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Today in White Sox History: September 19

Pure no-hitters lost — and bizarre no-hitters won.

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Joe Cowley pitches during spring training in 1986. By season’s end, he will achieve immortality, in a decidedly unique way.
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The White Sox set the franchise record (since tied) for the largest shutout margin in team history when they blanked the Senators, 17-0, at Washington. The game was the back half of a twin bill. Ted Lyons threw a one-hitter, losing his no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning on a bloop single by Bobby Veach.


White Sox pitcher Joe Cowley made the record books by no-hitting the Angels in Anaheim, 7-1. It was an unusual no-hitter: Cowley walked seven, including three straight in the sixth inning, when California got their run. Ironically, it would be Cowley’s last win in the big leagues.