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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 47 DAYS

47 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

47 seasons ago, the White Sox, the American League and the City of Chicago were taken over by the great Dick Allen.

What resulted was a 1972 campaign where Allen won the A.L. MVP Award, the Sox nearly won the West and, most importantly, the franchise was back on solid footing.

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TODAY IN SOX HISTORY … MUSSOLINI, SWEEPS, NO. 400 FOR FRANK AND MORE!

Frank Thomas takes a curtain call after hitting his 400th homer on this date in 2003 (screen shot).

My dad’s birth in 1930 wasn’t the only eventful moment in White Sox history that happened on this date.

Take a look …

1937, THE STRATTON SPLIT: The White Sox split a doubleheader with the Yankees before 50,000 at Comiskey Park. The Yankees took the opener 12-11 behind two homers from Bill Dickey and a game-winner from Joe DiMaggio. The Sox took the nightcap scoring three in the eighth and one in the ninth with Monty Stratton, who was later portrayed in a movie by Jimmy Stewart, getting the victory.

1943, A WIN AND THEN SOME GOOD NEWS: After the White Sox won the first game 2-1, the nightcap of their doubleheader was interrupted with the announcement at “Mussolini has resigned.” The crowd of 19,374 cheered wildly over the news that the Italian dictator was finished. The Yankees won the game 6-3 after Bill Dietrich got the victory for the Sox in Game 1.1954, 16 Ks SO HE WAS HARSH, MAN: Jack Harshman set the club record with 16 strikeouts in the White Sox 5-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at Boston. Harshman gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in improving to 7-4. Harshman, a lefty, broke the record previously held by Ed Cicotte (Aug. 26, 1914), Jim Scott (June 22, 1913) and Ed Walsh (Aug. 11, 1910 and Oct. 2, 1908). He struck out at least one batter in every inning but the eighth and he whiffed the side in order in the second and seventh innings and also in the fourth.

1959, 17 INNINGS! The White Sox edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in 17 innings before 12,562 at Comiskey Park thanks to an RBI single by the oft-traded Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Sherm Lollar tied the game with a homer to leadoff the ninth.

1967, TWO WALKOFFS: J.C. Martin and Ken Berry each hit walkoff homers to key the first-place White Sox to a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland before 18,152 at Comiskey Park. This marked the first time in American League history a team had swept a doubleheader with a pair of game-ending home runs.

1971, UP ON THE ROOF: White Sox catcher Tom Egan launched his only roof-shot homer at Comiskey Park in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Washington before 24,318 on the South Side.

1972, ALL-STAR ALLEN: Dick Allen started at first base in becoming the first Sox representative to bat cleanup in an All-Star Game. Allen went 0-for-3 in the American League’s 4-3 loss in in Atlanta.

1987, NOs. 16 & 19 FOREVER: On the day No. 16 was retired for Hall of Famer Ted Lyons and No. 19 was retired for team legened Billy Pierce, the White Sox topped the Yankees 3-2 before 26,433 at Comiskey Park.

1996, DOMINANT ROBERTO: Roberto Hernandez turned in one of the most dominating performances by a Sox reliever in recent memory in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in 12 innings before 19,524 at Comiskey Park. Hernandez came on in the ninth and fanned all six of the batters he faced, falling one K shy of the club record. Hernandez threw 26 pitches, 19 of which were strikes.

1998, THE BOMB IN THE BRONX: Mike Sirotka disappointed an Old-Timers’ Day crowd of 55,638 at Yankee Stadium with six strong innings in the White Sox 6-2 win. This was the largest gathering to witness a Sox win since Oct. 3, 1993 when 72,390 watched the Southsiders defeat the Indians in Cleveland.

2001, NO. 8,000: Paul Konerko launched the 8,000th home run in White Sox history in a 7-5 loss at Cleveland. Konerko’s milestone blast came in the second inning.

2003, NO. 400 FOR FRANK: Frank Thomas’ 400th homer helped the White Sox stomp Tampa Bay 7-2 before 22,617 at US Cellular Field. Thomas became the 36th player in big league history to reach that milestone. Esteban Loaiza earned his 13th win and Carlos Lee also homered in the victory.

