First in Fleet

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Tommy McCraw

No first baseman better fit his team in the 1960s than did Tommy McCraw for the Chicago White Sox. In contrast to the kind of lumbering slugger normally stationed at first base, McCraw brought a deft glove and plenty of speed to first base in Chicago, matching the strengths of White Sox teams that were consistent contenders throughout much of the 1960s. Continue reading

Twins Destroyer

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(May 24, 1967) Known more in the 1960s for their pitching rather than their hitting, the Chicago White Sox brought their run-scoring bats to Metropolitan Stadium today and clobbered the Minnesota Twins 14-1.

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Tommy McCraw had three home runs and eight RBIs against the Twins on May 24, 1967.

Twins destroyer-in-chief was White Sox first baseman Tommy McCraw. McCraw, who entered the game with a .259 batting average, got three hits in six at-bats … all home runs. McCraw drove in eight runs for the game.

Altogether, the White Sox collected 21 hits off three Twins pitchers. Center fielder Ken Berry had four hits, and a pair of White Sox players — in addition to McCraw — had three hits each: catcher J.C. Martin, and pitcher Gary Peters. Peters also had two RBIs, and hit his first home run of the season, a solo blast off Jim Kaat in the ninth inning. Peters pitched a six-hit complete game, striking out nine and raising his season record to 6-1.

The losing pitcher was Twins ace Dean Chance, whose record dropped to 7-2. Chance allowed 10 hits and six earned runs in 6.1 innings.

The 14 runs would mark the highest scoring total for the White Sox during the 1967 season. In fact, the team reverted to more familiar form after this offensive outburst, scoring a total of 15 runs in its next seven games. The White Sox, in first place after this win over the Twins, would finish the season in fourth place in the American League with an 89-73 record, three games behind the pennant-winning Boston Red Sox.

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Gary Peters pitched a six-hit complete game, striking out nine and driving in two runs himself.

The Twins would recover to battle with the Red Sox until the last day of the season. Chance would finish the 1967 season at 20-14 with a 2.73 ERA. He would also lead the league in starts, complete games and innings pitched.

McCraw would finish the 1967 season batting .236 with 11 home runs and 45 runs batted in.