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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 82 DAYS

82 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The 82nd 1-0 win in White Sox history was one of just two that featured a ninth-inning home run.

The heroes in those games were Eddie Collins and Daniel Palka.

On July 12, 1920 in Philadelphia, Collins broke up a scoreless duel with an inside-the-park home run to lead off the ninth.

The dinger (a vicious line drive to right, according to the next day’s game story in the Chicago Tribune) made a winner out of “Little” (also in the Tribune) Dickie Kerr, who threw six no-hit innings in the complete game effort.

The next time the Sox would win a 1-0 game on a homer in the ninth was courtesy of Palka on Aug. 10, 2018 vs. Cleveland.

On that Friday night a Guaranteed Rate Field, Palka’s leadoff blast off Cody Allen provided the Sox with one of their best wins of the season.

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THIS DATE IN SOX HISTORY: OCT. 1

On this date in 1959, Ted Kluszewski had a huge day for the Sox in the World Series (photo from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/567805465489666027/)

THERE IS NO OFF-SEASON FOR THE NERD!

On the first day of White Sox winter, are you missing the “Good Guys?”

No worries!

Here’s a look back at Oct. 1 in White Sox history … @SoxNerd style:

1906, INCHING CLOSER: Thanks to Lee Tannehill’s RBI single, the White Sox moved closer to their first American League pennant with a 1-0 win in 13 innings at St. Louis. The first-place White Sox picked up a half game over idle New York. Two days later, the Sox clinched the pennant. … Lee Tannehill, if I have my genealogy right, is related to WSCR’s Chris Tannehill

1915, ED’S SWAN SONG: Ed Walsh won his last game, going the distance in the White Sox 8-0 win over St. Louis at Comiskey Park. “The Big Reel” posted the 195th victory and 57th shutout of his Hall of Fame career in the Sox 90th win of the year. Walsh pitched in two games for the 1916 White Sox and four games for the 1917 Red Sox but went winless in ending his career with a 1.82 ERA.

1919, THE FIX BEGINS: The heavily-favored White Sox dropped the first game of the ill-fated 1919 World Series to the Reds 9-1 in Cincinnati. In secret negotiations with gamblers begun in midseason, Sox players Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Happy Felsch, Chick Gandil, Swede Risberg and Fred McMullin agreed to dump the Series for $100,000. Buck Weaver knew of the fix, had sat in on some meetings but refused to go in on the deal. The fact that he did not bring the fix to light before it went down will forever link him in this scandal. Cicotte hit the first Cincinnati batter of the game to indicate the fix was on and the Sox went to lose the Series 5-3 (the Series was expanded to a best-of-nine from 1919 to 1921 because of heightened interest in the event). The eight Sox players in on the fix were eventually banned from baseball for life by Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis in 1920.

1921, YAM IT UP: Rookie Yam Yaryan went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs in the White Sox 8-5 win at Comiskey Park. Sox manager Kid Gleason inserted Yaryan into the lineup for regular catcher Ray Schalk after it was learned Cleveland was eliminated from the race.

1922, TRIPLE PLAY!: With future Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins recording two of the outs, the White Sox executed the ninth triple play in franchise history in a season-ending 2-1 loss at St. Louis. Collins could have pulled off an unassisted triple play but opted to throw to first to complete the rarity after grabbing a liner and stepping on second base. Accounts of the day had Collins close enough to tag the runner from first for the unassisted triple play but he decided to throw to first baseman Earl Sheely for the sure out.

1950, NO. 2,749 FOR LUKE: Luke Appling connected for the final hit of a career that spanned 20 seasons and 2,422 games — all in a White Sox uniform in the second game of a doubleheader against St. Louis at Comiskey Park. The hit – a single off Stubby Overmire — was the 2,749th of his career. Appling, a Hall of Famer, is still the club’s all-time hits leader. Also, Gus Zernial hit four home runs in the doubleheader to tie a big league record. After hitting a homer in the first game – a 4-3 win — Zernial hit three homers in the second game – a 10-6 season-ending loss.

