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Today in White Sox History: August 10

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For two of the smallest players in Major League Baseball, the impossible happened

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On this day in 1990, Craig Grebeck was half of a one-in-a-million shot.
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1959

White Sox infielders Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio appeared together on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The headline read, “Magic Up The Middle, Fox And Aparicio.”


1990

The odds had to be a million to one. For two of the smallest players in Major League Baseball, the impossible happened.

In the second inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park, Craig Grebeck and Ozzie Guillén hit back-to-back home runs off of hard-throwing Nolan Ryan. It was part of a four-run inning in a 5-1 win and a sweep of the two games.

Making matters even more incredible was that both Grebeck and Guillén pulled their shots. Craig reaching the left-field seats and Ozzie right field!


1993

With his career fading, the White Sox dealt their all-time saves leader, Bobby Thigpen, to the Phillies for pitcher Jose DeLeon. Thigpen saved a then-major league record 57 games in 1990 but was never the same afterwards, posting lower and lower save numbers in the years after.