Dick Allen hit leadoff for the Sox on this date in 1974.
You need something to feel good about when it comes to the White Sox these days?
How about a look back on some noteworthy events that occurred on this date in Sox history?
These are all wins by the way so there won’t be any stress!
1914, SOX DRIVE BENZ TO NO-NO: Joe Benz fired the second no-hitter in Comiskey Park in the White Sox 6-1 win over Cleveland. The gem marked the only time a losing team scored a run in a no-hitter at Comiskey Park. Three fourth-inning White Sox errors prevented the shutout. Benz walked two and fanned three in a game that took only one hour and 45 minutes to play.
1917, NICE RELIEF WORK: Ed Cicotte gave up one run in 7.1 innings of relief for his first win of the season in the White Sox 3-2 victory at Cleveland. Cicotte, coming off a 28-win season, fanned two to break his seven-game losing streak.
1919, ALL ED: Ed Cicotte drove in two in a five-run fourth and got the win in the White Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland at Comiskey Park. Cicotte gave up seven hits and fanned three to move to 9-1.
1934, THE PRIDE OF MARYVILLE: Maryville, Ill., native Bob Boken had three hits and two RBI in the White Sox 12-5 win at Cleveland. Zeke Bonura homered and drove in three as part of a 17-hit attack.
1948, FOUR HITS FOR TONY: Tony Lupien was 4-for-4 as the White Sox banged out 15 hits in a 9-3 win at Detroit. Lupien also doubled and drove in two and Don Kolloway homered as the Sox cruised after leading 9-0 after 5.5 innings.
1952, SOX PULL OUT A MELE: The second of Sam Mele’s two homers led off the sixth and pulled the White Sox even in a 7-3 win at Boston. Chico Carrasquel drove in the go-ahead later in the five-run frame to make a winner out of starter Marv Grissom.
1953, HEART OF THE ORDER: Hitters two through five – Jim Rivera, Ferris Fain, Sam Mele and Minnie Minoso – combined to 10-or-19 in the White Sox 7-4 win over St. Louis in the first game of a doubleheader split at Comiskey Park. Sandy Conseguera got the win with six innings of relief.
1954, TAGGING RAPID ROBERT: Ferris Fain and Minnie Minoso hit two-run homers off Bob Feller in the White Sox 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland. Bob Keegan outdueled the future Hall of Famer to improve to 7-1.
1963, GET A GOOD BUZZ ON: John Buzhardt fired a three-hitter as the third-place White Sox closed to within two games of first with a 6-0 win at Fenway Park. Buzhardt walked four and struck out four and did not allow a runner past second base in improving to 5-2.
1965, DON DOES IT: Don Buford led off the 10th with a tiebreaking home run in the White Sox 4-3 win at Cleveland in the first game of a doubleheader. Buford’s blast made a winner out of Eddie Fisher, who improved to 4-0 with two shutout innings of relief. The real hero of this game was Bruce Howard, who fired five scoreless innings in relief of starter John Buzhardt. The Sox fell behind 3-0 but tied the game in the sixth on RBIs double by Moose Skowron and JC Martin and a sacrifice fly by Ron Hansen. Cleveland took the nightcap 4-3 as the second-place Sox stayed a half game out of first place.
1967, WALKING OFF HAPPY: Ron Hansen’s walkoff single in the 11th propelled the White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in front of 13,782 at Comiskey Park. The Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead thanks to a game-starting homer by Tommie Agee and an RBI from Ken Berry. The Orioles pulled even with runs in the seventh and ninth. In the 11th, Berry singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Walt “No Neck” Williams. After an intentional walk, Hansen came through in making a winner out of future Hoyt Wilhelm, who retired all seven batters he faced with three strikeouts. The win pulled the second-place Sox to within a half game of league-leading Detroit.
1968, HE WAS WORTHY THIS DAY: Dick Kentworthy was 4-for-6 and scored the winning run in the 14th on Luis Aparicio’s single in the White Sox 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 9,667 at Comiskey Park. Sox relievers Bob Locker, Wilbur Wood, Hoyt Wilhelm, Bob Priddy and Don McMahon combined to throw eight shutout innings with McMahon getting the win.
1979, 22-13!: Leadoff man Walt Williams went 5-for-7 with five runs, a double and two RBIs while Luis Aparicio was 5-for-5 with three runs, a triple and three RBIs as the White Sox whipped host Boston 22-13 in their best offensive game in 15 years. The Sox banged out 24 hits but their only home run came from Bill Melton, who hit a solo shot in the sixth. The 22 runs were the most by a Sox team since they scored a club record 29 in a win at Kansas City April 23, 1955. The 35 runs by both teams tied the club mark set on Sept. 9, 1921 and April 23, 1955. Melton finished with four RBIs. Duane Josephson was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs and Ossie Blanco, who started at first base and batted third, was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. The Sox scored six in the first off Boston starter Gary Peters, who lasted just two-thirds of an inning. The Sox scored one in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, seven in the sixth and four in the eighth.
1971, BUT HE DOESN’T LOOK AS GOOD IN UNDERWEAR: Tommy John outdueled Jim Palmer with a five-hitter in the White Sox 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of a doubleheader before 19,588 at Comiskey Park. Ed Herrmann’s sixth inning single scored Rich McKinney with the game’s only run. John gave up five hits and one walk with strikeouts in upping his record to 3-5 in logging the first of three shutouts he would have that season. John faced the minimum through five and got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth by striking out Merv Rettemund with the bases loaded. John stranded Brooks Robinson on third in the seventh and finished by retiring the final seven batters he faced. The Orioles won the nightcap 11-3.
