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Today in White Sox History: May 27

A big signing marks the day

Paul Sullivan: What to do with Luis Robert is one of the White Soxs biggest offseason decisions
It was another Cuban coup for the White Sox, who signed Luis Robert on this day, four years ago.
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Wilson Alvarez was masterful in extending his winning streak to a then club record-tying 15 games. The lefthander fired a six-hit shutout at the Baltimore Orioles in a 3-0 win before 34,351 at Comiskey Park. The win was the last in Alvarez’s streak, which began on Aug. 24, 1993. Darrin Jackson doubled in a run in the first, Tim Raines’ sac fly brought home a run in the seventh and Frank Thomas homered in the eighth.


The White Sox scored a coup and surprised the baseball world by announcing the signing of 19-year-old Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert to a minor league contract. Robert’s deal included a stunning $26 million signing bonus. Robert had been on the radar of major league teams since he was 15 years old because of his speed, power and compact swing. He was considered one of the top amateur players in the world and represented a significant addition as the White Sox were rebuilding a franchise that had grown stale and had limited success on the field and in the stands.

He had a tremendous 2019 minor league season and then signed a long-term contract extension with the White Sox before making his big league debut in 2020; he would win a Gold Glove and finish second in Rookie of the Year voting.