Category Archives: Carlton Fisk

COUNTDOWN TO SOX OPENING DAY: 72 DAYS (PUDGE & JACK)

72 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Pitching to No. 72 Carlton Fisk, birthday boy Jack McDowell marked Game No. 72 at New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field with a five-hit shutout of defending A.L. champ Oakland before 32,998 at 35th and Shields on Sept. 18, 1991.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 81 DAYS

81 days until White Sox Opening Day!

Opening Day No. 81 for the Sox was one of the most memorable in franchise history.

In his first game since changing his Sox from Red to White, Carlton Fisk’s three-run homer in the eighth fronted the White Sox for good in a 5-3 win at Fenway Park.

Fisk left Boston after the 1980 season when the Red Sox committed a procedural error that made him a free agent.

Here’s a clip of the blast https://youtu.be/CkU4W8gHAEs

@SOXNERD BLOG: MONCADA BREAKS ON THROUGH IN CLEANUP SPOT

The latest @SoxNerd Blog …

What we have learned the last few days, @soxnerd style!

*CLEANING IT UP: Prior to Yoan Moncada’s arrival, it had been a while since the White Sox had a second baseman break on through to the cleanup spot.

Moncada is the first @whitesox second sacker to hit fourth since Jim Morrison — the slugger not the singer — batted there on June 20, 1980 against Detroit at Comiskey Park. Ed Farmer took the loss that day, by the way.

Moncada made his third Sox start at cleanup in Thursday’s series opener in Boston.

Speaking of Boston …

Moncada is the first Sox second baseman to start out of the fourth hole vs. Boston since fellow former Red Sox Mike Andrews on Aug. 22, 1972 at Comiskey Park.

The last time a Sox second baseman started at cleanup in Boston prior to Moncada    on Thursday was Cass Michaels on May 5, 1950.

*A CONSTANT: This will mark the 117th consecutive season the White Sox will battle their red counterparts in Boston.

The first White Sox game in Boston was June 17, 1901 when the home team win the first game as part of a doubleheader split.

This is the 107th year in a row the White Sox are playing in Fenway Park.

Did you know the White Sox spoiled the formal dedication of Fenway Park. On May 17, 1912, among parades, pomp, circumstance and dignitaries, the White Sox prevailed 5-2 with winning pitcher Ed Walsh going 3-for-3. The White Sox used a four-run ninth to win.

*NO. 634: Rookie Nicky Delmonico became the 634th player to homer for the White Sox with his first career homer on Thursday.

And this from Nerd pal @ckamka …

*MORE NICKY: On Tuesday, Delmonico became the first Sox player to make his big league debut batting fifth since @TheBigHurt_35 aka Frank Thomas did it on Aug. 2, 1990 in Milwaukee.

Here’s the list of recent Sox 5-hole @mlb debuts flashed on the Guaranteed Rate Field scoreboard that night.

*CLEANUP KEVAN: Moncada wasn’t the only Sox player hitting in rare air in the fourth hole recently.

On Wednesday, Kevan Smith was the first Sox catcher to cleanup since A.J. Pierzynski on Sept. 27, 2011 and the first right-handed hitter to do it since Carlton Fisk on Oct. 1, 1991.

Digging deeper, Smith was the first Sox rookie catcher to start at cleanup since Matt Merullo on July 2, 1991. In addition, Smith was the first right-handed hitting rookie catcher to start out of the fourth spot since John Romano on Sept. 12, 1959.

*BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS: The recently-completed sets vs. the @cubs and @Indians marked the first time the Sox had played the defending league champs in consecutive series at home.

This was the second time and second year in a row the Sox played the reigning World Series teams in back-to-back series. In 2016, the Sox played at Kansas City May 27-29 before heading to New York to play the Mets May 30-June 1 in the MATT ALBERS SERIES.

Other seasons in which the Sox played both of the previous years World Series teams were 2003 (Giants and Angels), 2004 (Marlins and Yankees), 2008 (Rockies and Red Sox) and 2011 (Cardinals and Rangers).

*A HIT BY A PITCHER: Here’s what I excavated in the wake of pitcher Carlos Rodon’s two-run double on July 25 at Wrigley Field:

–Rodon’s two RBI were one more than Sox pitchers amassed between 2013 and July 24, 2017

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1648798083

–Rodon’s double was the first by a Sox pitcher since reliever Matt Albers‘ rocked the Big Apple on June 1, 2016

–Rodon’s two-bagger was the first by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle on June 29, 2011

–Rodon’s double was the first by a Sox pitcher IN CHICAGO since fellow starter Stan Bahnsen victimized Texas’ Dan Stanhouse in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 4, 1972 at Comiskey Park.

–Prior to Rodon, the last Sox pitcher to log an RBI in the second inning was Philip Humber on June 16, 2012 at Dodger Stadium

*SIR PAUL: Sir Paul McCartney played three songs on July 25-26 at the the Hollywood Casino and Amphitheater and Casino that he and The Beatles played during their Aug. 20, 1965 day-night doubleheader at Comiskey Park: I Wanna Be Your Man, Can’t Buy Me Love and A Hard Day’s Night.

*NOTE: The Baseball Reference website and Play Index rocks!

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 18 DAYS

18 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Carlton Fisk led the 1990 Sox with 18 home runs. He is the last player to lead the team in homers with fewer than 20 roundtrippers.

Some other notes on Fisk’s homer output in 1990:

*On Aug. 17, Fisk used one swing of the bat to become the most prolific home run-hitting catcher in big league history and the White Sox all-time home run leader. Fisk’s second-inning roundtripper off Charlie Hough in Texas gave him 328 as a catcher and 187 with the White Sox. He eclipsed Johnny Bench’s mark for catchers and Harold Baines’ White Sox record. The historic homer came in the White Sox 4-2 win.

*The last Fisk’s 94 homers at Comiskey Park was a solo, go-ahead shot off Kansas City’s Kevin Appier on Sept. 3

*Fisk hit 13 of his 18 homers on the road in 1990

*14 of Fisk’s 18 homers in 1990 were solo shots

*Fisk hit 17 of his 18 homers as a catcher. He was a DH when he went deep in the second game of a doubleheader on Sept. 10 off Cleveland’s Jesse Orosco

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 86 DAYS!


86 days til Opening Day White Sox fans!

The ’86 Sox had one of the most interesting rosters in team history.

Among those donning the Sox yarns in a roster assembled by general manager Hawk Harrelson that season were Tom Seaver, Harold Baines, Steve Carlton, Ron Kittle, George Foster, Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Bonilla, Kenny Williams, Tony La Russa, left fielder Carlton Fisk, Steve Lyons, Floyd Bannister, Neil Allen, Joliet’s Jack Perconte, Richard Dotson, Bob James, Joe Cowley, Ivan Calderon, Russ Morman, Daryl Boston, Ron Karkovice, Jose DeLeon, John Cangelosi, Ron Hassey.

It really was a cross-section of old and new! That roster definitely had an identity crisis!