Today in White Sox History: September 22

The best magic number: At this time in 1959, it shrank to zero. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Sept. 22, 1959 — The White Sox clinched the American League pennant, win 4-2 at Cleveland. Al Smith and Jim Rivera hit back-to-back home runs in the game. Smith also threw out former Sox star Minnie Miñoso trying to score a run.

A crowd estimated by the Chicago Sun-Times at 125,000 was at Midway Airport to greet the Sox when they returned home. All this on a night when Chicago fire commissioner Robert Quinn ordered the air raid sirens turned on to celebrate the title, causing fear and panic in a number of non-baseball fans who thought the Russians were attacking. The South Siders would wind up winning the 1959 pennant by five games over the Tribe, with a mark of 94-60.

Sept. 22, 1966 — In a game at Yankee Stadium, pitcher Joe Horlen and his teammates stopped New York to the tune of 4-1. Only 413 fans were in attendance at the gigantic stadium. It’s believed to be the smallest home crowd ever at a Yankee game.

One thought on “Today in White Sox History: September 22

  1. The headline shown in this article is from the actual Chicago Sun-Times that I have from the day after the Sox clinched. Found it by accident in a pile of newspapers in my grandma’s basement during the 1960’s. The front page has the headline “RELAX of COURSE they won; Sox take flag!” with a color picture of manager Al Lopez sitting in the Sox dugout at Comiskey park.

    That front page is now framed and is part of my collection.

    Just an incredible bit of luck to find that paper intact in that large pile of newspapers. Why my grandma kept them I’ll never know but I’m sure glad she kept that one!


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