MAY 31: A SOX DAY OFF TO REMINISCE

Dick Allen hit leadoff for the Sox 45 years ago today.Dick Allen hit leadoff for the Sox on this date in 1974.

You need something to feel good about when it comes to the White Sox these days?

How about a look back on some noteworthy events that occurred on this date in Sox history?

These are all wins by the way so there won’t be any stress!

1914, SOX DRIVE BENZ TO NO-NO: Joe Benz fired the second no-hitter in Comiskey Park in the White Sox 6-1 win over Cleveland. The gem marked the only time a losing team scored a run in a no-hitter at Comiskey Park. Three fourth-inning White Sox errors prevented the shutout. Benz walked two and fanned three in a game that took only one hour and 45 minutes to play.

1917, NICE RELIEF WORK: Ed Cicotte gave up one run in 7.1 innings of relief for his first win of the season in the White Sox 3-2 victory at Cleveland. Cicotte, coming off a 28-win season, fanned two to break his seven-game losing streak.

1919, ALL ED: Ed Cicotte drove in two in a five-run fourth and got the win in the White Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland at Comiskey Park. Cicotte gave up seven hits and fanned three to move to 9-1.

1934, THE PRIDE OF MARYVILLE: Maryville, Ill., native Bob Boken had three hits and two RBI in the White Sox 12-5 win at Cleveland. Zeke Bonura homered and drove in three as part of a 17-hit attack.

1948, FOUR HITS FOR TONY: Tony Lupien was 4-for-4 as the White Sox banged out 15 hits in a 9-3 win at Detroit. Lupien also doubled and drove in two and Don Kolloway homered as the Sox cruised after leading 9-0 after 5.5 innings.

1952, SOX PULL OUT A MELE: The second of Sam Mele’s two homers led off the sixth and pulled the White Sox even in a 7-3 win at Boston. Chico Carrasquel drove in the go-ahead later in the five-run frame to make a winner out of starter Marv Grissom.

1953, HEART OF THE ORDER: Hitters two through five – Jim Rivera, Ferris Fain, Sam Mele and Minnie Minoso – combined to 10-or-19 in the White Sox 7-4 win over St. Louis in the first game of a doubleheader split at Comiskey Park. Sandy Conseguera got the win with six innings of relief.

1954, TAGGING RAPID ROBERT: Ferris Fain and Minnie Minoso hit two-run homers off Bob Feller in the White Sox 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland. Bob Keegan outdueled the future Hall of Famer to improve to 7-1.

1963, GET A GOOD BUZZ ON: John Buzhardt fired a three-hitter as the third-place White Sox closed to within two games of first with a 6-0 win at Fenway Park. Buzhardt walked four and struck out four and did not allow a runner past second base in improving to 5-2.

1965, DON DOES IT: Don Buford led off the 10th with a tiebreaking home run in the White Sox 4-3 win at Cleveland in the first game of a doubleheader. Buford’s blast made a winner out of Eddie Fisher, who improved to 4-0 with two shutout innings of relief. The real hero of this game was Bruce Howard, who fired five scoreless innings in relief of starter John Buzhardt. The Sox fell behind 3-0 but tied the game in the sixth on RBIs double by Moose Skowron and JC Martin and a sacrifice fly by Ron Hansen. Cleveland took the nightcap 4-3 as the second-place Sox stayed a half game out of first place.

1967, WALKING OFF HAPPY: Ron Hansen’s walkoff single in the 11th propelled the White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in front of 13,782 at Comiskey Park. The Sox grabbed a 2-0 lead thanks to a game-starting homer by Tommie Agee and an RBI from Ken Berry. The Orioles pulled even with runs in the seventh and ninth. In the 11th, Berry singled and took second on a sacrifice bunt by Walt “No Neck” Williams. After an intentional walk, Hansen came through in making a winner out of future Hoyt Wilhelm, who retired all seven batters he faced with three strikeouts. The win pulled the second-place Sox to within a half game of league-leading Detroit.

1968, HE WAS WORTHY THIS DAY: Dick Kentworthy was 4-for-6 and scored the winning run in the 14th on Luis Aparicio’s single in the White Sox 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 9,667 at Comiskey Park. Sox relievers Bob Locker, Wilbur Wood, Hoyt Wilhelm, Bob Priddy and Don McMahon combined to throw eight shutout innings with McMahon getting the win.

