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Today in White Sox History: February 13

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Tragedy strikes a promising young pitcher

Topps/Gio Balestreri, When Topps Had Balls

1970

Tragedy struck the White Sox as promising young pitcher Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend were killed in an accident on US-101 near Santa Barbara, Calif. On a rain-slicked highway, Edmondson’s car skidded into oncoming traffic and was struck by another vehicle.

In his major league debut in Anaheim on June 20, 1969, Edmondson fired a complete game two-hitter, beating California, 9- 1. It would be his only major league win. In the game, Edmondson also had two hits, scored two runs and drove in a run.