COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 80 DAYS

80 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

There’s quite an eclectic gathering tied for 80th in home runs in White Sox history.

I mean, did you ever think Alejandro De Aza, Nellie Fox, Oscar Gamble, Ken Henderson and Chris Singleton would be mentioned in the same breath when it came to Sox history?

They are all logjammed at No. 80 with 35 homers.

Here’s a look at each players most significant Sox homer(s):

*ALEJANDRO DE AZA: On March 31, 2014, De Aza launched two homers in the White Sox 5-3 win over the Twins on Opening Day before 37,422 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Those roundtrippers made him the first Sox player to post a multi-homer game in a home opener since Tim Raines did it in 1994.

De Aza, Raines, Carlos May (1969) and Minnie Minoso (1960) are the only Sox players with a multi-homer game in home opener

*NELLIE FOX: On Opening Day 1959, Fox’s homer in the 14th was the difference in the Sox 9-7 win at Detroit.

The homer was one of 35 Fox would hit in his Hall of Fame career, one of two he would hit in 1959 and the third of four extra-inning shots he would have in his career.

*OSCAR GAMBLE: On Sept. 17, 1977, Gamble hit his 30th homer to set the club single-season record for lefties.

Gamble’s three-run homer off the Angels Dyar Miller allowed him to break the mark set by Eddie Robinson (the fifth-oldest living big leaguer at age 98) in 1951.

Gamble’s game-tying shot, one of 31 he would hit that season, came in a 4-3 loss at Comiskey Park.

*KEN HENDERSON: On Aug. 29, 1975, Henderson became the first player in Sox history to homer from both sides of the plate in a 4-2 win at Baltimore.

Henderson touched Wayne Garland and Ross Grimsley for solo shots for his seventh and eighth homers of the campaign.

https://www.mlb.com/video/singleton-hits-for-cycle/c-543432183

*CHRIS SINGLETON: On July 6, 1999, Singleton needed a home run for the cycle and he got it.

Singleton’s four-bagger in the seventh off Jeff Suppan made him the fourth player in Sox history and first rookie to hit for the cycle. He was also first Sox player to hit for the cycle at New Comiskey Park.

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