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Today in White Sox History: May 2

Two heartbreaks, late — and 83 years apart

Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles
LaMarr Hoyt came within eight outs of immortality on this day in 1984.
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The White Sox were part of the first forfeit in American League history. After the Detroit Tigers took the lead with five runs in the top of the ninth, rain began. White Sox players began stalling, hoping to have the game wash out and be called as of the top of the eighth, with the White Sox getting the win. Umpire Tom Connolly caught on to the scheme and forfeited the game to Detroit, as soggy Sox fans stormed the field in protest.

Connolly had to be given a police escort to get out of the ballpark.


It was the finest regular season performance of LaMarr Hoyt’s career, as he one-hit the New York Yankees in a 3-0 win at Comiskey Park. The reigning Cy Young Award winner lost his no-hit bid after surrendering a single to first baseman Don Mattingly with one out in the seventh inning.