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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 34 DAYS

34 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Dustin Hermanson led the 2005 World Series champion White Sox with 34 saves.

Hermanson was the second of three closers that season. He followed Shingo Takatsu and gave way to Bobby Jenks after getting injured.

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2019 SOX, NUGGET A DAY: RYAN BURR

NOTE: Here’s the latest in my series of nuggets on the 2019 White Sox 40-man roster, which began 40 days out from Opening Day

When Ryan Burr appeared on Aug. 23, he was the first Arizona State product to make his big league debut for the White Sox since Don Wakamatsu started at catcher on May 22, 1991 in Anaheim.

2019 SOX, A NUGGET A DAY: MANNY BANUELOS

NOTE: 40 days out from Opening Day, here’s the first in my series of nuggets on the 2019 White Sox 40-man roster

Manny Banuelos, acquired from the Dodgers on Nov. 1, 2018, got his only big league win for the Atlanta Braves on July 7, 2015 at Milwaukee.

The left-hander started the game with A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate and Juan Uribe at third base.

His victory was secured when David Aardsma got through the eighth and Jason Grilli, whose only complete game of his 15-year career came for the 2004 Sox, pitched the ninth for the save.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: (THIS IS) 40 DAYS

40 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Sandy Alomar Jr. was the last 40-year old to catch for the Sox (Sept. 30, 2006).

THIS IS 40!

Other Sox 40-year old lasts:

*Last to play: Omar Vizquel, 2011

*Last to hit safely: Vizquel, Sept. 20, 2011 vs. Cleveland (single)

*Last double: Vizquel, Sept. 20, 2011 vs. Cleveland (single)

*Last triple: Vizquel, June 7, 2011 vs. Seattle

*Last to homer: Vizquel, Sept. 8, 2010 at Detroit off Jeremy Bonderman

*Last steal: Vizquel, April 21, 2011 at Tampa

*Last to win: Danny Darwin, July 12, 1997

*Last complete game: Darwin, April 17, 1997 (loss)

*Last complete game win: Charlie Hough, June 22, 1992 vs. Cleveland (Alomar was 1-for-4 for Tribe)

*Last complete game shutout: Hough, Aug. 4, 1991 vs. Baltimore (Defeated Mike Mussina, making his big league debut, 1-0 on a Frank Thomas homer)

*Last to start on Opening Day: Carlton Fisk, 1991 at Baltimore

*Last Opening Day start by a pitcher: Jerry Reuss, April 4, 1989 at Angels (win)

*Last save: Ron Reed, Sept. 25, 1984 vs. Seattle

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: ‘TOM TERRIFIC’ JOINS THE SOX

With it being 41 days out from Opening Day, I thought I’d feature Tom Seaver, baseball’s most famous No. 41, and his first entry in a White Sox publication.

The Sox acquisition of Seaver came so late in the off-season that they didn’t have time to stage a photo shoot for the 1984 media guide, which explains why the future Hall of Famer is wearing a Mets cap.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 41 DAYS

41 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Hall of Famer Tom Seaver wore his trademark No. 41 in his time with the White Sox from 1984 to 1986.

Seaver was 33-28 with a 3.67 ERA in 81 outings (79 starts) with 17 complete games and five shutouts with the Sox.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in Chicago and the experience working with the players, especially Carlton Fisk,” Seaver said prior to the 1986 season. “I have certainly enjoyed the last two years on this ballclub and I think Chicago is a great baseball town.”

Seaver had two excellent seasons with the White Sox. He went 15-11 with a 3.95 ERA in 1984 and 16-11 with a 3.17 ERA in 1985.

The highlight of Seaver’s tenure with the White Sox came on Aug. 4, 1985 when he won logged his 300th victory with a complete game effort at Yankee Stadium.

Seaver’s time in Chicago came to an end on June 29, 1986 when he was dealt by general manager Ken Harrelson to the Boston Red Sox for utilityman Steve Lyons.

“Tom Terrific’s” numbers could have been markedly better with the Sox considering he was on the losing end of a shutout a total of six times in 1984 and 1985 and he left with a lead that the bullpen blew six times in 1984.

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: SIGN HERE, MR. MAYOR

Ozzie Guillen’s endorsement of Bill Daley in the Chicago Mayoral race reminded me that I have a White Sox item that involves the First Family of Windy City politics.

On Oct. 3, 2005, Mayor Richard M. Daley, a lifelong Sox fan, hosted a pep rally at Chicago’s Block 37 on the eve of the White Sox opening game of the postseason.

I was basically working as a stagehand at the event hosted by Gene Honda which featured Sox legends, dignitaries and Nancy Faust before a solid and enthusiastic lunchtime crowd.

As I was helping break down the stage, I spotted a card on Mayor Daley’s seat.

On one side it read, “MAYOR DALEY” while the other side was a business card of a Sox employee.

I thought it would be fitting to mark this event and season by getting the signature of Chicago’s most prominent fan.

The Mayor obliged and smiled when I said, “Thanks for being a Sox fan.”

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-former-white-sox-manager-ozzie-guillen-backs-bill-daley-20190213-story.html