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Today in White Sox History: July 9

Ironman pitching, extra-inning, and All-Star heroics

Paul Konerko watches his record-tying second double in the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.
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In a twin bill in Chicago against the Philadelphia Athletics, Red Faber won both games. The first one came in relief of starter Dickie Kerr. The scores were 8-7 and 6-2. Faber threw a total of 11 innings.


With the White Sox desperately needing a third baseman to replace the injured Bill Melton, GM Roland Hemond acquired Ed Spiezio from San Diego for pitcher Don Eddy. Spiezio did a yeoman’s job holding down the fort the rest of the year, as the White Sox stalked the A’s — in fact, Spiezio’s dramatic home run against Oakland on August 12 off Rollie Fingers at the Oakland Coliseum put the Sox into first place.

It was the latest the Sox had been in first place in a season since 1967.


In the infamous tied All-Star Game in Milwaukee, Paul Konerko tied the record for most doubles in the game with two. His teammate, Mark Buehrle (P), joined him in the game.


Tadahito Iguchi’s single in the last of the 19th inning gave the White Sox a dramatic 6-5 win over Boston at U.S. Cellular Field.

Jermaine Dye’s two-out, ninth-inning home run had tied the game, 3-3. Both teams scored two runs in the 11th, and the score stayed that way until the 19th. The game took six hours, 19 minutes. It also appeared to take something out of the defending World Champions ... the White Sox weren’t the same the rest of the season.