COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 21 DAYS

21 days to Opening Day White Sox fans!

Here are some nuggets on each player who wore 21 for the Sox:

*Zack Collins: Homered in his first big league at bat on June 21, 2019 at Texas

*Welington Castillo: Homered in his final big league at bat on Sept. 29, 2018

*Todd Frazier: Set Sox record for third basemen with 40 homers in 2016

*Tyler Flowers: Homer off James Shields accounted for the Sox only run in a 1-0 win over Kansas City on Opening Day

*Esteban Loaiza: Represented the Sox and was the American League’s starting pitcher in the 2003 All-Star Game at US Cellular Field

*Cal Eldred: The last pitcher from Iowa to play for the Sox (April 11, 2001) … His win on June 22, 2000 vs. Minnesota at Comiskey Park was the last by an Iowan for the Sox. … Eldred’s shutout of the Twins on June 28, 2000 was the last by a Sox pitcher from the Hawkeye State.

*Scott Sanderson: Gave up Dan Pasqua’s 484-foot homer at Comiskey Park on April 27, 1991 while pitching for the Yankees

*George Bell: Led the 1992 Sox with 25 homers

*Joey Cora: After wearing 21 in 1991, he switched to 28 in 1992 and wore it until 1994

*Matt Stark: Led the Sox Double-A Birmingham affiliate with 109 RBI in 1990. Frank Thomas was fourth with 72

*Robin Ventura: Switched to 23 after wearing 21 in 1989 and 1990

*Gary Redus: Hit the final walkoff grand slam at Comiskey Park on June 4, 1988

*Todd Cruz: Regular shortstop in 1980, Tony La Russa’s first full season as manager

*Rusty Torres: Eight homers in 1979 ranked fifth among Sox switch-hitters at the time

*Bart Johnson: Made his big league debut at age 19 in a start against the Seattle Pilots on Sept. 8, 1969 (loss)

*Lee Maye: Singled as a pinch-hitter off the Twins Jim Perry, in the midst of his Cy Young season, in his Sox debut on Sept. 13, 1970

*Dan Osinski: Only Western Illinois University product to pitch for the Sox

*Jim O’Toole: Only product of Chicago’s Leo High School to play in the Major Leagues

*Ray Herbert: Winning pitcher in the 1962 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field

*Gerry Staley: Led the American League with 15 saves for the 1959 pennant winning Sox

*Bob Powell: Appeared in two games for the Sox (one in 1955 and one in 1957) with no at bats. He did score a run as a pinch-runner in his final appearance on April 20, 1957.

*Stan Jok: Homered in his final start for the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader split with Baltimore at Comiskey Park

*Sammy Esposito: Fenger High School and Indiana University product was 0-for-2 in the 1959 World Series

*Bud Stewart: At age 37, he was the oldest player to homer for the Sox in five years in 1954

*Eddie Smith: Lefty pitched the eighth and ninth innings in his All-Star debut in 1941 and earned the victory to become the first White Sox pitcher to win an All-Star Game. … Relieved Washington’s Sid Hudson with the National League leading 3-2 in the eighth. The NL extended the lead to 5-2 after scoring two off Smith in the eighth but the AL scored one in the eighth and four in the ninth to pull out a 7-5 win to give Smith the win. … Struck out Pete Reiser looking to start the eighth to become the first White Sox pitcher to record a strikeout in an All-Star Game. … Yielded a two-run homer to Arky Vaughn — first surrendered by a White Sox pitcher in an All-Star Gameafter striking out a looking Enos Slaughter. … After giving up the homer, he was charged with an error – the first by a White Sox player in an All-Star Game — when he failed to touch first base on Billy Herman’s grounder but retired Harry Danning to end the inning. … Worked a perfect top of the ninth, retiring Claude Passeau, Cookie Lavagetto and Terry Moore. …  Gave up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts (no walks) in two innings.

*Les Tietje: Winning pitcher in what could have been the hottest game in White Sox history. With temperatures in Chicago reaching a record 105, the right-hander turned in a complete game in the Sox 4-1 win over Washington at Comiskey Park on July 24, 1934.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s