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Today in White Sox History: August 25

A near no-hitter — and then, 39 years later, a no-hitter!

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Aug 25, 2020: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito celebrates with teammates after his no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Guaranteed Rate Field.
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The White Sox purchased the contract of a future Hall-of-Famer, pitcher Urban “Red” Faber, from Des Moines for $3,500. Faber would go on to win 254 games, with four seasons of 20 or more wins with the team. In the 1917 World Series win over the Giants he went 3-1, throwing 27 innings with two complete games and a 2.33 ERA.


The White Sox claimed first baseman Ted Kluszewski off of waivers from the Pirates. “Big Klu” helped provide hitting down the stretch for the pennant, and would hit three home runs and drive in 10 runs in the six-game World Series versus the Dodgers, with five of those RBIs coming in Game 1.


The tensions surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago spilled over to Comiskey Park. During a game against the Twins, supporters of Alabama Governor George Wallace and Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy got into an altercation in the lower left-field seats after some of the Wallace supporters were accused of shouting racial slurs at White Sox left fielder Tommy Davis. Security quickly separated the groups and averted a larger brawl.


White Sox pitcher Dennis Lamp carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Robin Yount led off that inning with a bloop double, breaking it up. The Sox won the game, though, 5-1.


In surreal surroundings — no fans at Guaranteed Rate Field due to the pandemic — White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito no-hit the Pirates, winning 4-0. Giolito allowed only one base runner, on a walk in the fourth inning. He struck out 13 hitters on 101 pitches, one of the most dominating performances in no-hitter history.

Tim Anderson (seventh inning) and Adam Engel (two outs in the ninth inning) made terrific defensive plays to save the no-hitter.

It was the 19th no-hitter in franchise history, making the White Sox the all-time American League leader in that category.