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This Day In Sox History...May 26

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May 26, 1959 – Sox owner Bill Veeck was always good for a crazy stunt but this one topped the cake. Before a game against the Indians, midgets dressed up as Martians ‘landed’ at Comiskey Park (via helicopter) and ‘captured’ Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio. One of the midgets was Eddie Gaedel.

Terms were discussed for releasing the two Sox players when the Martian leader, (Gaedel) said "Don’t bother taking me to your leader (Veeck), I’ve already met him." Gaedel, of course, came up to bat for Veeck’s St. Louis Browns in 1951.


May 26, 1968 - In an effort to jump start a stagnant offense, Sox manager Eddie Stanky batted pitcher Gary Peters in the #6 slot in a game in New York.

Peters who had 19 career home runs, was listed in the order ahead of Luis Aparicio, Duane Josephson and Tim Cullen. The move didn’t help though as the Sox lost 5-1 to Mel Stottlemyre. Peters went 0 for 2 in the contest as the Sox only managed four hits.


May 26, 1976 - Recently acquired pitcher Ken Brett nearly threw a perfect game and then a no-hitter, only to lose it on a controversial ruling by the official scorer.

In a night game in Anaheim, Brett had a perfect game for almost eight complete innings before walking Leroy Stanton. Then with two out in the ninth inning of a scoreless game, Jerry Remy hit a ground ball that Sox third baseman George Orta badly misplayed, with the ball going under his glove. Official scorer Don Merry of the Long Beach Independent Telegram called it a hit. Other writers disagreed with the ruling, the Sox players were incensed and radio broadcaster Harry Caray went crazy on the air but the decision stood. Former Sox player Bill Melton would get a clean single with one gone in the 10th inning ending the controversy. The Sox would finally win it 1-0 in 11 innings on a single by Russell Bucky” Dent.

It was their 10th straight victory.


May 26, 1996 - For the first time in franchise history the Sox hit four home runs in an inning. It happened in a 12-1 rout over the Brewers at Comiskey Park. In the eighth inning Frank Thomas, Harold Baines, Robin Ventura and Chad Kreuter all found the seats.

Thomas, Baines and Ventura went back-to-back to back. The first three home runs were hit off Mike Potts, Kreuter went deep off former Sox pitcher Ramon Garcia.



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