Tuesday, August 28, 2012
On this day in 1998, Ray Durham hit two home runs in a doubleheader, at home, against the Texas Rangers.
The American League mark for home runs in a doubleheader was tied by the White Sox and Rangers during the two games played. Ray Durham homered in both games. Jeff Abbott, Albert Belle, Mike Caruso, Mike Cameron and Robin Ventura all homered for the Sox. The Rangers added home runs from Juan Gonzalez, Will Clark, Ivan Rodriguez, Rusty Greer, Roberto Kelly and Royce Clayton. John Snyder gave up all the Ranger home runs in the first game and Scott Eyre gave up all the Ranger home runs in the second game. Rick Helling gave up all the White Sox homers in the first game. John Burkett, Eric Gunderson and Danny Patterson gave up the White Sox home runs in the second game.
Ray Durham was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox. He made his MLB debut with the Sox on April 26, 1995. He hit .278 with one hundred six homers and four hundred eighty-four RBI with two hundred nineteen stolen bases during his eight seasons on the South Side. He was traded to the Oakland Athletics on July 25, 2002 for pitcher Jon Adkins.
At least one Chicago area game show contestant thinks Ray Durham is in the Hall of Fame.