Today in White Sox History: September 3

Ol’ Aches and Pains: Felt the twinge of a broken hitting streak in Boston. (Play Ball)

Sept. 3, 1936Luke Appling’s then-club record 27-game hitting streak ended in Boston, courtesy of Red Sox pitcher Wes Farrell. Appling’s record would stand until 2004, when Carlos Lee broke it by hitting in 28 straight games.


Sept. 3, 1990 — White Sox relief pitcher Bobby Thigpen set the major league mark when he earned his 47th save of the season in a win over the Kansas City Royals. He’d finish the year with 57 saves, which stood as the single-season mark until 2008. In 1990, Thigpen would also win four games and have an ERA of 1.83 … naturally he was named the Fireman of the Year.

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Mark Liptak

Mark Liptak is originally from Chicago and has been a White Sox fan since 1960. He and his wife Zoe reside in Pocatello, Idaho where he is the radio voice as part of Idaho State athletics in volleyball, football, women's basketball and softball.

Mark went to the University of Kentucky. He’s been in the sports media profession since 1978, having worked in television sports in three markets between 1978 and 1994. He’s also written for numerous newspapers in addition to his radio duties.

Liptak has covered a Super Bowl, two Kentucky Derbys, an NCAA woman’s basketball Final Four and worked for CBS-TV during their coverage of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament’s opening rounds held in Boise in 2001. 

He is also a Chicago White Sox historian who has written for various web sites over the past 17 years, including the Chicago Baseball Museum and Chicago Now/Sox Net, a series of blogs and websites associated with the Chicago Tribune.

He and Zoe have been married for 30 years. Their son, Mason, and his family live in Longview, Texas.

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