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Incidental White Sox history: Joe DiMaggio’s streak


Incidental White Sox history: Joe DiMaggio’s streak

This day in 1941, the White Sox pasted the Yankees 13-1. Quite an impressive feat, considering this Yankees team would go on to finish 101-53 and win the World Series.

Lefty Eddie Smith, plucked off waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939, went the distance scattering nine hits for the White Sox. The offensive stars for the Sox included second baseman and leadoff man Bill Knickerbocker (4 for 5, HR, 3 RBI), right fielder Taffy Wright (2 for 5, HR, 4 RBI) and left fielder Myril Hoag (4 for 5, double, RBI). Eight of the 13 White Sox runs came in the 7th inning or later.

The lone run for the Bronx Bombers was a first inning RBI single by Joe DiMaggio. Nobody knew it then, but he wouldn’t play another game without a hit until July 17. It was the beginning of a 56-game hitting streak, one of MLB’s most enduring and most celebrated records. And the White Sox were part of history.

During the famous streak, DiMaggio played 12 games against the White Sox, and he had 19 hits in 45 at-bats with 7 walks and a HBP, good for a .422/.509/.689 slashline. He faced seven White Sox pitchers and collected hits off six. Only Joe Haynes managed to hold him hitless (one at-bat in relief on June 10).

DiMaggio vs White Sox pitchers during his 56-game hitting streak (May 15-July 16, 1941)

Eddie Smith: 4-for-9, 2 walks

Thornton Lee: 6-for-15, 3 walks

Johnny Rigney: 4-for-14, 2 walks

Buck Ross: 2-for-2

Ted Lyons: 2-for2

Jack Hallett: 1-for-2, HBP

Joe Haynes: 0-for-1

Overall, DiMaggio hit .408/.463/.717 with 91 hits, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 21 walks and only 5 strikeouts during his 56-game streak (it’s fun to note that Ted Williams hit .412/.540/.684 with 50 walks over the same span).

Over the same span of time (May 15- July 16, 1941), the longest hitting streak by a White Sox batter was a mere 11 games, done by both Taffy Wright and Dario Lodigiani, though Luke Appling had a 12-game hit streak that included the two games prior to the May 15 game. First baseman Joe Kuhel led the White Sox with 67 hits over the course of DiMaggio’s streak. Kuhel led the White Sox during the entire 1941 season with 12 home runs, three fewer than DiMaggio had during his 56-game streak alone.

By the way, the longest White Sox hitting streak of all-time is HALF of what DiMaggio did – that being Carlos Lee’s 28-game streak from May 13-June 15, 2004. The next longest are 27-game streaks by Luke Appling in 1936 and Albert Belle in 1997. So DiMaggio’s streak is longer than than the top two White Sox streaks combined.

Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'


Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

Yoan Moncada just started his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte and it didn’t take him long to enjoy a night in Charlotte.

The Knights had a home day game on Friday. Moncada went 1-for-5 in his first game action since suffering a hamstring strain on July 30.

With the Knights game ending in the afternoon, Moncada had the freedom to go to the Carolina Panthers preseason game at night.

The Panthers lost 27-14 to the Bills, but a peak at Moncada’s Instagram story from the day showed he may not have really understood what was going on.

The 24-year-old Cuban was decked out in a Panthers jersey. He still may be learning football though.


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White Sox Talk Podcast: The Bill Walton Game


White Sox Talk Podcast: The Bill Walton Game

Bill Walton called the White Sox/Angels game with Jason Benetti, and for one night baseball broadcasting was turned upside down. Chuck Garfien and Ozzie Guillen talk about what Walton brought to the broadcast. Ozzie speaks with Walton on the pregame show. They play the best Walton clips of the night and much more.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast