On September 14, 1997 — Sandy Alomar hits a bases-loaded single to key a bizarre seven-run 8th, and Cleveland defeats Chicago, 8 – 3. Jim Thome nails his 40th homer for the Indians. Chicago ties a major league record by using nine pitchers in the nine-inning game, including five in the 8th. The 4th in that inning, Keith Foulke, is called in without a warm-up by manager Terry Bevington to intentionally walk a batter. The Tribe increases its American League Central lead to 7 1/2 games over Chicago and Milwaukee. Before the game the Sox retire Carlton Fisk’s uniform number 72. Bitter over his 1993 release and not being allowed into the locker room during the playoffs that year, Fisk requests that Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Ron Schueler not be there for the ceremony.
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