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Today in White Sox History: May 19

Broken streaks, and broken knees

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Maggilo Ordoñez of the Chicago White Sox hits a double in his second at-bat after missing 36 games due to a knee injury, during a game against the Seattle Mariners on July 9, 2004 at U.S. Cellular Field.
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White Sox starter Ray Herbert’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ended controversially in (where else?) Baltimore. Herbert, a 20-game winner in 1962, had thrown 38 straight scoreless innings when he faced Baltimore’s Johnny Orsino in the third inning. Orsino then hit what appeared to be a home run to left field ... or did he?

Both manager Al Lopez and outfielder Dave Nicholson argued that the ball Orsino hit passed between the top of the wall and an iron railing mounted on top of it with support posts, to help keep fans from falling over onto the field of play. By going through the gap, the hit should have been ruled a ground-rule double. The White Sox lost the argument and Herbert lost his scoreless streak, but the Sox won the game, 4-3 in 10 innings, to get a doubleheader split.


In a 14-3 clubbing of the Tigers in Detroit, Darren Lewis and Robin Ventura hit grand slams. The home runs came in the third and ninth innings.


The 2004 season, which had started off well for the White Sox, took a dramatic turn.

On a short pop-up to right field in Cleveland, infielder Willie Harris slammed his shoulder into outfielder Magglio Ordoñez’s knee. Ordoñez went on the injured list, came back to play a few games, then missed the rest of the season. Eventually, he’d go to Europe for an operation and leave the Sox that winter, to sign with Detroit.