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Today in White Sox History: May 11

Three improbable and surprising marks, and all keyed wins.

Baseball Cartoon Of Hal Trosky
This laudatory comic depicts Hal Trosky still a decade away from an improbable feat with the White Sox.
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A Hal Trosky steal of home in the 16th inning broke a 2-2 tie in an eventual 4-2 White Sox win over the Philadelphia A’s. Trosky had missed the prior two seasons due to migraine headaches. This stolen base was one of just three Trosky had in 1944 and just one of 28 made in his career.


The White Sox scored at least one run in every inning when they beat Boston, 12-8. It was the first time the team had ever accomplished this unusual feat, and only four other AL teams since have matched it.

Second baseman Cass Michaels had three RBIs. The Sox clubbed 15 hits. and the Red Sox made four errors.


Bobby Thigpen became the all-time White Sox saves leader in a 6-4 win over Kansas City before 14,889 at Comiskey Park. Thigpen pitched a scoreless ninth inning in nailing down his 99th career save, surpassing Hall-of-Famer Hoyt Wilhelm on the all-time list.

The save was Thigpen’s eighth of the year. Before the remarkable season was over, Bobby would nail down 57 saves and set the major league record.