Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Alan Brice

Alan Brice was what was known as a one year wonder. He was drafted by the White Sox in 1956, but only saw action in 1961. His record was 0-1 with 4 hits, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts, 2 runs and a 0.00 ERA in 3 1/3 innings.

Alan only appeared in 3 games for the White Sox. I would imagine that he was a September call-up or some equivalent to that. By 1962, he was traded to the Cardinals for Joe Shipley. Joe would only appear in 3 games for the White Sox in 1963 and end up with a 0-1 record.

Alan never played another major league game. There is limited information on minor league statistics in the sixties, so it's not an easy task to track Alan's whole career. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Brice made his debut on September 22, 1961 at home against the Orioles. He gave up 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 strikeout in 2 innings. Not bad for a relief debut at home.

For his second appearance, Alan would come in in the seventh with two outs, replacing starting pitcher Frank Baumann at Fenway Park. Alan would give up 2 hits and a walk leading to two unearned runs. It's hard to tell if one of Nellie Fox's two errors contributed to those runs being unearned, but I would imagine so. It was just enough for the loss, with the Red Sox winning 7-5.

Alan's third and final appearance would take place the very next day, on September 27, 1961. Still at Fenway Park in Boston, Alan pitched a scoreless inning, fanning two, giving up 1 hit and walking one. The White Sox lost this one to the Red Sox, but the game was lost before Alan got into the game. Alan actually was the first White Sox pitcher not to give up a run that day.

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