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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 62 DAYS

62 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Sox Opener No. 62 was the last of the seven second baseman Nellie Fox and shortstop Luis Aparicio would play together.

After the ’62 campaign, Aparicio was dealt to Baltimore. By the time “Little Looie” returned in 1968, Fox was long gone.

The seven Opening Days Fox and Aparicio, the cornerstone of the “Go Go Era,” played together are the most ever by a Sox “keystone combination.” Fox and Chico Carrasquel are second with five while Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez started four.

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@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: “GO GO” PIN!

As we head into the 1959 “Go Go” White Sox 60th anniversary season, here’s the pin the team handed out to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the franchise’s fourth pennant winner.

Here’s more on the team:

1959 WHITE SOX (*still living)

AL LOPEZ, MANAGER

–Managed the White Sox to their first pennant in 40 years in 1959

–Winning season in 1959 was the third of nine in a row he would have as Sox manager

–Coaches In 1959 were Ray Berres (pitching), Johnny Cooney, Tony Cuccinello, Don Gutteridge

LUIS APARICIO*

—Shortstop hit .257 with six home runs, 51 RBI and a league-leading 56 steals for the 1959 Sox

—Gold Glove winner at shortstop for the 1959 Sox

—Finished second to teammate Nellie Fox in the 1959 American League MVP voting

—Represented the Sox at both All-Star Games in 1959

—Led the A.L. for the fourth consecutive season with 56 steals for the 1959 White Sox

RUDY ARIAS

—2-0 with a 4.59 ERA and two saves in 34 relief appearances for the 1959 Sox

—1-0 with a 1.59 ERA with one save in 16 appearances at Comiskey Park for the 1959 Sox

–Unscored upon in his final seven outings covering 10.2 innings for the 1959 White Sox

EARL BATTEY

–Catcher hit .219 with two homers and seven RBI in 26 games for the 1959 White Sox

–Caught the sixth and part of the seventh inning for the White Sox in their 1959 pennant clincher on Sept. 22, 1959

–Caught two of Cy Young winner Early Wynn’s five shutouts for the 1959 White Sox

RAY BOONE

–First baseman hit .238 with one home run and five RBI in nine games for the 1959 White Sox

–Scored the White Sox first and seventh runs in an 11-run seventh inning in a 20-6 win at Kansas City on April 22, 1959

–Traded by the White Sox to the Athletics for Harry Simpson on May 3, 1959

JOHNNY CALLISON

—Outfielder hit .173 with three homers and 12 RBI in 49 games for the 1959 Sox

—At age 20, the Qualls, Okla., native was the youngest member of the 1959 Sox

–At age 20, he became the youngest White Sox player to start an Opener in 14 seasons in 1959

CAM CARREON

–Catcher played in one game and went 0-for-1 for the 1959 White Sox

–Replaced John Romano and went 0-for-1 in his big league debut vs. Detroit on Sept. 27, 1959

—Caught the four three innings of the Sox regular-season finale — a 6-4 win at Detroit on Sept. 27, 1959

NORM CASH

—First baseman hit .240 with four homers and 16 RBI in 58 games for the 1959 White Sox

—2-for-4 (singles) with a run in the White Sox 9-7 Opening Day win over the Tigers on April 10, 1959

—At age 24, the left-handed hitter was the youngest player start at first base on Opening Day in 29 seasons in 1959

—Scored the 1959 White Sox first run of the season in a 9-7 win at Detroit on April 10, 1959

LARRY DOBY

–Outfielder-first baseman hit .241 with nine RBI in 21 games for the 1959 White Sox

–Future Hall of Famer was purchased by the White Sox from the Tigers on May 13, 1959

–Pinch-RBI single in the White Sox 8-2 loss at Boston on June 20, 1959 was the final hit of his Hall of Fame career

DICK DONOVAN

—Right-hander went 9-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 31 appearances (29 starts) for the 1959 White Sox

–Escaped bases load jam in the eighth and retired all five men he faced in earning the save in White Sox 1-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1959 World Series before 92,706 at the Los Angeles Coliseum

–Posted a 3.14 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at Comiskey Park for the 1959 White Sox

DEL ENNIS

–Left fielder hit .219 with two homers and seven RBI in 28 games for the 1959 White Sox

