Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16

1949 Bowman #141 - Tony Lupien

On this day in 1948, the Chicago White Sox played the Chicago Cubs in a exhibition game. That exhibition became the first MLB game to be broadcast on WGN-TV. Not much is remembered about the game itself, but the White Sox won 4-1. Jack Brickhouse called the action at Wrigley Field.

Tony Lupien was in the middle of his tenure with the Pale Hose. He appeared in the most games during the 1948 season, so it stands to reason that he may have appeared in this exhibition. Tony's only season with the Sox was 1948, where he played first base in all 154 games. He hit a career low .246 for the season and committed eleven errors. Lupien led the league in putouts with 1,436. He was selected off of waivers by the Detroit Tigers in January 1949, but never again appeared in a major league game.

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