On this date in 1995, Chris Sabo had his one shining moment with the White Sox.
Twenty-three years ago today, Sabo’s two-run home run in the eighth inning — his only four-bagger as a Southsider — lifted the White Sox to an 8-7 win over the Minnesota Twins before 15,816 at Comiskey Park.
Ray Durham got the inning going with a single a — his third hit of the night — and Sabo followed with the key homer off Mark Guthrie.
Here’s a look at some of the rest that went on today in Sox history to feed your Pale Hose habit on an off day:
THE DOCTOR IS IN FOR THE WIN
1909: Doc White scored the winning run and went the distance in the White Sox 1-0 win in 11 innings over Washington at South Side Park. White scored on Mike Welday’s single after giving up four hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 11 innings.
1912: Morrie Rath’s two-run homer in the sixth helped the first-place White Sox improve to 18-5 with a 5-2 win at Washington. The mark was the best 23-game start in franchise history. The win was the Sox fifth in a row in a streak that would reach eight.
1914: Ed Cicotte tossed a four-hitter in the White Sox three-game skid stopping 1-0 win vs. Detroit at Comiskey Park. Shano Collins’ single in the seventh scored Ray Demmitt with the game’s only run as the Sox halted a three-game losing streak.
FABER IMPROVES TO 4-1
1921: Future Hall of Famer Red Faber picked up the fourth of his 25 victories in 1921 in the White Sox 4-1 over Boston at Comiskey Park. The White Sox put Faber, who would finish 25-15 with an A.L.-low 2.48 ERA, in position to win with three in the eighth. The win halted a three-game losing streak during which the White Sox were outscored 33-6.
NOT PERFECT BUT VICTORIOUS
1922: In his second start after posting the first perfect game in franchise history, Charles Robertson defeated the Yankees in the White Sox 2-1 in New York. It was Robertson’s first victory since the “perfecto” and improved the Sox to 11-12.
BIG DAY FOR THE BATS
1923: Ray Schalk had three hits and Harry Hooper, Earl Sheely and Willie Kamm all had two as the White Sox outlasted the Red Sox 9-7 before 3,000 at Comiskey Park. Kamm, who had two doubles, drove in three while Roy Elsh and Schalk each drove in two in support of Red Faber, who went the distance for his second victory.
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF JOHNNY
1925: Johnny Mostil gave the Sunday afternoon crowd of 40,000 a thrill with a walkoff homer in the White Sox 10-8 win over the Senators at Comiskey Park. The White Sox overcame the Senators’ seven-run sixth, which KO’d starter Red Faber. Ted Lyons pitched four innings of scoreless relief for the win. Willie Kamm went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs and Mostil, Ike Davis, Earl Sheely and Eddie Collins all had two hits as the Sox improved to 14-9.
THE BUCK HITS HERE
1926: Buck Crouse drove in both runs and Sloppy Thurston, his batterymate, pitched a complete game six-hitter in the White Sox 2-0 win at Washington. Crouse’s RBIs came in the seventh and drove in Bibb Falk and Spence Harris. Thurston yielded six hits and two walks while striking out six for his first win.
LARRUPIN’ LOU LIGHTS UP SOX
1934: After hitting two homers, two doubles and driving in seven runs in a 13-3 rout of the White Sox, Yankees’ first baseman Lou Gehrig removed himself from the game in New York after five innings because of illness.
1941: After suffering one-run, 11 inning losses each of the last two days, the White Sox pulled off a one-run win of their own by tipping the Tigers 4-3 in regulation at Comiskey Park. Thornton Lee picked up one of his 22 victories in outdueling Hal Newhowser.
1955: Future Hall of Famer George Kell’s two-run home run in the eighth gave the White Sox the lead for good in a 4-2 win at Boston. Kell’s blast preceded dingers by Jim Rivera and Chico Carrasquel as the Sox overcame a 2-0 deficit to make a winner out of reliever Harry Dorish.
KEEGAN IN RELIEF!
1956: Bob Keegan fired 8.2 innings of shutout relief for the win in the White Sox 2-1 triumph in Boston. Keegan gave up seven hits and one walk while fanning three after taking over for starter Connie Johnson in the first. Keegan entered with a run in and the bases loaded. He then got Jimmy Piersall to bounce into an inning-ending double play. The biggest moment of the game came with one out in eighth when Keegan retired pinch-hitter Ted Williams and Sammy White with a runner on second. Home runs by Minnie Minoso and George Kell accounted for the White Sox offense.
