A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 30 IN SOX HISTORY

Just because the White Sox are off doesn’t mean the @SoxNerd is idle.

With the Sox maintaining their streak of not losing when they don’t play, here’s a look back at what the club did when they did play or make moves on this date:

1910, 1-0 … YEAH! Rollie Zeider singled to lead off the game and scored on a sacrifice in the White Sox 1-0 win over Detroit at South Side Park. Doc White tossed a two-hitter for the win.

1918, BENZ DRIVES SOX: Starting pitcher Joe Benz drove in three and went the distance in the White Sox 13-3 win at Cleveland. Nemo Leibold had two doubles and four RBI and Chick Gandil had four hits as the defending champs won their fourth in a row.

1919, KERR FOR SURE! Making his second big league appearance and first start, Dickie Kerr fired a complete game in the White Sox 9-7 win at Detroit. Kerr gave up 12 hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Eddie Collins scored twice as the future A.L. champs won their fourth in a row.

1922, THE FIRST PERFECTO: Rookie Charlie Robertson pitched the first perfect game in White Sox history by shutting down the Tigers 2-0 in Detroit. When Robertson retired pinch-hitter Johnny Basler to end it, he had the sixth perfect game in big league history and even earned a standing ovation from the normally harsh Detroit faithful. Making his second start of the season, Robertson mesmerized the sellout crowd of 25,000 at Navin Field with his fastball and slider. So frustrated by Robertson were the Tigers, they insisted he was doctoring the ball. The great Ty Cobb personally inspected every inch of Robertson’s uniform but could not find any foreign substances. The Tigers managed just one hard hit ball off Robertson, who struck out six, but Johnny Mostil ran it down in left field while fighting off spectators and mounted police. The spectators were on the field — a common practice during this era — and the police were there to keep the crowd in check. The Sox scored twice in the second inning on Earl Sheely’s single, which scored Harry Hooper and Mostil. The “perfecto” was the highlight of the Texan’s big league career. Robertson played for the Sox in 1919 and from 1922 to 1925. He pitched for the Browns in 1926 before finishing his career with the Boston Braves in 1927 and 1928. Robertson won 14 games for the 1922 Sox and then 13 for the Sox the next season. After that, Robertson never won more than eight games in a season. (Source: Rich Lindberg’s White Sox Encyclopedia).

1927, BLANKING ‘EM: Ted Blankenship tossed a four-hitter as the White Sox stretched their winning streak to five with a 2-0 win over St. Louis before 10,000 at Comiskey Park. Blankenship, who fanned seven, drove in a run as part of a win streak that would reach seven.

1928, BIBB DOUBLES TIGERS OVER: Bibb Falk doubled twice and drove in four in the White Sox 14-6 win over Detroit at Comiskey Park. Tommy Thomas finished off the Tigers with 4.1 innings of shutout relief.

1931, BILL GIVES US A THRILL: Bill Cissell’s fourth RBI of the game handed the White Sox a 10-9 win in 11 over St. Louis before 5,000 at Comiskey Park. RBIs by Irv Jefries and Bennie Tate tied the game in the seventh.

1934, 20 RUNS!: The White Sox tied a club record for runs in a game with a 20-10 win over Cleveland at Comiskey Park. Zeke Bonura, Al Simmons, Jackie Hayes and Joe Chamberlain homered in the Sox third 20-run game in team history to that point.

1938, TED ZEROES IN: Ted Lyons scattered nine hits in the White Sox 3-0 win over St. Louis before 3,000 at Comiskey Park. Lyons fanned four for his first win of the season.

1939, JOE WAS KUEHL: Joe Kuehl’s two-run homer in the first sparked the White Sox 6-5 win at St. Louis. Kuehl also had a double and scored three times as the Sox survived St. Louis’ three-run ninth.

1940, HE WASN’T A BOOB ON THIS DATE: Boob McNair doubled and homered as each White Sox starter collected at least one hit in a 9-4 win at Boston. Luke Appling, Moose Solters and Mike Tresh each drove in two as the Sox collected 12 hits.

