White Sox pitcher Jim Scott fired a 5-0 shutout over the Philadelphia A’s ... and he did it in only 68 minutes! It’s the fastest game ever played in team annals. Scott won 24 games that year.
In a doubleheader at Comiskey Park, White Sox shortstop Ron Hansen set a major league record when he handled 29 chances. Boston provided the opposition. Chicago won both games, 3-2, with the opener going 14 innings.
Outfielder Ken Henderson became the first White Sox player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game. Ross Grimsley and Wayne Garland were the victims at Baltimore, in a game the Sox would win, 4-2. Both the home runs were solo shots.
“The Big Hurt,” Frank Thomas, the greatest player in franchise history, had his No. 35 retired in a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field.
Thomas played 16 years with the White Sox and remains the franchise leader in most hitting categories. The five-time All-Star and Hall-of-Famer won a batting title with the Sox along with four Silver Slugger awards, and was the only player in history to hit at least .300 with at least 20 home runs, 100 RBIs, 100 walks and 100 runs in his first seven seasons. He’d have a statue of him unveiled at the stadium in 2011.