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Today in White Sox History: May 6

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Twelve errors are pretty funny — unless it happens to your team. Learn about one of the strangest South Side wins ever

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TA has made his share of errors with the White Sox. But he’s never contributed to a 12 error game.
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1903

The White Sox were charged with 12 errors in a game in Chicago vs. Detroit. While that’s a big story in itself, it’s not the most remarkable item to come out of this game.

What is the most remarkable item to come out of this game is the fact that the Sox won the game, 10-9, scoring three runs in the ninth inning! Pat “Cozy” Dolan had an error,

Among the gaffers, Frank Isbell made three, Lee Tannehill had four and Pat “Patsy” Flaherty had three.


1963

Making an emergency start in Kansas City, White Sox pitcher Gary Peters hit the first of his 19 career home runs. It came in the third inning off Ted Bowsfield. Peters would toss eight innings and allow one run in the 5-1 win. It was the first win in 1963 for Gary, who’d go on to collect 19 of them and win Co-Rookie of the Year honors with teammate Pete Ward.

Peters is also the franchise leader in most home runs hit by a pitcher with 15, three more than Jack Harshman.

Peters was told that he would be that game’s starter at a late moment — while on the airplane flying into Kansas City — by pitching coach Ray Berres after scheduled starter Juan Pizarro got sick.


1964

Dave Nicholson hit what may have been the longest home run in MLB history.

On this night, in the fifth inning, in the first game of a twin bill versus the A’s, Nicholson blasted a shot off of future White Sox pitcher Moe Drabowsky that went over the roof and was found across the street in Armour Square.

Some Sox fans claimed they heard the ball hit the top of the roof, but White Sox officials said when they found the ball it had no signs of tar on it, nor was it scuffed.

Nicholson’s shot went over the roof around the 375-foot sign in left-center field. It was found 135 feet from the base of the wall. Plus, you have to add in the elevation needed to get the ball over the roof, approximately 70 feet. Hitting a ball on to the roof or over it required a ground-to-ground distance of at least 474 feet.

Unofficial estimates place the drive as traveling 573 feet, eclipsing Mickey Mantle’s shot at Griffith Stadium in Washington in 1956 that went an unofficial 565 feet.

For the night, Dave would hammer three home runs and drive in five runs in the twin bill as the Sox swept both games, 6-4 and 11-4.