COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 77 DAYS!

Screen shot of the Sox Ralph Garr waiting for the first American League pitch in Canada in 1977

77 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Opening Day No. 77 for the Sox was one of the most interesting in franchise history:

Consider …

*The White Sox 9-5 loss at Toronto on April 7, 1977 was the first American League game in Canada

*The game was played before 44,649 at Exhibition Stadium in absolutely brutal conditions. It snowed before the game prompting the Sox Jack Brohamer to don a pair of snowshoes, which made for a famous photo. The snow continued during the game as well. … Temperature at first pitch was 33 degrees.

*Harry Caray has the distinction of announcing the first Canadian game in both games. In addition to working the Sox at Jays tilt, Harry was behind the mike for the Cardinals for the Montreal Expos in April of 1969

*Richie Zisk ignited the Sox Southside Hitmen season with a homer in his first A.L. at bat

*Pete Vuckovich, plucked by the Jays from the Sox in the Expansion Draft, earned the save for Toronto

*The opened the door of Exhibition Stadium and closed the curtain on the place, too. On May 28, 1989, the Sox lost to the Jays 7-5 in the finale at Exhibition Stadium

The game:

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