edens in a 6-4 win over Milwaukee. The date was September 27, 1990.

Lip

WhiteSox5187
08-02-2007, 12:45 PM
Bobby:

Frank's first original Comiskey Park home run came in the 3rd inning off the Brewers Tom Edens in a 6-4 win over Milwaukee. The date was September 27, 1990.

Lip
How many did he hit in the old ballpark? Just two, right?

Lip Man 1
08-02-2007, 01:19 PM
Correct, the other one came the next night in the 2nd inning of a 14-3 loss to Randy Johnson and the Mariners.

Lip

ode to veeck
08-02-2007, 02:00 PM
August 2, 1990 - In the first game of a double header Frank Thomas makes his major league debut in Milwaukee. He goes 0-4 in his first game. The next night Big Frank narrowly misses a home run in the 7th inning when his line shot hits the top of the wall in right field and goes for a triple. It would be his first major league hit.

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Lip

Somewhere, I have some slides I took of Frank with the long lens at 1st at the day game against the Red Sox that September.

Medford Bobby
08-02-2007, 03:11 PM
I was taking video of the ballpark that night (Sept 27,1990) and only caught the celebration and fireworks after Thomas's HR. I remember yelling (ok, I had a few:gulp:) he's gonna hit one.....!:wink:

EastCoastSoxFan
08-03-2007, 10:27 AM
I remember that like it was yesterday. Didn't Alex Fernandez get called up on the same day? I don't remember, without checking, if he started that game, but I think he and Frank both got the call at the same time for the stretch run.Alex got called up because it was a doubleheader with no off-day, and my brother and friend and I made the drive up to Milwaukee for that reason.
During batting practice we saw a big guy that we didn't immediately recognize taking infield practice at first base, and my friend concluded that they must have called up Frank Thomas also.

Alex pitched the first game of the double-header, going something like 7 1/3 and getting a no-decision (I believe Barry "The Vulture" Jones picked up the win).
Big Frank went hitless but had an RBI groundout.
Neither played in the second game, which we also won to complete the sweep.
One of my all-time favorite days in Sox fandom (other than 10/26/2005, of course)...