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Today in White Sox History: August 26

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A big day dashed, and a winning home run washed away

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On this day 50 years ago, Mike Andrews saw a key home run washed off of the board.
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1933

The White Sox honored one of the greatest pitchers in franchise history, when Ted Lyons Day was celebrated at Comiskey Park. However, Lyons didn’t have his best stuff that day, as he took the loss in a 10-5 decision to the Philadelphia A’s.

Lyons and Bill Veeck are the only individuals associated with the franchise to have two testimonial days in their honor. Lyons’ second one would come in 1940.


1971

It was the kind of thing that could only happen to the White Sox, and only in Baltimore’s “House of Horrors,” Memorial Stadium. The Sox trailed, 6-0, before mounting a big comeback that saw them take a 9-8 lead in the ninth inning thanks to a home run by Mike Andrews. With two outs, torrential rain hit the area, and after a wait of almost an hour-and-a-half, the game was called. Because of rules in place at the time, the score reverted back to the last completed inning, the eighth, which saw Baltimore ahead, 8-7.

That’s the way the game ended ... a seemingly typical result when playing the Orioles in Baltimore, where odd and bizarre circumstances seemed to hit the White Sox over the years.