Wednesday, August 29, 2012
On this day in 1975, Ken Henderson becomes the first White Sox player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game.
Ken struck first in the top of the first with a home run off of Orioles starter Ross Grimsley. Grimsley was replaced by Wayne Garland in the top of the second inning. Henderson's first plate appearance against Garland resulted in a groundout in the top of the third. In the top of the fifth, Ken struck out. In the top of the eighth, Henderson hit his second home run of the game, this time off of Wayne Garland. The Sox won, in Baltimore, 4-2.
Henderson was traded to the White Sox from the San Francisco Giants on November 29, 1972, along with pitcher Steve Stone for Tom Bradley. Ken spent three seasons with the White Sox, but his 1973 season was cut short by a torn knee that happened trying to slide at home plate on May 25th. Henderson rebounded for two solid full seasons before being traded to the Atlanta Braves on December 12, 1975, along with Ozzie Osborn and Dick Ruthven for Larvell Blanks and Ralph Garr.