Wednesday, August 22, 2012
On this day in 1923, Hollis "Sloppy" Thurston strike out the side on nine pitches against the Philadelphia Athletics.
At Comiskey Park, in the twelfth inning, Sloppy struck out center fielder Beauty McGowan, shortstop Chick Galloway and third baseman Sammy Hale, in succession, on nine pitches. He did this in his rookie season. Thurston entered the game in the eleventh inning, but lost the game in the thirteenth, after pitching three innings of relief. Sloppy struck out a total of six batters and walked in his only plate appearance.
Thurston was purchased by the Chicago White Sox in May 1923, after debuting with the St. Louis Browns. Sloppy stayed with the Pale Hose through the 1926 season. He was dealt to the Washington Senators with Leo Mangum for Roger Peckinpaugh. Thurston ended up with a 43-44 record for some awful White Sox teams. His ERA was 4.32 over four seasons on the South Side.