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Today in White Sox History: September 11

Record-setting strikeouts and walks

Doc White Baseball Card
No free passes allowed — except on this day 115 years ago, when Doc White snapped a record streak.
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In the opener of a doubleheader sweep that would pull the White Sox to within 1 12 games of first place, Doc White earned his 23rd win of the season with a 2-0 shutout in St. Louis. However, White walked Browns first baseman Tom Jones in the game, ending an AL-record streak of 65 13 innings without walking a batter.

White’s 27 wins, 1.2 walks per nine innings and 3.71 strikeouts per walk would end up leading the majors in 1907. The White Sox, however, would win just 10 of 21 games to end the season, ending up right where they stood in the standings on this day — in third place.


The White Sox were in New York, near Ground Zero, when the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center took place. They got a firsthand look at one of the darkest days in U.S. history. Major League Baseball, in the wake of the national emergency, suspended all games for a week. The Sox returned to New York in early October to make up the three games with the Yankees.


In a 2-0 loss to the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale set the team record by recording 200 or more strikeouts for the fourth consecutive season. (Sale had set the team single-season mark for strikeouts in 2015.) The southpaw pitched eight innings, striking out 12, only to lose as the Sox offense could not give him any support.