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Today in White Sox History: May 24

The South Siders send their all-time manager packing

On this day 40 years ago, Greg Luzinski and the White Sox crushed Boston with five home runs, shifting an eventual 99-win season into overdrive.


Reb Russell threw a 12-inning shutout against the Senators, giving up 11 hits, striking out six, and walking none. Russell was helped by Ray Schalk gunning down all four of Washington’s attempts to steal second base.

Oh, and at the plate, Russell also went 2-for-4 with a triple.


In one of the greatest pitching performances in baseball history, White Sox starter Ted Lyons threw all 21 innings of a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to the Tigers. He allowed 24 hits in the game and faced an astounding 85 hitters. His opponent that day, George Uhle, pitched 20 innings and faced 79 batters himself.

The 85 batters faced is the most-ever in White Sox history, and ranks seventh all-time in baseball history; the 21 innings pitched is the most in White Sox history, and is tied for sixth all-time.

The 21-inning game is tied for the third-longest in White Sox history.


White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes was fired, replaced by ... Ted Lyons. Dykes is atop the White Sox leaderboard in several manager categories:

  • Longest tenure: 12 years, 13 days
  • Most games: 1,839
  • Most wins: 899
  • Most losses: 940
  • Most managerial WAR: 34.4
  • Most managerial WAR per season: 3.0

Dykes also was involved in a footnote that could have changed White Sox and baseball history.

In March 1938, the White Sox played a benefit exhibition against the Pasadena Sox, a group of young players from that California city. Holding forth on the local team was a 19-year-old Black youth who made several brilliant plays. Dykes said, “Geez, if that kid was white, I’d sign him right now.”

In March 1942, Dykes allowed the phenom and another black baseball player, Nate Moreland, to try out for the White Sox. He sent them away without an offer. Perhaps he allowed the tryouts only to deflect integration criticism, since no major league team had yet expressed any positive attitude toward integration. In any event, nothing came of it. How history might have changed if he had been able to offer a contract to that phenom ... a lad named Jackie Robinson!

(The White Sox also nearly had a third crack at Robinson, as Bill Veeck had arranged a trade for the Dodgers star in the mid-1950. The Cincinnati Reds made a waiver claim, nixing the deal.)


For the first time since the 1950 season, the White Sox dropped into last place in the American League (for a time), after they lost a doubleheader in Baltimore, 5-3 and 6-4. The plight of the Sox actually caused some Chicago aldermen in a city council session to publicly ask what was going on.

The Sox rebounded, though, to end the year in fourth place, with 86 wins.


White Sox first baseman Tommy McCraw had his career day. In a game at Minnesota, McCraw slammed three home runs and knocked in eight as the Sox pounded the Twins, 14-1. On the day he went 3-for-6, with three runs. The eight RBIs tied a franchise record.


The 1983 season turned around completely on this evening, as the White Sox destroyed Boston and pitcher Doug Bird, 12-4. Bird, who hadn’t lost a game in two years, was roughed up as the Sox blasted five home runs on the night. Greg Luzinski hit one of them, his fifth shot in five games.

It was the start of the drive that led, four months later, to 99 wins and the Western Division championship.


White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin wrote his name in the franchise record book when he hit three home runs in a game against the Rangers. Quentin hit them before and after a rain/high wind delay of almost three hours, which caused the game to end at 1:27 a.m. local time. He went 3-for-5 on the night, with five RBIs in the 8-6 win.

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