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"Super Sox" vs. 1936 St. Louis Browns

Posted 04-30-2011 at 11:34 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 04-30-2011 at 01:36 PM by TommyJohn

"Super Sox" bury 1936 Browns in home opener

White Sox 16, St. Louis Browns 5

The Super Sox came to Chicago with a lot of hype and expectations-the roll call of Sox immortals from the 1936, 64 and 69 clubs got loud, prolonged standing ovations as each player was introduced. The fans were in a great mood for the home opener at Old Comiskey Park, restored to its double-decked, arch-windowed splendor for this season.

The 1936 St. Louis Browns offered the opposition for this game, which is to say they offered no opposition at all. Except for a shaky 1st inning in which Sox starter Vern Kennedy gave up a run on two hits and two walks, the Browns were never in this game, which the Sox dominated all the way.

A couple of lineup changes came for this game: Al Lopez inserted Luis Aparicio at shortstop and had him leading off, moved Floyd Robinson down in the order, and gave Ed Herrmann a rest in favor of Luke Sewell.

Looie had the home town folks cheering by going 5 for 6 with 3 RBIs and a stolen base. He also contributed a couple of slick plays at short to the cause. He was forgiven for 1 fielding lapse in the 5th, when he bobbled a Rollie Hemsley grounder. The Brownie catcher was caught stealing to erase the threat.

The Sox already had a comfy 9-5 lead in the 7th when they opened the floodgates against Browns reliever Kimberlin, who had entered the game after Brown skipper Rogers Hornsby pinch-hit himself for hurler Tommy Thomas. The Sox batted around, pushing 7 runs across the plate, with four batters hitting twice. Even Vern Kennedy got in on the fun, contributing two RBI hits, a double and a single.

One highlight occurred in the bottom of the 4th, when two generations of Thomases squared off. Frank Thomas of the White Sox stepped in against Tommy Thomas of the 1936 Browns. Frank, the last Sox player to homer in old Comiskey, doubled off Tommy, who as a member of the 1927 White Sox had surrendered the first rooftop home run in the history of the park-to none other than Babe Ruth himself.

A comical moment happened a minute later when Frank inexplicably broke for third on a steal attempt. He was out by a mile and barrelled into 3rd baseman Clift, who was knocked out of the game on the play.

The crowd reverently saluted Browns 1st baseman Jim Bottomley with a standing ovation when he came to the plate. No such honor was accorded manager Rogers Hornsby, who was booed when he came to the plate.

One 1936 fan was aghast that the fans could boo one of the greatest players in baseball history, the number two guy on the batting list with a .358 average. He demanded to know how the modern fans could boo the immortal Rajah.

"He was a racist, just like the rest of you people in that era." A young fan replied.

"Well, I'm glad 'you people' don't have any racists in the utopia where you live." The 1936 fan responded.

The next two days will see the Super Sox do battle against the 1936 Browns' distant descendants, the 1964 and 1969 Baltimore Orioles. In a strange twist, Luis Aparicio, today's Player of the Game, will be in uniform and play for the 1964 Orioles. Ditto Don Buford, who will join his 1969 Oriole teammates when they come to town.

*tidbits*

Fans from all across the generations came to the game. Fans from 1936 were heard to sneer at modern fans "this is when baseball was baseball and the world was a better place!"

Modern fans sneered back "Let's see-you had racism, sexism, evey other kind of -ism, no black players, Hitler was in power, there was poverty, disease, war-you call this a better world??? HA HA HA!"

Older fans shot back "Let's see, young people. You have got racism, crime, poverty, disease, maniacs in Iran in power, war-you call THIS a better world???" And on and on it went.

Heard in the stands:

1st Fan: "Hey, Kennedy!! Where's Marilyn??"

2nd fan: "Wrong Kennedy."

1st fan: "Oh, sorry. Hey, Kennedy!! Chappaquidick!"

2nd fan: "Please just be quiet."

line ups:

1936 Browns

SS Lyn Lary
3B Harlond Clift
LF Moose Solters
RF Roy Bell
CF Sammy West
1B Jim Bottomley
2B Tom Carey
C Rollie Hemsley
P Sig Jakucki
Subs: Bejma, 3B; Hornsby, PH; Giuliani, PH; T. Thomas, P; Kimberlin, P; Van Atta, P

White Sox

SS Aparicio
2B Buford
1B F. Thomas
LF Belle
CF Robinson
3B Ventura
RF May
C Sewell
P Kennedy
Subs: none

Browns......100 003 100-5 7 1
White Sox..313 002 70x-16 20 1

Errors: Bottomley, Aparicio
2B: Lary, May, F. Thomas, Robinson, Kennedy, Sewell, Aparicio

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