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Sox Century: July 3, 1917

White Sox win easily thanks to big day from middle of the order

Joe Jackson in 1915.
Charles M. Conlin, Evening Telegram / Detroit Public Library

The White Sox had to hustle to catch the train to Detroit. The Tigers probably wished they missed their ride.

The White Sox opened a five-game series against Detroit with a sound 5-1 victory. The middle of the order did the heavy lifting, as Eddie Collins, Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch contributed seven of the White Sox’ 10 hits and all five of their RBIs.

They all connected in the first inning. After Buck Weaver reached on an error, Collins singled him to third, Jackson singled Collins to third to score Weaver, and Happy Felsch scored Collins with a fielder’s choice.

That gave Red Faber a 2-0 lead before he took the mound, and it ended up being all the runs he needed Fresh off a save in a seven-inning game against Cleveland the day before, Faber ended up carrying a shutout into the eighth en route to a complete game at Navin Field.

The White Sox’ 3-4-5 part of the order put it out of reach in the fifth. Harry Coveleski walked Shano Collins to start his undoing. Weaver bunted him to second, and singles by Eddie Collins, Jackson and Felsch gave Faber three more runs he didn’t need.

The only thing the Tigers could take home was the extension of Ty Cobb’s hitting streak. He surprised the Sox in his last at-bat with a two-strike bunt that pushed his run to 32 games.

Record: 45-24 | Box score