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Today in White Sox History: September 2

Amazing beginnings, and endings

Buck Weaver Is Ready To Catch A Ball
A mere 103 years ago today, Buck Weaver brought the 1918 season to an extraordinary close.
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In a season-ending doubleheader (the 1918 season ended early because of World War I) at Detroit, Buck Weaver rapped out eight hits in 10 at-bats. The Sox would lose the games, 11-5 and 7-3. Weaver went 5-for-5 in the first game and 3-for-5 in the second. He had two doubles among his eight hits.


In a game at Comiskey Park, White Sox third baseman LouBoze” Berger and outfielder Mike Kreevich led off the Sox half of the first with back-to-back home runs. It was the first time that ever happened in team history. The Sox beat Boston, 4-2.


It was one of the key dates in franchise history, as Roland Hemond was hired as player personnel director to rebuild the franchise. The club would lose a team-record 106 games in 1970. The very next year, the White Sox would improve by 23 games, from 56 to 79 wins, and by 1972 would be a legitimate title contender. Hemond would eventually become GM and stay with the team through 1985. Also coming along as new field manager was Chuck Tanner, who’d be named Manager of the Year in 1972.


Tim Raines had his American League record of 40 consecutive steals snapped. when he was thrown out in the third inning vs. Toronto. Randy Knorr was the catcher who threw him out, in Chicago’s 10-4 win.