Past White Sox brushes with Yankees history

Past White Sox brushes with Yankees history
July 16, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Chris Kamka

It's hard to imagine a more unforgettable All-Star debut than the one enjoyed by Alexei Ramirez last night. The spotlight was on Derek Jeter, who celebrated his farewell performance in the Midsummer Classic, and the Sox shortstop was the man who came in to replace him, sparking a standing ovation for the Yankee legend.  That Ramirez had the first hit by a White Sox shortstop in an All-Star Game since Luis Aparicio in 1962, plus a run and stolen base was an added bonus.

It's one of a few White Sox brushes with Yankees history.  Here are a few others:

May 1, 1951: This day was even more notable in White Sox history, since it was the day Minnie Minoso broke Chicago's color line (and homered), but this game featured the first career home run by a hot prospect by the name of Mickey Mantle (coming off Randy Gumpert).  He went on to hit 535 more longballs over a storied career.

May 15, 1941: A first inning RBI single by Joe DiMaggio of Sox lefty Eddie Smith ended up the lone run by the Yanks in a 13-1 White Sox rout in the Bronx. Joe didn't know it then, but it was game one of what would be a record 56-game hitting streak.  DiMaggio collected other hits against the Sox during that legendary streak, including game #55 exactly two months later.

July 19, 1920: Babe Ruth set a new Major League record with 29 HR in 1919, and on this day in game two of a twinbill, he broke his own record becoming the first player in Major League history to collect 30 home runs in a season (he added #31 that same game; both shots came off Dickey Kerr).