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Today in White Sox History: April 26

Two crazy outcomes, and a split decision for the South Siders

Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox
STICK TALK: Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox tosses his bat after hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 26, 2019. The White Sox defeated the Tigers, 12-11.
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The White Sox forfeited a game to Cleveland. It happened in front of a Comiskey Park-record crowd of 44,000 fans. So many fans were at the game that owner Charles Comiskey allowed them on the field, behind roped-off sections of the outfield. With the Sox losing 7-2 in the ninth inning, many fans broke through the ropes, thinking the game was over. It wasn’t, as there were only two outs. Order was never restored, and a forfeit was declared.


It was one of the wildest games in team history as the White Sox beat the Tigers in come-from-behind fashion, 12-11, at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Sox trailed 8-1 and 9-2 at various points in the game before making a major comeback to win it.

The South Siders thought they had a 12-10 lead after José Abreu hit what was believed to be a three-run home run in the seventh inning. However, his towering drive caused Tim Anderson at first base to hesitate before running and Abreu momentarily passed him on the bases. A three-run home run became a two-run single, an 11-10 lead — and an out for José.

After Detroit tied the game, Anderson then hit a slider into the seats to win it in walk-off fashion in the last of the ninth inning.