82 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!
The 82nd 1-0 win in White Sox history was one of just two that featured a ninth-inning home run.
The heroes in those games were Eddie Collins and Daniel Palka.
On July 12, 1920 in Philadelphia, Collins broke up a scoreless duel with an inside-the-park home run to lead off the ninth.
The dinger (a vicious line drive to right, according to the next day’s game story in the Chicago Tribune) made a winner out of “Little” (also in the Tribune) Dickie Kerr, who threw six no-hit innings in the complete game effort.
The next time the Sox would win a 1-0 game on a homer in the ninth was courtesy of Palka on Aug. 10, 2018 vs. Cleveland.
On that Friday night a Guaranteed Rate Field, Palka’s leadoff blast off Cody Allen provided the Sox with one of their best wins of the season.