@SoxNerd Blog for June 4 …
It’s been a bummer for the White Sox lately.
To pick up our spirits, here’s a historical look back on some of what happened on this date in Sox history … VICTORIES ONLY!
1914, SCOTT DEATH ON CLEVELAND: Jim “Death Valley” Scott tossed the first of his two one-hitters of his White Sox career in a 2-0 win over Cleveland Indians at Comiskey Park.
1917, A HAPPY FIRST: Hap Felsch socked a two-run homer in the first as the White Sox won 4-2 at Philadelphia. Reb Russell fanned five in the complete game victory as the future World Series champs stayed in a tie for first place in winning their fourth in a row.
1924, SOX STOP YANKS SHORT: Eddie Collins and Earl Sheely each drove in two runs as the White Sox and Ted Lyons held on for a 4-3 win over the Yankees and Babe Ruth before 9,000 at Comiskey Park. The Yankees scored two in the ninth to make it close but Lyons got out of the jam for his fourth win.
1930, KERR BESTS BABE: John Kerr’s homer with two out in the 10th pushed the White Sox past the Yankees and Babe Ruth, who hit his 18th homer, 8-7 before 14,000 at Comiskey Park. Kerr’s blast was his first of the year and came off future Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez.
1932, GOOD MOVE, LEW: Player-manager Lew Fonseca inserted himself as a pinch-hitter and he delivered a game-winning single in the 10th in the White Sox 6-5 win at St. Louis. Fonseca’s single scored Red Kresse, who had three hits, and made a winner out of Tommy Thomas, who gave up one run on four innings of relief.
1933, 3s RULE: DeKalb native Evar Swanson and Al Simmons each had three hits and three RBIs in the White Sox 13-6 win in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at St. Louis.
1939, JOLLY OLLIE: South Bend native Ollie Bejma had a single, triple and homer in the White Sox 14-9 win over Philadelphia in the first game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park.
1940, JOE COOL: Joe Kuhel hit two homers off future Hall of Famer Red Ruffing in the White Sox 7-3 win over the Yankees in New York. Kuhel drove in four and Taffy Wright homered in support of Eddie Smith, who went the distance for the win.
1957, PIERCE FIERCE: Billy Pierce pitched 10 sparkling innings of two-hit ball and was rewarded with a victory in the White Sox 1-0 win over Boston before 38,490 at Comiskey Park. Pierce actually helped his own cause in the 10th. His bunt put two runners in scoring position and forced Boston to load the bases before Nellie Fox came through with the winning hit. Pierce didn’t allow a runner past second in improving to 9-2. After giving up his first hit, the classy lefty retired 15 in a row before yielding a harmless single.
1958, MOVE OVER YOGI, MICK, HERE COMES DON MUELLER: Don Mueller broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI pinch-single in the seventh in the White Sox 7-2 win over the Yankees in New York. Homers by Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle were the only runs allowed by Billy Pierce, who gave up five hits and fanned six for his fourth win.
1959, TORGEY TOUGH IN THE 17TH: Earl Torgeson’s home run in the 17th inning vaulted the White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles before 3,514 at Comiskey Park. This was the Sox longest game since a 19 inning win over Boston on July 13, 1951. The Sox tied the game in the eighth on a Larry Doby RBI and retied the game in the 13th when Torgeson scored on an error.
1965, 2 HOMERS=ONE WIN: The White Sox got solo home runs from Danny Cater and Floyd Robinson in the 15th inning in downing the Yankees 2-0 in New York. Cater broke the scoreless deadlock when he led off the frame with his fifth homer of the season. After an out, Robinson padded the lead with his fifth blast of the year.
1966, SOX BUZZ SENATORS: John Buzhardt fired a four-hitter in the White Sox 6-0 win over the Washington Senators before 5,453 at Comiskey Park. Coupled with Jack Lamabe’s shutout the day before and some scoreless work two days eariler, Buzhardt extended the Sox scoreless streak to 23 innings. The streak would reach 29 before being broken the next day. The Sox pitching staff was in the midst of a streak in which it would hold opponents scoreless in 53 of 54 innings.
1967, JOHN TOUGH ON KC: Tommy John retired the last 15 batters he faced as the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Athletics 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before 30,522 at Comiskey Park. John tossed a five-hitter. The shutout improved John to 4-3 and was one of a league-leading six he would throw that season. The whitewashing began an eight-start stretch in which John would go 5-2 with an 0.98 ERA with five shutouts.
1972: BROOMING THE BOMBERS: Dick Allen’s three-run pinch-hit walkoff homer handed the White Sox a sweep-clinching 5-4 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of a doubleheader before a Bat Day crowd of 51,904 at Comiskey Park.
1974, ALLEN SLAMS YANKS: Dick Allen’s grand slam in the fifth inning gave the White Sox the lead for good in a 9-2 win over the New York Yankees before 14,351 at Comiskey Park. Bucky Dent also homered and Ken Henderson had three hits and an RBI in support of Wilbur Wood, who went the distance for his ninth win.
1976, SOX CHECK THE ECK: The White Sox scored two in the first and two in the fifth off future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians before 25,833 at Comiskey Park. Rich Gossage, spending the season as a starter, went the distance. “The Goose” scattered nine hits while walking one and striking out three to move to 4-3.
1988, REDUS WALKOFF SLAM: In one of the most dramatic games in recent memory, the White Sox scored six in the ninth with the last four coming on Gary Redus’ grand slam to beat the Texas Rangers 10-8 before 17,101 at Comiskey Park. Ivan Calderon led off the ninth with a home run. After singles by Greg Walker and Dave Gallagher and a walk to Donnie Hill loaded the bases, Mike Woodard singled with one out to pull the Sox to within 8-6. Redus then came up and ended the game with his second grand slam in a week.
1989, REUSS TOUGH ON TWINS: Jerry Reuss turned in six shutout innings for his 215th career victory in the White Sox 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins before 15,170 at Comiskey Park.
1994, PACO … A GRAND SLAM: Norberto “Paco” Martin broke open a close game with a ninth-inning grand slam as the White Sox pulled away from the Orioles for a 7-1 win in Baltimore. The grand slam was the only one of Martin’s career and the first by a White Sox rookie since Joe DeSa accomplished the feat Sept. 13, 1985 at Seattle. The slam was only the second by a White Sox player in Baltimore.
2005, SOX TOP TRIBE: The first-place White Sox received home runs from Paul Konerko and Joe Crede in stopping the Indians 6-5 before 26,365 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox erased a 1-0 deficit with two in their first on a double by Aaron Rowand. Jon Garland, bound for the All-Star Game, pitched into the seventh for his ninth win.
2007, SOX SURVIVE VS. YANKS: Bobby Jenks retired Derek Jeter, who represented the tying run, to nail down the White Sox 6-4 win over the Yankees before 32,703 at U.S. Cellular Field.
2008, FUN IN THE 15TH! Paul Konerko’s homer in the 15th inning finally delivered the first place White Sox a 6-4 win over the Royals before 23,515 at U.S. Cellular Field. Earlier in the game, Jim Thome cranked a 464-foot homer which was the ninth-longest ever at U.S. Cellular Field and the first to land on the park’s center-field concourse.