DOBY DOOMS DETROIT
1957: Larry Doby’s two-run single highlighted a lead-grabbing four-run fifth in the White Sox 6-4 win at Detroit. Sherm Lollar added four hits and Dave Philley drove in two as the Sox won for the 13th time in 20 games. Billy Pierce pitched into the ninth for the win. Gerry Staley got the save when he got Harvey Kuenn to ground out with the tying run on third.
A FOXY WIN
1958: Nellie Fox’s RBI single in the eighth fronted the White Sox for good in a 4-2 win over Cleveland before 7,749 at Comiskey Park. Ron Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double, a lead-providing home run and three RBIs.
A DEAL AND THEN A SWEEP
1959: The Comiskey family sold the White Sox to Bill Veeck, Hank Greenberg and Arthur Allyn. … On the field, the White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians before 24,346 at Comiskey Park. The Sox took the first game 5-4 when Bubba Phillips’ single scored Harry “Suitcase” Simpson with the winning run. In the nightcap, Early Wynn tossed a four-hitter and Del Ennis homered in a 5-0 win. The Sox scored their final two runs in the second game off Al Cicotte, the great-nephew of former Sox pitcher Ed Cicotte. The sweep brought the Sox to within 1.5-games of the first-place Indians and was part of an eight-game winning streak.
WYNN NO. 294
1962: Early Wynn picked up his 294th victory with a complete game effort in the White Sox 3-1 win at Washington. Wynn gave up seven hits and one walk while fanning four in improving to 2-1. Nellie Fox had three hits and Al Smith homered as the Sox moved to 15-13.
A JUAN-DERFUL OUTING
1963: Juan Pizarro homered, drove in both runs and faced just one over the minimum in pitching a three-hitter in the first-place White Sox 2-0 win over the Angels before 9,016 at Comiskey Park. Pizarro led off the third with a homer and drove in J.C. Martin, who had tripled, in the fifth. Pizarro walked one and struck out six in moving to 2-0. The win was the White Sox fifth in a row in a streak that would reach seven and second consecutive shutout.
J.C. PLAYS THE HERO
1964: J.C. Martin’s fourth-inning home run broke a tie and helped the White Sox beat the Angels 5-3 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Ron Hansen also homered and drove in three as the first-place White Sox upped their record to 12-6.
1967: Tommy McCraw, Pete Ward, Dick Kentworthy and Tommie Agee homered in the White Sox 13-1 win at Baltimore. Tommy John gave up one run on six hits with five strikeouts in the complete game effort.
JOSEPHSON BREAKS THE TIE
1968: Duane Josephson, in the midst of his only All-Star season, delivered a tiebreaking single in the ninth in the White Sox 2-1 win at Oakland. Josephson’s one-out single scored Luis Aparicio, who had singled and swiped second. Wilbur Wood got Rene Lachemann to ground out with the tying run to end the game for the save.
LOCKER GETS THE SAVE
1969: Bob Locker retired all four batters he faced, including the last two on strikes, to preserve Tommy John’s and the White Sox 4-0 win at Cleveland. John threw 7.2 innings but left with runners on second and third before Locker took over en route to his fourth save. Carlos May drove in three as the Sox improved to 11-11.
BRADLEY NO MATCH FOR TIGERS
1972: Tom Bradley threw a four-hitter for the victory in the White Sox 7-0 win over the Tigers before 5,610 at Comiskey Park. The bespectacled right-hander struck out seven in improving to 3-1. Bradley did not allow a runner past second in dropping his ERA over a run to 3.63. Ed Herrmann and Rich Morales each drove in two runs as the Sox moved over .500 for good at 10-9.
SEARING SOX STAY HOT
1973: Thanks to 11 innings from starter Wilbur Wood and an RBI from Pat Kelly, the first-place White Sox improved to 17-6 with a 4-3 win over the Angels in 12 innings in Anaheim. The 17-6 start was the White Sox best since 1919. Only the 1912 team, which won 18 games, posted a better 23-game start than the 1973 or 1919 squads. The White Sox scored the go-ahead run in the 12th when Jorge Orta walked, took second on Luis Alvarado’s sacrifice and scored on Kelly’s single. Terry Forster got the Angels in order in the 12th for the save after Wood had knuckled his way through the first 11 frames.
