My dad’s birth in 1930 wasn’t the only eventful moment in White Sox history that happened on this date.
Take a look …
1937, THE STRATTON SPLIT: The White Sox split a doubleheader with the Yankees before 50,000 at Comiskey Park. The Yankees took the opener 12-11 behind two homers from Bill Dickey and a game-winner from Joe DiMaggio. The Sox took the nightcap scoring three in the eighth and one in the ninth with Monty Stratton, who was later portrayed in a movie by Jimmy Stewart, getting the victory.
1943, A WIN AND THEN SOME GOOD NEWS: After the White Sox won the first game 2-1, the nightcap of their doubleheader was interrupted with the announcement at “Mussolini has resigned.” The crowd of 19,374 cheered wildly over the news that the Italian dictator was finished. The Yankees won the game 6-3 after Bill Dietrich got the victory for the Sox in Game 1.1954, 16 Ks SO HE WAS HARSH, MAN: Jack Harshman set the club record with 16 strikeouts in the White Sox 5-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at Boston. Harshman gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in improving to 7-4. Harshman, a lefty, broke the record previously held by Ed Cicotte (Aug. 26, 1914), Jim Scott (June 22, 1913) and Ed Walsh (Aug. 11, 1910 and Oct. 2, 1908). He struck out at least one batter in every inning but the eighth and he whiffed the side in order in the second and seventh innings and also in the fourth.
1959, 17 INNINGS!The White Sox edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in 17 innings before 12,562 at Comiskey Park thanks to an RBI single by the oft-traded Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Sherm Lollar tied the game with a homer to leadoff the ninth.
1967, TWO WALKOFFS: J.C. Martin and Ken Berry each hit walkoff homers to key the first-place White Sox to a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland before 18,152 at Comiskey Park. This marked the first time in American League history a team had swept a doubleheader with a pair of game-ending home runs.
1971, UP ON THE ROOF: White Sox catcher Tom Egan launched his only roof-shot homer at Comiskey Park in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Washington before 24,318 on the South Side.
1972, ALL-STAR ALLEN: Dick Allen started at first base in becoming the first Sox representative to bat cleanup in an All-Star Game. Allen went 0-for-3 in the American League’s 4-3 loss in in Atlanta.
1987, NOs. 16 & 19 FOREVER: On the day No. 16 was retired for Hall of Famer Ted Lyons and No. 19 was retired for team legened Billy Pierce, the White Sox topped the Yankees 3-2 before 26,433 at Comiskey Park.
1996, DOMINANT ROBERTO: Roberto Hernandez turned in one of the most dominating performances by a Sox reliever in recent memory in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in 12 innings before 19,524 at Comiskey Park. Hernandez came on in the ninth and fanned all six of the batters he faced, falling one K shy of the club record. Hernandez threw 26 pitches, 19 of which were strikes.
1998, THE BOMB IN THE BRONX: Mike Sirotka disappointed an Old-Timers’ Day crowd of 55,638 at Yankee Stadium with six strong innings in the White Sox 6-2 win. This was the largest gathering to witness a Sox win since Oct. 3, 1993 when 72,390 watched the Southsiders defeat the Indians in Cleveland.
2001, NO. 8,000: Paul Konerko launched the 8,000th home run in White Sox history in a 7-5 loss at Cleveland. Konerko’s milestone blast came in the second inning.
2003, NO. 400 FOR FRANK: Frank Thomas’ 400th homer helped the White Sox stomp Tampa Bay 7-2 before 22,617 at US Cellular Field. Thomas became the 36th player in big league history to reach that milestone. Esteban Loaiza earned his 13th win and Carlos Lee also homered in the victory.
Dick Allen became one of the most popular and greatest players in White Sox history wearing No. 15.
His MVP season of 1972 helped revitalize if not save the franchise, which emerged from the 1960s in ruins.
“That club was in dire straits when (manager) Chuck Tanner and I joined them in September of 1970,” Hemond told me once.
“We made quite a number of trades that first winter and improved by 23 games. The next year, Al Campanis of the Dodgers said he would consider trading Dick Allen. He wanted Tommy John and Terry Forster. I said, ‘ I can’t give you Forster. He could be another Koufax.’ In any event, we arrived at a trade.
“Chuck Tanner had known Dick real well. They lived in the same area. I said, ‘ Chuck, what do you think? ’ And Chuck said, ‘ I’d love to have him.’ ”
And Allen delivered.
“Allen came and he was a success story, the MVP,” said Hemond. “The club drew over a million. If (third baseman Bill) Melton (who had won the last two A. L. home run titles) didn’t come up with a herniated disc in mid-season, he played just 60 games that year, I think that club would have gone onto the World Series.”
Home run No. 66 of Dick Allen’s White Sox career was also the 300th of a career which is Hall of Fame worthy.
The blast came off Boston’s Bill “Spaceman” Lee at Comiskey Park on June 9, 1974.
The home run, his 13th of the season, drove in Ron Santo in the first inning of a 10-6 loss on a Sunday afternoon before 16,678 at Comiskey Park. Santo would hit only one more home run for the Sox and in his big league career.
Some other nuggets from that game:
*Santo batted second and started at second base. He hit two homers, marking the last of the 26 multi-homer games of his Hall of Fame career.
*Carlton Fisk started made the fourth start of his career at DH while batting third for the Red Sox. “Pudge” was 1-for-4 with two runs and a double hitting between Juan Benequiz and Carl Yastrzemski.
*Also playing that day for the White Sox (managed by Chuck Tanner) were Rich Gossage, Jim Kaat (who pitched in relief), Bucky Dent, Ed Herrmann, Pat Kelly, Jorge Orta and Brian Downing.