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Today in White Sox History: August 14

A lefty hero — and villain — arrives on the South Side

Claude Williams in Pitching Position
Lefty Williams’ brief but brilliant White Sox career began on this day, 107 years ago.
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The White Sox celebrated the first sellout in team history at Comiskey Park, when more than 32,000 fans poured in to see a doubleheader split against the New York Highlanders.


The White Sox purchased the contract of pitcher Lefty Williams from Salt Lake City. Williams might have been inducted into the Hall of Fame for his abilities if not for his decision to throw the 1919 World Series as a member of the Black Sox. In his four seasons, Williams went 81-44 for the White Sox.


Center fielder Happy Felsch tied a major league record by recording four outfield assists in a 15-6 loss to the Red Sox. In that same season, Felsch ended up setting a record for outfielder double plays in a season, with 15.


It was the first time a major league night game was played in Chicago, with the White Sox besting the St. Louis Browns, 5-2. Johnny Rigney got the complete game win, with 10 strikeouts. After he retired, Rigney would eventually become a vice president with the team.


Catcher Carlton Fisk appeared to hit a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning off of Baltimore’s Scott McGregor, only to have home plate umpire Jim Evans overrule third base umpire Greg Kosc and say it was a ground-rule double. The decision was based on the impression that a fan appeared to have leaned over the wall to catch it. The White Sox wound up losing, 2-1. That fan then called Jimmy Piersall’s radio show afterwards to give his side of the story. TV replays showed he was not leaning over the wall when he caught the ball.

Manager Tony La Russa went ballistic … arguing, kicking dirt, then taking the third-base bag out of its position and flinging it towards the Sox dugout. Naturally, he was thrown out for his tantrum. It was just another in a series of bizarre plays that took place against Baltimore down through the years.


In a 9-2 win over the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox hit four consecutive home runs for the first time in franchise history. The four came in a six-run sixth inning, and were hit by Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramírez and Juan Uribe. It was the sixth time in major league history a team hit four home runs in a row.

Also in the game, White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin set the major league record when he was hit by a pitch for the sixth consecutive game. Quentin would get hit 20 times in the 2008 season.