Sunday, July 22, 2012
On this day in 1962, Floyd Robinson tied a Chicago White Sox team record by recording six hits in a single game.
Floyd started early against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. In the top of the first, Robinson hit a single off of Red Sox starter Bill Monbouquette. He was stranded at third base. In the third inning, Floyd hit a single again off of Monbouquette. This time he scored on an Al Smith double. In the fourth, Robinson hit a single off of Mike Fornieles, but was stranded at third. In the fifth, Floyd hit a single off of Hal Kolstad, driving in Luis Aparicio. Robinson was stranded at first base. In the seventh inning, Robinson hit a single off of Galen Cisco and was stranded at third. In the ninth inning, Floyd hit his sixth single of the day off of Dick Radatz and was stranded at first base. Robinson hit six singles, scored a run and collected one RBI in a White Sox 7-3 victory in Boston.
Floyd was obtained by the White Sox through a minor league agreement with the Cleveland Indians before the 1957 season. He made his Sox debut in 1960 and was third in Rookie of the Year voting in 1961. Robinson led the league with forty-five doubles in 1962. He also came in fourth that year with 109 RBI and his .312 batting average was good enough for third in the American League. After the 1966 season, Floyd was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Jim O'Toole.