24 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!
In a Twitter poll earlier today (https://twitter.com/SoxNerd/status/1102585619602178048), @SoxNerd Nation demanded a Ron Karkovice nugget so here goes …
Ron Karkovice is 24th in Sox history with 96 home runs.
Some “KARKO” home run notes …
*His 96 homers are second to Jose Abreu’s 146 among players who only homered for the Sox
*”Karko” ranks fourth among Sox catchers in homers behind Carlton Fisk, A.J. Pierzynski and Sherm Lollar
*He is the all-time leader among Sox catchers with five grand slams and one of those slams was an in-the-park job on Aug. 30, 1990 at the Metrodome
*Karkovice’s 24th homer was his first of 1992 — a third inning leadoff shot off Joe Slusarski in a 6-5 loss at Oakland on April 10.
*He victimized ex-Boston manager John Farrell and David Wells three times each
*Karkovice’s first homer was a three-run shot off Danny Jackson that scored Russ Morman and Ozzie Guillen in the second inning of a 3-1 win over Kansas City at Comiskey Park on Aug. 27, 1986
*”Karko’s” second home run was in his 24th career game in Joe Cowley’s no-hitter in the White Sox 7-1 win over the Angels in Anaheim on Sept. 19, 1986.
*Karkovice’s last homer was a two-run shot off Kevin Appier in the second inning of a 7-2 win over Kansas City on Sept. 26, 1997 at Comiskey Park
*Karkovice hit all 96 of his homers as a catcher, 63 off righties, 62 on the road (only 34 at home), 17 vs. Detroit, 31 at New Comiskey Park, three at Old Comiskey Park, no walkoffs and 64 while batting eighth.