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DiMaggio feasted on Sox pitching during hit streak

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DiMaggio feasted on Sox pitching during hit streak

This day in 1941, the White Sox destroyed the Bronx Bombers 13-1 at Yankee Stadium. Bill Knickerbocker and Myril Hoag each went 4 for 5, and Taffy Wright knocked in four runs. But it's an especially notable game, in a positive way, in Yankees history.

Eddie Smith of the Southsiders got the complete game nine-hit win, but one of those hits belonged to Joe DiMaggio. Beginning with this game, at least one hit would accompany his name every box score for 56 straight contests.

The White Sox undoubtedly contributed to this legendary total. Here's the list:

Streak Game Number
H-AB
White Sox pitcher(s)
1
1-4
Eddie Smith
2
2-4
Thornton Lee
3
1-3
Johnny Rigney
25
1-5
Johnny Rigney
26
2-4
Thornton Lee
30
1-4
Johnny Rigney
31
1-3
Thornton Lee
32
3-3
Eddie Smith (1), Buck Ross (2)
52
3-4
Ted Lyons (2), Jack Hallett (1)
53
1-4
Thornton Lee
54
1-3
Johnny Rigney
55
2-4
Eddie Smith

DiMaggio went 19 of 45 for a .422 batting average against White Sox pitching in '41.

The baseball world reacts to the Yasmani Grandal signing

The baseball world reacts to the Yasmani Grandal signing

The White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal broke suddenly and unexpectedly.

It wasn’t a big surprise that the White Sox would go after him, but the timing and the fact that the White Sox broke the news on their own (a la the Jose Quintana trade) caught people off guard.

Once the dust settled, the White Sox were in the national spotlight as far as the baseball world was concerned.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan got Ken Williams on the record before the White Sox had conference calls on the signing. Williams makes it sound like it’s go-time for the South Siders.


Passan also gave a look at a potential White Sox lineup for 2020 once prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal eventually join. We also made our own.


The Athletic’s Jayson Stark was impressed with how early the signing was. White Sox fans will enjoy that after going through the long, drawn out Manny Machado/Bryce Harper sagas last offseason.

Here are some Grandal stats that should get White Sox fans fired up about his addition (if they weren’t already).


Finally, is it time to talk playoffs? Long way to go, but the White Sox offseason is off to a notable start.


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Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants

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Bears to don throwback helmets Sunday against Giants

The Bears are throwing it back to the past this weekend at Soldier Field.

The Bears will rock 1960s throwback helmets Sunday when they take on the New York Giants. The helmet is navy blue and features a white "C" logo and gray facemask, whereas the current helmet has an orange "C" and white facemask.

A look at the throwback lid:

The Bears donned those helmets from 1962-72 during the playing days of  Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, now Hall of Famers. They won the 1963 NFL Championship along the way.

“I think a lot of Bears fans remember the ‘60s, especially the ’63 championship team winning at Wrigley against the Giants with those ‘Cs’ on our helmet,” Bears chairman George H. McCaskey said. “And of course Butkus and Sayers and all the great memories they provided. That small change I think means a lot to people.”

As 2019 is the Bears' 100th season as a franchise, they've been honoring a different decade at each home game. The Bears have also installed seven-foot tall bobbleheads around Chicago each week featuring players from that week's celebratory decade.

Unsurprisingly, this week's game will celebrate the 1960s, with Butkus and Sayers represented in life-size bobblehead form:

The Bears will give out bobbleheads of Butkus and Sayers to the first 20,000 fans who arrive at Sunday's game.

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