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WHITE SOX BREW-TOWN RUNDOWN

With the Brewers set for a now rare trip to the Southside this weekend, here’s a look at the Sox and Milwaukee … @SoxNerd style:

*THEY ARE BACK: This is the first meeting between the White Sox and Brewers in Chicago since 2012.

The franchises, separated by 93 miles, met annually in the Windy City between 1970 and 1997 when the Brewers were both in the American League.

The teams met once-a-year as part of the Central vs. Central interleague setup between 1998 and 2001 but have only played three times (2009, 2012 and 2015) since then.

*CHICAGO LAST: The Sox downed the Brewers 1-0 on June 24, 2012 in the last meeting between the teams in Chicago.

Before 26,000+ at then-named U.S. Cellular Field, Eduardo Escobar’s one-out single in the 10th enabled the Sox to walk-off with a three-game series win and their first 1-0 victory over the Brewers since May 13, 1992 and their first in Chicago since June 10, 1998.

Among those on hand were Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana’s (no decision) dad, who was in from Columbia to watch his son pitch for the first time.

This was also the day the Sox acquired Kevin Youkilis from Boston.

*LAST TIME: The last meeting between the former American League rivals was a 4-2 Sox win at Miller Park on May 13, 2015 which gave the visitors the victory in the three-game set.

Avisail Garcia, on the DL now, hit a three-run homer in the first to give the Sox the lead for good.

More on that game: The only player who appeared in that game that should play this weekend is Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun . … Adam Laroche homered for the Sox. … NealCotts, a member of the Sox 2005 World Series team, pitched the ninth for Milwaukee.

NUMBERS: The Sox lead the series 203-176. … The Sox have captured the last five series and 12 of the last 15 games between the clubs.

*MR. BASEBALL: Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker will be making a rare road trip in his role calling Brewers games on the radio.

In recent years, Uecker, who has been behind the Milwaukee microphone since 1971, has made fewer and fewer road trips after various health issues.

On a recent broadcast, Uecker revealed he was making the trip to Guaranteed Rate Field, in part, to congratulate retiring Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson.

*NO TY: While Uecker will be in action this weekend, former Sox utilityman Tyler Saladino won’t be.

The Brewers placed Saladino on the 10-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain Wednesday after suffering the injury Tuesday night on a force play.

Since the Brewers purchased him from the Sox on April 19, Saladino hit .324 with three home runs (all vs. Arizona) and eight RBI in 16 games for Milwaukee. Saladino hit .250 in eight games for the Sox this season.

*CLEAN SHAVEN: Follower La Vie en Bleu 108, a suburban Milwaukee resident, got a kick out of Saladino’s hot start and new look.

At last look, though, Saladino had his stache.

*THE FIRST: The Sox played their first road game ever in Milwaukee.

On May 3, 1901, the Sox trampled the Milwaukee Brewers, who moved to St. Louis and became the Browns in 1902, 11-3.

The game was played at the Lloyd Street Grounds, which is long gone. The above picture is where the left field grandstand was, I believe.

*HANK AND THE SOX: The legendary Hank Aaron made his only appearance against the Sox for the Brewers in 1975 and 1976.

Here are some Nerd nuggets on the Brewers Hank and the Sox:

–Aaron went 1-for-4 in his first career appearance against the White Sox in the White Sox 4-2 win at Milwaukee on May 26, 1975.

–Aaron went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his final appearance against the White Sox on Aug. 27, 1976. Hank singled home Robin Yount with an eighth-inning single off Ken Kravec in his final at bat vs. the Sox in Milwaukee. The Sox won, 5-2.

–Aaron went 1-for-3 with an eighth-inning single off Goose Gossage in his Comiskey Park debut as the Brewers’ designated hitter in a White Sox 1-0 loss on June 9, 1975.

–Aaron went 0-for-2 with two walks in his final appearance at Comiskey Park in a 5-3 Sox win on July 15, 1976.

–Aaron posted the last of his 96 triples against the White Sox. In the first inning of a Sox doubleheader sweep on July 20, 1975, Aaron  tripled for the final time (off Claude Osteen)

–Aaron faced 22 teams in his Hall of Fame career. The Sox were the only team Hank did NOT victimize with a homer.

–Aaron did not homer in three of the 34 parks in which he played: Comiskey Park (10 games), Yankee Stadium (five games) and Roosevelt (N.J.) Stadium (two games).

NOTEWORTHY SOX-BREWERS GAMES:

*APRIL 10, 1970: Bobby Knoop’s tiebreaking homer in the fifth helped the White Sox top the Brewers 5-4 in the inaugural game between the teams before 1,036 at Comiskey Park. Jerry Janeski pitched into the eighth in winning his big league debut with help from Wilbur Wood, who got the final five outs for the save.

*APRIL 11, 1970: The Brewers notched their first win with an 8-4 win over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.

*APRIL 18, 1970: Luis Aparicio’s two-run single in the seventh gave the White Sox the lead for good in an 8-5 win over the Brewers in the first meeting between the franchises in Milwaukee. Danny Murphy tossed three shutout innings for the save.

