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Today in White Sox History: August 17

Matthew Boyd, meet the South Side sluggers

Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox
Matthew Boyd did not like facing Tim Anderson in 2020.
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In a 12-7 win at Milwaukee, Carlton Fisk tied a American League record when he was intentionally walked three times by Brewers pitchers. Fisk was given a free pass in the second, eighth and ninth innings of the game. Officially on the day, he’d go 1-for-2 with two RBIs.


Future Hall-of-Famer Steve Carlton, picked up on waivers by the White Sox, made his American League debut. “Lefty” went seven-plus innings, allowing four runs, in a 7-4 win over the Brewers in Chicago. In 10 games, Carlton would have four wins, a 3.69 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 63 innings before being released at season’s end.


In the second game of a doubleheader at Texas, Carlton Fisk became baseball’s all-time home run leader by a catcher, as he nailed a Charlie Hough offering and drove it into the left-center field seats. The White Sox would win the game, 4-2. Hough would become a teammate of Fisk in 1991.

It was Fisk’s 328th career shot as a backstop, and also established him as the team’s all-time career home run champ.

That team record would be passed by Frank Thomas, and Fisk’s record for catchers would eventually be passed by Mike Piazza.


Sometimes strange things happen on a baseball field. On August 12 in Detroit, Tim Anderson and Eloy Jiménez opened with home runs off of southpaw Matthew Boyd, and on this night at Guaranteed Rate Field, Anderson and Yoán Moncada accomplished the feat on consecutive pitches from Boyd in the first.

According to STATS, Inc., the White Sox were the first team in Major League Baseball history to hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the game twice, off of the same pitcher, in the same season. They’d go on to win the game, 7-2.