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Games and Moments May 26, 1968

Posted 02-25-2017 at 04:58 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-01-2017 at 06:53 PM by TommyJohn

Games and Moments
May 26, 1968
vs. New York Yankees
at Yankee Stadium

Ladies and Gentlemen, today's starting lineup for your Chicago White Sox:

1 .Berry, cf
2. Voss, rf
3. Ward, 3b
4. McCraw, 1b
5. Davis, lf
6. Peters, p
7. Josephson, c
8. Aparicio, ss
9. Cullen, 2b

This was the notorious game in which Eddie Stanky, in an effort to shake up his offense, inserted starting pitcher Gary Peters in the number 6 slot in the lineup. Peters was actually one of the better hitters in the Sox lineup, and Stanky was desperate to generate offense.

It is easy to see why. Here were some of the batting averages for the team going into this game:

Berry .235, Causey .120, Cullen .214, Davis .217, McCraw .209, Voss .118. At rock bottom was Russ Snyder, acquired in the big Baltimore trade that sent Don Buford away for Luis Aparicio. He was at .096 with 0 home runs and 0 RBI.

The entire team was in the midst of a futility streak of near record proportions. After clawing their way from 0-10 to 16-18 and looking like they might be putting things back together, they lost three straight games by shutout and had scored 1 run in 51 innings.

They went into this Sunday doubleheader needing 16 innings to tie the all-time record for most consecutive innings without scoring a run-48, originally set by the 1906 Philadelphia Athletics.

Well, the good news is, they didn't get the record. Luis Aparicio snapped the streak at 39 innings when he delivered an 8th inning single that scored pinch-runner Sandy Alomar.

The bad news is, the novel idea of batting the pitcher 6th didn't do much help. Peters went 0 for 2 and gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings before being relieved by Eddie Fisher. He was also tagged with the loss as the Yankees beat the Sox 5-1.
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