1979, 22-13!: Leadoff man Walt Williams went 5-for-7 with five runs, a double and two RBIs while Luis Aparicio was 5-for-5 with three runs, a triple and three RBIs as the White Sox whipped host Boston 22-13 in their best offensive game in 15 years. The Sox banged out 24 hits but their only home run came from Bill Melton, who hit a solo shot in the sixth. The 22 runs were the most by a Sox team since they scored a club record 29 in a win at Kansas City April 23, 1955. The 35 runs by both teams tied the club mark set on Sept. 9, 1921 and April 23, 1955. Melton finished with four RBIs. Duane Josephson was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs and Ossie Blanco, who started at first base and batted third, was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. The Sox scored six in the first off Boston starter Gary Peters, who lasted just two-thirds of an inning. The Sox scored one in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, seven in the sixth and four in the eighth.

1971, BUT HE DOESN’T LOOK AS GOOD IN UNDERWEAR: Tommy John outdueled Jim Palmer with a five-hitter in the White Sox 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of a doubleheader before 19,588 at Comiskey Park. Ed Herrmann’s sixth inning single scored Rich McKinney with the game’s only run. John gave up five hits and one walk with strikeouts in upping his record to 3-5 in logging the first of three shutouts he would have that season. John faced the minimum through five and got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth by striking out Merv Rettemund with the bases loaded. John stranded Brooks Robinson on third in the seventh and finished by retiring the final seven batters he faced. The Orioles won the nightcap 11-3.

1973, ALLEN, MELTON DELIVER: Dick Allen and Bill Melton combined to drive in seven runs in the White Sox 10-2 win over Detroit before 12,800 at Comiskey Park. Ed Herrmann homered in the third off future Sox Lerrin LaGrow as the first-place Sox built a 7-0 lead. Allen capped the Sox scoring with a three-run homer in the sixth.

1974, DICK ALLEN: LEADOFF MAN!: Dick Allen was 2-for-3 with a homer in his only White Sox appearance in the leadoff spot in a 3-2 win at Boston. Allen and Melton hit back-to-back homers in the third to account for all of the White Sox runs. Allen’s home run was two-run shot off Bill Lee and erased a 1-0 deficit which was created by a Carlton Fisk home run. Melton followed Allen with a roundtripper of his own. From there, Wilbur Wood and Terry Forster blanked the Red Sox on four hits.

1978, BIG FIFTH!:  Bill Nahorodny and Chet Lemon combined for five RBI in the White Sox 11-run fifth inning – tied for the second-highest scoring frame in club annals — in a 17-2 romp of the California Angels before 12,828 at Comiskey Park. The game was tied 1-1 before the Sox broke the game open by sending 15 batters to the plate in the fifth of their fifth straight win. The inning began harmlessly enough with a one-out single by Greg Pryor. From there, the Sox took advantage of three Angel errors (which directly led to three runs) one walk and banged out seven more hits in scoring the 11 runs. Pryor scored the tiebreaking run on an error. Nahorodny had a three-run double while Lemon had a two-run double in the inning. Pryor and Ralph Garr also had RBIs in the inning. The Sox, who got a 5-for-5 performance from Jorge Orta, totaled 22 hits, which made things easy for starting pitcher Steve Stone. The righty went the distance for his fourth win.

1987, IVAN WASN’T TERRIBLE THIS DAY: Ivan Calderon hit two homers, doubled and drove in six in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox before 21,138 at Comiskey Park. Calderon’s RBI were a Sox season-high.

1988, NOT THIS TIME, FRANK: The White Sox used a grand slam from Gary Redus and three-run homers from Ivan Calderon and Ron Karkovice in pasting the Tigers and nemesis Frank Tanana 10-1 in Detroit. Jerry Reuss cruised with the lead, pitching seven shutout innings for his third win.

