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Taking into account a reward for found glasses, big hits from pitchers, roof shots and walkoffs galore, here’s a look at the top 18 White Sox games of Sept. 6:
18. 1930, KEEP SWINGING: The White Sox split a doubleheader with Cleveland at Comiskey Park with the teams tying an 18-year old record by drawing just two walks in the twinbill. The Sox won the first game 2-1 behind Ted Lyons but dropped the nightcap 4-2. The Indians had both of the walks in the double-dip.
17. 2008, WELL WORTH THE WAIT: Jim Thome’s homer in the 15th walked the White Sox off with a 7-6 win over the Angels before 31,046 at U.S. Cellular Field. Thome’s homer enabled the first-place White Sox to boost their lead to 2.5-games in the A.L. Central.
16. 2006, NO. 40 FOR DYE: Jermaine Dye became just the fourth Sox player to reach the 40-homer plateau in an 8-1 win at Boston. Dye’s homer came in the fourth as he joined Paul Konerko, Albert Belle and Frank Thomas (who had 5 40-HR seasons for the Sox) in the Sox 40-home run club. Thome, who was 4-for-4 led off a four-run second with his 39th blast of the season as the Sox stopped a three-game skid.
15. 1919: RUNNING BUCK: Buck Weaver tied a big league record by stealing second, third and home in the White Sox 11-2 loss to Cleveland at Comiskey Park.
14. 1985, 7 RIBS FOR PUDGE: Carlton Fisk, starting at the DH spot, drove in career-high tying seven runs as the White Sox ran away from the Rangers 12-1 in Arlington. Fisk hit a three-run homer in the first, a three-run homer in the fourth and finished his day with a run-scoring single in the ninth. Fisk’s other seven RBI game came on Sept. 6, 1977 for the Red Sox at Toronto.
13. 2005, EARLY LEAD HOLDS: Paul Konerko had an RBI in each frame as the first-place White Sox scored five times in the first two innings and held off the Royals for a 6-5 win before 14,571 at U.S. Cellular Field. Orlando Hernandez tossed 6.1 innings for the victory as the Sox extended their winning streak to six. The game wasn’t settled until Dustin Hermanson threw a perfect ninth for his 33rd save.
12. 1951, FOUR HITS … FOR THE PITCHER! Randy Gumpert was 4-for-5 with three RBI and went the distance in the White Sox 9-4 win at St. Louis. Gumpert fanned three in earning his ninth win while being backed by a 17-hit attack.
11. 1967, CLUTCH WIN: The White Sox pulled out a dramatic 3-2 win in 13 on Ken Berry’s RBI double before 12,103 at Comiskey Park to create a four-way tie atop the American League. The game was scoreless until the 11th when the Angels scored twice. The Sox retaliated with two in their 11th on a pinch-RBI double by Smoky Burgess and a passed ball. The Sox ended it in a hurry in the 13th when Duane Josephson singled with one out and scored when Berry, the next batter, doubled.
10. 1975, NO. 20 FOR KAAT: Jim Kaat notched his 20th victory in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Twins before 7,078 at Comiskey Park. Kaat gave up two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in reaching the coveted 20-win plateau for the second consecutive year. Deron Johnson (3) and Jorge Orta (2) accounted for all of the Sox RBIs.
9. 1965, WALKOFF SWEEP: Ken Berry scored on a wild pitch with one out in the ninth to give the White Sox a 4-3 win over the Angels in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park where the Sox won both games on walkoffs. In the opener, pinch-hitter extraordinaire Smoky Burgess singled home Danny Cater with the winning run in the 10th for a 2-1 win.
8. 1920, NICE START FOR SHOVEL: Shovel Hodge fired a two-hitter in his big league debut as the White Sox capped a doubleheader sweep of the Tigers with a 6-2 win at Comiskey Park. Red Faber started and won the first game, a 6-2 Sox triumph.
7. 1903, DR. ONE-HITTER: Doc White came within two outs of a no-hitter in firing the first of his six one-hitters as the White Sox bested Cleveland 1-0 in 10 innings at the 39th Street Grounds. Bill Bradley ruined the no-no with a one-out double in the ninth. Billy Sullivan, who had two of the Sox three hits, reached on an error in the 10th and eventually scored the winning run.
6. 2000, SHELDON PLAYS ‘EM ALL: The White Sox exploded for 10 runs in their first two at bats in trashing the Texas Rangers, who had Scott Sheldon play every position, 13-1 before 15,622 at Comiskey Park. Frank Thomas got things going in the first by clouting his 41st home run of the season, which tied his 1993 career-high. The blast was also the 79th of Thomas’ career in the first inning. Magglio Ordonez followed Thomas’ shot with a homer of his own, marking the 15th time the Sox slugging duo had hit back-to-back dingers in 2000. Greg Norton and Charles Johnson later homered as the White Sox reached double figures in runs for the 25th time and raised their Comiskey Park home run total to a club-record 109. Sheldon became just the third player in the Major League history to play all nine positions in one game.
5, 1983: UP ON THE ROOF FOR KITTY: Ron Kittle blasted his first of his record seven career roof shot home runs at Comiskey Park in the White Sox 7-6 win over Oakland before 18,742 fans. Kittle victimized Chris Codiroli in the third inning. Rudy Law went 4-for-5 with a homer and LaMarr Hoyt earned his 19th win as the first-place Sox increased their lead atop the A.L. West to 14 games.
4. 1905 FIRST FRANK NO-HITTER: Frank Smith tossed the first of his two club-record no-hitters in the White Sox 15-0 win at Detroit. The White Sox made things easy on Smith by scoring eight in the first inning. Smith fanned eight and walked three. The “no-no” was the second in White Sox history and part of the first doubleheader sweep in franchise history (the White Sox won the opener 2-0 behind Doc White). Smith’s other no-hitter would come Sept. 20, 1908 at the 39th Street Grounds.
3. 1971, KEALEY GOES DEEP: Steve Kealey became the last White Sox pitcher to homer in the pre-DH era in the White Sox 6-3 win over Minnesota in the first game of a doubleheader before 16,197 at Comiskey Park. Kealey’s blast was a three-run shot off Ray Corbin in the eighth inning and came after Rich Morales was issued an intentional walk. The next homer by a Sox pitcher wouldn’t be hit until Jon Garland went deep at Cincinnati in an interleague game on June 18, 2006.
2. 1936; ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL: Moose Haas paid off a reward of a new glove to a boy for the return of his lost mitt and glasses before the White Sox 6-3 sweep-completing win over Cleveland in the second game a doubleheader at Comiskey Park. Haas left his glove and glasses on the field after being ejected the previous day. Before the first game, an announcement was made offering a reward of a new glove for the old one’s safe return to Haaas. On the field, Rip Radcliff was 4-for-6 with a double and five RBI and Tony Piet scored four times in the White Sox 15-1 win in the first game.
1. 1957, WALKOFF HOMER … BY A PITCHER: Pitcher Dixie Howell made himself the winner when he launched a game-ending homer in the White Sox 4-3 win over Kansas City before 11,216 at Comiskey Park. Howell entered the game in the eighth and tossed two shutout innings before coming to bat with one out in the ninth. Howell’s third homer of the season and fifth of his career got the second place White Sox to within 4.5-games of first place.