Sunday, June 10, 2012
On this day in 1930, White Sox outfielder Smead Jolley had a career day, which helped his team give Hall of Fame Lefty Grove his first loss of the season, after starting 1930 with seven consecutive wins.
Smead wasn't known for his defense. In fact, he was known more for his misadventures in the field. The Sox were playing the eventual World Champion Philadelphia Athletics on June tenth and Jolley managed to go 2 for 5, with three RBI and topped it off with his eighth home run. Not only were his hitting skills on display that day, but his fielding skills were superb.
In the top of the tenth, Smead threw a runner out at the plate, saving the potential winning run from scoring. If that weren't enough, in the eleventh inning, Jolley made a fantastic running catch and fired to home plate for an out, saving the game for the Pale Hose. The ChiSox pulled it out in the bottom of the eleventh with a 7-6 victory. Smead hit a single, and since he was one of the slowest base runners on the team, Hall of Fame pitcher Ted Lyons pinch ran for him and ended up scoring the seventh and decisive run in the game.