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Lip Man 1
08-10-2007, 01:30 PM
A busy day...

August 11, 1912 - The Sox purchase the contract of future Hall of Famer, catcher, Ray "Cracker" Schalk from Milwaukee.

August 11, 1941 - In a game at Comiskey Park between the Browns and Sox a fight breaks out. In the ensuing melee Sox manager Jimmy Dykes jumps on the back of the St. Louis mascot and drives him to the ground. The brawl results in two player suspensions.

August 11, 1964 - The Sox finally win a game against the Yankees having lost ten straight to them that season. Why was this so important? Simple, the Sox won 98 games this season and finished one game behind New York! Making things tougher for Sox fans is that the team closed out the season winning nine straight, unfortunately the Yankees reeled off a streak that saw them win 15 of their last 19 down the stretch. (White Sox Interactive has interviews with a number of players off the team including Pete Ward, Jim Landis, Gary Peters, Joe Horlen, Ken Berry and J.C. Martin. All talk about that season.)

August 11, 1965 - Sox star left hander Juan Pizarro comes the closest in his career to a no hitter. In the second game of a double header at Comiskey Park, Pizarro fires a one hitter in beating the Senators 7 - 0. The only hit comes in the 5th inning, a single to right off the bat of future White Sox player Woodie Held.

August 11, 1969 - Promising Sox outfielder Carlos May loses part of his right thumb while serving with the Marine Reserves in California. A mortar misfired causing the accident. May would come back and have some very good years (especially 1972) but he was never the same. (Carlos May talks about this accident and his recovery from it in his interview with White Sox Interactive.)

August 11, 1972 - It was one of the longest games in Sox history and was the start of a four game series that may have been the best in the decade. The Sox went to Oakland fighting the Aís for first place in the division, and the day before this game was called by curfew with the score tied at three after 17 innings. It was picked up on this day and went another two innings before Joe Rudi ended matters with a two run home run. In the regularly slated game, Cub castoff Dave Lemonds and Cy Acosta outdueled Catfish Hunter allowing two hits in a 1 - 0 win. The Sox and Aís would split the final two games of this series. (Ed Herrmann talks about this crucial series in his interview with White Sox Interactive.)

August 11, 1973 - Sox catcher Brian Downing gets his first major league hit, an inside the park home run off the Tigers Mickey Lolich at Detroit. The last time Downing played a game against Detroit it was in Chicago, in his major league debut. He had just entered the game when he caught a foul pop up, diving in the process, and tore up his knee which sidelined him until this game.

August 11, 1991 - In only his second major league start, the Sox Wilson Alvarez tosses a no hitter against the Orioles in Baltimore. Alvarez is handed a big lead early on and makes the most of it, shutting down the Birds. Lance Johnson makes a saving catch in right center field late in the game as Alvarez has his greatest moment in winning 7 - 0.

August 11, 1994- The unthinkable finally happens as major league players strike the rest of the season because of the unwillingness by owners to negotiate fairly on a new contract. (A charge later upheld by the Federal Courts.) At the time of the strike, the Sox are leading the division, have the second best record in the A.L. and the third best in all of baseball. They were on their way to back to back playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history. Many Sox fans blame owner Jerry Reinsdorf for forcing the strike, being a hard line owner and sabotaging his own teams chance to get to that elusive World Series. Frank Thomas ends the season very close to the Triple Crown, hitting .353 with 38 home runs and 101 RBIís. He does get his second consecutive MVP award though.

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Lip

FedEx227
08-10-2007, 03:13 PM
August 11, 1994- The unthinkable finally happens as major league players strike the rest of the season because of the unwillingness by owners to negotiate fairly on a new contract. (A charge later upheld by the Federal Courts.) At the time of the strike, the Sox are leading the division, have the second best record in the A.L. and the third best in all of baseball. They were on their way to back to back playoff appearances for the first time in franchise history. Many Sox fans blame owner Jerry Reinsdorf for forcing the strike, being a hard line owner and sabotaging his own teams chance to get to that elusive World Series. Frank Thomas ends the season very close to the Triple Crown, hitting .353 with 38 home runs and 101 RBIís. He does get his second consecutive MVP award though.

