@SoxNerd Blog for May 24 …
*100 HOMERS: Here are a few nuggets … @SoxNerd style … on Jose Abreu’s 100th homer, which came on Tuesday night in Arizona.
–Jose Abreu became the 22nd player to hit 100 home runs for the White Sox.
–Abreu reached the milestone in his 501st game with the club. Only Jim Thome (389), Jermaine Dye (421), Carlos Quentin (427) and Ron Kittle (438) reached 100 Sox homers in fewer games than Abreu.
–The first player to hit 100 home runs for the White Sox was Minnie Minoso on Sept. 23, 1957
–Abreu is the first player to hit his 100th homer for the Sox since Alexei Ramirez accomplished the feat on May 9, 2015 off the Reds’ Johnny Cueto in an interleague game at U.S. Cellular Field.
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question I flashed on the Sox scoreboard during the franchise’s last home game on this date in 2015: Who was the only right-handed pitcher to lead the White Sox in victories between 1970 and 1981?
*MORE 100: Even more nuggets on Abreu’s milestone …
–Ray Durham used the most games (1,118) to get to 100 Sox home runs
–Abreu is the third player to hit his 100th Sox homer in an interleague game. The others: Carlos Lee at the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8, 2003 and Ramirez.
–FYI: It took Frank Thomas 505 games to hit his 100th Sox homer (Aug. 31, 1993 vs. Sterling Hitchcock at Yankee Stadium
*TWINBILL TALES: The Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis, N.C., doubleheader today and the Sox two on Friday brings me back to a twinbill that took place 22 years ago today.
On May 24, 1995, the White Sox and Rangers split a doubleheader that totaled a record 7 hours and 39 minutes before 19,368 at Comiskey Park.
The Sox won the first game 10-8 on the strength of a five-run eighth which saw the go-ahead and eventual winning run cross on a bases loaded walk to John Kruk, who was making his White Sox debut.
The Sox dropped the second game 13-6.
The doubleheader featured a combined 49 hits and a big league record tying 32 walks.
At one point during the marathon, White Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer said, “For those of you who have been with us the whole time, God bless you.”
*NEIGHBORS TO THE NORTH: Last night, Mrs. @SoxNerd and I took in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Yes, we are baseball addicts BUT WE FREELY ADMIT IT!
Living in Kenosha, Wis., I know it is easy for me to say this but a trip to that venue is a must.
We paid $6 for our tickets using the Seat Geek ap, parked on the street and utilized a shuttle to the game.
The whole night cost us $30 tops if you factor in the meal at the bar and gas.
Put it on your (scheduling) board!
*SOX ALAMANC: On this date in 1967, Tommy McCraw hit three homers and tied a club record with eight RBI in a 14-1 win at Minnesota.
The first baseman hit a two-run homer in the fourth, a three-run shot in the seventh and another three-run bomb in the ninth.
McCraw’s eight RBIs tied Carl Reynolds’ Sox record first set on July 2, 1930. McCraw’s three homers also tied a Sox record for a nine-inning game.
*STUMPER ANSWER: Steve Stone