Today in White Sox History: September 17

Big win: Oh, for the days of a 20-game division lead! (Chicago Sun-Times)

Sept. 17, 1971 — The White Sox defeated the California Angels 9-4 at Comiskey Park, in a game marked by. an unusual event. All nine players in the White Sox lineup got one RBI, including pitcher Bart Johnson, who started, gave up eight hits and struck out 12 in going the distance.

Sept. 17, 1983 — Before a packed house at Comiskey Park, Harold Baines hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Julio Cruz with the run that won the American League West title for the White Sox, as they edged the Seattle Mariners, 4-3. The Sox went to the playoffs for the first time in 24 years, drew a then-record season attendance of more than two million fans and had the best record in baseball at 99-63. They’d win the division by a record 20 games over the second place Kansas City Royals.

Sept. 17, 1984 Harold Baines became the only player in franchise history to have more than one game with three home runs. Baines had his first three-homer game in July 1982. On this day at the Minnesota Twins, he’d club three more in a 7-3 win, driving in four.  

Sept. 17, 2007 — The Sox tied the club record for the most runs ever scored in the fifth inning of a game when they sent 11 guys home at the Kansas City Royals. In addition to the 11 runs, they also collected 10 hits and three homers, one each by Danny Richar, Jermaine Dye and Josh Fields. Richar, Jerry Owens and Fields all had two hits and Fields drove in four runs in the inning.

One thought on “Today in White Sox History: September 17

  1. 1983 was such a wonderful season just a great time almost every single day. A personal note, I was working at KNOE-TV in Monroe, Louisiana. And I’d rush home after the sports to catch the last inning or two on the radio. WMAQ came in pretty clear in those days and because in those days all satellite TV was unscrambled, we’d catch a game broadcast every so often in the sports office.

    The night the Sox clinched was a Saturday and because of a rain delay the game ran long. I had to do the sports at 10:20, so I shoved a tape in the recorder and hit the record button. WGN had gotten permission from SportsVision to broadcast the 9th inning and the possible clubhouse celebrations/interviews nationally on the Superstation. When the Sox actually clinched I didn’t see it live because I was on the set. As soon as the news was over I rushed back into our office to see the locker room celebrating. That’s how I knew the Sox had won.

    God how I miss that feeling.


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