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The Tribune made the Sox win over the Angels and Nolan Ryan the top story on Aug. 9. More at http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1974/08/08/page/55/article/allen-hit-keys-sox-comeback

Here’s a look at some noteworthy @WhiteSox events that happened on this date to feed your Sox fix … 
My favorite game from this day …

*1974, KAAT, ALLEN DERAIL RYAN EXPRESS: Lefty Jim Kaat bested Nolan Ryan, who carried a no-hitter into the ninth, in the White Sox 2-1 win over California before 11,636 at Comiskey Park.

Kaat’s only mistake was a second-inning home run ball to Frank Robinson.

The Sox made Kaat a winner in the ninth when Ken Henderson drove in Dick Allen with the tying run and Bill Sharp brought home B.B. Richard with the game-winner.

Allen ruined Ryan’s no-hitter with a one-out single in the ninth.

Kaat gave up six hits with three strikeouts in improving to 13-8. Kaat, who was 4-0 against California, was 21-13 in 1974.

Ryan struck out 13 in falling to 14-12. 

More from this date …

*1910, NO. 1 SHUTOUT: Future Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fired a two-hitter in logging the first shutout at the Comiskey Park in the White Sox 4-0 win over Washington. The Sox tallied single runs in the second, third, sixth and eighth inning in improving to 38-58.

*1915, ODD POSITIONING: With Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson in right field and Hall of Fame outfielder Sam Rice on the mound for the Senators, the White Sox prevailed 6-2 in Washington. The victory halted the Sox six-game losing streak.

*1916, PITCHER STEALS HOME! Pitcher Reb Russell swiped home and got the victory in the third inning of the first-place White Sox 7-1 win over Boston. Chicagoan Jack Ness fell a double shy of the cycle as the Sox banged out 13 hits.

*1925, TED TERRIFIC: Future Hall of Famer Ted Lyons twirled a three-hitter in outdueling fellow future Hall of Famer Red Ruffing in the White Sox 2-0 win in Boston. Lyons walked four and fanned one in improving to 16-6. Willie Kamm and Earl Sheely each drove in a run as the Sox won by shutout for the second straight day.

*1931, TOUGH RED: The legendary Red Faber surrendered five singles in blanking the Browns in the White Sox 2-0 win at Comiskey Park. The future Hall of Famer also doubled and scored as part of his sixth win.

*1935, I CAN NOT TELL A LIE … SOX WIN IN OT: Outfielder George Washington’s two-run single in the 10th handed the White Sox a 2-1 win in Cleveland. Washington’s hit scored Al Simmons and Zeke Bonura and helped the Sox survive Cleveland’s rally in the 10th.

*1956, DROPO THE HERO: Veteran Walt Dropo scored the winning run in the first game and drove in the game-winner in the nightcap as the White Sox swept a doubleheader from Kansas City with a pair of walkoff victories before 5,397 at Comiskey Park. In Game 1, Dropo scored on Jim Rivera’s 10th inning triple to give the White Sox a 5-4 win. In the nightcap, Dropo drove in Sherm Lollar with a 10th inning for a 4-3 Sox win. Prior to Game 2, the White Sox Dave Philley was ejected for continuing an argument with Red Flaherty that started in the opener.

*1960, WALKOFF SWEEP: The White Sox scored a pair of walkoff wins – and Gerry Staley was the victor in both contests — in sweeping a doubleheader from Washington before 25,843 at Comiskey Park. Gene Freese’s two-run homer in the ninth powered the Sox to a 9-7 win in the opener while Minnie Minoso’s single in the ninth got the Sox a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

*1966, MOOSE SPARKS COMEBACK: Chicagoan Moose Skowron’s homer in the ninth tied it and Wayne Causey’s two-run triple in the 10th broke gave the Sox the lead in a 9-8 win at California. The Sox had to survive an Angel usprising in the 10th as Dennis Higgins came on to get the game’s final out for his third save.

*1981, BASEBALL IS BACK: The White Sox and Cubs battled to a scoreless tie before 27,048 in an exhibition game at Comiskey Park as baseball finally returned to Chicago after the game’s first protracted work stoppage. The game was the first in Chicago since June 11. The players went on strike June 12. The Sox gave away 10,000 batting helmets and staged a Sox-Cubs old-timers game before the exhibition. The teams also played the next day, this time at Wrigley Field.