–Acquired from the Reds for Don Rudolph and Lou Skizas on May 1, 1959

–Three-time All-Star hit the last of his 288 homers in the White Sox 14-6 win at Boston on May 14, 1959

SAMMY ESPOSITO

–Infielder hit .167 with one home run and five RBI in 69 games for the 1959 White Sox

–Fenger graduate played the final six innings at third base in the White Sox 11-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1959 World Series

–Singled and scored on Nellie Fox’s two-run homer in the 14th in the White Sox 9-7 Opening Day win on April 10, 1959

NELLIE FOX

–Second baseman hit .306 with two homers and 70 RBI in 156 games for the 1959 White Sox

–American League Most Valuable Player for the 1959 White Sox

–Struck out just 13 times in a league-high 626 at bats for the 1959 White Sox

–Gold Glove winner at second base for the 1959 White Sox

BILLY GOODMAN

–Third baseman hit .250 with one homer and 28 RBI in 104 games for the 1959 White Sox

–Concord, N.C., native hit .231 with a run and an RBI in five games for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

–1-for-2 with a run and an RBI in the White Sox 11-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1959 World Series at Comiskey Park

JOE HICKS*

—Outfielder hit .429 in six games for the 1959 White Sox

—Only Don Mueller at .500 had a higher average than his .429 for the 1959 White Sox

—First big league hit was a single off Detroit’s Paul Foytack in the Sox 5-4 loss vs. Detroit at Comiskey Park on Sept. 19, 1959

–Played all six of his games against the Detroit Tigers for the 1959 White Sox

RON JACKSON

—First baseman hit .214 with one homer and two RBI in 10 games for the 1959 White Sox

–Handled 31 chances without an error in five games at first base for the 1959 White Sox

–Lone homer of 1959 was a go-ahead solo shot off the Orioles’ Billy O’Dell on May 3, 1959 at Comiskey Park

TED KLUSZEWSKI

–Hit .297 with two homers and 10 RBI in 31 games for the 1959 White Sox after being acquired from Pittsburgh for Harry “Suitcase” Simpson and Robert Sagers on Aug. 25

–3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI in the White Sox 11-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1959 World Series at Comiskey Park

–Home run in the third inning of Game 1 of the 1959 World Series was the first by a White Sox player since Joe Jackson in Game 8 of the 1919 Fall Classic

–Hit .391 with three homers and 10 RBI for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series vs. the Dodgers

JIM LANDIS

–Outfielder hit .272 with five homers and 60 RBI in 149 games for the 1959 Sox

–Led the 1959 American League champion White Sox with seven triples, 78 walks, 13 sacrifices and nine sacrifice flies

–Topped the A.L. with 13 sacrifices and led A.L. center fielders in games, starts, complete games, innings and putouts in 1959

–Finished seventh in the 1959 A.L. MVP voting with teammates Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio and Early Wynn placing first, second and third respectively.

–Hit .292 with a still-standing franchise postseason record six runs while hitting safely in five of six games in the 1959 World Series

BARRY LATMAN*

–Right-handed pitcher was 8-5 with a 3,75 ERA in 37 games (21 starts) for the 1959 White Sox

–Two of his five complete games were shutouts for the 1959 White Sox

–Went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and two shutouts in August for the 1959 White Sox

SHERM LOLLAR

–Catcher hit .265 with 22 homers and 84 RBI for the 1959 White Sox

–Led the 1959 White Sox with a career-high 22 home runs and 84 RBI

–Represented the White Sox at both All-Star Games in 1959

–Gold Glove winner at catcher for the 1959 White Sox

–22 home runs in 1959 were a record for White Sox catchers

–Hit .227 with one home run and five RBI for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

–Hit the first World Series home run in California in Game 4 of the 1959 Fall Classic

TURK LOWN

—Right-hander was 9-2, 2.89 with 15 saves for the 1959 White Sox

—Led the American League with 15 saves and 37 games finished for the 1959 White Sox

—Unscored upon in three outings covering 3.1 innings with three strikeouts for the Sox in the 1959 World Series

J.C. MARTIN*

—Third baseman hit .250 with an RBI in three games for the 1959 White Sox

—Struck out by Camilio Pascual in his big league debut in the White Sox 8-2 loss to Washington on Sept. 10, 1959 in DC

