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Today in White Sox History: August 4

The Hall, 300 wins — and stealing first base

Tom Seaver Celebrating Win
Tesorito Ozzie Guillén congratulates Tom Seaver on his 300th win, on this day 37 years ago.


Here’s a weird record and distinction for you: Lee Tannehill not only is the only shortstop in baseball history to record two unassisted double plays in the same season — he got both in the same game!

The milestone came in a doubleheader opener, an extra-inning, 1-0 loss to Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators.

The nightcap featured Washington’s Germany Schaefer stealing running maniacally on the White Sox. With runners at the corners, Schaefer broke to second on a steal attempt, hoping to draw a throw to second to get the runner on third home. That failed. So Schaefer then stole first base on the next pitch, technically legal at the time, still trying to induce a throw that would score Clyde Milan from third. When Schaefer made a second attempt at stealing second (and third steal attempt overall) the White Sox bit, and ended up throwing Milan out at home to end the inning. (Base-running rules were later changed in order to prevent similar shenanigans in the future, and Schaefer was not credited with a stolen base in the box score.)

The White Sox dropped the nightcap, 3-2, on a day where they only mustered eight hits across 20 innings. Both defeats were walk-offs in Washington.


On the same day Rod Carew got his 3,000th hit in Anaheim, White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver won his 300th career game by beating the Yankees, 4-1, at Yankee Stadium. He got late-inning defensive help when Harold Baines climbed the right field wall to rob Willie Randolph of an extra-base hit with men on base.

Seaver retired Don Baylor on a fly to left for the final out of the game. The ball was caught by Reid Nichols, as the capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium (many of whom were Mets fans) gave Seaver a standing ovation.


The White Sox set the franchise record for the most runs ever scored in the third inning of a game when nine men crossed the plate against the Twins in Chicago.

Wilson Alvarez got the win as the Sox took the slugfest, 19-11. DH George Bell had five RBIs in the game for the Sox.


After years of getting brushback pitches thrown at White Sox hitters by Nolan Ryan, Robin Ventura snapped in the third inning of a game in Texas and charged the mound. Ryan got the better of the fight, but Ventura and his teammates found strength from the brawl; they used it during the stretch run, which would lead to a divisional title and keep the Rangers in second place.


Catcher Carlton Fisk was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Even though Fisk played more games and seasons with the White Sox, he went in wearing the colors of the Red Sox. Fisk explained to the Chicago media that his choice in no way reflected any animosity towards White Sox fans, but was based in part on his treatment by the organization and ownership.