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Today in White Sox History: August 16

Alexei Ramírez factors into two pretty random records

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Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramírez gets to third base in front of Cleveland third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall after hitting a triple during the fifth inning at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
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Babe Ruth hit the first rooftop home run in Comiskey Park history, when he blasted a shot off of Tommy Thomas. The ball was estimated to have gone 474 feet. The Yankees won, 8-1. Ruth’s home run came in the fifth inning, and was a solo shot.


In an 8-7, 14-inning win over Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hit five triples. That was the most in a single game since Sept. 17, 1920, when they got six against the Yankees. Alejandro DeAza had two and Alexei Ramírez, Tyler Flowers and Alex Rios got the other three.

The Sox won the game on a Juan Pierre single in the 14th inning.


White Sox outfielder Leury García homered on the first pitch of the game at Dodger Stadium, off of Yu Darvish. It marked the second straight game the Sox leadoff man homered on the game’s first delivery. The night before, shortstop Tim Anderson did it off of Alex Wood. It was the first time this ever happened in franchise history.


On this day, the White Sox tied the major league record by hitting four consecutive home runs. It happened in the fifth inning at home, against the Cardinals and pitcher Roel Ramirez. The four home runs were hit by Yoán Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, José Abreu and Eloy Jiménez. It was the second time in franchise history the White Sox have hit four straight homers. This feat had last taken place on Aug. 14, 2008, against the Royals, when Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramírez and Juan Uribe did the honors.

It marked the 10th time an MLB team has hit four straight home runs in a game.