Tuesday, May 15, 2012
On this day in 1941, Edgar Smith gave up a single in the first inning that scored Phil Rizzuto for the New York Yankees lone run during the contest at Yankee Stadium. The Chicago White Sox put up thirteen runs. Seven off of starter Tiny Bonham, two against reliever Charley Stanceu and five off of reliever Norm Branch. The Pale Hose easily defeated the Bronx Bombers, but that first inning single started off a fifty-six game hitting streak by Joe DiMaggio. Given that piece of information, it's unclear which side really won the day.
Edgar was selected off of waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics on April 27, 1939. He would go on to two All-Star selections with the South Siders; one in 1941 and one in 1942. Despite being with the White Sox for seven seasons (1939 - 43, 46 - 47), 1940 was his only winning season. The southpaw pitched decently in his first six seasons with the ChiSox, but a poor club behind Smith hindered his chances at winning.