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Sox Century: Aug. 31, 1917

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The White Sox close out their most successful month of the season.

Lefty Williams
Bain News Service / Library of Congress

The White Sox closed out an August to remember with another bludgeoning of the Browns.

This time, the Sox let St. Louis live a little. Fielder Jones’ crew held a 2-0 lead against Red Faber entering the bottom of the sixth.

Heading into the top of the seventh, the White Sox were the ones leading, and by a 6-2 margin.

The Sox then tacked on a couple more in the eighth to win by a score of 8-2, giving them nine straight wins. Somehow, they lost a half-game to the Red Sox, who swept a doubleheader to pull within 4½ games of the first-place Pale Hose

One of the two runs Faber allowed was unearned, but Lefty Williams stranded a couple of Faber’s runners in the sixth to spare him more damage. It also allowed Williams to pick up the win, as the Sox finally got onto the scoreboard in a big way off Dave Davenport in the bottom of that inning. The Sox greeted St. Louis’ best starter with five straight hits to open the inning, and when Davenport unraveled, his defense followed. Six hits, an error and a passed ball led to six runs, and the game stopped being in question.

With the victory, the Sox made it through 31 games in 31 days with a 22-9 record. Whether by wins or by winning percentage (.710), it was their best month of the season, and they needed it in order to separate from Boston, which went 16-12.

Record: 83-46 | Box score