Chicago White Sox 1959: July 28-August 24When play began on Tuesday, July 28, 1959, the Chicago White Sox (56-40, .583) and Cleveland Indians (56-40, .583) shared the top spot in the American League. Following play on Monday, August 24, the Sox (74-48, .607) opened up a two-game lead over the Indians.
After a day off on July 27, the White Sox welcomed the vaunted New York Yankees to Comiskey Park for a three-game series. From July 28 through July 30, the Sox won two of three against the Bronx Bombers. During the series opener, Billy Pierce and Ralph Terry pitched complete games. Pierce earned his 12th win of the season after allowing 10 hits and two earned runs. Nellie Fox finished the day 3-for-4 with one RBI. Al Smith was 2-for-3 and hit his 10th home run of the season. The White Sox won, 4-3. Rain interfered with Wednesday's game. After six innings, the game was called a 4-4 tie. White Sox center fielder, Jim Landis, was 3-for-3 when the game was called. The South Siders closed out the series with a 3-1 win on Thursday. Early Wynn earned his 14th win of the season. He scattered six hits over nine innings and allowed just one run. Smith finished the game 1-for-4, but he drove in two runs.
As the Yankees packed up and left Chicago, the White Sox welcomed the Washington Senators to Comiskey Park for a four-game set. The South Siders continued their winning ways by sweeping the series. The Sox jumped to an early 6-0 lead on July 31. They plated three runs in the second inning and three more in the third. Barry Latman's only blemish during his complete game was an eighth-inning home run by Bob Allison. Chicago added an additional run in the home half of the fifth and won the game, 7-1. The White Sox opened August with late-inning heroics. Washington took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning. With one out, Landis cracked a double to center field that scored Norm Cash and Earl Torgeson. Chicago rallied for a 2-1 win. On August 2, the White Sox swept both halves of a doubleheader against the Senators. During the first game, Chicago needed more late magic. Trailing 2-1 headed into the bottom of the ninth, Fox reached on a bunt single that scored Luis Aparicio to tie the game. Billy Goodman singled to left and plated Fox for the winning run. During the second game of the doubleheader, the Sox grabbed an early lead and kept piling on. Catcher John Romano was 1-for-3 with three runs batted in. Bubba Phillips was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Bob Shaw earned his 20th win as the Sox won, 9-3.
Following a day of travel and rest, the White Sox arrived at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium for four games against the Orioles. Baltimore rallied late to win the opener, 3-2. Chicago's offense was limited to a pinch hit, two-run homer by Romano. Ken McBride was tagged with the loss. On Wednesday, August 5, the South Siders blanked the Orioles, 2-0, during the first game of a doubleheader. Latman pitched a complete game as Aparicio and Jim McAnany drove in the two runs. Baltimore answered loudly during the second game with a 7-1 victory. Wynn suffered his seventh loss after allowing four runs over 3 2/3 innings. The two teams closed out the series with an 18-inning, 1-1 tie. Romano tripled home Smith in the top of the third inning, then Willie Tasby singled home Albie Pearson in the bottom of the eighth. Neither team could break the deadlock over the next 10 innings. Pierce, Chicago's starting pitcher, took the mound for 16 innings. Baltimore's Hoyt Wilhelm pitched 10 innings in relief.
Following the short trek from Baltimore to Washington, the Sox jumped on the Senators early. On Friday, August 7, the South Siders won, 4-1. Shaw earned his 11th win after allowing eight hits during his complete game. Goodman finished the day 3-for-3 with three RBI. With no game on August 8, the two teams played a doubleheader on Sunday, August 9. The Senators took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning. Fox singled to left field and scored McAnany in the top of the seventh. During the top of the eighth, Romano reached on an error and Landis scored. Chicago won, 4-3. During the second game of the twin bill, Chicago hammered Washington, 9-0. The White Sox plated two in the first, two in the fifth, four in the eighth and one in the ninth. Wynn logged his 15th victory after pitching a three-hit complete game. Torgeson finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The White Sox enjoyed a day of travel and rest on August 10 before resuming play in Detroit. On August 11, the Sox and Tigers opened a three-game series. After losing the opener, 8-1, Chicago answered by winning the next two games. During Tuesday's game, the Tigers claimed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Detroit added one more in the fourth and three in the fifth. Sammy Esposito's seventh-inning single generated Chicago's lone run when McAnany crossed the plate. The White Sox rediscovered their offense on Wednesday as they defeated the Tigers, 11-6. Heading into the fifth inning, Detroit held a 4-3 lead. Chicago added four in the fifth and four in the sixth. To close out of the series on August 13, the South Siders scored four in the top of the first. Wynn pitched another complete game and earned his 16th win in the process. Landis, Phillips and Torgeson each homered. Chicago won, 9-0.
On August 14, the White Sox arrived in Kansas City for a three-game series against the Athletics at Municipal Stadium. During the series opener, the offense did not arrive until late. Sherm Lollar broke the scoreless deadlock with a two-run blast off of Johnny Kucks. In the eighth inning, Torgeson tripled to score Fox and then Lollar hit another two-run shot. Shaw allowed the lone Kansas City run in the bottom of the eighth. Shaw earned his 12th win with a 5-1 win. The Athletics responded by winning the final two games of the series, 2-1 and 7-2, respectively. Pierce's win-loss record dropped to 12-13 following Saturday's 2-1 loss. Dick Donovan was roughed up on Sunday after allowing two runs over 2 2/3 innings.
Following two losses in Kansas City, the Sox returned to Comiskey Park for three games against the Baltimore Orioles. With no game on Monday, the series began on Tuesday, August 18. After taking a first-inning lead, the Sox trailed 4-2 heading into the home half of the fifth inning. Chicago proceeded to score four unanswered runs to secure a 6-4 win. The Orioles got the best of the White Sox during the final two games with 3-1 and 7-6 victories. On Wednesday, Shaw was tagged with his fourth loss with the only offense coming from Lollar's solo blast. Closing out the series on Thursday, the Orioles edged the White Sox, 7-6. Manager Al Lopez cycled through seven hurlers, none of which lasted more than two innings.
With the Orioles leaving Chicago, the Senators took their place. Chicago swept the brief two-game series with 5-4 and 1-0 victories. Gerry Staley earned his seventh win on August 21 as Phillips and Romano each drove home two runs. On August 22, Lollar provided all of the offense needed. Latman pitched a complete game earned his sixth win.
The Bronx Bombers returned to Comiskey Park on August 23 for the first game of a three-game series. On Sunday, the Yankees hammered the White Sox during the first game of a doubleheader. The Yankees took a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning then they added four more runs. Wynn suffered his eighth loss after allowing three runs over the course of seven innings. Chicago blanked the Yankees during the second game of the doubleheader, but all of the offense arrived late. The White Sox managed a 5-0 win, but all five runs crossed the plate during the seventh inning. Aparicio, Fox, Lollar and Phillips each drove in one run. The South Siders sent the Bronx Bombers packing following a 4-2 victory on Monday. Ray Moore earned his third win of the season after Landis finished 3-for-4 with two RBI.