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Today in White Sox History: July 22

Honors for Bill Veeck — and more pointless angst from Phil Garner

Barnum Of Baseball
Circa 1960, American baseball executive Bill Veeck, owner of the Chicago White Sox, sitting at a desk and smiling. He was known as the ‘P T Barnum of Baseball.’
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Slick fielding White Sox first baseman Joe Kuhel tied a major league record set in 1905 by recording 40 putouts in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics. Kuhel recorded 17 putouts in the first game and 23 in the second one. The Sox split the two games played at Shibe Park, winning the first, 14-0, and losing the nightcap, 3-0.


An afternoon game at Comiskey Park saw the Sox down Boston, 5-4, to move into first place for good in the American League. The Sox rallied from a 4-2 deficit with two runs in the seventh, and the game winner in the ninth inning as Sherm Lollar’s single to left scored Nellie Fox.


White Sox outfielder Floyd Robinson got six hits in six at-bats in a game against the Red Sox. The White Sox would win, 7-3, in Fenway Park. Floyd went 6-for-6 with one RBI and one run. He was the third player in franchise history to get six hits in a game.

That season, despite hitting only 11 home runs, Robinson drove in 109 runs and hit .312.


Former White Sox owner Bill Veeck was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Veeck also owned Cleveland and St. Louis Browns. He revolutionized the way baseball marketed its product, and he was decades ahead of his time in his thinking on revenue sharing and baseball’s option clause — which caused other owners, in some cases, to despise him.


In a game in Chicago, Brewers manager Phil Garner and White Sox manager Terry Bevington got into a fist-swinging brawl near the third-base bag. The brawl was touched off when Ozzie Guillén shoved Jeff Cirillo on a play at third base. Garner, who managed Milwaukee from 1992-99, had incidents with the Sox before.

Many of those were prompted by some of his acerbic comments, including refusing to refer to the Sox by name, using the moniker ‘big city’ The Sox would win this day, 4-2.