Off day, schmoff day!
The White Sox are idle today but that doesn’t mean the Pale Hose world stops spinning.
Here’s a look at what happened on this date in Sox history to hold you over until 1:10 tomorrow afternoon when the Sox right the ship.
1982, BLIZZARD KOs OPENING DAY: The White Sox opener at Comiskey Park against the Boston Red Sox was postponed because of a snowstorm that would delay the start of their season six days. The Sox also had their next two home games and next two road games at Yankee Stadium snowed out. The 1982 Sox didn’t see their first action until an April 11 doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.
1984, LOSING UGLY: The Detroit Tigers spoiled the White Sox home opener by scoring all of their runs in the first inning in posting a 3-2 victory before 42,692 at Comiskey Park. The Sox got a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Tom Paciorek and another run in the eighth on a sac fly by Greg Luzinski but that was it. Six walks doomed Rich Dotson, who otherwise pitched a decent game. The right-hander gave up just five hits and no runs after the first before being lifted after the eighth.
1987, FOR STARTERS … A WIN: Bob James got pinch-hitter Danny Tartabull to fly out with two on to preserve the White Sox 5-4 win Opening Day win at Kansas City. The White Sox used a four-run second to make the start of season No. 87 a successful one. Richard Dotson, in his first Opening Day start, got the win over Danny Jackson in a matinee affair at Kaufman Stadium. Tim Hulett got the scoring started in the second with an RBI single. The Sox also scored twice thanks to an error and a Harold Baines RBI.
1989, KITTLE COMES THROUGH: Ron Kittle’s RBI double in the eighth provided the difference in a 3-2 White Sox win at California. Carlton Fisk and Ivan Calderon each hit solo homers as Ken Patterson picked up his first win of the season with relief help from Donn Pall as the Sox took two of three in the season-opening series.
1993, A BIG FOURTH DOES IT: Lance Johnson’s game-tying double and Ozzie Guillen’s go-ahead sac fly highlighted a six-run fourth in the White Sox 10-6 Opening Day win at Minnesota. Tim Raines’ three-run homer added to the lead and Joey Cora capped the scoring when he crossed on a wild pitch. The six-run outburst was the Sox largest on Opening Day since they dropped a seven-spot on the St. Louis Browns in a 17-3 win in the 1951 curtain-raiser at Sportsman’s Park.
1994, A GRAND DAY FOR ROBIN: Robin Ventura socked two homers, including a grand slam, in powering the White Sox to a 9-2 win over the Blue Jays at SkyDome in Toronto. Ventura’s grand slam, which came in the seventh, was the fifth of his career, tying the Sox all-time record.
1996, SUCCESS IN CALI: Danny Tartabull’s two-run single and Chris Snopek’s two-run double in the sixth untied a 1-1 game and sent the White Sox to a 8-4 win at California. Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer and Tony Phillips victimized his old team with two hits and two runs scored.
1997, NAVARRO Ks 11: Tony Phillips led off the White Sox first with a homer and Jaime Navarro fanned a career-high 11 batters in a 5-3 windy win over the Detroit Tigers before 19,259 at Comiskey Park. Navarro fired seven shutout innings in notching his first victory with the White Sox. Winds gusting to 43 mph ripped a sign off the scoreboard in the third, prompting a seven-minute delay and causing much consternation in the Scoreboard Control Room high above Comiskey Park.
1998, WHAT A RELIEF: Four Sox relievers, including winning pitcher Keith Foulke and Matt Karchner, who earned the save, combined to throw five hitless innings in the White Sox 5-4 over Texas before 25,358 in the Comiskey Park opner. Magglio Ordonez tied the game at four with a solo homer in the sixth and then provided the game-winning single in the eighth.
1999, DURHAM, D.J. DO IT: Ray Durham tied Tim Raines’ club-record with his eight game-starting home run in the White Sox 11-3 win at Seattle. The White Sox took the lead for good in the fourth on Darrin Jackson’s two-run homer, his second blast in as many days as the Sox improved to 2-0. Jackson was 4-for-5 while Frank Thomas drove in two runs to give him 867 for his career which pushed him past Harold Baines into second place on the club’s all-time list.
2000, A QUICK LEAD: Ray Durham added to his club record with his 10th career game-starting home run in the White Sox 6-2 win at Texas. James Baldwin retired the first 13 batters he faced as the Sox salvaged a split in their first series of the 21st Century. Baldwin left after giving up two runs in eight innings. Frank Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer to give him 2,818 total bases, which moved him past Harold Baines into third place on the club’s all-time list.
2001, NICE DAY, BAD RESULT: The White Sox unveiled their Team of the 20th Century prior to dropping their home opener 10-9 in 10 innings to Detroit before 43,954 at Comiskey Park. In addition, the Sox hoisted their 2000 American League Central flag above Comiskey Park and then watched Ray Durham lead off their first with his 15th game-starting home run. Things deteriorated quickly, though, when the Tigers dropped an eight spot on the Sox in the sixth.
2002, TWO TOUCHDOWNS ENOUGH: Paul Konerko doubled twice and drove in three as the White Sox scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 14-0 win at Kansas City. A 16-hit attack fueled the White Sox most lopsided shutout victory since a 17-0 win at Cleveland July 5, 1987. Magglio Ordonez and Sandy Alomar Jr. homered as the Sox improved to 2-3. Mark Buehrle (2-0) dropped his lifetime ERA to 1.80 against Kansas City by tossing six shutout innings with four strikeouts.
2003, TAMING THE TIGERS: Magglio Ordonez’s 150th career homer highlighted a nine-run eighth in the White Sox 10-2 win over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox scored the tying run when Josh Paul scored on an error and took the lead three batters later when Miguel Olivo drew a bases loaded walk. Damaso Marte got the win in relief of Josh Stewart, who gave up two runs in 6.2 innings in his big league debut.
2005, SOME OF THAT ’05 MAGIC: Juan Uribe’s walkoff sac fly capped a three-run ninth as the White Sox stunned Cleveland 4-3 before 10,520 at US Cellular Field. Trailing 3-0 heading into the ninth, the Sox tied it on a two-run homer by Paul Konerko and a solo shot by Jermaine Dye. The victory went to Damaso Marte and marked the first time the White Sox started 2-0 since 1999.
2008, SOX BLAST VERLANDER: Joe Crede was 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the White Sox battered Justin Verlander and the Tigers 13-2 at Detroit. Crede gave the Sox the lead for good with a single in the fifth. An inning later, the Sox KO’d Verlander as part of a 12-hit attack.
2011, A WORTHWHILE 12 INNINGS: Brent Morel’s two-run single in the 12th propelled the White Sox to a 10-7 win at Kansas City. Morel’s single scored Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez and made a winner out of reliever Chris Sale, who tossed two shutout innings.
2013, DETHRONING THE KING: Alex Rios’ two-run homer in the sixth off Felix Hernandez fronted the White Sox for good in a 4-3 win over Seattle before 22,461 at U.S, Cellular Field. Donnie Veal got the win in relief of Dylan Axelrod, who did not allow an earned run in 5.1 innings.
2017, WHOAH, IT’S SOTO! Geovany Soto launched two home runs and drove in four in the White Sox 11-2 win over Detroit before 10,842 at Guaranteed Rate Field. James Shields gave up one run on two hits while pitching into the sixth in making his first start of the season a successful one.