@SoxNerd Blog for July 4th (Happy Independence Day!):
A few Fourth of July nuggets … @SoxNerd style …
*MILESTONE: The White Sox are seeking their 100th victory on July 4th when they take on the Athletics in Oakland today.
I have the Sox at 99-78 on Independence Day.
*STREAKING: The Sox have won seven in a row on July 4th.
The run is the Sox best on the holiday since a 14-game winning streak between Game 2 in 1934 and Game 1 in 1941.
*HOME SWEET …: All seven of those wins have come at home.
The Sox last Fourth of July roadie was a 6-4 loss at Kansas City.
The streak of seven consecutive home games on July 4th is the longest in club history.
*GO 4TH AND HIT! Jose Abreu is 4-for-13 with a double, a triple, a homer and three RBI in his three games on the Fourth.
*FOR STARTERS … AGAIN: James Shields will be making his second consecutive Independence Day start for the Sox today,
Shields got the win in last year, going six innings and giving up two runs in six innings in the Sox 8-2 home win vs. the Yankees.
*FOURTH HOMERS: Carl Reynolds and Paul Konerko are the Sox all-time leaders with three homers on July 4th.
Those with two homers on Independence Day are Ollie Bejma, Cass Michaels, Sherm Lollar, Ed Herrmann, Ron Kittle, Frank Thomas, Ray Durham, Carlos Lee, Jermaine Dye, Juan Uribe and Adam Dunn.
*FIREWORKS: The first player to set off the fireworks with a homer on July 4th at Comiskey Park was Roy Sievers in 1960.
Bill Veeck installed the “exploding scoreboard” at Comiskey Park in 1960.
The last Sox player to give the Comiskey faithful an in-game fireworks show with a dinger was Kittle, who launched two in a 10-7 loss to Detroit in the stadium’s final year of 1990.
*DOUBLE DINGER: Kittle and Bejma (1939) are the only Sox players with a two-homer game on July 4th.
*THE FIRST: The White Sox first July 4th homer was hit by Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh.
In 1908, Walsh, in relief of Doc White, went deep in an 8-4 win over St. Louis at South Side Park.
*THE LAST: Konerko hit the final home run of his career on the Fourth of July 2014.
PK launched his 439th bomb off Charlie Furbush in the eighth inning of a 7-1 win over Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field.
*YANKEE DOODLE DANDIES: This is the Sox first July 4th game in Oakland. … The Sox lost to Oakland 7-1 in Chicago in their last Independence Day meeting. … The Sox have played on every Fourth of July since 1982. The 1981 game was cancelled because of the strike. … Holiday doubleheaders were once a staple in baseball but are now a thing of the past. The Sox haven’t played a July 4th twinbill since splitting with the Angels at Comiskey Park in 1969. That was the last of the Sox 60 Fourth of July DHs.