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Today in White Sox History: June 21

A milestone win for a franchise great

Ted Lyons Practicing His Pi
Ted Lyons had a unique, and incredibly effective, 1942 season. He notched his 250th win before leaving for a four-year hitch in the Marines.


White Sox pitcher and future Hall-of-Famer Ted Lyons won his 250th career game, beating the Red Sox, 6-5.

That season, Lyons only pitched on Sundays, and posted this incredible statistic: In his 20 starts that year he completed all 20 games! He went 14-6 with a league-leading 2.10 ERA. At the end of the season, Lyons joined the Marines and served for four years during World War II.


It was either a case of great pitching, or terrible hitting, as the White Sox beat the Orioles, 1-0, in a game that took just 2:12. Both Baltimore starter Connie Johnson (a former White Sox pitcher) and the South Side’s Jack Harshman allowed only one hit. The White Sox scored their run in the first inning, when Jim Rivera walked, stole second and scored on a double by Nellie Fox.


The White Sox dropped their ninth straight game on the season to the Yankees, 2-1, in 17 innings. It allowed New York to sweep a twin bill, with the Sox scoring only one run on the day (over 26 innings). This one really hurt, because New York got the winning run home thanks to an error by infielder Al Weis.

The Sox would lose another one to the Yanks the next day (running the streak to 10 in a row) before finally winning against them in August. Those losses were very costly, because in 1964 the Sox ended the year one game behind the Yankees.


White Sox pitcher Stan Bahnsen, a 21-game winner in 1972, threw one of the strangest shutouts in baseball history. Bahnsen beat the A’s, 2-0, at Comiskey Park. He allowed 12 hits and a walk in the process. The A’s left 10 men on base.