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September 7,1973

Posted 11-19-2017 at 10:48 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:44 PM by TommyJohn

September 7,1973
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

On the same night that the White Sox shelved Dick Allen for the season, they lost to the Tigers to hit 59-69, their lowest point in the season. Tanner and Hemond wrote off the season and made the decision to give more playing time to fresh faced rookies like Brian Downing, Jerry Hairston, Bill Sharp and Bucky Dent to see what they could produce.

Lo and behold, the young Sox reached deep within themselves and found a spark. They ignited it and went out and won their next four games. After a shutout loss to Milwaukee they ripped off another winning streak. Included in this one was a win against Texas that saw Carlos May deliver a clutch, game-tying hit in the bottom of the 9th and the game-winning hit in the 11th. Two nights later the Sox thrashed Texas 14-0, with Jim Kaat tossing a complete game shutout.

The streak reached its peak this night in Minnesota. Carlos May, swinging the hottest bat in the Sox lineup (he had homered in the 14-0 win as well) continued to blaze when he smacked a single that scored two runs in the top of the 1st, then scored on a Bill Sharp single.

It was Carlos again in the top of the 3rd when he homered to lead off the inning. Pat Kelly tacked on another with an RBI single to make it 5-0.

Wilbur Wood, whose bid for 30 wins was by this time all but over, had a good game, walking five and striking out six. He made one mistake in the 5th, which Eric Soderholm hammered for a home run. Danny Thompson drove one in with a single as well.

Those were the only blemishes for Wood, though he did tire in the 9th and allowed the first two batters, including Soderholm, to get on base. Chuck came out and replaced him with Cy Acosta, who induced Jim Holt to bounce into a double play. Larry Hisle then grounded out to end it.

The win upped Wilbur's record to 23-18. It was the White Sox' 8th win in a row, their longest such streak since the bygone days of early May, and their 12th in the last 13. Somehow the sagging Sox had managed to not only go on a hot streak, but claw their way back to 3rd place and an above .500 record at 71-70.

The Twins snapped the Sox streak the next day, putting them back at .500. Still that made the White Sox 12-2 over their last 14 games. To put it another way, that is 9 more wins than Abe Gibron's Bears would manage over a 14 game stretch in the 1973 NFL season. The streak also offered some hope that the Sox could salvage their lost year with a respectable finish.

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