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Today in White Sox History: July 1

Doubleheader shutouts? No-hitters that weren’t? Sure, we got ’em today

Frank Owen Pitching
With duds like this, how can you NOT throw two shutouts in one doubleheader, as Frank Owen did on this day, 116 years ago.
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White Sox pitcher Frank Owen won both games of a doubleheader at St. Louis, 3-2 and 2-0. In both games he went the distance and only allowed the Browns seven total hits for the afternoon.

Owen is one of only 10 pitchers in baseball history to accomplish the feat of two shutout wins in a single day.


The White Sox opened the original Comiskey Park and lost, 2-0, to the St. Louis Browns. Within three days of the first game, three Sox players were sidelined with injuries, thus beginning in the minds of some a “Curse of the Comiskeys” or “White Sox Curse.” Infielder Lena Blackburne stroked the first Sox hit in their new ballpark.


Future Hall of Fame catcher Ray Schalk was honored with his own day. The ceremony took place before a doubl header with the St. Louis Browns. The White Sox split the two games, winning the opener, 3-2, in 11 innings, losing the nightcap, 4-1.


The White Sox set the A.L. record for sacrifice flies in an inning, as they got three in the fifth inning as part of a 7-6 win over Cleveland at Comiskey Park. It was the second game of a doubleheader, with the Sox winning both contests. Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox and Al Smith did the honors. The Sox were able to accomplish this feat because Cleveland outfielder Gene Green committed errors on two of the fly balls. They took the first game, 5-4.


Former White Sox outfielder Larry Doby was named manager, replacing Bob Lemon. Doby became the second Black manager in major league history, after Frank Robinson. His tenure would be short: He was fired at the end of the season, replaced with player-manager Don Kessinger.


On the 80th anniversary of the opening of Comiskey Park, New York’s Andy Hawkins threw a no-hitter.

There was for one small problem ... he lost the game, 4-0! The White Sox got all their runs thanks to back-to-back fly ball errors courtesy of Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield in the eighth inning. Greg Hibbard matched Hawkins pitch-for-pitch in the early going, as he also had a no-hitter through the first 5 13 innings.


Thanks to a Carlton Fisk home run in the 10th inning, the White Sox beat Minnesota at the Metrodome, 5-4, the franchise’s 7,000th victory. Bobby Thigpen, the fifth Sox pitcher of the game, picked up the win.