—First big league hit was an RBI single off Pete Burnside in the Sox 6-4 win in Detroit on September 27, 1959

JIM McANANY

—Outfielder hit .276 with 27 RBI in 67 games for the 1959 White Sox

—First big league hit was a single off Whitey Ford in the White Sox 9-2 win over the Yankees on June 28, 1959 at Comiskey Park

—Collected a bases-loaded triple in each game of the Sox doubleheader sweep vs. the A’s on July 12, 1959 at Comiskey Park

—Started Games 2 and 6 in right and Game 5 in left for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

KEN McBRIDE*

—0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and one save in 11 games (two starts) for the 1959 White Sox

—Allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in 7.1 innings for the White Sox in his big league debut on Aug. 4, 1959 (loss)

—Fired a scoreless ninth to earn his first big league save in the Sox 6-4 win at Detroit on Sept. 27, 1959

RAY MOORE

—3-6 with a 4.12 ERA in 29 games (8 starts) for the 1959 White Sox

—Posted a 2.74 ERA in 15 games at Comiskey Park for the 1959 White Sox

—Fanned one batter (Don Detmer) and gave up a homer (Chuck Essegian) in his lone inning of work for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

—Recorded the White Sox final World Series strikeout and threw the Sox final inning and pitch at Comiskey Park (Game 6 1959)

DON MUELLER

—Outfielder was 2-for-4 in four games in closing out his 14-year career with the 1959 White Sox

—Collected the last of his 1,292 big league hits with a pinch-single off Bob Grim in the Sox 8-3 loss at Kansas City on April 21, 1959

—0-for-1 in the last of his 1,245 big league games on May 2, 1959 before being released by the Sox 13 days later

GARY PETERS*

—Lefty was 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in two games (one inning) for the 1959 White Sox

—Pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout (Billy Consolo) in his big league debut in the Sox 8-2 loss at Washington on Sept. 10, 1959

—Fired a no-hitter for White Sox Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate vs. Minneapolis on July 24, 1959

BUBBA PHILLIPS

—Third baseman/outfielder hit .264 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 117 games for the 1959 White Sox

—Second on the 1959 Sox to Nellie Fox with 27 doubles and seven intentional walks

—Batted .300 (3-for-10 with a double) while hitting safely in each of his three games for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

—Singled and scored the run that would give the Sox the lead for good in their 4-2 pennant-clinching win at Cleveland on Sept. 22, 1959

BILLY PIERCE

–14-15 with a 3.62 ERA with 32 games (31 starts) for the 1959 White Sox

–Represented the White Sox at the 1959 All-Star Game at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh (did not play)

–Made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start (no decision) in the White Sox 9-7 win at Detroit on April 10, 1959

–Unscored upon three appearances covering four innings with three strikeouts for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

CLAUDE RAYMOND*

—0-0, 9.00 ERA in three games for the 1959 White Sox

—Fired two innings of relief and gave up two runs on April 15, 1959 vs. Kansas City

—Fanned Bob Grim for his first career strikeout in his big league debut on April 15, 1959 vs. Kansas City

JIM RIVERA

—Outfielder hit .220 with four homers and 14 RBI in 80 games for the 1959 White Sox

—At age 37, the New Yorker was the oldest position player on the 1959 Sox

—Started Games 1, 3 and 5 in right field in the World Series for the White Sox

—Squelched a Dodgers rally with a running catch to end the seventh in the White Sox 1-0 win in Game 5 of the 1959 World Series

JOHN ROMANO*

—Rookie catcher hit .294 with five homers and 25 RBI in 53 games for the 1959 White Sox

—Only Nellie Fox at .306 had a higher average with more at bats than Romano’s .294 for the 1959 Sox

—First career homer was a game-tying pinch blast on May 3, 1959 at Comiskey Park

—Led the 1959 White Sox with three pinch-homers

—Tied Ron Northey’s 1956 club-record (since broken) with three pinch-homers for the 1959 White Sox

—Set Sox rookie record (since broken) with three pinch-homers in 1959

DON RUDOLPH

—Unscored upon with one save in four games covering 3.1 innings for the 1959 White Sox

