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Games and Moments September 25,1970

Posted 06-26-2017 at 06:57 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-23-2017 at 12:41 PM by TommyJohn

Games and Moments

September 25,1970
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at White Sox Park

History was made on this night during a doubleheader with the Brewers.

First, after winning the first game, the Sox lost the nightcap, 3-2. This dropped them to 56-100 and marked only the third time in franchise history that the team had hit the century mark in losses; the other seasons being 1932 and 1948.

Second, south side icon Luis Aparicio reached another milestone in his distinguished career when he played his 2,219th career game at the shortstop position. In doing so he topped the record of 2,218 held by fellow White Sox shortstop Luke Appling, who had set the mark between 1930-50.

Luis had been considered one of the best shortstops in baseball almost from the time he first set foot on a major league field in 1956. He had led the league in steals 8 years in a row and made dazzling defensive plays that wowed fans and fellow players alike.

Rumors followed Luis all through 1970. The first one had him being appointed player-manager for 1971. The hiring of Chuck Tanner as skipper put that one to rest, so other rumors flew that he would be traded, possibly to the National League.

Luis was ticked off by this and let the Sox know, in no uncertain terms, what he thought of it. He announced through the media that he would retire to void any deal that sent him to the "other" league.

The Sox would take heed, knowing full well how Luis reacted to trades he didn't like. Upon being traded to Baltimore in 1963, an angry Luis had said "It took the White Sox 40 years to win a pennant. It'll be another 40 years before they win their next" the only genuine, true, gosh darn so-called "Curse" ever pronounced on a baseball team. However, it wasn't aimed at teams from the north side or Boston, so no one ever wasted reams of paper, gallons of ink or dark purple prose flagellating themselves over it. Nor did White Sox fans ever use it as an excuse to explain away their team's failures. For these reasons the "Looie Curse" remains little known to this day.

The record-breaking game would actually turn out to be Luis' last game in a White Sox uniform. With absolutely nothing left at stake for 1970, Luis was excused to go home to his native Venezuela a week early to play winter ball. He ended the season with a career high .313 batting average, good enough for 4th in the AL. By the time Luis came back for the 1971 season, his Sox had changed color.

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