Chicago White Sox 1959: July 14-27
by Bill Pearch, Saturday, July 27, 2019

When the Chicago White Sox (47-36, .566) began play on Tuesday, July 14, 1959, they sat in the second place in the American League standings. They trailed the Cleveland Indians (47-34, .580) by one game. Following the conclusion of games on Monday, July 27, 1959, the two teams were tied with 56-40 records.

The White Sox found themselves at Bostons Fenway Park for a three-game series planned for July 14 through July 16. Chicago took two of three against the Red Sox. Billy Pierce won his 10th game of 1959 in the series opener as the White Sox won, 7-3. John Romano belted his third home run of the season. Rain washed out play on Wednesday, so Thursdays matchup became a doubleheader. The White Sox won the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3. Dick Donovan notched his sixth win. With the score tied, 3-3, Sherm Lollar drove in the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning with a double that plated Jim Landis. Boston won the second game of doubleheader, 5-4. Knotted at 4-4 in the bottom seventh inning, Vic Wertz singled to right and knocked in Marty Keough for the eventual winning run.

Following the series in Boston, the White Sox traveled to Yankee Stadium for four games against the New York Yankees. On Friday, July 17, the South Siders needed all nine innings to manage a 2-0 victory. Early Wynn logged his 12th win after pitching a complete-game shutout. Landis singled with one out and drove home Jim McAnany and Wynn. Wynn retired Norm Siebern, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra to close out the bottom of the ninth. On Saturday, the White Sox heroics happened earlier. Down 1-0 in the top of the fourth, McAnany hit a ground-rule double that scored Al Smith. Bob Shaw followed with a single that scored Billy Goodman. Bob Shaw picked up his ninth win while Don Larsen dropped his fifth. The two teams matched up for a doubleheader on Sunday, July 19. The Yankees claimed both with 6-2, and 6-4 scores. Barry Latman was tagged with his third loss in the opener as Whitey Ford won his 10th. Enos Slaughter finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI. In the nightcap, Pierces record dropped to 10-11. Mantle was 2-for-4 with three RBI. He belted his 20th of the season.

After enjoying an off day on July 20, the White Sox welcomed the Red Sox to Comiskey Park. With the score tied, 1-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Landis singled to drive home Luis Aparicio. The South Siders won, 2-1. On July 22, the White Sox needed all nine innings to pull off a 5-4 win. With the score tied, 4-4, in the home half of the ninth, Lollar singled off of Murray Wall and drove home Nellie Fox. The White Sox swept the Red Sox out of Chicago with a 5-4 win. The series finale scheduled for July 23 was rained out and would eventually be played on Thursday, August 27.

As the Red Sox left Comiskey Park, the Baltimore Orioles moved in. The four-game series began on July 24 with a 2-1 White Sox win. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning. Foxs triple in the bottom of the eighth scored McAnany to even the score. Smiths solo home run off of Hoyt Wilhelm in the bottom of the ninth proved to be the game winner. Chicago managed late inning heroics on Friday, but the had even later magic on Saturday. With the game knotted at 2-2 after 16 innings, Harry Simpson singled off of Billy Loes to score pinch runner Sammy Esposito. Turk Lown, who pitched six scoreless innings in relief, earned his seventh win of the season. On Sunday, the two teams split a doubleheader. Chicago claimed the opener, 4-1. Smith finished the game 1-for-4 with three RBI courtesy of an inside-the-park homer off of Arnie Portocarrero. In the nightcap, Milt Pappas blanked the Sox and earned his 11th win of the season. Gene Woodling was 2-for-4 with all four of the games RBI.

Chicago enjoyed a day off on Monday, July 27.