A few nuggets as the White Sox head into their 116th home opener on Friday:
THESE ARE THE GOOD OLD DAYS: The White Sox carry a club-record seven-game winning streak in home openers into today’s game.
The previous longest home opening win streak as five from 1906 to 1910.
HELLO, APRIL 10TH: Today will be the White Sox sixth home opener on April 10th.
Uh-oh! After winning their first April 10th home starter in 1962, the Sox have lost four straight on this date.
The last April 10th home curtain-raiser came in an 11-4 loss to Detroit in 1987.
BEST ONE EVER? The late Minnie Minoso will be remembered and honored today.
It’s fitting, too, because Minnie had perhaps his most dramatic moment with the White Sox in a Comiskey Park opener.
After a two-year hiatus, Minoso celebrated his return to the White Sox by going 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a walkoff homer in a 10-9 win over the Kansas City Athletics in the 1960 home opener .
SLAM IT: In addition to Minoso, Carlton Fisk (1981) and Joe Crede (2008) are the only White Sox players to hit grand slams in a home opener
GOOD RUN: The White Sox 64-51 overall in home openers. … The Sox are 15-9 in New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field openers. … The Sox have 12 of their last 13 season home debuts.
NEW CORNER: Among those who have started a Sox home opener at their not-so-natural position of third base are Jose Valentin (2002), Paul Konerko (2000), Ken Williams (1988), Minoso (1954) and Luke Appling (1948).
FROM THE BOOTH: Ed Farmer is the only member of the Sox broadcast team who did not appear in a Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field opener.
Steve Stone made two appearances for the Sox (1973 and 1978) while Darrin Jackson made one (1994). Ken Harrelson was a member of the Senators for the 1967 Comiskey curtain-raiser.
HR LEADERS: Konerko and Frank Thomas are tied for the White Sox all-time lead with four homers in home openers.
Sherm Lollar, Minoso, Carlos May and Tim Raines are next with three.
GO THE DISTANCE: Sox pitchers completed 13 of the first 14 home openers. Since then, Sox hurlers have completed just 24 home openers with the last coming in 1985 when Britt Burns went the distance in an 8-1 in over Boston.
MULTI-MASHERS: Raines (1994), May (1969), Minoso (1960) and Alejandro De Aza (2014) are the only White Sox players with a multi-homer game in a home opener.
COMISKEY THEN COOPERSTOWN: Hall of Famers Tom Seaver, Early Wynn, Ted Lyons, Red Faber and Ed Walsh have all started Comiskey Park Openers for the White Sox
WHAT A DAY FOR MAY! May had one of the White Sox great home opening performances in 1972. May fronted a 15-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and six RBIs in a 14-0 rout of the Rangers.
HUGE RALLY: The White Sox staged a five-run rally in the ninth to tip St. Louis 5-4 in the 1915 home opener. Shano Collins scored the game-winner on a two-out wild pitch after he tied the game with a triple.
POWERFUL START: Sherm Lollar hit the first of his 124 White Sox home runs in the 1952 Comiskey opener. Lollar’s blast, in his third bat for the Sox, came in a 3-2 loss to the Indians.
HITTING PITCHERS: Wilbur Wood was the last Sox pitcher to bat in a Comiskey Park opener, going 0-for-4 in 1972. Joel Horlen, in 1969, was the last Sox pitcher to hit safely in a home opener. The last pitcher to bat in a Sox home opener was Frank Tanana for Detroit in the 1991 disaster.
WALKOFF OPENERS: Wayne Nordhagen’s ninth-inning bloop double vs. Boston handed the Sox their last walkoff win in a home opener in 1978. Other walkoff home openers came in 1915, 1920, 1930, 1945, 1960, 1962, 1966 and 1971.