OM THIS DATE (April 17, 1964)
Everybody who was anybody was there.
The Mayor, the Governor and the Senator, the U.S. Attorney General,
Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey, Stan Musial, Frankie Fontaine, Carol
Channing and 20,213 fans were all there to see Tony C.
In the first inning, both pitchers retired their opponents in order.
And in the second inning, Sox starter, Jack Lamabe was in trouble.
Dave Nicholson led off with a line drive single, then scurried to
second as another rookie, Dalton Jones, fumbled Ron Hansen's grounder
for an error. Lamabe then walked Al Weis to load the bases. After
getting two strikes on Jerry McNertney, Lamabe hit him with a pitch
and pushed home a run.
Joel Horlen was next and hit a line drive to Lou Clinton in right.
There was only one out and it looked like a sure run-scoring
sacrifice fly. But Clinton let loose with a bullet to catcher Russ
Nixon and Hansen was a dead duck.
Frank Malzone tied the game at 1-1 in his first at bat, in Sox half
of the second inning, with a homer into the net. Horlen got Dick
Stuart to ground out and struck out Clinton.
Then "our boy" stepped to the plate for the first time.
Horlen delivered the first pitch and it hung over the plate. Tony C.
swung, there was a boom, and the ball became a speck in the sky as it
sailed over the monster onto Lansdowne Street. The tie was broken and
the Sox were up 2-1.
In the third inning, Lamabe led off with a double inside the right
field line. Another rookie, Dalton Jones, was up to bat for his first
time also. He lined the ball to right field, right at Floyd Robinson.
But suddenly Robinson ducked and had lost the ball in the sun. Lamabe
scored while Jones sprinted into third base for a triple. Eddie
Bressoud's single to center scored Jones and the Sox were up 4-to 1.
Frank Kreutzer took over for Horlen when he went out for a pinch
hitter and faced six men, striking out four. Meanwhile Lamabe got
stronger as the game progressed, retiring the last seven White Sox
batters in order. He gave up five hits, walked four and threw 140
pitches for the win.
BOBBY KENNEDY THROWS OUT THE