Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23

1956 Topps #238 - Walt Dropo

On this day in 1955, the Chicago White Sox clobbered the Philadelphia Athletics by the score of 29-6.

The twenty-nine runs scored is an American League record. The Sox had seven home runs in the game. Walt Dropo and Bob Nieman each had seven RBI. Sherm Lollar and Minnie Minoso added five RBI each.

Walt manned first base for the South Siders from 1955 until June 1958, when he was selected off of waivers by the Cincinnati Redlegs. Dropo came to the Sox via trade from the Detroit Tigers. Bob Nieman and Ted Gray also came to the Pale Hose in that trade.

Dropo made his MLB debut in 1949 and was named AL Rookie of the Year in 1950, while with the Boston Red Sox. Walt played until 1961 with the Baltimore Orioles.

White Sox April 23rd birthdays:

1888 - Jim Scott
1898 - Charlie Dorman
1917 - Tony Lupien
1925 - Buddy Peterson
1947 - Pat Jacquez
1977 - Andruw Jones
1985 - Emilio Bonifacio

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