Wednesday, July 25, 2012
On this day in 1959, Harry Simpson hit a single that drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventeenth inning.
A marathon game at Comiskey Park involving the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox went ridiculously long. Sherm Lollar tied up the game in the bottom of the ninth with a home run, putting the crowd of 12, 562 into a frenzy. The excitement was short lived as walks to Al Smith and Bubba Phillips were erased by a sacrifice bunt by Johnny Romano and a double play hit into by Jim McAnany. Each team had their share of opportunities, but it remained tied until the bottom of the seventeenth. Jim Landis and Sherm Lollar started the inning off with singles. Al Smith was intentionally walked, loading the bases. Jim Rivera hit into a fielder's choice, forcing Landis out at the plate, but keeping the bases full. Skipper Al Lopez pinch hit Harry Simpson for Bubba Phillips. Harry hit a single to right field that scored Sammy Esposito, who pinch ran for Lollar.
Harry came to the White Sox through a trade with the Kansas City Athletics for Ray Boone on May 2, 1959. He stayed until August 15, 1959, when he and Bob Sagers were traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ted Kluszewski. Simpson played thirty-eight games for the South Siders in 1959, hitting .187 in 79 plate appearances.