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Today in White Sox History: July 18

Beating up on the A’s, and two records in one day

MLB: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox
This solo home run from Tim Anderson, one year ago today, set a White Sox record.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports


The trial for eight White Sox players known as the “Black Sox” began in Chicago. The players were accused of trying to defraud the public by throwing the World Series. A jury found the players innocent; however, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned them for life and destroyed one of the finest teams in baseball history.


White Sox outfielder Rip Radcliffe became the first player in franchise history to collect six hits in a game. He went 6-for-7 with four RBIs and four runs in Chicago’s 21-14 win over the Athletics in Philadelphia.


In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, White Sox outfielder Pat Seerey hit four home runs against the A’s. The Sox would win the slugfest, 12-11, in 11 innings. Seerey is the only Sox player to ever hit that many in a single contest. He went 4-for-6, with seven RBIs and four runs.


The White Sox made a dud of a deal, with long-term implications, trading Chicago native and relief pitcher Kevin Hickey along with prospect Doug Drabek (as the player to be named later) to the Yankees for Roy Smalley.

Smalley would do nothing on the South Side, while eventually Drabek would wind up as the ace of the great Pirates teams of the early 1990s, winning a Cy Young. Drabek finally pitched for the Sox, in 1997, going 12-11 with a 5.74 ERA.


The White Sox brought their hitting shoes to the park for a game with the Royals, as the first eight batters reached base safely as part of a six-run first inning. They’d wind up winning the game, 9-5. Orlando Cabrera led off with a single, A.J. Pierzynski singled, Carlos Quentin was hit by a pitch, Jermaine Dye singled, Jim Thome singled, Paul Konerko singled, Nick Swisher singled and Joe Crede singled.

The hits all came off of Zach Greinke.


In a 4-0 win over the Astros in Chicago, a couple of White Sox records were set.

Shortstop Tim Anderson became the first player to have a hit and score a run in 11 straight games, breaking a tie held had with several other players. The record was set when he had a solo home run in the fifth inning.

Also that afternoon, Carlos Rodón set the team mark by striking out at least eight hitters in 10 straight starts, breaking a tie with Juan Pizarro. Rodón struck out 10 batters, only allowing one hit in seven innings of work.