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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Twenty five years ago today, the Chicago White Sox defeated the Red Sox 8-6. That wasn’t so special an achievement. The game wasn’t particularly important and at first glance has nothing to really distinguish it from other games. But looking closer there is one odd part of this game.
Despite getting 11 men on base, the Sox ended the game with no runners left on base. In all the years since then, no other club has matched that.
Back in 1974, the Indians matched the 11 base runners with none left on mark the Sox achieved a quarter-century ago today. To find a team topping it, you have to go back to April of 1962, when the White Sox left none of a dozen runners on base in a 10-3 win over the Twins.
But how could the Sox leave no men on 25 years ago today? Let’s look.
On May 29, 1987, things got off to a quick start for the White Sox. At home in Comiskey Park, Darryl Boston got a leadoff single for the Sox. Then he was immediately thrown out at second trying to steal. That’s one man reaching base, with none left on.
In the second inning, the Sox again got the leadoff man on base when first baseman Greg Walker singled. However, catcher Ron Hassey immediately followed that up with a GIDP. That’s two runners, and none left on.
The inning wasn’t over and with two outs Jerry Royster doubled and then came around on a two-run homer from the unlikely bat of Ozzie Guillen. In his 352nd career game, it was just Guillen’s fourth homer. But with his trot around the bags Guillen counts as a base runner, and now the Sox had none of four runners left on base.
The Sox went down 1-2-3 in the third, but staged another rally in the fourth. Harold Baines led off that frame with a single, and then came home on a Greg Walker triple. Seconds later, Walker scored on a routine grounder. That’s six men on, none left on base.
After a 1-2-3 fifth frame, the Sox got yet another leadoff man aboard when Gary Redus singled to start the sixth. However, Harold Baines erased him by bouncing into a double play. That’s seven runners, and still none left on base.
Entering the bottom of the seventh, the Sox broke a 4-4 tie with Boston with a big inning. After a double and an intentional walk, the team belted a pair of home runs off the bats of Jerry Hairston and Darryl Boston. Naturally enough, those shots cleared the bases, and Chicago had put 11 men on base and not left a single one behind. Eight scored, two were gobbled up in double plays, and the last man had been caught stealing.
All remaining batters failed to get on, allowing the White Sox to end the day with the odd line of eight runs on 11 base runners – but none left on base.
Aside from that, many other baseball events today celebrate their anniversary or “day-versary” (which is something occurring X-thousand days ago). Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you’d prefer to just skim the lists.
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