SOX WIN GAME, LOSE POPCORN MACHINE

Now is as good a time as any to recall the time a popcorn machine caused a delay in a White Sox game.

It is National Popcorn Day after all.

On June 7, 1974, the White Sox 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox was delayed when a popcorn machine caught fire in a storage room under the first base stands at Comiskey Park.

The incident was a hardly a popcorn fart of a fire.

The smoky blaze delayed the contest 70 minutes in the eighth inning. 3,000 fans took refuge on the field and milled around peacefully while 75 firemen using 22 pieces of equipment battled the fire. According to Chicago Tribune reports of the day, 14 persons were sent to Mercy Hospital for smoke inhalation.

There was plenty to see in this one for the 15,173 on hand before their popcorn got singed.

Even without the fire, this one was pretty noteworthy for a mid-June game, especially in retrospect.

Consider:

*Dick Allen launched a home run of at least 425-feet into the left-centerfield upper deck. The three-run blast came in the third inning off Reggie Cleveland.

*Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, his batterymate Bill Lee and their manager Darrell Johnson were ejected in the fifth inning for arguing a call at home.

*Jim Kaat got the win making a rare relief appearance. He picked off Dwight Evans while facing his first batter in the fifth inning.

*Bill Melton scored the tying run on an error and Jorge Orta forced home Ron Santo with the go-ahead run in the Sox three-run fifth inning which featured no hits.

*Pitcher Joe Henderson, the uncle of Red Sox 1986 American League Championship Series/World Series hero Dave Henderson, made his big league debut for the White Sox. The right-hander gave up four earned runs and couldn’t get out of the fifth inning despite being staked to a lead.

*Others who played in this one for the White Sox were Bucky Dent, Ed Herrmann, Carlos May and Terry Forster. Others toiling in this one for Boston were Carl Yastrzemski, Bernie Carbo, Rick Burleson and Diego Segui.

 

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