1991, SOX SCOOT PAST A’S: Scott Fletcher’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the White Sox to a 5-4 win over Oakland before an energized crowd of 41,870 at Comiskey Park. Oakland’s Mike Gallego hit the first grand slam at New Comiskey Park in the second inning off Ramon Garcia, who was making his big league debut. Garcia was the first pitcher to make his Major League debut at New Comiskey Park. Two days earlier, teammate Warren Newsom became the first player to make his big league debut in the new park. After giving up the slam, Garcia settled down and gave up just one other hit while lasting to the seventh. The Sox tied the game in the fifth on Matt Merullo’s sacrifice fly. In the ninth, the Sox loaded the bases on a Frank Thomas single and two walks, setting the stage for Fletcher’s heroics.

1996, BIG DAY FOR ROBIN: Robin Ventura went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs as the White Sox ripped the Detroit Tigers 9-0 before 16,983 at Comiskey Park. Kevin Tapani and Brian Keyser combined on a eight-hit shutout as the White Sox moved 12 games over .500. Tapani went eight innings with six strikeouts to improve to 6-3. Darren Lewis extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Danny Tartabull and Dave Martinez each homered for the White Sox.

1997, BELLE KEEPS HITTING: Albert Belle extended his hitting streak to 26 games – tied for the second longest in club history — in the White Sox 4-3 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee. Belle’s streak would reach 27, tying Luke Appling’s 1936 franchise record.

2000, THE MILKMAN DELIVERS: Herbert Perry’s ground rule double in the ninth plated Carlos Lee with the eventual winning run in the White Sox 4-3 victory in Seattle. The first-place White Sox prevailed despite committing two errors and issuing 11 walks. Lee got the White Sox on the board with a home run in the third.

2005, A WALKOFF TO DYE FOR: Jermaine Dye led off the ninth with a home run to send the White Sox to a 6-5 win over the Angels before 19,864 at U.S. Cellular Field. The win improved the first place White Sox to 35-17 and gave reliever Cliff Politte a win for the second consecutive day.

2011, SALE-ING TO A SAVE: Chris Sale caught Adrian Gonzalez looking for the save to end the White Sox 10-7 win at Boston. Sale’s second save preserved Philip Humber’s fourth win. Alexei Ramirez went 4-for-5 with three RBI to pace the Sox 15-hit attack.

2015, HIT-HEAVY SHUTOUT: Texan John Danks recorded his 1,000th strikeout en route to a 10-hit shutout in the White Sox 6-0 win over the Astros in Houston. In firing his fifth career complete game and second career shutout, Danks became the first Sox pitcher since Stan Bahnsen on June 21, 1973 to fire a shutout while allowing 10-plus hits.

2016, SALADIN-O YEAH!: Tyler Saladino’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth helped the White Sox top the Mets 6-4 at Citi Field in New York. The Sox overcame a 4-0 deficit with Saladino scoring a run in a three-run sixth that got the Sox back in the game.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 15 DAYS

15 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Dick Allen became one of the most popular and greatest players in White Sox history wearing No. 15.

His MVP season of 1972 helped revitalize if not save the franchise, which emerged from the 1960s in ruins.

“That club was in dire straits when (manager) Chuck Tanner and I joined them in September of 1970,” Hemond told me once.

“We made quite a number of trades that first winter and improved by 23 games. The next year, Al Campanis of the Dodgers said he would consider trading Dick Allen. He wanted Tommy John and Terry Forster. I said, ‘ I can’t give you Forster. He could be another Koufax.’  In any event, we arrived at a trade.

“Chuck Tanner had known Dick real well. They lived in the same area. I said, ‘ Chuck, what do you think? ’ And Chuck said, ‘ I’d love to have him.’ ”

And Allen delivered.

“Allen came and he was a success story, the MVP,” said Hemond. “The club drew over a million. If (third baseman Bill) Melton (who had won the last two A. L. home run titles) didn’t come up with a herniated disc in mid-season, he played just 60 games that year, I think that club would have gone onto the World Series.”

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 75 DAYS

75 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The first time the White Sox won 75 games was in … ’75!

That was also the last season the Sox donned the popular red pinstriped uniforms full-time.

1975 was also the last time the Sox played in “White Sox Park” and played on an artificial turf infield at home.

The “Kids Can Play” White Sox of 1999 also won 75 games.