—Retired the only man he faced to preserve the Sox 9-7 Opening Day win for his first save on April 10, 1959 at Detroit

—Threw more innings (3.0) without giving up a run than any member of the 1959

BOB SHAW

—18-6 with a 2.69 ERA in 47 games (26 starts) for the 1959 White Sox

—Led the American League with a .769 winning percentage for the 1959 White Sox

—Finished third in the Cy Young voting and 20th in the American League MVP voting for the 1959 Sox

—Tossed 7.1 shutout innings for the victory in the White Sox 1-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1959 World Series before 92,706 at the LA Coliseum

HARRY SIMPSON

—Outfielder hit .187 with two homers and 13 RBI in 33 games for the 1959 White Sox

—Acquired from Kansas City for Ray Boone on May 3, 1959

—Last of his 73 homers was an eighth-inning go-ahead grand slam in the White Sox 5-4 win over the Yankees on June 27, 1959 at Comiskey Park

—Traded with Robert Sagers to Pittsburgh for Ted Kluszewski on Aug. 25, 1959

LOU SKIZAS*

—Outfielder hit .077 in eight games for the 1959 White Sox

—Lone White Sox hit was a single off Whitey Ford in a 4-3 win over the Yankees on April 30, 1959

—Traded with Don Rudolph to the Cincinnati Reds for Del Ennis on May 1, 1959

AL SMITH

—Infielder-outfielder hit .237 with 17 homers and 55 RBI in 129 games for the 1959 White Sox

—Finished second to Sherm Lollar (22) with 17 home runs for the 1959 White Sox

—Hit .250 with three doubles and an RBI for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

—Tied with Nellie Fox for the White Sox lead with three doubles in the 1959 World Series

—2-for-4 with two doubles and a run in the White Sox 11-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1959 World Series

GERRY STALEY

—8-5 with a 2.24 ERA and 15 saves in 67 games for the 1959 White Sox

—Led the American League with 67 appearances, 15 saves and 37 games finished for the 1959 White Sox

—Finished 20th in the American League MVP voting in the 1959 White Sox

—0-1 with a 2.16 ERA and one save in four appearances for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

—Unscored upon in five innings with one strikeout in two outings at Comiskey Park for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

JOE STANKA

—Right-hander was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two games for the 1959 White Sox

—Earned the win in his big league debut in the White Sox 11-4 victory at Detroit on Sept. 2, 1959 at Comiskey Park

—Retired Gary Bell, Jimmy Piersall and Minnie Minoso in order in his final big league inning in the White Sox 6-5 loss to Cleveland on Sept. 5, 1959 at Comiskey Park

EARL TORGESON

—Veteran first baseman hit .220 with nine homers and 45 RBI for the 1959 White Sox

—White Sox regular first baseman in 1959 (103 games, 68 starts)

—Walked and scored a run in three games for the White Sox in the 1959 World Series

EARLY WYNN

—Right-hander was 22-9 with a 3.17 ERA in winning the Cy Young Award for the 1959 White Sox

—At age 39, he was the oldest member of the 1959 White Sox

—Led the A.L. with 22 wins, 37 starts and 255.2 innings for the 1959 White Sox

–Homered, tossed a one-hitter and fanned 14 for the victory in the White Sox 1-0 win over Boston on May 1, 1959 at Comiskey Park

—Started and threw seven shutout innings for the win in White Sox 11-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 1959 World Series at Comiskey Park

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 79 DAYS

79 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

“Shoeless” Joe Jackson and Minnie Minoso — two icons of mythic proportions — are tied for sixth in White Sox history with 79 triples.

NOTE — I covered Jose Abreu, the White Sox No. 79, in last year’s countdown post:

https://soxnerd.wordpress.com/2018/01/09/countdown-to-white-sox-opening-day-79-days-2/

By the way, the Marlins’ Isaac Galloway joined Abreu as the only 79s in big league history to hit safely

TODAY (NOV. 10) IN SOX HISTORY: WELCOME PAULIE & BILLY, CONGRATS FRANK

Billy Pierce and Paul Konerko acquired … Frank Thomas voted MVP … Nov. 10 May be the greatest day in the off-season history of the Chicago White Sox.

