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August 8,1976

Posted 04-05-2018 at 09:33 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-18-2019 at 10:39 AM by TommyJohn

August 8,1976
vs. Kansas City Royals
at Comiskey Park

This is it, Sox fans! This was The Most Historic Day in baseball history. Forget Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Forget Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series. Forget Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round the World. Forget the world-destroying home run by Bucky Dent or the Bill Buckner error that caused misery, suffering and pain on a scale never before seen in world history. Forget Babe Ruth's 60th home run or Roger Maris' 61st home run. Forget Hank's 715th. Forget the series-winning homer by Maz and the Triple Crown season of Yaz. Forget Sandy and Nolan's no-hitters and strikeouts. Forget even every game of the 1919 World Series, which have been gone over in such minute detail that 10 Gutenberg Bibles wouldn't be enough for all the words written about them. This...THIS was the Game of the Century...NAY!...the Millennium.

Yes, my friends. 3000 years from now, when archaeologists sift through the remains of ancient America and scholars devote their lives to deciphering the symbols that made up the long dead English language in order to learn about the jobs we worked, the lives we led and the games we played, this is the baseball game that they will find the most frequently written about, talked about and studied. They will go over it in minute detail, wonder why it caused so many baseball fans so much pain and conclude (translated from the language they will speak in 3000 years) "Many loyalists who followed the ritual known as 'baseball' tended, on many occasions, to act in a manner known as goofy."

This...was the game where the White Sox wore...








The most-anticipated Veeck promotion of the year, decade and, well, ever happened for the first time this Sunday doubleheader. Bill Veeck explained that it took so long to bring out the shorts because they had to get the protective pads for the knees just right. Veeck then lamented that they picked the coolest Sunday of the summer to break them out. Nevertheless, Barnum Bill showed solidarity with his club by wearing his own pair of Bermuda shorts.

The Royals were highly amused. They caught one glimpse of the Sox and began laughing and wolf-whistling. One of the chief antagonists was John Mayberry, the Royals' big, oafish 1st baseman, who yelled "you guys are the sweetest team we've seen yet!" Because apparently donning shorts turned all the Sox players gay.

The Sox bore the catcalls and whistles with the stoic silence and strength one normally associates with Red Sox fans. They went about the game as if it was any other contest.

Terry Forster, 1-8 on the season thus far, took the mound to become the first pitcher in major league history to throw a pitch in shorts. The Sox' leadoff hitter was Jerry Hairston, who walked and was greeted with wide open arms by John Mayberry, who yelled "C'mere so I can give you a big kiss!" Big John didn't kiss Hairston, but he did seem to remain fixated on the White Sox' supposed gayness. Hairston, probably in desperation to get away from Mayberry, promptly stole 2nd. Amazingly, given the high chance of shredding thighs and knees on the infield dirt while sliding, it was one of five bases that Sox runners would steal.

The Sox registered their first run of the game in the 4th, when Jim Spencer drove Pat Kelly in on a flyball. Kelly was on 2nd, tagged to 3rd and came home on a throwing error by left fielder Jim Wohlford.

They made it 3-0 in the 6th when Jack Brohamer singled to drive in Jorge Orta and Jim Spencer. They added two more in the 7th on RBI singles from Ralph Garr and Spencer.

The Royals put two tallies of their own on the board, but Sox pitching was working this day. Forster yielded no runs before giving way to Clay Carroll and Dave Hamilton. Rich Gossage, making a rare relief appearance in his year as a starter, came on in the 8th, allowed 1 run charged to Hamilton, then mopped up in the 9th to secure the 5-2 win.

So, they may have been sweet as John Mayberry suggested, but the Sox in shorts were one other thing that day-winners.

Paul Richards, who showed off his own knobby knees during the game, advised the team to switch back to long pants for the second game of the doubleheader. They did and promptly lost, 7-1. The shorts were put back in storage. For now. BUT...............


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