My association with the White Sox provided me with my only opportunity to meet a Beatle.
On this day in 2005, I shook Pete Best’s hand and briefly conversed with The Beatles deposed drummer Pete Best as the White Sox were preparing to honor the band prior to a 4-0 loss to the Yankees before 38,938 at U.S. Cellular Field.
The meeting was nothing life-changing or revelatory.
I was part of a group that briefed him on his appearance before the game.
He was nice enough but … a little leery of everything which is probably why he quirky said near the end of our encounter, “No pictures.”
Pete went on to play a little bit and throw out a ceremonial first pitch of which there IS a picture.
On the 54th anniversary (August 20) of The Beatles day-night doubleheader at Comiskey Park, here’s a look at the Fab Four and the White Sox … @SoxNerd style:
*JULY 7, 1940: On the day future Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ringo Starr was born in the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, future Baseball Hall of Famer Luke Appling scored two of the White Sox three runs in a 3-1 win at Cleveland
*JUNE 18, 1942: The White Sox celebrated Paul McCartney’s birthday with a 4-2 win over the A’s at Comiskey Park thanks to three hits and two RBI from Posen, Ill., native Don Kolloway.
*JULY 6, 1957: On the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time, Larry Doby’s bat met a Bob Lemon pitch for a two-run homer in the first inning of the White Sox 5-1 win over Cleveland at Comiskey Park.
*JULY 20, 1957: With Paul McCartney invited to join John Lennon’s Quarrymen for the first time, Dick Donovan allowed only a Ted Williams single in the White Sox 4-0 win over Boston at Comiskey Park.
*AUGUST 18, 1962: On the day Ringo officially joined the The Beatles, the White Sox drummed Detroit 2-0 at Comiskey Park thanks to a Ray Herbert three-hitter.
*SEPTEMBER 4, 1962: The Beatles recorded their first single “Love Me Do” and the White Sox walked off with a 3-2 win in 13 over Cleveland in the first game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park thanks to an Al Smith single.
*AUGUST 3, 1963: The Beatles closed out their run at the Cavern Club as part of a show 5 hour and 30 minute show that lasted only 79 minutes longer than that day’s White Sox tilt.
The Sox were on the losing end of a 4 hour, 11 minute marathon 6-5 loss at Los Angeles on the day The Beatles played their final show at the iconic Liverpool club as part of a show that featured seven bands.
*JULY 7, 1964: It was a hard day’s night in New York for White Sox manager Al Lopez and his American League All-Star team on the day “A Hard Day’s Night” was widely released. Lopez and the A.L. suffered a 7-4 loss in the All-Star Game on ex-Sox Johnny Callison’s walkoff homer
*SEPT. 5, 1964: The Beatles played their first Chicago concert at the International Amphitheatre less than two miles away from the scene of that day’s White Sox victory – an 8-2 win over Cleveland at Comiskey Park. Joe Horlen fanned 10 in the win.
*JULY 29, 1965: With The Beatles second move “Help” opening in London,” Hoyt Wilhlelm provided some big help with 4.2 scoreless innings of relief for the win in the White Sox 9-4 victory at Cleveland.
*AUG. 20, 1965: With The Beatles occupying Comiskey Park with a day-night concert twinbill, the White Sox topped Hawk Harrelson and A’s 3-1 in Kansas City thanks to Moose Skowron’s two-run homer in the off Catfish Hunter in the third inning. This was The Beatles last Chicago appearance
–Concert tidbits: 3 p.m. show drew 25,000 … 8 p.m. show drew 37,000 … tickets cost between $2.50 and $5.50 … The Beatles earned $155,00 for both performances … Evening setlist: Twist and Shout, Baby’s in Black, She’s a Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket to Ride, Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, I Wanna Be Your Man, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, I’m Down
*AUG. 12, 1966: With The Beatles opening their final tour with two concerts less than two miles away at the International Amphitheatre, the White Sox downed the Angels 1-0 at Comiskey Park on a Tommy John four-hitter.
*AUG. 29, 1966: On the night The Beatles played their final concert in San Francisco, the White Sox and Tommy John blanked the Indians 2-0 at Comiskey Park on a two-run homer by Tommie Agee.
*MAY 26, 1967: Chicagoan Jim O’Toole got by with a little from his bullpen friends Bob Locker and Hoyt Wilhelm in the White Sox 2-1 win over the Angels on the day Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released in the U.K. A week later, the masterpiece was released in the U.S. and the Sox lost 6-4 in 13 innings to the A’s at Comiskey Park.
*SEPT. 26, 1969: The White Sox came together at Milwaukee County Stadium for the last time on the day The Beatles released “Abbey Road,” their final studio LP. The Sox lost to Kansas City 5-3 in Milwaukee, their home away from home for 20 games in 1968 and 1969.
*APRIL 10, 1970: The White Sox say hello to the Brewers on the day Paul says goodbye to The Beatles. The Sox, with Jerry Janeski getting the win in his big league debut, topped the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in the inaugural game between the franchises. Also that day, McCartney announced he was leaving The Beatles.
AND IN THE END …
–In his latest concert in the area at Ravinia, Ringo played one song The Beatles played at Comiskey Park on Aug. 20, 1965: I Wanna Be Your Man
–My Game 2 of the 2005 World Series experience had a strong Sox tie as spelled out in this blog https://soxnerd.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/12-years-ago-today-my-game-2-journey/