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Today in White Sox History: September 7

The Go-Go Sox grab an ace — and take a punch

Dick Donovan Giving Batting Tips
Dick Donovan and family found a major league home on the South Side, on this day in 1954.


One of the linchpins of the famed White Sox pitching staff of the late 1950’s, Dick Donovan, was purchased from Double-A Atlanta (Milwaukee Braves organization). Dick would win 73 games over six seasons on the South Side, including a pair of one-hitters and an All-Star appearance in 1955.


In a game at Comiskey Park, infielder Sammy Esposito booted a cinch double-play ball hit by future Sox infielder Moose Skowron with the Sox leading in the eighth inning, 4-2. The lead quickly evaporated, as the Yankees rallied for four runs and a 6-4 win.

Willie Harris and his friend, Jesse James (I swear, I’m not making the names up), had a wager on the game. When Esposito blew the ground ball, Harris took matters into his own hands. He jumped over the box seat railing, ran on to the field, and had words with Esposito. Then the two started throwing punches! It took several uniformed police officers and ushers to pull Harris off of Esposito. Harris left the field shouting that he was “A real Sox fan.”