Tuesday, July 17, 2012
On this day in 1959, Jim Landis wins the game by hitting a bases loaded single in the top of the ninth inning to break a scoreless tie.
Early Wynn and the Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry were locked in a pitcher's duel at Yankee Stadium. Until the ninth inning, the only hit given up by either side was a single by Ralph Terry in the bottom of the sixth off of counterpart Early Wynn. Sox right fielder Jim McAnany started the ninth inning by singling a ground ball to center, breaking up Terry's no-hit bid. Early Wynn bunted McAnany to second, but ended up safe at first base. Luis Aparicio advanced McAnany and Wynn with a sacrifice bunt. Nellie Fox drew an intentional walk, loading the bases for Jim Landis. Jim ripped a single to right field which scored McAnany and Wynn, which was all Wynn needed as he shut down the Yankees in the ninth. Each team had two hits, thanks to a leadoff bottom of the ninth single by Norm Siebern, which was erased by a double play, but only the White Sox managed to score in the game, thanks to Landis.
Jim roamed center field for the White Sox from his debut in 1957 until 1964. He was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in January 1965 in a three team trade involving the ChiSox and the Cleveland Indians. The Sox received Tommie Agee, Tommy John and John Romano from the Cleveland Indians. The Sox sent Landis, Mike Hershberger and Fred Talbot to the Athletics and Cam Carreon to the Indians. Kansas City sent Rocky Colavito to the Indians in the deal. Landis was dealt to the Indians after the 1965 season, so he ended up playing for all three teams involved in the initial trade.