Same year Sox and Cubs

LOUD NOISES!

Will Ferrell’s appearance for the White Sox and Cubs on Thursday prompted someone to email me with a question: Has any man ever played in a game for the White Sox and the Cubs on the same day?

In stay-classy Ron Burgundy-style, I can look right in the camera and say, “No.”

That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some close calls.

Of the 13 men who have played for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season, seven have appeared for their new Chicago club within a week of leaving their old Chicago club. The closest call to a same-day Sox and Cub came in 1970 when reliever Bob Miller pitched for the White Sox on Aug. 30 and then took the hill for the Cubs on Sept. 2.

The first man to appear for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season was Sam Strang in 1902. Strang finished his career with the White Sox on Sept. 28 in the 1902 season finale. Six days later in St. Louis, Strang debuted for the Cubs.

The last man to play for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season was Josh Paul in 2003. He wrapped up his Sox career on June 21, 2003 and then started with the Cubs 78 days later on Sept. 7.

Here’s a look at each of the 13 men who have played for the White Sox and Cubs in the same season (NO HELICOPTERS WERE USED IN THE CREATION OF THIS LIST)

EARL AVERILL
Last game with Cubs: 7-10-60; First game with Sox: 8-18-60 (39 days)
MATT KARCNHER
Last game with Sox: 7-26-98; First game with Cubs: 8-1-98 (6 days)
BILL LONG
Last game with Sox: 4-21-90; First game with Cubs: 5-1-90 (10 days)
TURK LOWN
Last game with Cubs: 5-2-58; First game with Sox: 6-29-58 (58 days)
LYNN MCGLOTHEN
Last game with Cubs: 8-10-81; First game with Sox: 8-15-81 (5 days)
LLOYD MERRIMAN
Last game with Sox: 4-12-55; First game with Cubs: 4-17-55 (5 days)
BOB MILLER
Last game with Sox: 8-30-70; First game with Cubs: 9-2-70 (3 days)
EMMETT O’NEAL
Last game with Cubs: 4-17-46; First game with Sox: 4-28-46 (11 days)
JOSH PAUL
Last game with Sox: 6-21-2003; First game with Cubs: 9-7-2003 (78 days)
PHIL REGAN
Last game with Cubs: 4-30-72; First game with Sox: 6-30-72 (34 days)
STEVE RENKO
Last game with Cubs: 8-14-77; First game with Sox: 8-21-77 (7 days)
JIMMY STEWART
Last game with Cubs: 5-14-67; First game with Sox: 6-21-67 (38 days)
SAMMY STRANG
Last game with Sox: 9-28-1902; First game with Cubs: 10-4-1902 (6 days)

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