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June 21,1973

Posted 11-01-2017 at 09:56 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-14-2019 at 02:48 PM by TommyJohn

June 21,1973
vs. Oakland A's
at White Sox Park

Stan Bahnsen went into June still unsigned. He wanted a raise of $8,000 after winning 21 games in 1972. Stu Holcomb was offering a $5,000 raise and not budging. It was with the two sides at an impasse that Bahnsen's stress-filled season was compounded by personal tragedy.

At the begining of June Bahnsen's father suffered a stroke and wasn't expected to live. The hurler was granted an emergency leave of absence, rushed home to say his final goodbye and stayed through to his father's funeral.

He returned after ten days and was called in by Holcomb, who told him to accept the team's offer. This enraged Bahnsen, who felt that Holcomb's timing was deliberate to take advantage of his emotional state. He met with Roland Hemond and Chuck Tanner, told them he was quitting and stormed off the team.

The next day he got a call from Hemond. He and Tanner had gone directly to John Allyn and explained what had happened. Allyn immediately gave his blessing to Bahnsen's salary demand. Stan got his raise, returned to the team and signed his new contract.

Stan celebrated by beating Detroit on the 13th, despite giving up five walks and living up to his new nickname "Stanley Struggle." But no game personified that name quite like this one against the A's on the 21st.

A good indication of what was to go down happened in the top of the 1st. Bert Campaneris led off the game with a double. Bill North then laid down a bunt directly to Bahnsen, who immediately turned and trapped Campy between 2nd and 3rd before tagging him out. North took 2nd base on the play, then was promptly caught stealing. Sal Bando walked and Reggie Jackson singled, but Deron Johnson grounded into a force play to end the inning.

That is how it proceeded for the entire game. The A's got hit after hit, only to expire on base. In the 5th, luck was on Bahnsen's side again when Campaneris led off with a single. Bill North followed with another single to center. Campy attempted to go to 3rd, but John "Jeets" Jeter fielded the ball and fired a perfect peg to Mike Andrews, who gunned out Campaneris. Sal Bando singled to put men on 1st and 3rd, but Reggie lined out to end the inning. The A's had 3 hits in the inning with nothing to show for it.

The Sox got Bahnsen two runs as he continued to give up hits to the A's, then get out of the inning. Finally, Stan induced Campaneris to pop out to end the game. Bahnsen's final line for the day: 0 runs, 12 hits, 1 walk. You read that correctly. Bahnsen walked off the field that night the proud owner of a 12-hit shutout.

Incidentally, absent from the Sox' lineup this night was Bill Melton, who two nights earlier had pulled up lame with a tweaked hamstring to add to the team's long list of casualties.


The play-by-play of Stan Bahnsen's 12-hit shutout, from retrosheet.org:

ATHLETICS 1ST: Campaneris doubled to right; North reached on a fielder's choice [Campaneris out at third (pitcher to third), North to second]; North was caught stealing third (catcher to third); Bando walked; Jackson singled to center [Bando to second]; Johnson forced Jackson (second to shortstop); 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 0.

ATHLETICS 2ND: Tenace singled to center; Rudi grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Tenace out at second]; Fosse singled to center; Kubiak struck out;
0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 0.

ATHLETICS 3RD: Campaneris flied to right; North grounded out (third to first); Bando was called out on strikes;
0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 0.

ATHLETICS 4TH: Jackson struck out; Johnson grounded out (pitcher to first); Tenace singled to left; Rudi singled to left [Tenace to second]; Fosse popped to second;
0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 0.

ATHLETICS 5TH: Kubiak struck out; Campaneris singled to left; North singled to center [Campaneris out at third (center to third), North to second (on throw to 3b)]; Bando singled to third [North to third]; Jackson lined to center;
0 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 0.

ATHLETICS 6TH: Johnson struck out; Tenace flied to center; Rudi lined to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 2.

ATHLETICS 7TH: H. ALLEN REPLACED ANDREWS (PLAYING 3B); Fosse singled to left; MANGUAL BATTED FOR KUBIAK; Mangual forced Fosse (first to shortstop); Campaneris flied to right; North grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Athletics 0,White Sox 2.

ATHLETICS 8TH: Bando popped to first; Jackson singled to left;Johnson was called out on strikes; Tenace grounded out(shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Athletics 0, WhiteSox 2.

ATHLETICS 9TH: Rudi grounded out (shortstop to first); Fossesingled to center; MCKINNEY BATTED FOR GREEN; McKinney flied toright; Campaneris popped to second; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 2.o center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Athletics 0, White Sox 2.
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