Friday, May 11, 2012
On this day in 1949, the Chicago White Sox scored at least one run in each inning, on their way to a 12-8 victory against the Boston Red Sox. Sox second baseman Cass Michaels had three RBI in the game.
Cass played with the Sox from his initial call up in 1943 until he was traded in the middle of the 1950 season. He came back in 1954, to finish out his career. Michaels made the All-Star team in 1949 for the Pale Hose. He again made the All-Star team in 1950, but after he was traded to the Washington Senators on May 31st.
Cass Michaels changed his name in 1944 partially because few fans could properly pronounce Casimir Kwietniewski, which was his actual name. On August 27, 1954, in the top of the third inning, the Sox had scored five runs and Michaels was up to the plate. After a Jim Rivera triple, Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Marion Fricano hit Cass with a pitch that fractured his skull. That pitch sidelined Michaels for the rest of the season and effectively ended his twelve year career.