Lip

Ugh, don't remind me. :angry::angry:

SBSoxFan
08-10-2007, 03:23 PM
Ugh, don't remind me. :angry::angry:

It's not like they were the '84 Tigers. My recollection of that season is that, despite the record, they were still underachieving under Lamont. At the time of the strike, Cleveland was only a game back, and KC was 4 out.

wilburaga
08-10-2007, 03:31 PM
The Carlos May incident was such a tragedy. He was, what, 21 years old, and hitting the cover off the ball, by Sox late 60's standards. He was the best Sox power hitting prospect I had seen by far, and he was getting it done big time for a godawful team. Then this happened and, it's true, he was never the same.

This set the tone for the bleakest few years in my White Sox fandom until the Tanner/Hemond/Allen/Wood fun began.

W

Medford Bobby
08-10-2007, 03:34 PM
A busy day...

August 11, 1912 - The Sox purchase the contract of future Hall of Famer, catcher, Ray "Cracker" Schalk from Milwaukee.

Lip

http://memory.loc.gov/ndlpcoop/ichicdn/s0586/s058694.jpg
Ray Schalk, White Sox, holding a baseball bat in front of a dugout on the field at Comiskey Park taken in 1913! Gotta love those unis!!!:smile:

stl_sox_fan
08-10-2007, 03:37 PM
A busy day...

August 11, 1991 - In only his second major league start, the Sox Wilson Alvarez tosses a no hitter against the Orioles in Baltimore. Alvarez is handed a big lead early on and makes the most of it, shutting down the Birds. Lance Johnson makes a saving catch in right center field late in the game as Alvarez has his greatest moment in winning 7 - 0.
Lip

Was his ERA infinity at the time of this start? I remember it was infinity at one time but can't remember if he had it going into that game. IIRC ESPN used the inifinity symbol when they went to that highlight.

FielderJones
08-10-2007, 05:37 PM
Was his ERA infinity at the time of this start? I remember it was infinity at one time but can't remember if he had it going into that game. IIRC ESPN used the inifinity symbol when they went to that highlight.

His only MLB appearance prior to the no-hitter was 7-24-1989 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1989/Kalvaw0010011989.htm) for Texas, 3ER, 0IP, infinity ERA.

Then came the 1991 no-hitter (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1991/Kalvaw0010021991.htm).

SoxandtheCityTee
08-10-2007, 06:31 PM
The Alvarez no-hitter was a Sunday afternoon game. I was working in my kitchen and listening to the radio when he nailed it down. All things seemed possible -- the Sox were 20 games over and only a game behind the Twins. Two weeks later they were seven games out, having gone into a spin and lost 12 games. They played better in September but it was not enough. Very tough, especially coming on the heels of 1990.

During the strike year I had full seasons -- for the first and last time, though I've had many other packages and shares over the years. The seats were in right field in Ventura's power alley. August 12 was a Friday and the giveaway was going to be Gene Lamont 1993 Manager of the Year pins, to go along with the other 1993 pins (Frank MVP, Robin Golden Glove and Western Division Champs) they'd already given out that season. But: no game. The following year I asked about the pins -- figured maybe they were just sitting around in a box somewhere -- but no, they'd disappeared.

Lip Man 1
08-10-2007, 06:42 PM
SB:

If having a record of 67-46 is 'underachieving' then by God, PLEASE, let's 'underachieve' EVERY season.

Lip

EastCoastSoxFan
08-13-2007, 12:11 PM
His only MLB appearance prior to the no-hitter was 7-24-1989 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1989/Kalvaw0010011989.htm) for Texas, 3ER, 0IP, infinity ERA.
Then came the 1991 no-hitter (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1991/Kalvaw0010021991.htm).So I guess it's pretty fair to say that's the largest drop in ERA in one day in the history of baseball (Infinity -> 3.00)