Each Friday we will be featuring blog posts written by you, the fans. Today’s is courtesy of Rick Pearce.
Yogi Berra managed the New York Yankees in 1964. Let’s just say I’m one of your more seasoned White Sox fans. I came up to Chicago in 1956 from Tucson, Arizona. My grandfather lived up here and he took me to Wrigley and Comiskey. Later on in life, I found that really strange. Now, I could have gone to the dark side and become a Cubs fan, but I thought the outfield upper deck at Comiskey was really cool. That and second baseman Nellie Fox are really the main reasons why my loyalty went South.
It didn’t take me very long to develop a hatred for the stinking Yankees. You not only had to beat them, but you had to beat the Kansas City Athletics too. Let’s just say they were kissing cousins. Now, I wouldn’t say it was downright collusion, but it seemed funny to me that every time someone got good at Kansas City, all of a sudden they got traded to the Yankees for a bat boy. For example, Rodger Maris, Ryne Duren, Bob Cerv, Hector Lopez, etc. I saw Harry “Suitcase” Simpson was hitting a ton for Kansas City, and a few days later he was in Yankee pinstripes. Disgusting.
Anyway, Yogi Berra took over as the Yankees manager. They came into Chicago on a summer night for a four-game series, Monday through Thursday. The Sox SWEPT THEIR BUTTS. On the bus on the way back to the airport, with their tails between their legs, the Yanks had a player named Phil Linz who took out his harmonica and started playing it. Yogi Berra went absolutely ballistic! To whom this may concern, THIS, outside of that World Series win, is my absolute favorite White Sox memory.
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I remember that series too and that season. I think Frank Baumhardt, the Sox fifth starter in a four man rotation, pitched the final game and was surprisingly excellent. I thought the White Sox had buried the Yankees with those wins. But then they played below 500 ball for the next month before closing out the season with nine wins. Unfortunately the Yankees got hot after being swept by the Sox and built a big enough cushion to withstand the White Sox year end streak. The Sox finished one game out. It was the Sox most exciting season in my lifetime other than 1959 and 2005. 1964 was also the first year Baltimore was good. They finished two games out. It was the beginning of Baltimore’s golden age, which lasted 20 years.
Yes, I remember that series very well. Game 4 was a day game and I missed listening or watching that one