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Today in White Sox History: June 28

An unprecedented performance, crushing injury, and classless release

Sports Contributor Archive 2019
On this day 28 years ago, Carlton Fisk was released. “Class” is a sorta hacky term, but the White Sox released him in just about the most classless possible way.
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White Sox infielder Don Kolloway became only White Sox player to steal second, third and home in the same inning. Kolloway pulled this off in Cleveland as part of a 6-4 Sox win. His base-stealing feat took place in the ninth inning.

He also homered twice — his first two career major league home runs — and is the only major-leaguer in history to have two homers and four steals in a game.


The ill fortunes of the 1973 White Sox really came into focus, as by the time the summer ended, a team that was in first place for two months wound up placing 38 names on the injured list. Among the key injuries were Ken Henderson tearing up his knee sliding into home plate, Bill Melton suffering a groin injury, Carlos May with a bad hamstring, Brian Downing wrenching his knee on his first major league play, and Pat Kelly having a bad back.

But the most damming injury occurred in Anaheim on this day: Dick Allen suffered a broken leg when Mike Epstein crashed into him on a play at first. Allen was stretching to grab a wild throw from third baseman Melton.

Here’s where it really gets strange ... the injury took place just a little more than 10 years after White Sox first baseman Joe Cunningham suffered a broken collarbone against the same team on the same type of play (a wild throw) — with the Sox in first place!


In the first of what would become a series of major public relations disasters, the White Sox released Carlton Fisk, on the road, in Cleveland. Fisk accompanied the team to Ohio, only to be told of his release before the game.

No question, Fisk was finished as a player, but the fans and media were outraged at the way the Sox handled the situation. In fact, the White Sox sent faxes to the media announcing the move, not even having the courtesy to hold a press conference. Fisk, the future Hall-of-Famer, had to say his goodbyes to his former teammates from the stands at Municipal Stadium during that evening’s game, before returning to Chicago.