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@SOXNERD BLOG: DAY OFF? NO WORRIES! HERE’S YOUR SOX FIX!

The Tribune made the Sox win over the Angels and Nolan Ryan the top story on Aug. 9. More at http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1974/08/08/page/55/article/allen-hit-keys-sox-comeback

Here’s a look at some noteworthy @WhiteSox events that happened on this date to feed your Sox fix … 
My favorite game from this day …

*1974, KAAT, ALLEN DERAIL RYAN EXPRESS: Lefty Jim Kaat bested Nolan Ryan, who carried a no-hitter into the ninth, in the White Sox 2-1 win over California before 11,636 at Comiskey Park.

Kaat’s only mistake was a second-inning home run ball to Frank Robinson.

The Sox made Kaat a winner in the ninth when Ken Henderson drove in Dick Allen with the tying run and Bill Sharp brought home B.B. Richard with the game-winner.

Allen ruined Ryan’s no-hitter with a one-out single in the ninth.

Kaat gave up six hits with three strikeouts in improving to 13-8. Kaat, who was 4-0 against California, was 21-13 in 1974.

Ryan struck out 13 in falling to 14-12. 

More from this date …

*1910, NO. 1 SHUTOUT: Future Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fired a two-hitter in logging the first shutout at the Comiskey Park in the White Sox 4-0 win over Washington. The Sox tallied single runs in the second, third, sixth and eighth inning in improving to 38-58.

*1915, ODD POSITIONING: With Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson in right field and Hall of Fame outfielder Sam Rice on the mound for the Senators, the White Sox prevailed 6-2 in Washington. The victory halted the Sox six-game losing streak.

*1916, PITCHER STEALS HOME! Pitcher Reb Russell swiped home and got the victory in the third inning of the first-place White Sox 7-1 win over Boston. Chicagoan Jack Ness fell a double shy of the cycle as the Sox banged out 13 hits.

*1925, TED TERRIFIC: Future Hall of Famer Ted Lyons twirled a three-hitter in outdueling fellow future Hall of Famer Red Ruffing in the White Sox 2-0 win in Boston. Lyons walked four and fanned one in improving to 16-6. Willie Kamm and Earl Sheely each drove in a run as the Sox won by shutout for the second straight day.

*1931, TOUGH RED: The legendary Red Faber surrendered five singles in blanking the Browns in the White Sox 2-0 win at Comiskey Park. The future Hall of Famer also doubled and scored as part of his sixth win.

*1935, I CAN NOT TELL A LIE … SOX WIN IN OT: Outfielder George Washington’s two-run single in the 10th handed the White Sox a 2-1 win in Cleveland. Washington’s hit scored Al Simmons and Zeke Bonura and helped the Sox survive Cleveland’s rally in the 10th.

*1956, DROPO THE HERO: Veteran Walt Dropo scored the winning run in the first game and drove in the game-winner in the nightcap as the White Sox swept a doubleheader from Kansas City with a pair of walkoff victories before 5,397 at Comiskey Park. In Game 1, Dropo scored on Jim Rivera’s 10th inning triple to give the White Sox a 5-4 win. In the nightcap, Dropo drove in Sherm Lollar with a 10th inning for a 4-3 Sox win. Prior to Game 2, the White Sox Dave Philley was ejected for continuing an argument with Red Flaherty that started in the opener.

*1960, WALKOFF SWEEP: The White Sox scored a pair of walkoff wins – and Gerry Staley was the victor in both contests — in sweeping a doubleheader from Washington before 25,843 at Comiskey Park. Gene Freese’s two-run homer in the ninth powered the Sox to a 9-7 win in the opener while Minnie Minoso’s single in the ninth got the Sox a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

*1966, MOOSE SPARKS COMEBACK: Chicagoan Moose Skowron’s homer in the ninth tied it and Wayne Causey’s two-run triple in the 10th broke gave the Sox the lead in a 9-8 win at California. The Sox had to survive an Angel usprising in the 10th as Dennis Higgins came on to get the game’s final out for his third save.

