@SoxNerd Blog for May 26 …
*MORE HITS? MOREHART! If you hear the names of Ray Morehart or Gus Zernial later today, it’s probably been a good day for the White Sox.
The Sox host the Detroit Tigers in a conventional doubleheader at 4:10 p.m. today.
Morehart and Zernial fashioned two of the great performances in doubleheaders while donning Sox yarns.
Morehart set the Major League record with nine hits in a doubleheader in the Sox split with the Tigers at Detroit’s Navin Field on Aug. 31, 1926.
A second baseman, the Texan was 9-for-10 with three runs, two doubles and nine RBI as the Sox won the opener 19-2 before dropping the nightcap 7-6.
Batting second, Morehart was 5-for-6 in Game 1 and 4-for-4 in Game 2.
Including a hit-by-pitch in Game 1 and a walk in Game 2, Morehart reached base an amazing 11 times in 12 plate appearances as the Sox moved to 63-66.
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question flashed on the Sox scoreboard on this date in 2014 (last home game on this date prior to today): Who assembled a White Sox record 28-game hitting streak in 2004?
*GUS-POWERED: Zernial muscled his way into the record books by clouting four homers in the Sox season-ending doubleheader vs. the St. Louis Browns at Comiskey Park in 1951.
The burly right-handed hitter socked a two-run homer in the first game as the Sox won 4-3 and then he launched three bombs in the nightcap in the Sox 10-6 loss.
The four-homer performance was part of Zernial’s season in which he set the club record with 29 roundtrippers.
The homers would be the last the outfielder would hit for the Sox. Four games into 1951, Zernial was traded to the Philadelphia A’s as part of a three-team exchange that ultimately landed Minnie Minoso in Chicago.
*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1907, the White Sox topped stalling New York 8-1 win in a six-inning rain-shortened game in Chicago.
With a steady drizzle falling, New York began to stall by loading the bases after a pitching change. The Sox countered by trying to hurry the game along when Billy Sullivan waltzed home from third and was tagged out. The umpire then threatened a forfeit if the shenanigans continued.
The Sox scored two in the sixth before rain halted the game giving the good guys the victory.
*SOX DH NUGGETS: Here are a few random notes on Sox doubleheaders:
–The Sox first doubleheader was a sweep of Boston at South Side Park. The Sox capped the sweep with a 5-3 win over Cy Young in the nightcap.
–The Sox first doubleheader vs. Detroit was a split on Sept. 14, 1902 at South Side Park. The Sox took Game 2 4-1 in a game that was halted after eight innings because of darkness.
–The Sox set a still-standing big league record with 44 doubleheaders in 1943.
–The Sox Dave Philley set the American League record with 13 at bats in a doubleheader on May 30, 1950. Philley was 6-for-13 as the Sox swept the Browns in St. Louis.
–The Sox have played a doubleheader in every season except 1994, 2003 and 2006.
–The Sox have played two Opening Day doubleheaders: 1971 at Oakland (scheduled) and 1982 at Yankee Stadium (prompted by postponements).
*STUMPER ANSWER: Carlos Lee