1973, ALLEN, MELTON DELIVER: Dick Allen and Bill Melton combined to drive in seven runs in the White Sox 10-2 win over Detroit before 12,800 at Comiskey Park. Ed Herrmann homered in the third off future Sox Lerrin LaGrow as the first-place Sox built a 7-0 lead. Allen capped the Sox scoring with a three-run homer in the sixth.
1974, DICK ALLEN: LEADOFF MAN!: Dick Allen was 2-for-3 with a homer in his only White Sox appearance in the leadoff spot in a 3-2 win at Boston. Allen and Melton hit back-to-back homers in the third to account for all of the White Sox runs. Allen’s home run was two-run shot off Bill Lee and erased a 1-0 deficit which was created by a Carlton Fisk home run. Melton followed Allen with a roundtripper of his own. From there, Wilbur Wood and Terry Forster blanked the Red Sox on four hits.
1978, BIG FIFTH!: Bill Nahorodny and Chet Lemon combined for five RBI in the White Sox 11-run fifth inning – tied for the second-highest scoring frame in club annals — in a 17-2 romp of the California Angels before 12,828 at Comiskey Park. The game was tied 1-1 before the Sox broke the game open by sending 15 batters to the plate in the fifth of their fifth straight win. The inning began harmlessly enough with a one-out single by Greg Pryor. From there, the Sox took advantage of three Angel errors (which directly led to three runs) one walk and banged out seven more hits in scoring the 11 runs. Pryor scored the tiebreaking run on an error. Nahorodny had a three-run double while Lemon had a two-run double in the inning. Pryor and Ralph Garr also had RBIs in the inning. The Sox, who got a 5-for-5 performance from Jorge Orta, totaled 22 hits, which made things easy for starting pitcher Steve Stone. The righty went the distance for his fourth win.
1987, IVAN WASN’T TERRIBLE THIS DAY: Ivan Calderon hit two homers, doubled and drove in six in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox before 21,138 at Comiskey Park. Calderon’s RBI were a Sox season-high.
1988, NOT THIS TIME, FRANK: The White Sox used a grand slam from Gary Redus and three-run homers from Ivan Calderon and Ron Karkovice in pasting the Tigers and nemesis Frank Tanana 10-1 in Detroit. Jerry Reuss cruised with the lead, pitching seven shutout innings for his third win.
1991, SOX SCOOT PAST A’S: Scott Fletcher’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the White Sox to a 5-4 win over Oakland before an energized crowd of 41,870 at Comiskey Park. Oakland’s Mike Gallego hit the first grand slam at New Comiskey Park in the second inning off Ramon Garcia, who was making his big league debut. Garcia was the first pitcher to make his Major League debut at New Comiskey Park. Two days earlier, teammate Warren Newsom became the first player to make his big league debut in the new park. After giving up the slam, Garcia settled down and gave up just one other hit while lasting to the seventh. The Sox tied the game in the fifth on Matt Merullo’s sacrifice fly. In the ninth, the Sox loaded the bases on a Frank Thomas single and two walks, setting the stage for Fletcher’s heroics.
1996, BIG DAY FOR ROBIN: Robin Ventura went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs as the White Sox ripped the Detroit Tigers 9-0 before 16,983 at Comiskey Park. Kevin Tapani and Brian Keyser combined on a eight-hit shutout as the White Sox moved 12 games over .500. Tapani went eight innings with six strikeouts to improve to 6-3. Darren Lewis extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Danny Tartabull and Dave Martinez each homered for the White Sox.
1997, BELLE KEEPS HITTING: Albert Belle extended his hitting streak to 26 games – tied for the second longest in club history — in the White Sox 4-3 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee. Belle’s streak would reach 27, tying Luke Appling’s 1936 franchise record.
2000, THE MILKMAN DELIVERS: Herbert Perry’s ground rule double in the ninth plated Carlos Lee with the eventual winning run in the White Sox 4-3 victory in Seattle. The first-place White Sox prevailed despite committing two errors and issuing 11 walks. Lee got the White Sox on the board with a home run in the third.
2005, A WALKOFF TO DYE FOR: Jermaine Dye led off the ninth with a home run to send the White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Angels before 19,864 at U.S. Cellular Field. The win improved the first place White Sox to 35-17 and gave reliever Cliff Politte a win for the second consecutive day.
2011, SALE-ING TO A SAVE: Chris Sale caught Adrian Gonzalez looking for the save to end the White Sox 10-7 win at Boston. Sale’s second save preserved Philip Humber’s fourth win. Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with three RBI to pace the Sox 15-hit attack.
2015, HIT-HEAVY SHUTOUT: Texan John Danks recorded his 1,000th strikeout en route to a 10-hit shutout in the White Sox 6-0 win over the Astros in Houston. In firing his fifth career complete game and second career shutout, Danks became the first Sox pitcher since Stan Bahnsen on June 21, 1973 to fire a shutout while allowing 10-plus hits.
2016, SALADIN-O YEAH!: Tyler Saladino’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth helped the White Sox top the Mets 6-4 at Citi Field in New York. The Sox overcame a 4-0 deficit with Saladino scoring a run in a three-run sixth that got the Sox back in the game.