@SoxNerd Blog for May 17 …
*SOX ALMANAC OVERLOAD: After last night’s debacle maybe it’s best to look at the past instead of the present.
In the wake of Tuesday night’s tough loss at Anaheim, here are some feel-good Sox moments that took place on this date to take your mind off things:
SORRY FENWAY FANS
1912: The White Sox spoiled the party by defeating the Red Sox 5-2 on the day Boston’s Fenway Park was formally dedicated.
The White Sox’s four-run ninth sent the overflow crowd home unhappy.
Boston Mayor John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, the grandfather of President John F. Kennedy, threw out the first pitch.
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
1913: The White Sox celebrated “Frank Chance Day” with a 6-3 win over Chance’s Yankees before 35,000 at Comiskey Park.
Chance, a star with the Cubs in the early part of the century, was given a giant horseshore of flowers by Governor Dunne and Mayor Harrison gave him the keys to the City of Chicago.
The crowd roared when Chance took over at first base. His only at bat resulted in bounce out. Reb Russell spoiled Chance’s day with the victory on the mound for the Sox.
HE WASN’T A MCWEENY ON THIS DAY
1921: Chicagoan Buzzy McWeeny earned his first big league win in his first big league start in the White Sox 10-4 over the A’s at Comiskey Park.
McWeeny was backed by four hits from Joe Mulligan and four RBIs from Bibb Falk.
Appearing in his fifth game, McWeeny gave up 11 hits and three earned runs with three walks and four strikeouts.
NEXT STOP: THE NAVY
1942: Bound for the Navy, John Rigney capped the White Sox doubleheader sweep of Washington by going the distance in a 4-3 win in Game 2 before 16,229 at Comiskey Park.
Don Kolloway’s third double brought in the tying run and Sam West’s RBI two-bagger gave the Sox the lead for Rigney.
Ted Lyons drove in two runs and got the win in the 7-1 victory in Game 1 while Sam West logged three
RBIs. Rigney was expected to enlist in the navy soon after he was reclassified from 4F to 1A after the army had relaxed physical requirements.
1978: The White Sox battered Nolan Ryan for 10 hits, including two-run homers from Bill Nahorodny and Jorge Orta, in a 9-6 win over the Angels before 13,676 at Comiskey Park.
Eric Soderholm had two RBIs as Steve Stone pitched eight innings for his second win.
A ROSS WHITEWASHING
1981: New Trier East graduate Ross Baumgarten fired a four-hit shutout in the White Sox 9-0 win over Texas before 30,990 at Comiskey Park.
Baumgarten retired the first 13 batters of the game and wound up facing just two over the minimum while striking out four.
ELITE COMPANY FOR GAR
2005: Jon Garland became the first White Sox pitcher to win his first eight starts in 69 years in a 5-2 triumph of Texas before 18,333 at US Cellular Field.
The last Sox pitcher to accomplish this feat was John Whitehead in 1936.
Garland gave up two runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in becoming the Majors’ first eight-game winner.
ANOTHER WIN TO DYE FOR
2006: Jermaine Dye broke a 2-2 tie with a run-scoring single in the eighth as the first-place White Sox won at Tampa Bay 5-2.
Earlier in the game, Dye had pulled the Sox to within a run with a home run and then tied the game with a sac fly in the next inning.
Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings for his third win and Bobby Jenks fanned the side in the ninth for his 12th save.
SUCCESS TO DYE FOR
2007: Jermaine Dye homered and drove in all of the White Sox runs in a 4-1 win over the Yankees before 30,488 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Jon Garland gave up one run on six hits in seven innings for his third win. He got relief help from Mike MacDougal and Bobby Jenks, who earned his 13th save.
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question I flashed on the Sox scoreboard for the team’s last home game on this date in 2011: Who victimized Texas’ Nolan Ryan with the last back-to-back home runs at Old Comiskey Park?
*SANCHEZ SMASH: Yolmer Sanchez’s 405-foot home run on Tuesday night in Anaheim was the second-longest of his career.
Sanchez’s longest home run was a 448-foot blast at Kansas City on Sept. 19, 2016.
*BITS: The Sox have lost six in a row to the Angels. The longest losing streak the Sox had to the Angels was an eight-gamer in 1995.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Craig Grebeck-Ozzie Guillen (Aug. 10, 1990)