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Today in White Sox History: May 29

LaMarr Hoyt loses a record streak, Greg Norton extends one

Greg Norton #31
(Greg) Norton, you’re the greatest! OK, maybe not the greatest, but the corner infielder doubled up on two-homer games on this day in 1999.


The White Sox purchased pitcher Gerry Staley from the Yankees. Staley would become one of the top relief pitchers in the league by 1959, helping the Sox win the pennant. That season, he went 8-5 with a 2.24 ERA and a league-leading 15 saves. His teammate, Turk Lown, also had 15 saves. In 1960, Staley would make the All-Star team.


LaMarr Hoyt was beaten on the road in Cleveland, 5-2. Hoyt had won his first nine decisions of the season, and coupled with five straight wins to end 1981 meant he had won 14 consecutive decisions. It was longest winning streak over multiple seasons in franchise history. Hoyt hadn’t lost a game since Aug. 15, 1981, at (where else?) Baltimore.


White Sox infielder Greg Norton hit two home runs in a game — for the second consecutive game. He was the first Sox player to pull that off since Zeke Bonura did it in 1935.