On MLB’s “Lou Gehrig Day,” here’s a look — @SoxNerd style — at the White Sox and the “Iron Horse:”
*Gehrig hit .350 with a .446 on-base percentage, and a .660 slugging percentage with 77 homers and 299 RBI in 303 games (302 starts) against the Sox.
*Gehrig collected more hits (405) vs. the Sox than against any other team.
*Gehrig’s 84 strikeouts against the Sox were the fewest by any club he faced.
*Gehrig hit a record .380 (minimum 65 plate appearances) with a .480 on-base percentage and a .687 slugging percentage (also a record) with 37 homers and 154 RBI in 151 games (150 starts) at Comiskey Park.
*The 37 homers rank third among Sox foes at Comiskey Park behind Babe Ruth’s 45 and Jimmy Foxx’s 38.
*Gehrig posted more hits at Comiskey Park (226) than in any of the nine road stadiums in which he played.
*The 226 hits were the second-highest total by an opponent at Comiskey Park. Only Ty Cobb, at 227, had more.
*Ted Lyons was the Sox pitcher Gehrig faced the most at 231 plate appearances and 204 at bats (second most vs any pitcher). Gehrig hit .303 with seven homers (the most off a Sox pitcher), 38 RBI and 22 strikeouts (third-most vs. any pitcher) off Lyons.
*Which Sox pitcher handled “Larrupin’ Lou” the best? How about Sarge Connally? In the absolute prime of his career between 1925 and 1929, Connally limited Gehrig to a .125 average (2-for-16) with 0 homers, three RBI, two extra-base hits and two strikeouts.
*Gehrig played his first game against the Sox on Sept. 13, 1924. Pinch-hitting for Wally Pipp, Gehrig flew out to Bibb Falk in left to end the ninth in the Yankees 16-1 win before 15,000 at Comiskey Park. It was his first appearance in Chicago since he hit a ninth-inning grand slam out of Wrigley Field in a New York vs. Chicago high school title game on June 26, 1920.
*Gehrig was retired three times by Mike Cvengros in his first contest against the Sox during his record 2.130 consecutive games streak. On June 19, 1925, Gehrig fouled out and flied out twice before being lifted for pinch-hitter Ernie Johnson in the 20th game of his amazing streak. The host Yankees prevailed 4-3 in 10 innings.
*Gehrig’s first hit vs. the Sox came the next day when he led off the second with a triple off Charlie Robertson in the Yankees 12-2 win at Yankee Stadium on June 20, 1925.
*Gehrig was 3-for-4 with a double and a run in his first start at Comiskey Park in a 5-3 Yankees win on July 11, 1925.
*The first homer Gehrig hit against the Sox was a two-run shot to left in the fourth off fellow future Hall-of-Famer Red Faber that scored Babe Ruth in an 8-4 Sox win on July 13, 1925.
*Gehrig hit his first homer vs. the Sox at Yankee Stadium was a second-inning solo blast off Sloppy Thurston in a 4-3 loss on Aug. 9, 1925.
*On May 7, 1927, Gehrig landed the first home run into the new pavilion of the recently-expanded Comiskey Park in the Yankees’ 8-0 win before 37,000 on the Southside. Changes to the park, including the new pavilion, were made primarily to handle the popularity of the Yankees. The grand slam was hit off Sox pitcher Ted Lyons.
*On May 4, 1929, Gehrig launched the second roof shot home run as part of the first three-homer game at Comiskey Park in the Yankees 11-9 win before 35,000 in Bridgeport. Gehrig victimized Faber as part of a 4-for-4, three homer day. The other roofer was hit by Ruth on Aug. 16, 1927 off Tommy Thomas.
*Gehrig was 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout as the American League’s starting first baseman and cleanup hitter in the inaugural All-Star Game at Comiskey Park on July 6, 1933. Gehrig went the distance in the A.L.’s 4-2 win.
*On Aug. 27, 1935, the Sox walked Gehrig an American League-record five times in a 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader split at Comiskey Park.
*Gehrig was 1-for-4 with a run and a double in what turned out to be his final game at Comiskey Park on Sept. 22, 1938. His last at bat at 35th and Shields was an RBI double off Johnny Rigney that scored Joe DiMaggio to account first the final in a 7-4 win. The double was the 534th and last of his career.
*The previous day, Gehrig hit the last of his 242 road homers at Comiskey Park. The roundtripper, the second-to-last of his 493 bombs, was a leadoff clout in the seventh off Thornton Lee in a 5-2 Sox win.