Friday, May 4, 2012

May 4

1977 Topps #58 - Chet Lemon

On this day in 1977, which was actually a rainy night, Chet Lemon went three for four in a game against the Kansas City Royals. His day included a home run, a double, two RBI, two runs scored and a hit by pitch. This game left the White Sox a half game back from the first place Minnesota Twins and a half game ahead of their opponent, the Royals, who would eventually win the AL West.

It was against the Royals during this season that organist Nancy Faust first played "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" after a Royals pitcher was given the hook. This helped keep bad blood between the teams for many seasons.

Chet would finish the 1977 season with nineteen home runs, thirty-eight doubles, sixty-seven RBI and eleven hit by pitches.

* If anyone can guess the two reasons why I chose this particular card for today will win some cards! Leave answers in the comments section. The first commenter with both reasons (one easy, one difficult & neither are White Sox related) will win.


The correct answers were... May the 4th has been adopted as a day celebrating Star Wars (May the 4th be with you) and the card was from 1977, when the original Star Wars was released. The other answer was more difficult and required a little musical knowledge. Chet Lemon was chosen to honor MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys, who passed away on the morning of May 4, 2012. A line from the 1987 hit "No Sleep till Brooklyn" which featured the line "Like a lemon to a lime, a lime to a lemon".

White Sox May 4th birthdays:

1876 - Charlie Hickman
1927 - Hal Hudson


Jim said...

Because May the 4th is Star Wars day and Star Wars was first released in 1977?

In any event, May the Fourth be with you.

Steve Gierman said...

You are halfway there. :-)

TTG said...

I believe I have it. First, the "May the fourth..."/ 1977 connection. Secondly, Chet Lemon alludes to "Like a lemon to a lime - a lime to a lemon" from "No Sleep Til Brooklyn" in tribute to MCA.

Steve Gierman said...

TTG, e-mail me your address. You've got it! :-)

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