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Today in White Sox History: August 7

Duck out of the way, the Big White Machine is making some hay!

Perhaps more batting practice, and less grease monkeying, could have improved the worst season in White Sox history.


White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh fired the first shutout in the original Comiskey Park, when he blanked the Washington Senators, 4-0. He allowed only two hits and struck out 10 in the game.


In the midst of the worst season in franchise history, some smiles were seen after the White Sox unveiled the “Big White Machine” at Comiskey Park.

The car was a 1929 Ford, rebuilt and put together by Sox players Ed Herrmann, Bill Melton, Syd O’Brien and the folks at Hawkinson Ford (now known as Hawk Ford). It circled Comiskey Park every time the Sox won a home game — which wasn’t often!


Comiskey Park was the site for one of the most exciting games of the early 1970s, and it involved Nolan Ryan. The flamethrower took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Sox and led, 1-0, thanks to a Frank Robinson home run. However, after getting the first out in the inning, it all fell apart for Ryan.

Dick Allen beat out an infield hit, spoiling the no-hitter and Carlos May reached on an error. Ken Henderson ripped a single to center to tie the game, and then with two out, Billy Sharp singled to right to win it.

The Sox beat the Angels, 2-1, getting all three of their hits in the final inning. White Sox starter Jim Kaat was brilliant as well, and the late rally saved him from a tough loss.


In a game in Anaheim, Frank Thomas drove in two runs in the a 10-5 White Sox win, in 12 innings over the Angels. The RBIs were his 100th and 101st on the season. They’d come in the team’s 110th game, which set the franchise mark for fastest to 100 RBIs.

Thomas also held the old mark — set the year before, when he collected his 100th RBI in the team’s 118th contest.