COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 32 DAYS

32 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

White Sox home run No. 32 for Dick Allen was the franchise’s first that landed in the center field bleachers.

On Aug. 23, 1972, Allen (@DickAllen_15) sent a Lindy McDaniel offering into the seats where Harry Caray was broadcasting. The ball traveled 460-feet landed 3-feet from Caray, according to the next day’s Chicago Tribune.


Allen joined Alex Johnson, Hank Greenberg and Jimmy Foxx as the only players to hit homers into the center field bleachers in the 46-year history of the park.

The roundtripper helped the Sox beat the Yankees 5-2 and moved them into first-place in the American League West. The game drew 24,678 putting the Sox past 1,000,000 in attendance for the first time since 1965.

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1972/08/24/page/73/

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