In one of the more eventful days in the early history of the franchise, the White Sox used the contributions of Red Faber, Joe Jackson, who was born on this date in 1887, and Ed Cicotte in sweeping a doubleheader from the Senators in Washington DC 95 years ago today.
In the opener, Faber bested the great Walter Johnson in a 4-1 triumph. Faber and the Sox handed “The Big Train” his 10th loss of the season. The mound appearance turned out to be the last of the season for Johnson, who was suffering from a sore arm.
In allowing just five hits, Faber, like Johnson bound for the Hall of Fame, halted Sam Rice’s hitting streak at 28 games.
In the nightcap, Jackson celebrated his birthday by hitting an in-the-park grand slam in an 8-5 victory. Jackson’s “inside slam” was just the third in team annals.
Cicotte was the winning pitcher as the third-place Sox closed to within 3.5-games of the A.L. lead.