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Today in White Sox History: October 8

An ALCS win — and, 10 years earlier, ALCS elimination.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Wilson Alvarez
Wilson Alvarez saved the White Sox season with a stirring start in Game 3 of the 1993 ALCS, 28 years ago today.
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Frank “Trader” Lane was recruited out of the Big Ten Conference and took over as the new general manager of the White Sox. Lane would go on to become one of the greatest GMs in team history.

Among the players acquired by Lane — who made more than 230 trades in his Sox tenure — were such future All-Stars as Nellie Fox, Sherm Lollar, Billy Pierce, Dick Donovan, Chico Carrasquel and Minnie Miñoso. Lane built the club that would go on to win the pennant in 1959.


With the White Sox down two games to one in the ALCS, Jerry Dybzinski overran second base after a single by Julio Cruz in the seventh inning of a scoreless game at Comiskey Park. In the ensuing rundown Vance Law, who was on base in front of Dybzinski, was thrown out trying to score what would have been the go-ahead run.

The Sox wound up losing the game and the series on a home run by Baltimore’s Tito Landrum in the 10th inning. The final score was 3-0, spoiling a masterful performance by Sox pitcher Britt Burns, who went the distance.


With the White Sox down two games to none in the ALCS, Wilson Alvarez pitched a gem and beat the Blue Jays, 6-1. The Sox scored five runs in the third inning, which gave Alvarez some breathing room. The complete game victory was badly needed, and gave Sox fans a reason to keep hoping.