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Today in White Sox History: September 13

Two crazy, near-perfect games — and a hurricane!

Expos v Marlins
A baseball fan displays a sign during a game between the Florida Marlins and the Montreal Expos on Sept. 13, 2004 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The game was moved to Chicago to avoid Hurricane Ivan. The Marlins defeated the Expos, 6-3.
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In one of the longest games in franchise history, and in the middle of a four-team pennant race, the White Sox shut out Cleveland, 1-0 — in 17 innings! (Now that’s pitching!)

The game lasted over four-and-a-half hours, and was finally finished when Rocky Colavito singled to right driving home Buddy Bradford.

One other note from this game: White Sox starter Gary Peters allowed one hit in 11 innings, striking out seven … but also walked 10! (I wonder what his pitch count was!)

Don McMahon, the fourth Sox pitcher, picked up the relief win.


In a game in Seattle, White Sox pitcher Floyd Bannister fired a one-hitter in winning, 2-0. Harold Reynolds’ two-out single to left in the first inning was the only baserunner on the night for Seattle — and ironically, he was thrown out trying to stretch the hit to a double! Bannister faced the minimum 27 hitters, and struck out 10.


Due to Hurricane Ivan, U.S. Cellular Field hosted the first two games of a series between Montreal and Florida. It was the first time a National League team played a regular season “home” game in an American League park since 1946.