*1990, NO. 1 FOR ALEX: Rookie Alex Fernandez notched his first Major League victory in the White Sox 5-3 win at Kansas City. Fernandez scattered nine hits in six innings. Bobby Thigpen, on course for a record-setting season, tossed the final 1.1 innings for this 36th save. The White Sox erased a two-run deficit with a three-run fifth behind a two-run single by Sammy Sosa and an RBI triple by Phil Bradley.

*1993, BLACK JACK DEALING: Future Cy Young winner Jack McDowell won his sixth consecutive start in the White Sox 6-4 win over the Angels before 42,535 at Comiskey Park. The Sox improved to 60-49 and increased their lead to 4.5 games in the AL West. Ron Karkovice homered twice for his 14th and 15th dingers of the season. McDowell (18-6) got help from Roberto Hernandez, who fanned Chad Curtis with the tying runs on base in the ninth inning for his 23rd save.

*1994, SPANKY GOES DEEP: Catcher Mike LaValliere’s first homer with the White Sox, a two-run shot in the ninth, forced extra innings in the White Sox 10-5 win in 12 innings over the Angels in Anaheim. Jose DeLeon fired 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Frank Thomas drove in two runs in reaching the century mark for the fourth consecutive season.

*1999,  NO. 300 FOR FRANK: Future Hall of Famer Frank Thomas’ 300th home run accounted for the White Sox only highlight in an 11-1 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Thomas reached the milestone off Kevin Appier in the sixth inning. Thomas became the 84th player in big league history and the 16th active player to reach the 300-homer plateau. Thomas also joined Barry Bonds, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Cal Ripken Jr. as the only active players with 300 home runs, 1,000 RBI and 1,000 walks.

*2001, NO. 100 FOR MAGGS: Right fielder Magglio Ordonez hit his 100th home run in a 9-3 loss at Anaheim. Ordonez’s blast, a solo shot, came in the ninth off Mark Lukasiewicz. Ordonez became the 10th player in White Sox history to reach the century mark in dingers. He reached the milestone in his 585th game with the White Sox. Only Frank Thomas hit 100 homers with the White Sox in fewer games. “Big Frank” clubbed his 100th homer in his 506th game.

*2005, FUTURE CHAMPS WIN: The future World Series champion White Sox got a two-run homer from Paul Konerko and a solo shot from Joe Crede in downing Seattle 3-1 before 35,706 at US Cellular Field. Jon Garland got his 16th win and Dustin Hermanson pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save.

*2013, A WALKOFF TRIPLE! Outfielder Alejandro De Aza’s two-run triple in the 12th delivered the White Sox a 6-5 win over the Yankees before 25,707 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the frame when Dylan Axelrod yielded a homer to Robinson Cano. The walkoff triple was the Sox first since Lyle Mouton came through with the game-winner on May 22, 1996.



The most famous image of birthday boy Nolan Ryan and the White Sox is Ryan delivering what he called “noogies” to Robin Ventura in an Aug. 4, 1993 brawl in Texas.

There was one time, though, where Ryan was nowhere to be found when he was the epicenter of a White Sox-Rangers donnybrook. In fact, in the aftermath of that fracas, Hawk Harrelson was frantically calling out Ryan on the air.

It was this sequence of events that changed my perception of Ryan from a tough-talkin’ Texan to a classic bully.

The date was Aug. 17, 1990 and the Sox and Rangers were playing a doubleheader in Texas.

The fact that the American League West rivals were even involved in a twinbill was a source of contention.

The two-for-one was necessitated by a rainout IN CHICAGO the previous Sunday at Comiskey Park. On the Rangers last trip into Chicago, the teams waited a grueling eight hours while the rain fell before the game was called.

According to reports of the day, the White Sox wanted Texas to return to Comiskey Park the following Thursday on an off day for both clubs. The Rangers refused and so the tense standoff began.

By the time the game, scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m., was finally postponed in the early evening only 200 or so of the 30,000 expected were still on hand as a long rainy weekend came to a merciful end.

That rain delay/rain out, purported to be the longest in big league history, came on the heels of a White Sox cuffing of Ryan.

On one of the final rollicking Saturday nights at the old park, the Sox defeated Ryan and the Rangers 5-1 in Game 2 to finish off a doubleheader sweep.

