Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13

1968 Topps #99 - Rocky Colavito

On this day in 1967, Rocky Colavito ended a shutout in the seventeenth inning.

White Sox hurler Gary Peters and Cleveland Indians right-hander Sonny Siebert were locked in a 0-0 tie for eleven innings. Both starters were relieved in the twelfth inning after commanding performances. Although Seibert gave up more hits (4), he gave up no walks. Peters gave up ten walks, but only one hit. Both allowed no runs to cross the plate, in the heat of a pennant race. The bullpen continued the good fortune for each side into the seventeenth inning. In the bottom of the seventeenth, the Sox started to stir, with a single from Ken Boyer. Boyer was replaced by Buddy Bradford on the bases. Bradford took second on a passed ball to Tommy McCraw, who eventually was intentionally walked. Rocky Colavito, who had played all seventeen innings in right field, hit a single scoring Bradford from second to win the game. Colavito went 1-7 in the game.

Rocky was traded to the White Sox on July 29, 1967 by the Cleveland Indians for Jim King and Marv Staehle. Rocky didn't make much of an impact with the Sox, just hitting .221, but occasionally, he showed a flare for the dramatic, such as the game against his former team on September 13, 1967. On March 26, 1968, Colavito was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rocky was released by the Dodgers in July 1968 and was signed by the New York Yankees, where he finished the season and his career.

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