And this isn’t even counting the birthday of Jimmy Dkyes in 1899.

Dykes was the greatest third baseman in Sox history until Robin Ventura came along and went on to manage and win more games than any other bench boss in franchise history.

Because Konerko led the White Sox to a World Series, I rank his acquisition as the most signficant event on this date followed by the Pierce pickup and Frank’s MVP.

The only thing that could make this day any more noteworthy was that if we all opened our newsfeeds to “Sox sign …”

Here’s a look at this day in White Sox history in my order of significance …

1998: PAULIE ARRIVES

On this date in 1998, the White Sox picked up Konerko from the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Mike Cameron.

This deal started out as an exchange of emerging and somewhat puzzling prospects but soon morphed into one of the greatest trades in the 118-year history of the White Sox. This despite the fact that Cameron did evolve into one of he more exciting players in the game for a time.

However, it took another trade for Cameron to blossom while Konerko became a fixture and a legend on the Southside.

“Paulie” immediately endeared himself to Sox fans by homering in his debut with the club on Opening Day 1999 in Seattle.

Konerko steadily won the respect of the Sox faithful until he became an all-out icon in 2005 when he led the team to its first World Series title since 1917. He played a huge part in that run with a stellar regular season, the MVP Award in the American League Championship Series and, of course, the grand slam in Game 2 of the World Series sweep of Houston.

His career with the Sox culminated when his No. 14 was retired by the Sox in 2015.

On Konerko Day, Paulie referred to Sox fans as his “friends” thus cementing his spot on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore for eternity.

Billy Pierce never turned down a request for an autograph

1948: PIERCE COMES ABOARD

On this date in 1948, the Sox executed one of the great trades in franchise history when they grabbed Pierce (along with $10,000), a left-handed pitcher, from the Detroit Tigers for catcher Aaron Robinson.

It was the first trade executed by general manager Frank Lane and it couldn’t have gone any better.

Pierce went on to become one of the best White Sox pitchers ever and was honored as such when his No. 19 was retired in 1987. Robinson, meanwhile, was a regular for only two seasons and his non-descript career ended after the 1951 campaign.

Pierce was a rock during the White Sox’s “Go Go” era, winning 186 games with a club-record 1,796 strikeouts between 1949 and 1961.

A four-time All-Star (and three-time starter), the Detroit native was a two-time 20-game winner, led the A.L. in strikeouts in 1953 and in complete games in each season between 1956 and 1958 and ERA in 1955 (1.97).

The class act is also remembered for his rivalry with the Yankees’ Whitey Ford during the 1950s. The aces went head-to-head frequently between 1953 and 1960 many times in front of packed houses in the Bronx or at Comiskey Park. Pierce went 8-6 against Ford and was victorious in his last three matchups against the future Hall of Famer.

Pierce’s best game may have come June 27, 1958 when he retired 26 consecutive Washington Senators before 11,300 at Comiskey Park. Pinch-hitter Ed Fitzgerald ruined Pierce’s date with destiny and denied him just the second perfect game in Sox annals by delivering a double to right field. Pierce struck out the next batter to notch the 3-0 complete game victory.

Following the 1961 season, Pierce was shipped to San Francisco in a six-player deal. He pitched three years with the Giants before retiring after the 1964 season.

One of the nicest people ever to don the Sox yarns, Pierce, who died in 2015, remained one of the most popular figures at Comiskey Park in retirement.

1993: IT’S UNANIMOUS … FRANK IS THE BEST!

Frank Thomas put a capper on his monster 1993 campaign when he was unanimously voted the American League’s Most Valuable Player in results released on this date by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Thomas  joined Nellie Fox (1959) and Dick Allen (1972) as the only Sox players to win this award.

The “Big Hurt” became just the 10th big leaguer to win the award unanimously and the first since the A’s Jose Canseco did it in 1988.

Let’s face it, this award was a signal to the world that Thomas was one of the elite performers in the game.

It was an amazing season for the disciplined Thomas, who played 150 games at first base in leading the White Sox to the American League West Division title.

Thomas hit .317 with a club-record 41 home runs and 128 RBIs and logged an amazing 112 walks against just 54 strikeouts. Thomas finished sixth in the A.L. in average, third and home runs and second in RBIs.

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.