1957 Hall of Fame Game

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The Chicago White Sox used an eight-run third inning to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 13-4 for the team’s first win in three Hall of Fame Games on July 22, 1957.

Seventeen-year-old southpaw Jim Derrington pitched seven innings for Chicago, giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking just one batter.

The third inning was the first time either team scored, as Chicago tagged St. Louis starter Bob Miller for eight runs on six hits. The White Sox scored six runs before Miller and the Cardinals recorded an out in the inning.

Highlighted by Jim Rivera’s two-run home run over the left-center field fence, Chicago never looked back after its big third inning. The team added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Earl Battey led off with a single and Rivera and Nellie Fox followed with back-to-back doubles.

The Cardinals scored their first runs in the top of the seventh inning when Wally Moon walked then advanced to second on a passed ball. Wilmer "Vingegar Bend" Mizell hit an RBI double over the left field fence, took third on a single by Dick Schofield then scored on a sacrifice fly from Eddie Miksis.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Jim Rivera rounding third base. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Chicago never let the game get too close, as the White Sox scored three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Walt Dropo hit a three-run blast over the left field fence.

A single, a walk and an error loaded the bases for the Cardinals in the ninth. Joe Cunningham scored on a fielder’s choice, and Bobby Smith hit a single to score Schofield. However, a fly ball and a ground out ended the inning as St. Louis’ attempted comeback fell short.

Six different White Sox had two hits including Rivera and Bubba Phillips, who also scored two runs apiece. Rivera and Dropo each had three RBI for Chicago.

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