1959, GAME 1 DRUBBING: With Ted Kluszewski hitting two homers, the White Sox made their first World Series appearance in 40 years a memorable one with an 11-0 win over the Dodgers before 48,013 at Comiskey Park. Kluszewski gave the Sox the lead for good with an RBI single that highlighted a two-run first inning. Cy Young winner Early Wynn got the win over Roger Craig. The Dodgers came back to win the series in six games.  It would be the Sox last post-season victory for the team at Old Comiskey Park.

1965, INTENTIONAL SUCCESS: The White Sox used a record five intentional walks in a five-run eighth inning in dispatching the Kansas City Athletics 6-1 before 5,029 at Comiskey Park. In the eighth, Don Buford, Smoky Burgess, John Romano and Bill Voss were walked on purpose. Three of those four walks scored with Pete Ward’s single driving in the go-ahead runs.

1974, NO. 21 FOR KAAT: Jim Kaat notched his 21st victory of the season in the White Sox 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals before 4,430 at Comiskey Park. The left-hander did not allow an earned run while giving up six hits in the complete-game effort that lasted just 1 hour and 40 minutes. Tony Muser’s RBI in the sixth proved to be the difference.

1977, 90 WINS! The White Sox reached the 90-win plateau for the first time since 1965 behind Lamar Johnson’s three-run homer in the first of a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners before 5,778 at Comiskey Park.

1983, NO. 98: Ron Kittle added to his club rookie record with his 35th homer as the A.L. West champs won their 98th game of the season with a 9-3 win at Seattle. Floyd Bannister fired seven shutout innings for his 16th victory. The left-hander finished off a stretch in which he went 13-1 in playing a key role in the Sox pulling away from the field in the A.L. West.

1987, JACK AGAIN: Rookie Jack McDowell, the Sox first round pick in the June draft, won his third consecutive decision in a 6-2 win over the Angels 6-2 before 7,431 at Comiskey Park. Ozzie Guillen’s single scored Kenny Williams with the tying run and Harold Baines sac fly gave the Sox the lead in a four-run fifth. McDowell pitched into the eighth as the Sox ran their winning streak to a season-long seven games.

1988, MAGNIFICENT MELIDO: Melido Perez fanned a season-high 10 in the White Sox 3-0 win at Kansas City. Perez limited the Royals, his former team, to a season-low two hits. Perez posted the Sox first October shutout since Bruce Howard blanked the A’s on Oct. 2, 1965 at Comiskey Park. Mike Diaz went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to pace the Sox offense.

1993, GOODBYE CLEVELAND: Bo Jackson went 3-for-4 with a second-inning home run as the White Sox doubled over the Indians 4-2 in front of 72,454 in the first game of the final series at Cleveland Stadium. Alex Fernandez improved to 18-9 and Roberto Hernandez posted his 38th save by fanning four in 1.2 innings.

1995, ONE DOG HIT WONDER: Lance Johnson collected two hits in a 2-1 home win over the Twins to finish with 186 in becoming the first White Sox player to lead the A.L. in the category since Minnie Minoso in 1960.

2005, CHAMPS KEEP GOING: Tadahito Iguchi’s three-run homer helped the American League Central Division champion White Sox win 4-3 at Cleveland. Iguchi’s blast came in a four-run fourth as the Sox won their fifth straight. Jon Garland earned his 18th win. Bobby Jenks notched his sixth save in the White Sox 98th victory.

2012, BIG WIN: Dayan Viciedo’s ninth-inning grand slam capped the White Sox 11-0 win at Cleveland. Hector Santiago fanned 10 in seven one-hit innings for his fourth victory.

TODAY IN 1939: COLLINS THE SOX 1ST HALL OF FAMER

Eddie Collins became the first White Sox player voted into the Hall of Fame when he was named on 77.74 percent of the ballots submitted by the Baseball Writers Association of America in results that were released on this date in 1939.

In his fourth year on the ballot, Collins exceeded the needed 75 percent for election in finishing second behind George Sisler, who received 85.77 percent of the vote. “Wee” Willie Keeler also received enough votes for induction. He took third at 75.55 percent.

Collins, a second baseman, played for the White Sox from 1915 to 1925, amassing a .331 average.

Collins ranks among the Sox career leaders in every major statistical category except home runs and slugging percentage.

He still ranks second in franchise history with a .426 on-base percentage, third with 1,608 singles and fifth with 2,007 hits.