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Today in White Sox History: September 19

Marathons, heartbreakers, and the just plain weird

Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles
Jorge Orta didn’t have to buy any drinks postgame, after ending a 15-inning marathon with a home run on this day, 50 years ago.


The White Sox set the franchise record (since tied) for the largest shutout margin in team history when they blanked the Senators, 17-0, at Washington. The game was the back half of a twin bill. Ted Lyons threw a one-hitter, losing his no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning on a bloop single by Bobby Veach.

Earl Sheely led the offense, going 4-for-6 with four RBIs and two runs. The Sox had a seven-run second inning and an eight-run fifth inning.


It was one of the wildest games the White Sox ever played. Facing the A’s in Oakland and fighting to stay alive in the pennant race, Chicago beat Oakland, 8-7, in 15 innings. The game took almost five hours to play.

The Sox couldn’t hold leads of 5-3 in the ninth inning or 7-5 in the 13th, but wound up winning on a Jorge Orta home run. Rich Gossage, the last of seven pitchers on the night, got the win.

A major league record (for the time) 51 players were used in the game, 21 by the White Sox and 30 by the A’s. That record has since been broken.


White Sox pitcher Joe Cowley made the record books by holding the Angels hitless in Anaheim, 7-1. It was an unusual no-hitter: Cowley walked seven, including three straight in the sixth inning, when California got its run.

Ironically, this no-hitter would be Cowley’s last win in the big leagues.