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Today in White Sox History: July 20

Dick Donovan and Jim Thome make lifetime memories — while Wilbur Wood has a day to forget

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Chicago White Sox’s Jim Thome acknowledges the crowd after his 2,000th hit in the seventh inning at US Cellular Field in Chicago on Sunday, July 20, 2008. The Kansas City Royals defeated the White Sox, 8-7.
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Dick Donovan one-hit the Red Sox at Comiskey Park and won, 4-0. Ted Williams got Boston’s only hit, on a single in the fourth inning. It was Donovan’s second one-hitter in two months; on May 25, he threw a one-hitter in Cleveland, winning by the same score of 4-0.


Wilbur Wood started both regularly-scheduled games in New York. He became the first pitcher to do this since Cincinnati’s Fred Toney in 1918.

Unfortunately, Wood got knocked around twice, losing both decisions, 12-2 and 7-0. Earlier in the season, Wood started a suspended game and regularly-scheduled game in Chicago, beating Cleveland twice.


Future Hall-of-Famer Jim Thome collected his 2,000th hit, as he doubled in the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The hit came off of Kansas City’s Ramon Ramirez.

Thome would finish his career with 2,328 hits — 469 of them as a member of the White Sox.