“Hawk” Harrelson referenced his Major League debut during Friday night’s White Sox-Twins telecast.
Hawk made his big league debut on June 9, 1963 for the Kansas City Athletics and was whiffed by Juan Pizarro for the second-to-last out in the White Sox 4-3 win before 14,289 at Comiskey Park.
Exactly eight years later, the White Sox lost to the Indians 3-1 in Cleveland with Ed Farmer earning the save in his big league debut for the Indians.
After uncorking a wild pitch, the 21-year old Farmer nailed down the win for Cleveland by fanning Tom Egan, the only man he faced, with a run in and men on second and third.
Cleveland’s starting left fielder in that game? Ken Harrelson!
Hawk, though, wasn’t on the field when Farmer saved the day for the Tribe. Following three hitless at bats, Harrelson was replaced by Ted Uhlaender, who finished out the game.