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Today in White Sox History: September 3

The pinnacle of an all-time great relief season.

On this day 31 years ago, Bobby Thigpen set a single-season record for saves — with a month left in the season.


Luke Appling’s then-club record, 27-game hitting streak ended in Boston courtesy of pitcher Wes Farrell. The record would stand until 2004, when Carlos Lee broke it by hitting in 28 straight games.


White Sox relief pitcher Bobby Thigpen set the major league mark when he got his 47th save of the season in a win over Kansas City. He’d finish the year with 57 saves, which stood as the all-time record until 2008.

For the season, Thigpen also won four games and had an ERA of 1.83 … naturally he was named the Fireman of the Year, as well as an American League All-Star.