*APRIL 14, 1981: Carlton Fisk hit a grand slam in his Comiskey Park debut with the White Sox in a 9-3 win over Milwaukee before an Opening Day crowd of 51,560. Kevin Hickey fashioned a perfect ninth in his big league debut and Greg Luzinski drove in two in his Comiskey Park debut as the Sox rang in the Reinsdorf-Einhorn Era with a resounding win.

*AUG. 25, 1981: Dennis Lamp carried a no-hitter into the ninth in the White Sox 5-1 win over the Brewers at Milwaukee County Stadium. Robin Yount’s double leading off the ninth was Milwaukee’s only hit.

*MAY 8-9, 1984: Harold Baines’ homer in the 25th inning handed the White Sox a 7-6 win over the Brewers at Comiskey Park in the longest game in American League history. The game took two days to play and took 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete.

*APRIL 9, 1985: Making the 15th of his record 16 Opening Day starts, Tom Seaver pitched into the seventh for the win in the White Sox 4-2 triumph at Milwaukee. Ozzie Guillen went 1-for-5 in his big league debut while inaugurating his A.L. Rookie of the Year campaign.

*APRIL 7, 1986: Milwaukee’s Rob Deer hit the only Opening Day roof shot home run in Comiskey Park history in the Brewers’ 5-3 win before 42,265 at 35th and Shields.

*APRIL 20, 1987: Before a large contingent of Brewers fans, Milwaukee won its record-tying 13th consecutive game to start the season with a 5-4 triumph over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.

*APRIL 21, 1987: The White Sox halted the Brewers’ record-tying season-starting winning streak at 13 with a 7-1 triumph at Comiskey Park.

*APRIL 9, 1990: Scott Fletcher’s sac fly in the seventh was the difference in the White Sox 2-1 win over Milwaukee before 40,008 in the final Opening Day at Comiskey Park.

*JULY 11, 1990: Dressed in 1917 replica uniforms, the White Sox staged the wildly successful “Turn Back the Clock” game before 40,666 against the Brewers at Comiskey Park. The Sox lost 12-9 in a game which featured a manual scoreboard and 50 cents general admission tickets in an effort to duplicate 1917 conditions.

*AUGUST 2, 1990: Frank Thomas drove in the winning run in his big league debut in the White Sox 4-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Milwaukee. Alex Fernandez, the Sox first round draft pick in June, started and pitched seven strong innings but settled for a no decision. Thomas drove in the winning run with a fielder’s choice in the ninth. In the second game, Melido Perez gave up just one earned run in 7.1 innings for his 10th victory in the Sox 4-2 win. The doubleheader win was part of a five-game sweep in Milwaukee.

*JULY 14, 1991: Jack McDowell gave up a leadoff homer to Paul Molitor and did not yield a hit the rest of the way in the White Sox 15-1 win at Milwaukee County Stadium. Warren Newson hit a three-run homer in helping McDowell earn his 11th win.

*MAY 4, 1992: Alex Fernandez twirled the White Sox first one-hitter in New Comiskey Park history in the White Sox 7-0 win over Milwaukee. A second-inning double to Dante Bichette was all that kept Fernandez from a no-no.

*MAY 26, 1996: Frank Thomas, Harold Baines and Robin Ventura hit consecutive home runs in the White Sox 12-1 win over Milwaukee before 21,151 at Comiskey Park. The outburst marked just the fifth time in team history the Sox hit back-to-back-to-back homers.

*SEPT. 15, 1997: The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the White Sox 11-10 at County Stadium in the final American League game between the teams. The Brewers shifted to the National League next season.

*JUNE 26, 1998: The Milwaukee Brewers topped the White Sox 2-1 in the first interleague game between the franchises before 17,298 at Comiskey Park.

*JULY 19, 1999: Thanks to back-to-back homers from Ray Durham and Chris Singleton in the 12th, the White Sox topped the Brewers 10-8 for their final win at Milwaukee County Stadium.

*JULY 20, 1999: The Brewers topped the White Sox 5-4 in the final game between the clubs at Milwaukee County Stadium.

*MARCH 30, 2001: The White Sox lost to the Brewers 5-4 in an exhibition game in the inaugural event at Milwaukee’s Miller Park. The White Sox Sandy Alomar Jr. hit the first unofficial homer in the Brewers’ new home.

*JULY 15, 2001: Sandy Alomar Jr.’s homer in the fifth was the difference as the White Sox topped the Brewers 3-2 in the first game at Miller Park between the franchises.

*JUNE 14, 2009: Mark Buehrle hit the only homer of his career in the White Sox 5-4 win in an interleague game at Milwaukee. Buehrle’s blast off Braden Looper leading off the third was the first by a Sox pitcher since Jon Garland in 2006. Buehrle went six innings but received no decision.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 28 DAYS

28 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

28 years ago, the White Sox turned in one of their most surprising campaigns ever.

