@SoxNerd Blog for May 25 …
*HISTORY LESSON: With the White Sox idle today and maintaining their perfect mark on days when they don’t play, what better time to look at the club’s history on this date.
Here is the “Reader’s Digest” version of notable Sox moments that happened on this date with full details below.
–1907: Sox raised their championship banner
–1912: Sox won in 17 innings
–1919: Sox used a triple play to beat Walter Johnson
–1924: A steal of home helped the Sox prevail
–1954: Sherm Lollar starred for the Sox at and behind the plate
–1979: Ross Baumgarten flirted with history for the Sox
–1992: Craig Grebeck was tough on the Cubs
–1996: Frank Thomas and Harold Baines reached milestones
–2007: Luis Terrero!
–2008: CQ did it all for the Sox
–2012: Jose Quintana and Long John Quinn became forever linked in Sox (Nerd) history.
*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question displayed on the Sox scoreboard during the team’s last home game on this date in 2016 (it was Weather Day, mind you): Which of the following players never appeared in a game for the White Sox? A. Tim Raines; B. Josh Fogg; C. JT Snow; D. Dave Frost
*FULL DISCLOSURE: Here is a look, in detail, at some memorable moments on this date in Sox history:
–On this date in 1907, the White Sox celebrated the raising of their 1906 World Championship banner with a 3-1 win over New York at South Side Park.
The banner raising was delayed because the original flagpole broke during a ceremony earlier in the homestand.
According to reports of the day, the ceremony was a surprise and was not greeted with the fanfare that accompanied the event where the flagstaff broke some days earlier.
The “immense banner of purple and gold” was raised by the groundskeeper and the fans loved it.
–On this date in 1912, Ping Bodie’s single scored Harry Lord with the winning run as the White Sox edged Detroit 5-4 in 17 innings.
Frank Lange tossed 10 innings of scoreless relief for the win in what was the longest game at Comiskey Park and the fourth-longest game in club history at the time.
–On this date in 1919, the White Sox got a triple play in the top of the eighth and two runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Washington and Walter Johnson 6-5 at Comiskey Park.
With the bases loaded in the eighth, center fielder Hap Felsch gloved a deep fly to start the triple play. Felsch got the ball in and eventually third baseman Buck Weaver and Eddie Collins recorded outs to finish off the sixth triple play in franchise history.
–On this date in 1924, Harry Hooper stole home with the go-ahead run in the eighth on the back end of a double steal in the White Sox 10-9 win at Washington.
Ray Schalk caught his 1,500th game but had to leave early after taking a foul tip off the finger.
–On this date in 1954, Sherm Lollar drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth as the White Sox stopped the Indians’ 11-game win streak with a 4-2 victory before 43,059 at Comiskey Park.
The game also featured the last stolen base Lollar would allow all year. From this date until the end of the season, Lollar would throw out the next 18 runners who try to steal.
–On this date in 1979, Ross Baumgarten carried a no-hitter into the seventh in the White Sox 6-1 win at California.
The left-hander went eight innings and yielded an unearned run before giving way to Randy Scarbery, who worked the ninth.
–On this date in 1992, Craig Grebeck went 2-for-2 with two RBI and Dan Pasqua homered in the White Sox 5-0 exhibition win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Larry Thomas started the game and tossed six shutout for the victory while collecting two hits as the Sox upped their record to 7-0-1 since their series with the Northsiders resumed in 1985.
–On this date in 1996, Frank Thomas’ 100th home run at New Comiskey Park and Harold Baines’ 1,300th career RBI helped the White Sox hold off the Brewers 9-7 before 20,585 on the Southside.
–On this date in 2007, Joe Crede’s sacrifice fly scored Tadahito Iguchi with the winning run in the White Sox 5-4 win over Tampa Bay before 34,538 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Luis Terrero launched a 425-foot homer (which would be the longest at the park in 2007) in the fourth.
The win put the Sox a season-best four games over .500 for the last time. Over the next month, the Sox hit the skids, winning only five of their next 27 games.
–On this date in 2008, Carlos Quentin capped his two-homer game with a walkoff shot leading off the ninth in the White Sox 3-2 win over the Angels before 36,195 at U.S. Cellular Field. Quentin’s two-run homer gave the Sox the lead in the third.
–On this date in 2012, Jose Quintana earned his first big league win in his first big league start in the White Sox 9-3 victory over Cleveland before 21,371 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Quintana became the first Colombian to win a game for the Sox and the first pitcher with a ‘Q’ last name to win a game for the Sox since Jack Quinn won at Philadelphia on Aug. 24, 1918.
*STUMPER ANSWER: JT Snow