Today in White Sox History: October 8

The last time your editor cried over a ballgame: Tito Landrum crushes Britt Burns‘ (and another BB’s) dreams in 1983.

1948Frank “Trader” Lane was recruited out of the Big Ten Conference and took over as the new general manager of the White Sox. Lane would go on to become one of the greatest GMs in team history. Among the players acquired by Lane, who made over 230 trades in his Sox tenure, were such future All-Stars as Nellie Fox, Sherm Lollar, Billy Pierce, Chico Carrasquel and Minnie Miñoso. Lane built the club that would go on to win the pennant in 1959.

1983 — With the White Sox down 2-1 in the ALCS, Jerry Dybzinski overran second base after a single by Julio Cruz in the seventh inning of a scoreless game at Comiskey Park. In the ensuing rundown Vance Law, who was on base in front of Dybzinski, was thrown out trying to score what would have been the go-ahead run. The Sox wound up losing the game and the series to the Orioles on a home run by Baltimore’s Tito Landrum in the 10th inning. The final score was 3-0, spoiling a masterful pitching performance by Sox pitcher Britt Burns.

1993 — With the White Sox down 2-0 in the ALCS, Wilson Alvarez pitched a gem and beat the Blue Jays 6-1. The Sox scored five runs in the third inning, which gave him some breathing room. Alvarez’s complete-game victory was badly needed, and gave Sox fans a reason to keep hoping.

6 thoughts on “Today in White Sox History: October 8

  1. I was one of the few not angry at the Dibber. Law should have scored on the single. Very Sox like that he didn’t. That game could have gone 20 innings and the Sox would not have scored


    1. When I interviewed Vance, I asked him about the play and what he was thinking:

      “What happened was Julio Cruz hit a one hop shot to the left fielder. I was rounding third base when coach Jimmy Leyland stopped me. There was no way I could score on a ball hit that hard.

      I think Jerry deliberately tried to get himself in a rundown so that I could score.

      It turned out I was thrown out at the plate. Britt Burns pitched brilliantly and if we could have won, we would have had LaMarr Hoyt going for us in game #5. I only wish the series back then had been seven games like it is today because we would have beaten them (Baltimore)”


      1. looking at the footage in the story, Vance wasn’t out by too much, he almost did sneak home!


  2. I was at that game. Standing room only tickets, and my buddy and I walked behind the box seats the whole game. Just like you can’t blame Bartman, you can’t blame Dybs. Multiple innings with RISP and nada. It was a great game to be at, but quite the bad memory.


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