A May 26 White Sox-Indians fun fact


A May 26 White Sox-Indians fun fact

On this day in 1930, in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Cleveland's League Park, White Sox hurlers Pat Caraway and Bob Weiland combined to strike out six in a 5-2 loss.
Two of those strikeouts were of third baseman Joe Sewell. Since 1900, Sewell was the toughest player to strike out in baseball history. In 1903 career games (7132 at-bats), he whiffed a mere 114 times.

Sewell took over as Cleveland's starting shortstop shortly after the fatal injuries suffered by Ray Chapman from a Carl Mays pitch to the skull on Aug. 16, 1920. In his first four full seasons, Sewell's strikeout totals were in double digits, topping out at 20 in 1922. Then, for the remaining nine seasons of his career, in which he played in over 100 games each season, he never struck out more than nine times again. The year-by-year from 1925-33 looks like this: 4-6-7-9-4-3-8-3-4. The small (5-foot-6, 155 pounds) infielder finished his career with a .312 BA and .391 OBP, with four top-10 finishes in AL MVP voting.

But back to May 26, 1930...

It was one of only two games of Sewell's career in which he struck out twice...he had only one other strikeout the entire season (414 total PA, 356 AB in 1930).

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle


White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

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