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Today in White Sox History: July 10

The first and second home runs hit by South Siders in All-Star Game play came on this day

Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox hoists his t
Big Frank had an amazing All-Star Game stretch in 1995, starting with a win in the home run contest.
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1912

Looking for more pitching, White Sox owner Charles Comiskey acquired Eddie Cicotte from the Red Sox after the Cicotte argued with his manager and owner John Taylor. Cicotte, of course would pitch well for the White Sox, but then would be banned from baseball in 1920 because of his involvement in fixing the 1919 World Series. In eight and a half years with the White Sox, he won 156 games.


1956

For the third and final time, Billy Pierce was pegged to start for the American League in the All-Star Game. This year with the game in Washington D.C., Billy was tagged with the loss, despite only allowing one run in three innings of work. The NL won, 7-3.

Pierce would represent the Sox in seven All-Star affairs. Joining him on the team that year were Nellie Fox (2B), Sherm Lollar (C) and Jim Wilson (P).


1995

At the All-Star Game in Texas, first baseman Frank Thomas turned in the first performance of a special double-dip, winning the home run contest the day before the actual game.


2001

Magglio Ordoñez homered off the Cubs’ John Lieber at the All-Star Game in Seattle. He became the second White Sox player to ever homer in the annual classic. The AL won the game, 4-1. Ordoñez was the only Sox player on the team.