1947, ASK NOT WHAT KENNEDY DO VS. WASHINGTON …: Bob Kennedy was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI as the White Sox dumped Washington 5-2 before 4,827 at Comiskey Park. Every Sox position player had at least one hit in support of Johnny Rigney, who went the distance to move to 2-1.

1950, STINGY BILL: Bill Wight tossed a two-hitter in the White Sox 5-0 win over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader before 8,175 at Comiskey Park. Wight gave up just two doubles as the Sox scored two in the seventh and three in the eighth to make him a winner. The nightcap ended in a 7-7 tie thanks to Hank Majeski’s two late home runs.

1951, MINOSO COMES ABOARD: Minnie Minoso began his productive and colorful tenure with the White Sox when he was acquired in an involved three-team swap which also included the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians and seven players. The Sox acquired Minoso from Cleveland and Paul Lehner from the A’s and sent Gus Zernial and Dave Philley to the A’s.

1967, HOYT’S 100TH RELIEF SPARKS A STREAK: Hoyt Wilhelm earned his big league record 100th relief victory as the White Sox began a 10-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory over Cleveland in the second game of a doubleheader before 9,336 at Comiskey Park. The Sox scored one run in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings in overcoming a 2-0 deficit. Al Weis’ RBI tied it in the fifth and Tommie Agee’s hit.

1970, A DAY LATER, THINGS ARE BETTER: A day after being drubbed 18-2 by the Orioles, the White Sox exacted a little revenge from the reigning American League champs with a 6-3 win before 1,469 at Comiskey Park. Tommy John aided his own cause by driving in the go-ahead run in a four-run sixth. John pitched seven innings for his first victory of the season after five consecutive losses.

1971, MAY, REICHARDT PROVIDE THE POWER: Rick Reichardt’s home run in the fourth tied it and Carlos May’s two-run single put the Sox on top in an 8-1 win over the Senators in Washington. The Sox banged out 15 hits with Ed Stroud, May, Reichardt, Mike Andrews, Ed Herrmann and Jay Johnstone each collecting two hits. Bart Johnson went the distance and allowed one run on five hits with four walks and eight strikeouts to move to 3-2.

1972, HERRMANN SLAMS TIGERS: Ed Herrmann’s second career grand slam powered the White Sox to a 6-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit. The blast came in the sixth inning off Joe Coleman with the Sox trailing 2-1 with two outs and Carlos May, Jay Johnstone and Mike Andrews on base. Starter Tom Bradley got the victory but Terry Forster was the pitching hero, tossing four shutout innings of relief for his second save.

1974, SANTO MAKES HIS FIRST SOX HR COUNT: Ron Santo’s two-run home run off Jim Palmer – his first with the Sox — in the seventh was all Stan Bahnsen needed in a 2-1 win over Baltimore before 5,836 at Comiskey Park. Santo, starting at second, followed Ken Henderson’s leadoff single with his blast. Bahnsen went the distance giving up seven hits and three walks while fanning six.

1976, ORTA, FORSTER TOO MUCH FOR TIGERS: Terry Forster started and gave up three runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings for the victory in the White Sox 8-4 win over Detroit before 9,009 at Comiskey Park. Forster walked three and fanned four as the Sox halted a five-game skid. Jorge Orta’s one-out solo homer in the fourth gave the Sox the lead for good.

1980, SCRAPPY SOX RETURN TO TOP: Rookie Harold Baines’ two-out RBI single in the eighth off Dennis Eckersley was the difference in the White Sox 2-1 win over Boston before 10,626 at Comiskey Park. Baines’ single scored Alan Bainnister, who walked with two outs and stole second. Ed Farmer, in the midst of an All-Star and 30-save season, pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save as the Sox regained first place in the American League West by one game over the Oakland Athletics. Richard Dotson started and gave up one run in eight innings to improve to 3-1.

1984, KITTLE, BURNS TURN BACK YANKS: Ron Kittle’s three-run homer in a four-run first keyed the White Sox 5-3 win over the Yankees before 15,322 at Comiskey Park. The Yankees scored three in the ninth but Britt Burns got a force out with men on first and third to end the game for his second save of the season and of his career.

