Thursday, July 26, 2012
On this day in 1931, Lew Fonseca went two for two with four RBI, making up four of the five runs the White Sox mustered against the Yankees in New York.
The score may have been 22-5, but Lew Fonseca had other ideas. In his first two plate appearances, Lou had a double and a triple, but with the game rapidly getting out of hand, manager Donie Bush decided that keeping Fonseca in a losing game was a lost cause, especially since this was the second game of a doubleheader with New York. Lew was replaced by Bob Fothergill in right field and in the fourth spot in the lineup, who then went 0 for 2 at the plate. Things were so lost in this game that Smead Jolley, who had only played the field in three games due to a fractured ankle, took over for duties in left field for Carl Reynolds. Jolley had a hit in his only plate appearance.
Fonseca came to the White Sox from the Cleveland Indians on May 17, 1931 in exchange for Willie Kamm. Lew played his last full season in 1931. In 1932, he became the manager for the Chicago White Sox and only played a handful of games during the 1932 and 1933 seasons. Fonseca lasted fifteen games into the 1934 season and was replaced by Jimmy Dykes after a 4-11 start.