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Today in White Sox History: May 24

Historic efforts by Ted Lyons, Tommy McCraw and Carlos Quentin

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Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox celebrates a solo home run with Adam Dunn, against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 24, 2011.
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In one of the greatest pitching performances in the history of baseball, White Sox starter Ted Lyons threw all 21 innings of a heartbreaking, 6-5 loss to the Tigers. He allowed 24 hits in the 21 innings. Only two other hurlers had ever matched Lyons’ mark, and no one has ever bettered it.


White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes left the organization. Dykes was in charge for 12 years, 13 days, the longest tenure in franchise history. The Sox apparently tried to keep the firing a secret, but a Hollywood gossip columnist found out and broke the story.


For the first time since the 1950 season, the White Sox dropped into last place in the American League (for a time) after they lost a doubleheader in Baltimore. The plight of the Sox actually caused some Chicago aldermen in a city council session to publicly ask what was going on. The Sox would rebound, though, to end the year in fourth place, with 86 wins.


White Sox first baseman Tommy McCraw had his career day. In a game at Minnesota, McCraw slammed three home runs and knocked in eight as the Sox pounded the Twins, 14-1. On the day he went 3-for-6, with three runs. The eight RBIs tied a franchise record.


The 1983 season turned around completely on this evening, as the White Sox destroyed Boston and pitcher Doug Bird, 12-4. Bird, who hadn’t lost a game in two years, was roughed up as the Sox blasted five home runs on the night. Greg Luzinski hit one of them, his fifth shot in five games. It was the start of the drive that would lead, four months later, to 99 wins and the Western Division championship.


White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin wrote his name in the franchise record book when he hit three home runs in a game against the Rangers. Quentin hit them before and after a rain/high wind delay of almost three hours, which caused the game to end at 1:27 a.m. local time. He went 3-for-5 on the night, with five RBIs in the 8-6 win.