O WHAT A RELIEF HE IS
1974: Terry Forster tossed 8.2 innings of shutout RELIEF for the win in the White Sox 8-7 victory at Texas. The White Sox finally put Forster in position to win in the 14th when Dick Allen doubled and scored on Jorge Orta’s single. Forster gave up a single in the 14th but got a double play to end the game. The portly lefty gave up two walks and four hits while improving to 2-3. The Sox forced extra innings in this 4 hour and 18 minute affair on Bill Melton’s two-run double in the seventh.
HEY BUDDY … A WIN
1975: Leadoff man Buddy Bradford homered and drove in four runs as the White Sox tripped up the Indians 8-3 in Cleveland. Bradford hit a three-run, tie-breaking homer in the fifth two innings after he brought home a run with a groundout.
ROADRUNNER DELIVERS IN OT
1976: Ralph Garr’s double in the 11th plated Pat Kelly with the go-ahead run in a 7-6 win at Texas. Garr was 3-for-6 with a two-run homer in the ninth that put the Sox ahead but the Rangers forced extra innings with three in the bottom of the frame.
JOHNSON, NAHORODNY GO DEEP
1978: Lamar Johnson and Bill Nahorodny homered as the White Sox opened an eight-game homestand by halting four-game skid with a 7-2 win over the Twins before 8,338 at Comiskey Park. Tex Wortham got his first win of the season with eight strong innings.
1979: Eric Soderholm, Rusty Torres and Wayne Nordhagen drove in runs in a decisive eighth inning outburst in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Royals before 13,801 at Comiskey Park. Claudell Washington was 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI while falling a double shy of the cycle.
BIG NIGHT FOR MORRISON
1980: Jim Morrison was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBIs in a 10-6 win at Texas. Morrison’s single in the eighth started the two-run rally which finally gave the White Sox the lead for good. Morrison scored the go-ahead run on Thad Bosley’s fielders’ choice.
KEMP KEEPS SOX STREAKING
1982: Steve Kemp socked a go ahead two-run homer in the seventh and Tony Bernazard and Greg Luzinski both homered in the ninth as the White Sox pulled away from the Blue Jays 6-3 in Toronto. The win was the Sox seventh straight and kept them in a first-place tie with California in the A.L. West.
HAIRSTON THE HERO
1984: Jerry Hairston’s two-run pinch-homer with two outs in the ninth inning powered the White Sox to an 8-6 win over Texas before 14,611 at Comiskey Park. Hairston’s blast came off Odell Jones and made a winner out of reliever Salome Barojas.
GIBSON UP ON THE ROOF
1985: Detroit’s Kirk Gibson slugged the first of a season-record eight roof shot home runs at Old Comiskey Park in 1985. Gibson victimized the Sox Tom Seaver, who surrendered a record four roof-shot homers, in a 3-1 Tiger win before 28,241 at Comiskey Park.
ALLEN, NELSON, JAMES KO TRIBE
1986: Neil Allen, Gene Nelson and Bob James combined on a three-hitter in the White Sox 4-0 win in 11 innings in Cleveland. The Sox broke the scoreless tie with four in the 11th thanks to an error, a wild pitch and a two-run single by Carlton Fisk. Allen started and gave up three hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Nelson got the win with three perfect frames while James got through the 11th to finish off the Tribe.
KARKO HOMER, FOUR RBIs
1989: Ron Karkovice homered and drove in four as the White Sox jumped to a 10-0 lead after six en route to a 12-2 win at Milwaukee. Harold Baines was 4-for-5 and Donn Pall finished off the Brewers with 2.2 innings of perfect relief with four strikeouts for winner Melido Perez.
SOSA WORKS OT
1991: Sammy Sosa’s two-run homer in the 12th inning finally allowed the White Sox to top the Blue Jays, 5-3, in Toronto. The Sox, already playing their sixth extra inning game of the campaign, took the lead in the 11th on Scott Fletcher’s single but the Jays matched it in the bottom of the frame.
BLACK JACK 7-0
1992: Jack McDowell became the first White Sox starter to begin a season 7-0 in 25 years in a 5-2 win at Baltimore. McDowell gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in becoming the first Sox hurler since the great Joel Horlen started the 1967 campaign 7-0. The win was McDowell’s seventh in as many starts and made him the big league’s first seven-game winner. George Bell’s two-run single in the first made things easy on McDowell, who went eight innings before Bobby Thigpen pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.
