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Chick Gandil(s), White Sox In, Yankees Likely And The Latter’s No Hit Notes

September 2, 2021

In the movie, “Hard Times,” an excellent one with Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Jill Ireland heading the cast, I note Michael McGuire, still with us at age 87, is excellent as “Chick Gandil.”

This “Gandil” character and the real life player, a truly good one, are unsavory to say the least.

Chick Gandil, the player, was involved in the so called “Black Sox scandal.” I note that the superb player, Ed Roush went to his grave insisting his 1919 Cincinnati Reds team (that franchise was disgracefully called the Redlegs and NOT the Reds, during the anti- Communist frenzy in the 1950’s (cue “The Godfather” I am NOT a Communist, but the blacklist and such were horrible and face it anti-Semitic!!) would have won that Fall Classic, “dump” or no “dump.”

Now to “an only me” fact. Earlier this season (Paul Stone said “season” as I typed it), the Yankees’ Corey Kluber hurled the franchise’s 12th no hit game.

Eight of the previous “such” occurred in Yankees’ title seasons. The other three were in years the Chicago White Sox made post-season play, winning it all in 1917 (Sam Jones had the Yankees’ no hitter that year) and being one quarter “div” winners in ’83 (that was also under Tony La Russa, who is guiding them to a one eighth “div,” somewhat incredibly, these 38 years later. Dave Righetti had the Yankees’ no hitter that season), and ’93 (Jim Abbott/Yankees).

The note will be 12 of 12, either a Yankees title or a Chi Sox ‘offs appearance after a Yankees’ no hit game.

One was a Yankees’ crown, “claimed” 2 games later with a #7 ’56 W.S. win, after Don Larsen’s perfect game in #5 of that last Yankees/Brooklyn Dodgers World Series.

 

Edd Roush, pictured above, started his big league career with the White Sox, the team his Reds beat in 8 games in the best of 9, 1919 World Series.

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