*1981, BASEBALL IS BACK: The White Sox and Cubs battled to a scoreless tie before 27,048 in an exhibition game at Comiskey Park as baseball finally returned to Chicago after the game’s first protracted work stoppage. The game was the first in Chicago since June 11. The players went on strike June 12. The Sox gave away 10,000 batting helmets and staged a Sox-Cubs old-timers game before the exhibition. The teams also played the next day, this time at Wrigley Field.

*1990, NO. 1 FOR ALEX: Rookie Alex Fernandez notched his first Major League victory in the White Sox 5-3 win at Kansas City. Fernandez scattered nine hits in six innings. Bobby Thigpen, on course for a record-setting season, tossed the final 1.1 innings for this 36th save. The White Sox erased a two-run deficit with a three-run fifth behind a two-run single by Sammy Sosa and an RBI triple by Phil Bradley.

*1993, BLACK JACK DEALING: Future Cy Young winner Jack McDowell won his sixth consecutive start in the White Sox 6-4 win over the Angels before 42,535 at Comiskey Park. The Sox improved to 60-49 and increased their lead to 4.5 games in the AL West. Ron Karkovice homered twice for his 14th and 15th dingers of the season. McDowell (18-6) got help from Roberto Hernandez, who fanned Chad Curtis with the tying runs on base in the ninth inning for his 23rd save.

*1994, SPANKY GOES DEEP: Catcher Mike LaValliere’s first homer with the White Sox, a two-run shot in the ninth, forced extra innings in the White Sox 10-5 win in 12 innings over the Angels in Anaheim. Jose DeLeon fired 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Frank Thomas drove in two runs in reaching the century mark for the fourth consecutive season.

*1999,  NO. 300 FOR FRANK: Future Hall of Famer Frank Thomas’ 300th home run accounted for the White Sox only highlight in an 11-1 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Thomas reached the milestone off Kevin Appier in the sixth inning. Thomas became the 84th player in big league history and the 16th active player to reach the 300-homer plateau. Thomas also joined Barry Bonds, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Cal Ripken Jr. as the only active players with 300 home runs, 1,000 RBI and 1,000 walks.

*2001, NO. 100 FOR MAGGS: Right fielder Magglio Ordonez hit his 100th home run in a 9-3 loss at Anaheim. Ordonez’s blast, a solo shot, came in the ninth off Mark Lukasiewicz. Ordonez became the 10th player in White Sox history to reach the century mark in dingers. He reached the milestone in his 585th game with the White Sox. Only Frank Thomas hit 100 homers with the White Sox in fewer games. “Big Frank” clubbed his 100th homer in his 506th game.

*2005, FUTURE CHAMPS WIN: The future World Series champion White Sox got a two-run homer from Paul Konerko and a solo shot from Joe Crede in downing Seattle 3-1 before 35,706 at US Cellular Field. Jon Garland got his 16th win and Dustin Hermanson pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save.

*2013, A WALKOFF TRIPLE! Outfielder Alejandro De Aza’s two-run triple in the 12th delivered the White Sox a 6-5 win over the Yankees before 25,707 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the frame when Dylan Axelrod yielded a homer to Robinson Cano. The walkoff triple was the Sox first since Lyle Mouton came through with the game-winner on May 22, 1996.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 66 DAYS!

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66 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Home run No. 66 of Dick Allen’s White Sox career was also the 300th of a career which is Hall of Fame worthy.

The blast came off Boston’s Bill “Spaceman” Lee at Comiskey Park on June 9, 1974.

The home run, his 13th of the season, drove in Ron Santo in the first inning of a 10-6 loss on a Sunday afternoon before 16,678 at Comiskey Park. Santo would hit only one more home run for the Sox and in his big league career.

Some other nuggets from that game:

*Santo batted second and started at second base. He hit two homers, marking the last of the 26 multi-homer games of his Hall of Fame career.

*Carlton Fisk started made the fourth start of his career at DH while batting third for the Red Sox. “Pudge” was 1-for-4 with two runs and a double hitting between Juan Benequiz and Carl Yastrzemski.

*Also playing that day for the White Sox (managed by Chuck Tanner) were Rich Gossage, Jim Kaat (who pitched in relief), Bucky Dent, Ed Herrmann, Pat Kelly, Jorge Orta and Brian Downing.