FIVE HOMERS ADD UP TO ROUT
1993: The first-place White Sox used home runs from Robin Ventura, Frank Thomas, Mike Huff, Dan Pasqua and Bo Jackson in decimating the Mariners 13-2 at Kingdome. Pasqua, Ventura and Thomas launched two-run shots while Huff and Jackson hit solo blasts in support of Alex Fernandez, who gave up one run on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in eight innings to improve to 4-2.
16 RUNS, 18 HITS
1994: Joey Cora led the White Sox 18-hit attack with a double, a homer and four RBI in a 16-2 win over Seattle before 25,041 at Comiskey Park. Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura also homered for the first-place Sox. The 16 runs were the most by the Sox since a 17-6 win over Oakland on Sept. 23, 1992 in Chicago. The 14-run margin of victory was the Sox biggest since a 15-1 win at Milwaukee July 14, 1991, their largest at New Comiskey Park and the largest by the Sox in a home game since a 17-1 win over the A’s on Oct. 3, 1987.
SOX TAP YANKEES
1996: Kevin Tapani yielded an earned run in seven innings for the victory in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Yankees before 15,784 at Comiskey Park. Tapani gave up two hits and four walks with four strikeouts in improving to 3-2. The Sox gave Tapani a cushion in the first thanks to RBIs from Danny Tartabull and Lyle Mouton.
MARTINEZ THE HERO
1997: Dave Martinez’s ninth-inning, bases-loaded single plated Frank Thomas with the game-winning run in the White Sox 9-8 win over the Athletics before 28,816 at Comiskey Park. Al Levine picked up the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. This was the second consecutive day Martinez came through in the final inning.
A GOOD SEVENTH
1998: Mike Cameron scored the go-ahead run on Ray Durham’s groundout as the White Sox scored three in the seventh to get by the A’s 4-3 in Oakland. Wil Cordero scored the tying run on an error. Jaime Navarro got the win while Bill Simas earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.
NAVARRO, MAGGS LEAD THE WAY
1999: Jaime Navarro turned in eight strong innings and Magglio Ordonez launched a 438-foot homer in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers before 12,670 at Comiskey Park. Ordonez’s 438-foot homer in the second was the 12th longest in the history of the Sox new home. Navarro allowed just one run eight innings to log the victory. The Sox broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a two-run outburst.
2001: Magglio Ordonez homered twice and Ray Durham and Sandy Alomar Jr. each went deep once as the White Sox and Angels combined for seven roundtrippers in the White Sox 7-6 setback in 10 innings before 12,684 at Comiskey Park. Durham homered for the third consecutive game, Ordonez notched his seventh career multi-homer game and Alomar hit his first roundtripper at New Comiskey Park in a Sox uniform. Alomar’s homer tied the game in the eighth but the Angels scored a run in the 10th to win. In a rarity, the Angels started Al Levine, the pitcher who finished the game for them the previous day.
THAT’S GOING TO LEAVE A MARK
2002: The White Sox lost 19-0 at Anaheim.
BIG HIT FOR EL CABALLO
2003: Carlos Lee’s home run in the seventh was the difference in the White Sox 4-3 win at Seattle. The Sox overcame 3-0 deficit thanks to two RBIs from Magglio Ordonez. Barolo Colon improved to 3-3 by pitching into the ninth. Damaso Marte got through the ninth for his fourth save.
BIG DAY FOR JOSE
2007: Jose Contreras twirled a five-hitter in the White Sox 3-0 win at Minnesota. Contreras was dominating with just one walk and four strikeouts in notching his second career whitewashing and the first complete game shutout by a Sox hurler in Minnesota since Mark Buehrle accomplished the feat July 30, 2002. The Sox gave Contreras all he needed in the first when leadoff man Pablo Ozuna singled, stole second and scored on AJ Pierzynski’s single.
SURGING IN THE SECOND
2008: A six-run second, powered by a three-run home run from Brian Anderson and a two-run shot from Carlos Quentin, delivered the White Sox an 8-4 win in Seattle. Anderson’s blast gave the Sox the lead and Quentin’s shot capped the inning which also featured an RBI double from Orlando Cabrera. Javier Vazquez got the win and was backed by a combined 2.1 shutout innings of relief from Octavio Dotel, Scott Linebrink and Matt Thornton.