The 1990 Sox were young, fun, aggressive and a good team in sending out Comiskey Park in style.

That team which won 94 games and the big bad bash brother A’s looking over their shoulder all season was my favorite Sox club until 2005 rolled around.

This is a picture of a t-shirt I bought in Milwaukee during the Sox five-game sweep there in August. Hawk Harrelson was in his first season back with the Sox and his trademark “Yes!” really took off.

The official slogan that season was “Years from now you’ll say you were there.”

Truer words have never been spoken!

@SOXNERD BLOG JUNE 1: THERE GOES THE HAWK

@SoxNerd Blog for June 1: 

*HAWK TALK: Here are a few nuggets, @SoxNerd style, on Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, who announced Wednesday that 2018 will be his last season as the White Sox television announcer:

–EXTENDED FLIGHT: At 32 years (33 when it ends), Hawk is the longest-serving TV announcer in White Sox history.

He assumed that title in his 21st season of  2003 when he surpassed Hall of Famer Jack Brickhouse, who worked from 1948 to 1967.

Hawk will fall just short of Hall of Famer Bob Elson’s overall club record for broadcasting service. “The Commander” was behind the Sox mike — primarily on radio — for 35 years.

–HEY PARDS: During his career in the Sox TV booth, Hawk’s regular partners have been Don Drysdale, Tom Paciorek, Darrin Jackson and Steve Stone.

*SOX STUMPER: This is the trivia question flashed on Sox scoreboard for the team’s last home game on this date in 2014: Who is the only pitcher to appear in the postseason for both the White Sox and the Padres?

Answer below.

–PRE-HAWK: The year before Hawk landed at Comiskey Park, 1981, the Sox TV broadcasters were Harry Caray, Jimmy Piersall and Lou Brock.

–INTERIM HAWK: After serving as Sox GM in 1986, Hawk headed to New York to call Yankees games.

During his time away (1987-1989), Drysdale, Frank Messer, John Rooney, Gary Thorne and Jim Durham sat on Hawk’s perch in the Sox TV booth.

–GM HAWK: The Sox were 72-90 and finished fifth in the A.L. West in his only season as Sox GM in 1986. … In June, Hawk fired Tony LaRussa and hired Jim Fregosi as manager. … His front office acquired Bobby Bonilla from Pittsburgh in the Rule 5 Draft and then Hawk traded Bonilla to Pittsburgh for Jose DeLeon during the season. … Hawk’s best trade may have been prying Ivan Calderon away from Seattle for Scott Bradley … Hawk’s top draft pick in 1986 was Northwestern pitcher Grady Hall, who never played in the bigs. The two of Hawk’s picks who did play for the Sox were left-handed reliever Scott Radinsky and catcher Matt Merullo. … The Hawk regime signed Craig Grebeck out of a free agent tryout camp.

*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1937, Bill Dietrich, who was referenced by his nickname “Bullfrog” in the iconic 1983 movie “A Christmas Story,” tossed the first no-hitter by a White Sox pitcher in two seasons.

The righty whitewashed the St. Louis Browns 8-0 before an estimated crowd of 1,500 at Comiskey Park.

Dietrich walked two and struck out five in the 10th “no-no” in club history.

The Sox offense made things easy on Dietrich by scoring three times in the first.

–HAWK’S DEBUT: Harrelson’s debut as a player, which came against the Sox, has a neat link to another Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer.

Here’s an earlier Nerd blog on the subject https://soxnerd.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/the-hawk-and-ed-debut-coincidence/


–CHOOSING THE WRONG COLOR SOX: According to press reports of the day (like the United Press International piece above), the Hawk came close to joining the White Sox in 1967.

After being cut by Charlie Finley and the Kansas City A’s, Hawk chose red over white Sox in August of 1967.

The above syndicated story indicated the Hawk chose the Red Sox over the White Sox and their better short-term offer because they offered a contract for 1968.

The offensively-challenged but pitching rich White Sox probably would have won the ’67 pennant with the Hawk in their flock.

*STUMPER ANSWER: Scott Linebrink

THE HAWK AND ED DEBUT COINCIDENCE

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I had Hawk sign this card of young Hawk at Comiskey Park in the mid-1980s.

“Hawk” Harrelson referenced his Major League debut during Friday night’s White Sox-Twins telecast.

Hawk made his big league debut on June 9, 1963 for the Kansas City Athletics and was whiffed by Juan Pizarro for the second-to-last out in the White Sox 4-3 win before 14,289 at Comiskey Park.

Exactly eight years later, the White Sox lost to the Indians 3-1 in Cleveland with Ed Farmer earning the save in his big league debut for the Indians.

After uncorking a wild pitch, the 21-year old Farmer nailed down the win for Cleveland by fanning Tom Egan, the only man he faced, with a run in and men on second and third.

Cleveland’s starting left fielder in that game? Ken Harrelson!

Hawk, though, wasn’t on the field when Farmer saved the day for the Tribe. Following three hitless at bats, Harrelson was replaced by Ted Uhlaender, who finished out the game.