Monday, September 17, 2012

September 17

1983 Donruss #521 - Rudy Law

On this day in 1983, Rudy Law was on base when Julio Cruz was sacrificed home by Harold Baines, as the White Sox clinched the American League Western Division.

Bottom of the ninth inning, in a 3-3 tie, Jerry Hairston led off the inning by lining out to Seattle pitcher Bill Caudill. Julio Cruz walks next, then steals second, as Rudy Law is batting. Rudy eventually walks, as well. Carlton Fisk walks to load the bases. Cruz at third, Law at second and Fisk at first.

Seattle replaces Bill Caudill with Ed Vande Berg on the mound. Harold Baines sends the ball into center field, where future White Sox Phil Bradley catches it. Julio Cruz tags up and heads home to clinch the division. Rudy Law becomes someone with one of the best seats in the house as the White Sox win.

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