It was a glorious home stand, sweeping the hated Yankees three games and doing the same against Seattle, and maintaining a two-and-a-half game lead over the Tigers, whom the Sox will visit this coming weekend.
But before that crucial showdown in Tigertown, it’s four games in Baltimore, a place that
has been another tricky venue for the Sox to muster up much success over the years. During Baltimore’s heyday—the ‘60s—it was pitching, defense, and timely hitting that made them tough to beat. Brooks Robinson, the game’s all-time best third baseman, never failed to make the key defensive play or come through with a hit that somehow turned the tide for the Orioles.
One need not say any more than a pitching staff that consisted of people like Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, Tom Phoebus, Moe Drabowksi, and others when trying to explain just how good the team was. The White Sox were forever in tough battles—home and away—against the O’s, and anytime they had to face any of these pitchers, it was an even tougher row to hoe. But there were always exciting games—win or lose—against Baltimore.
Through the years, Baltimore had some pretty good teams—particularly the 1969 one—but since then, they never have reached the pinnacle one would have expected. I do know, though, that they’ve always been a very tough opponent for the White Sox, and I’m certainly glad that the Sox won’t be facing, Palmer, Cuellar, McNally, et al in the four games that begin tonight!
See you at the Ballpark!