Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18

1957 Topps #344 - Paul LaPalme

On this day in 1957, Paul LaPalme turned an easy White Sox win into a nightmare against the Baltimore Orioles.


The White Sox had to catch a train to Boston and the Orioles agreed to end the game at 10:20 regardless of the outcome. The South Siders were down 3-0 going into the seventh inning when they scored four runs. The Sox used five pinch hitters and two pinch runners in the inning. The Pale Hose were still leading 4-3 in the ninth inning when Paul La Palme was brought in to protect the lead with only thirty seconds remaining until the self imposed curfew.  Paul decided to pitch to former ChiSox outfielder Dick Williams instead of stalling with the lead. League rules did not allow for a suspended game under these circumstances so the Sox could have legally stalled the final seconds away. Instead, LaPalme threw to Williams. Dick swatted a home run to tie the game up, which meant that the game would have to be replayed later in the season.

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