Adding to the sweetness of the win was that Craig Grebeck and Ozzie Guillen, who together probably didn’t weigh as much as Ryan, hit back-to-back home runs off the future Hall of Famer in a four-run second inning which sent Comiskey Park into a frenzy.

The home run was the first of Grebeck’s career and the back-to-back dingers were the last at Comiskey Park.

That was the backdrop as the Sox and the Rangers met in Arlington, Texas for a twi-night doubleheader on Aug. 17.

Ryan started Game 1 and it was sunny so picking up Ryan’s 100 mph heater in the late afternoon brightness had to be a challenge.

While he was striking out Sox batters left and right, Ryan drilled Grebeck in the second inning.

I recall the outrage I felt watching that, thinking that the big bad Ryan had picked on the Sox smallest player. That outrage grew when there was some talk that (I don’t recall if it was on the broadcast or in the wake of it all) Ryan was peeved that a Sox player – I think it was Scott Fletcher — asked the umpire to check the ball after a Ryan pitch.

What a baby. Fletcher, Guillen and Grebeck had gotten under Ryan’s skin. Good thing Nolan didn’t have an issue with the Comiskey Park resin bag that season or the bat boy would have been in a world of hurt.

Three innings later, with two outs and no one on, Sox starter Greg Hibbard drilled Steve Buechele igniting a brouhaha.

Buechele charged the mound and the benches cleared. As far as baseball bouts go, this was a good one most likely because of the acrimony that had accrued over the prior few weeks.

As I recall when the players were unpiled and started to retreat to their dugouts, Ryan strolled onto the field.

And Hawk went nuts.

Since this was 1990 and his first year back with the Sox in his second tenure as a broadcaster, this may have been the first the now-famous Hawk rave outs which have most recently been directed at Jay Mariotti and Joe West.

I am paraphrasing but Hawk yelled as Ryan sauntered out of the dugout, “OH, HERE’S RYAN! HAVE SOME CLASS, RYAN! HAVE SOME CLASS!”

It was great.

Of course, Ryan was insane that day, which added to my frustration with him. He fanned 15 in 10 innings proving there was no need to pick on Grebeck and Fletcher but he got no decision in a 1-0 Texas win.

Here are some other times the White Sox got Ryan’s goat:

May 11, 1973: Mike Andrews’ two-run double in the first inning KO’d Ryan in the White Sox 7-4 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Ryan gave up five runs on four hits with one walk while retiring just one batter for the second-shortest start of his career to that point.

June 20, 1973: Luis Alvarado’s single broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh as the White Sox topped the Angels and Ryan 8-3 before 19,142 at Comiskey Park. Pat Kelly launched a two-run homer to put the Sox up 5-2 and, after an out and a walk, Ryan, who gave up 10 hits, was sent to the showers.

May 17, 1978: The White Sox battered Ryan for 10 hits, including two-run homers from Bill Nahorodny and Jorge Orta, in a 9-6 win over the Angels before 13,676 at Comiskey Park. Eric Soderholm had two RBIs as Steve Stone pitched eight innings for his second win.

Sept. 28, 1978: The White Sox KO’d Ryan in the first inning after the gave up four runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning in Anaheim. Soderholm’s two-run homer finished Ryan’s night. The Angels took Ryan off the hook with a five run first of their own and ultimately won the game.

Sept. 11, 1979: The Sox knocked out Ryan, who retired just one batter, in the first inning with five runs in an 8-7 win over the Angels before 6,859 at Comiskey Park. Ryan left after surrendering a homer to Jim Morrison. Chet Lemon and Claudell Washington also had RBIs while the other run scored on a Ryan wild pitch. The Angels took Ryan off the hook with five in the third but the Sox regained the lead in their third on an RBI by Mike Colbern. The Angels tied the game again in the sixth but the Sox took the lead for good (finally!) in the sixth on Alan Bannister’s single. Ed Farmer restored order on the mound with 3.2 shutout innings of relief to get the win.

June 8, 1989: Harold Baines hit two homers and Ivan Calderon and Ron Kittle each went deep once off Ryan in the White Sox 11-7 loss at Texas. The four homers were the most Ryan would surrender in a game in his Hall of Fame career.