Category Archives: Frank Thomas

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 7 DAYS

7 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The White Sox made Frank Thomas pick No. 7 of the June 1989 draft out of Auburn University.

It goes without saying this is the greatest draft pick in team history.

The only other player picked at seven by the Sox was Daryl Boston in 1981.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 8 DAYS

8 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Home run No. 8 in Frank Thomas’ Hall of Fame career was the first in New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field.

On April 22, 1991, Thomas set off the Sox home run fireworks display for the first time with a three-run go-ahead shot off Ben McDonald in an 8-7 win over the Orioles in the first night game at the new park.

Video of the blast https://youtu.be/RX4VJ8bzMw0

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 48 DAYS

48 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

White Sox players have made 48 starts in the All-Star Game.

Some Sox star start notes, @SoxNerd style:

*Sox rep Harold Baines was the first DH starter in the All-Star Game in 1989. … He is the only Sox DH to start an All-Star Game

*Second baseman Nellie Fox (8) and shortstop Luis Aparicio (7) account for nearly a third of the Sox All-Star starts

*Right field is the only position at which the Sox have not had an All-Star starter

*Carlton Fisk’s three All-Star starts are the only ones made by a Sox catcher.

*The Sox haven’t had an All-Star starter at third base since Jimmy Dykes started the inaugural contest at Comiskey Park in 1933

*The Sox have started more games at shortstop (12) than any other position: Aparicio 7, Chico Carrasquel 3, Luke Appling 2

*A Sox-high five different pitchers have started All-Star Games: Billy Pierce, Early Wynn, Mark Buehrle, Esteban Loaiza and Chris Sale

*Frank Thomas at first base in 1995 was the last Sox position player to start an All-Star Game.

*Al Simmons (1933 at Comiskey Park), Dykes, Luis Aparicio (1962 at Wrigley Field) and Loaiza (2003 at U.S. Cellular Field) are the only Sox to start an All-Star Game in Chicago

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 53 DAYS

53 days to White Sox Opening Day!

Hit No. 53 in Frank Thomas’ career led to save No. 53 of 1990 for Bobby Thigpen.

On Sept. 23, 1990, “Big Frank’s” fifth homer — career hit No. 53 — gave the Sox lead for good in the eighth inning of a 2-1 win at Seattle.

After rookie Alex Fernandez (making his 11th big league start following his drafting in June) got through the eighth, Thigpen capped a scoreless ninth by fanning Ken Griffey Jr. to notch his 53rd of 57 saves during that magical renaissance season of 1990.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 93 DAYS!

93 days until Opening Day, White Six fans!

Home run No. 93 of Frank Thomas’ Hall of Fame career may have been his most dramatic of the Sox ‘93 West Division title season.

On Aug. 13, Frank’s two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted the Sox to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Kansas City before a jacked up gathering of 34,272 at Comiskey Park.

After Steve Sax fired up the crowd with three sparkling plays at second base in the top of the inning, Ron Karkovice ignited the rally with a double and then scored on Warren Newson’s pinch single. Thomas then sent a 1-0 pitch by Royals’ closer Jeff Montgomery into the left-field bleachers.

The victory enabled the Sox to open a 3.5-game lead over the Royals in the A.L. West.