COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Six runs in the first inning propelled the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 11-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the 38th annual Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field.
With one out, Vance Law singled and John Milner walked. Mike Easler scored Law on an RBI single, and Dale Berra hit a two-run double to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead early. Manny Sanguillen then hit his first of two home runs, a two-run shot over the left field fence. Jim Buckner followed with a triple and scored on Rick Lancelotti’s sacrifice fly to complete Pittsburgh’s big inning.
The Pirates added another in the third to take a commanding 7-0 lead, but the White Sox responded by scoring one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Pittsburgh bounced back with two runs in the top of the sixth, but Pirate reliever John Taylor gave up five runs to Chicago in the bottom of the inning, including a three-run home run by Harold Baines.
Both teams shuffled their lineups considerably throughout the contest, and Chicago even sent bullpen coach Art Kusnyer in as a pinch runner. Kusnyer scored the team’s eighth and final run in the bottom of the ninth on a Pittsburgh error.
For Pittsburgh, three players had three hits apiece in Berra, Sanguillen and Buckner. Sanguillen also had three RBI and three runs scored, whereas Berra and Buckner both had two of each.
Baines led the way for Chicago with three hits and three RBI. Randy Johnson, Greg Pryor and Thad Bosley had two hits apiece.
The win is the National League’s first since 1974 when the Atlanta Braves beat the White Sox 12-9. The National League now has 14 wins compared to the American League’s 22. Two Hall of Fame Games have ended in ties due to weather.
Manny Sanguillen, served as a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 12 years. BL-602.2014 (J. D. McCarthy, National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)