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Today in White Sox History: June 26

Uniforms, roof shots and winning streaks

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GM Ken Harrelson’s best trade? He had a few great ones, but Ivan Calderon was the best.
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In a game in Cleveland, the White Sox became the first team to ever have names sewn on to the backs of the uniforms. Knowing who was playing didn’t help them, though; they were shut out, 2-0, on the afternoon.

The White Sox returned to the idea of names on the back of road uniforms in 1960 — and this time the practice stuck.


White Sox slugger Greg “The Bull” Luzinski belted the first of his three rooftop home runs at Comiskey Park, becoming the first player to ever hit that many in a single season. Luzinski powered a pitch from Minnesota’s Brian Oelkers over the roof in left-center field. The shot came in the third inning of a game the Sox would win, 9-7.


It was the best trade in the short career of GM Ken Harrelson, sending catcher Scott Bradley to the Mariners for a player to be named later — and on July 1, that player was revealed as outfielder Ivan Calderon.

Calderon would hit 28 home runs in 1987, and would be an offensive key for the Sox in their spectacular 1990 campaign. He’d then be traded as part of the Tim Raines deal in December 1990, before coming back for nine games late in the 1993 season.


The White Sox beat the Cubs, 3-2, to run their winning streak to 11 games in a row.

The streak started on June 15, and saw the Sox blitz National League clubs during the interleague portion of the schedule. They took three from Pittsburgh, three from Washington, three from Atlanta and two from the Cubs. During the streak they outscored opponents, 51-24, with three shutouts.

It was the 12th time in franchise history the Sox had a double-digit win streak, and the first since they won 10 in a row in 1976.