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Today in White Sox History: August 19

A Crosstown steal for the South Siders you might not recognize ...

Luke Appling Bat Rack
Perhaps the first great White Sox pilfer from the North Side? Luke Appling. Thanks, Cubs!


In an astoundingly-good but oft-overlooked Crosstown trade, the White Sox sent $20,000 along with outfielder Doug Taitt to the Cubs in return for minor league shortstop Luke Appling. The deal was engineered by the front office’s Milt Stock, who was future Sox manager Eddie Stanky’s father-in-law.

Appling would go on to have a Hall of Fame career with the White Sox, winning batting titles in 1936 and 1943. That season of 1936 would also see Appling drive in 128 runs.


The White Sox set the franchise record for most runs ever scored in the ninth inning of a game, when they got 11 runs in Boston. Earlier in the year, the White Sox scored 22 runs at Fenway Park, and on this day the 11 runs turned a sure loss into a 13-5 win for pitcher Wilbur Wood. The 11 runs were scored without the benefit of a single home run, as 16 men batted in the inning.