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Today in White Sox History: August 6

Billy Pierce almost goes a preposterous distance

Chicago White Sox v New York Yankees
An amazing 16 innings and just one run? Yep, that was Billy Pierce on this day in 1959.
Set Number: X2762


It was the third and final marathon game of the 1959 season.

The White Sox battled the Orioles in Baltimore, and played for 18 innings before curfew stopped the night game tied at 1-1. The game lasted only four hours.

The most significant item to come out of it was the incredible performance by White Sox starter Billy Pierce. Pierce pitched 16 innings, allowing just one run.

Billy faced 61 hitters, struck out seven and gave up 11 hits, 10 of them singles.