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Today in White Sox History: August 29

Ron Hansen has the Busiest Day Ever

Go figure, we can’t find a usable photo of Ron Hansen fielding for the White Sox, so just fast-forward this photo five years and place him on the South Side, please.
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White Sox pitcher Jim Scott fired a 5-0 shutout over the Philadelphia A’s ... and he did it in only 68 minutes! It’s the fastest game ever played in team annals. Scott won 24 games that year.


In a doubleheader at Comiskey Park, White Sox shortstop Ron Hansen set a major league record when he handled 29 chances. Boston provided the opposition. Chicago won both games, 3-2, with the opener going 14 innings. Bob Locker earning the save in both games, his first two saves of the season.

Hansen had 19 chances in the opener — also a major league record for an extra-inning game — and 10 in the nightcap.


Outfielder Ken Henderson became the first White Sox player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game. Ross Grimsley and Wayne Garland were the victims at Baltimore, where the Sox won, 4-2. Both the home runs were solo shots.


At 43 years, eight months and three days old, White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk became the oldest player in the 20th Century to hit two home runs in one game. Fisk’s blasts help fuel Jack McDowell’s complete game win over Cleveland, 7-2. Fisk will break his own record by clubbing two homers at the end of the season, on October 3.


“The Big Hurt,” Frank Thomas, the greatest player in franchise history, had his No. 35 retired in a ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field.

Thomas played 16 years with the White Sox and remains the franchise leader in most hitting categories. The five-time All-Star and Hall-of-Famer won a batting title with the Sox along with four Silver Slugger awards, and was the only player in history to hit at least .300 with at least 20 home runs, 100 RBIs, 100 walks and 100 runs in his first seven seasons. He’d have a statue of him unveiled at the stadium in 2011.