Today in White Sox History: September 18

Rare treat: A grand salami from Carlos May, in most unusual fashion.


Sept. 18, 1940 — A game originally played on June 20, with the White Sox beating the New York Yankees 1-0 in 11 innings, was ordered replayed by the commissioner’s office. A Sox win was literally taken away.

The South Siders found themselves, in the middle of a pennant race, losing 9-8 in the eighth inning of the replayed game (which was the second game of a doubleheader) when umpire Harry Geisel ordered the game ended, claiming it was too dark to finish. The decision meant a split for the two teams on the day.


Sept. 18, 1971 — White Sox outfielder Carlos May pulled off one of the rarest baseball feats of all when he hit an inside-the-park grand slam against Tom Murphy of the Angels. May, a left-handed hitter, sliced a drive down the left field line at Comiskey Park in the first inning. California’s Ken Berry, the former Sox outfielder, slammed his head diving for the ball, which rolled into the corner. By the time center fielder Mickey Rivers fielded the ball and threw it home, everyone had scored. The Sox, behind pitcher Tom Bradley, won the game, 5-1.  

2 thoughts on “Today in White Sox History: September 18

    1. Ken Berry the Angels left fielder slammed his head on the ground diving for the ball, because Carlos was left handed they were playing him towards right / right center. The impact dazed him. I actually asked Ken about the play when I interviewed him. I’ve passed that interview on to Brett and he’ll post it when he feels it is appropriate.

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