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09-29-2007, 11:13 AM
September 30, 1921 - Sox catcher Ray "Cracker" Schalk ties a major league record with three assists in one inning. It happens in a 3 - 2 loss to Cleveland at Comiskey Park. Schalk picked off three base runners!

September 30, 1949 - Sox G.M. Frank Lane starts the connection between the franchise and Venezuela when he deals two minor leaguers and 35,000 dollars to the Dodgers for shortstop "Chico" Carrasquel. "Chico" would be named to three All Star teams and would become the first Venezuelan to appear in the midseason classic. He’d then be traded to the Indians for Larry Doby and to open up the position for another countryman, Luis Aparicio.

September 30, 1956 - In the season ending game at Kansas City, Sox pitcher Jim Derrington becomes the youngest person to ever appear in a game wearing a Sox uniform. Derrington, is 16 years old when he starts against the A’s. He goes six innings allowing six runs (five earned) in a 7 - 6 loss. The teenaged lefty who was a ‘bonus baby’ doesn’t last long in the show. He pitches a total of 21 innings in the majors and has a career record of 0 - 2.

September 30, 1966 - The Sox defeat the New York Yankees 6 - 5 in eleven innings on a single to left by Johnny Romano. It scored Wayne Causey. Why is that important? The loss guaranteed the Yankees a last place finish. Their first since 1912!

September 30, 1971 - When Bill Melton smashed a home run on the last day of the season off the Brewers Bill Parsons, he became the first Sox player to ever win a home run championship. Melton hit three home runs in the final two games to pass Norm Cash and Reggie Jackson for the title. Typically White Sox, he only had 33, the lowest total for a champ since 1965.

September 30, 1980 - For all of his contributions to baseball and to the White Sox organization Bill Veeck is honored with his own night. The ceremonies take place before the Sox would drop a 5 - 1 decision to Oakland.

September 30, 1990 - Eighty years of baseball history ends as the "original" Comiskey Park closes with a 2 - 1 win over the Mariners. An emotional and capacity crowd, including politicians, musicians, sports and Hollywood figures are in attendance. Among the celebrities in the park are Governor Jim Thompson, Major Richard M. Daley, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Ron Howard, George Wendt, John Candy, Wayne Gretzky and Maureen O’ Hara. The Oak Ridge Boys sing the National Anthem and the rock group Styx sings "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the 7th inning. Bobby Thigpen gets his 57th save in the game, still the MLB record. The Sox would close out a miraculous 1990 season with 94 wins. (Jack McDowell, the starting and winning pitcher that day, talks about his memories of that afternoon in his interview with White Sox Interactive.)

September 30, 1997 - After controversies on and off the field (calling for a relief pitcher with no one warming up, a fistfight with umpire Richie Garcia at a steakhouse, a brawl near 3rd base with Brewers manager Phil Garner) manager Terry Bevington is fired. No flowers were sent and no Sox fan (or player) shed any tears.

September 30, 2000 - Sox infielder Jose Valentin becomes the fourth player in franchise history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game. Valentin connects off the Royals Blake Stein and Scott Mullen. He drives in three runs in the Sox 9 - 1 win. This has only happened six times in franchise history and Valentin did it three times! Also three times this feat happened against the Kansas City Royals.

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