Saturday, June 9, 2012
On this day in 1987, outfielder Kenny Williams broke up a no-hitter by Oakland Athletics pitcher Curt Young in the eighth inning with a two-run home run.
The White Sox were already trailing the White Elephants 7-1, when the top of the eighth started. Pat Keedy grounded out to third baseman Mark McGwire to begin the White Sox half of the eighth. Milquetoast Fred Manrique worked the count in his favor and walked. Future foot in mouth manager Ozzie Guillen flew out to left field. Then came the moment of truth for future GM Kenny Williams. He hit a two-run bomb over the wall in Oakland Coliseum to bring the South Siders within four. That would be the lone hit for the White Sox that day, as the A's went on to win 8-3, adding a Stan Javier solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.
Kenny would be traded to the Detroit Tigers before the 1989 season for pitcher Eric King. Before his playing career was done in 1991, Williams played for both Canadian teams. After a stint in Toronto, Kenny had a brief stay in Montreal. By November 1992, Williams joined the White Sox as a scout and worked at several positions in the organization before landing the general manager job in October 2000, replacing Ron Schueler.