Behind Ed Walsh’s shutout, the White Sox beat the St. Louis Browns, 2-0, in the second game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park. It was the team’s 1,000th victory. Outfielder Shano Collins drove in both runs for the Sox that afternoon, as they earned a split on the day.
White Sox outfielder Hank Steinbacher became the second player in franchise history to rap out six hits in a game. Steinbacher went 6-for-6 (five singles and a double) with two RBIs and three runs in Chicago’s 16-3 win over the Senators at Comiskey Park. The outburst raised his batting average to .337, and he finished the season at .331.
The other six-hit game for the White Sox had come all the way back in ... 1936.
Ed Walsh Day was celebrated at Comiskey Park. The Sox honored their Hall of Fame pitcher, who recorded 195 wins, with a ceremony whose proceeds went to help pay his medical bills. Urban “Red” Faber and Ted Lyons were among those who attended.
Less than a year later, the man who won 40 games in 1908 was dead of cancer.
Noted team prankster, pitcher Jerry Koosman, somehow “discovered” Gaylord Perry’s false teeth on the mound at Comiskey Park during a game against the Mariners. He offered to return them, but Perry declined. The White Sox won the game, 6-3.
Two days after the firing of Tony La Russa, Jim Fregosi signed on as White Sox manager. The Sox has lost seven of La Russa’s final 10 games as skipper, burying the club in the AL West race.
“The team is 9 1⁄2 games out, that’s nothing,” Fregosi said. “I don’t see any reason we can’t turn things around and compete in our division. This is a young club, there’s talent here. There’s some speed, there’s defense and there’s power. We have to put it all together.”
The White Sox briefly did put it all together under Fregosi, winning 11 of his first 15 games and clawing back to 38-43 and 6 1⁄2 back. However, they would get no closer, finishing 72-90 and in fifth place, 20 games behind. Under Fregosi, the White Sox did improve, however, going 45-51.
On “Carlton Fisk Night,” the veteran set the major league record for games caught, at 2,226, breaking the old record held by Bob Boone. Teammates surrounded Fisk on the field for pregame ceremonies and presented him with a motorcycle that they chipped in $500 each and bought for him. The cycle was driven to home plate by Bo Jackson.
Then the Sox went out and beat the Rangers, 3-2, on a game-winning single in the ninth inning by Lance Johnson, with Donn Pall getting the win in relief. Fisk went 0-for-2 in the game, and sent his jersey to the Hall of Fame afterwards.
Would would stand as the hottest winning stretch of the 2010s continued with a 9-6 win over Atlanta, moving the White Sox one game better than .500. The game featured a bizarre play that factored in the win: With two outs in the fourth inning and the Sox ahead, 6-3, Alex Ríos tapped a grounder that worked its way inside third baseman Brooks Conrad’s jersey, ending in an infield single. Paul Konerko then singled, and Carlos Quentin homered to make the jersey mishap cost the Braves.