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Today in White Sox History: August 21

Stellar starters: No-hitter, and near no-hitter, magic

Defensive positioning may have cost Stan Bahnsen his shot at a White Sox no-hitter.


Ted Lyons fired a no-hitter in beating Boston, 6-0, at Fenway Park. The Red Sox only had two baserunners in the game, one on a walk and the other on an error by shortstop Bill Hunnefield.

Lyons, a future Hall-of-Famer, won 260 games in a 21-year career, all with the White Sox. His No. 16 was retired by the club in 1987.


It was Nellie Fox Night at Comiskey Park. In the midst of a pennant race, the White Sox honored their second baseman and future Hall-of-Famer. Fox was given a new boat, shotgun and other presents, and teared up when he spoke to the home crowd. He’d go on to become the American League’s MVP in 1959, hitting .306 with 70 RBIs.


White Sox pitcher Stan Bahnsen took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Cleveland. After getting the first two outs, former Sox outfielder Walt Williams got a ground-ball single to left, past third baseman Bill Melton. Inexplicably, Melton was playing in, anticipating a possible bunt from Williamswho later said that under no circumstances would he try to break up a no-hitter by bunting late in the game.

Stan then got the final out, finishing with a one-hitter in the 4-0 win.


The White Sox tied the club record by hitting four home runs in a single inning (the fourth). It happened off of the Yankees’ Randy Johnson in a 6-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field. The four who went deep were Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand, Paul Konerko and Chris Widger.