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Today in White Sox History: April 16

Bob Feller threw one of the most unique games in baseball history against the South Siders

Bob Feller No Hitter
Bob Feller threw an Opening Day no-hitter against the White Sox on this day, 81 years ago.


Cleveland’s Bob Feller no-hit the White Sox, winning 1-0. The game was not without controversy, however. Luke Appling hit a shot down the line that apparently kicked up the chalk as a fair ball, but was ruled foul.

When Appling argued the call, he was supposedly told by umpire Harry Geisel that “Feller is going to be a credit to the game.” Incredulous, Appling replied “What am I, chopped liver?” It’s the only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history.


With Jack Brickhouse behind the microphone, the Sox beat the Cubs, 4-1, in the first baseball game ever televised by WGN-TV.


In the second game of the season, White Sox starter Billy Pierce fired a one-hitter in beating St. Louis, 1-0. It was the first of four one-hitters in Billy’s career. The no-hitter was broken up in the seventh inning, when second baseman Bobby Young doubled into right field.