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Today in White Sox History: June 26

Going deep with rooftop homers, terrific trades and winning streaks

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The first of Greg Luzinski’s three rooftop homers in 1983 came on this day.


In a game in Cleveland, the White Sox became the first team to ever have names sewn on to the backs of the uniforms. Knowing who was playing didn’t help them, though; they were shut out, 2-0, on the afternoon. (The White Sox returned to the idea of names on the back of road uniforms in 1960 — and this time the practice stuck.)

In the same game, Cleveland players wore numbers pinned to their sleeves, becoming the first players in the 20th Century to do so. Each player’s number connoted their position on the diamond.


In a doubleheader opener, White Sox right fielder Mike Hershberger spoils Minnesota starter Gerry Arrigo’s no-hit bit with a leadoff single in the ninth inning. The White Sox lose, 2-0, but take the nightcap, 9-4

Arrigo would finish his major league career with five games on the South Side, in 1970.


White Sox slugger Greg “The Bull” Luzinski belted the first of his three rooftop home runs at Comiskey Park, becoming the first player to ever hit that many in a single season. Luzinski powered a pitch from Minnesota’s Brian Oelkers over the roof in left-center field. The shot came in the third inning of a game the Sox won, 9-7.


It was the best trade in the short career of GM Ken Harrelson, sending catcher Scott Bradley to the Mariners for a player to be named later — and on July 1, that player was revealed as outfielder Iván Calderon.

Calderon hit 28 home runs in 1987, and would be a key for the Sox in their spectacular 1990 campaign both at bat and in the field. He’d then be traded to the Expos as part of the Tim Raines deal in December 1990, before coming back for nine games late in the 1993 season.

To make room for Calderon’s second stint on the South Side, the Sox traded pitcher Donn Pall.


The White Sox beat the Cubs, 3-2, to run their winning streak to 11 games in a row.

The streak started on June 15, and saw the Sox blitz National League clubs during the interleague portion of the schedule. They took three from Pittsburgh, three from Washington, three from Atlanta and two from the Cubs. During the streak they outscored opponents, 51-24, with three shutouts.

It was the 12th time in franchise history the Sox had a double-digit win streak, and the first since they won 10 in a row in 1976.