1986, BONILLA, KITTLE KEY WIN OVER BIRDS: Back-to-back RBIs by rookie Bobby Bonilla and Ron Kittle helped the White Sox dump the Orioles 8-6 before 9,575 at Comiskey Park. Bonilla’s single tied the game and Kittle’s home run, a two-run shot, put the Sox on top for good in a six-run third. Richard Dotson picked up his first win of the season with relief help from Bill Dawley and Bob James, who notched his fourth save.

1988, SOX RETURN ORIOLES TO THEIR LOSING WAYS: A night after the Orioles snapped their record-setting season-starting 21-game losing streak, they succumbed to the White Sox 4-1 before 16,078 at Comiskey Park. Carlton Fisk drove in the eventual game winner in the third. Ricky Horton got the win with seven strong innings while Ivan Calderon launched his sixth homer and Bobby Thigpen earned his fourth save.

1990, SOX SCOOT PAST RANGERS: Lance Johnson’s RBI single in the 13th got the White Sox past Texas 5-4 before 8,406 at Comiskey Park. Johnson’s single came in the game’s fifth hour and scored Sammy Sosa, who had reached on an error. Rodney “Scooter” McCray was called up from Double-A Birmingham prior to the game and made his debut as a defensive replacement. McCray made a fine running catch in extra innings to preserve the tie. McCray was the last White Sox player to make his Major League debut at Old Comiskey Park.

1992, BELL TOLLS FOR TEXAS: George Bell went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two singles and a homer and Craig Grebeck added three hits with a career-best six RBI in the White Sox 12-1 rout of the Texas Rangers before 24,134 at Comiskey Park. Jack McDowell improved to 5-0 to become the first Sox pitcher to have an unbeaten month with at least five decisions since LaMarr Hoyt went 7-0 in September of 1983.

1993, APRIL EXCELLENCE: Frank Thomas’ second career grand slam helped the White Sox record their franchise-record 13th victory in April with a 10-2 win over Toronto before 29,497 at Comiskey Park. Thomas’ slam, in the third off Todd Sttotlemyre, was part of a career-high tying five RBIs.

1995, FINALLY, A WIN: Ron Karkovice moved into a tie for first place in club history with his fifth grand slam in the White Sox 17-11 win at Boston. Karkovice’s slam helped the Sox post their first win of the season and tied him with Robin Ventura and Harold Baines atop the franchise’s slam leaderboard. The White Sox pounded out 17 hits as the White Sox improved to 1-4 in a season that started late because of a work stoppage.

2002, SKID ENDS: Frank Thomas untied a 3-3 game in the fourth with a two-run double in the White Sox 8-4 win over Seattle before 16,253 at Comiskey Park. Paul Konerko extended his hitting streak to 17 with two hits as the White Sox halted a three-game losing streak. Dan Wright was solid, giving up three runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts for his third win in helping the Sox close April at 16-10.

2005, BIG SEVENTH DOES IT: Tadahito Iguchi drove in the go-ahead run as part of a three-run seventh in the first-place White Sox 4-3 win over Detroit before 30,189 at US Cellular Field. Iguchi’s single scored Joe Crede after Scott Podsednik’s ground out scored A.J. Pierzynski with the tying run. Orlando Hernandez got the win with seven strong innings while Dustin Hermanson earned his third save as the surprising Sox improved to 17-7.

2006, SCRATCHING OUT A WIN: Pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as the first-place White Sox pulled out a 6-5 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Chris Widger started the rally with a single and was lifted for Ozuna. After a steal and a sacrifice, Ozuna came home on a Scot Shields wild pitch.

2016, A WIN IN BALTIMORE: Jose Abreu’s two-out single in the ninth scored Adam Eaton with the go-ahead run in the White Sox 8-7 win at Baltimore. Nate Jones got the win, retiring all four batters he faced.

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@SOXNERD’S LOYOLA RAMBLINGS

Rambling on about Loyola … @SoxNerd style!

*Oh boy …: Loyola fans, it’s the day of the Final Four and I know what you are thinking.

I experienced this in 2003 when my beloved alumni Marquette University reached college hoops’ Promised Land.

This is what I was thinking as I waited for Wade, Diener and Novak to take the floor in New Orleans:

I can’t believe it.

It’s too good to be true.

Things like this don’t happen to my school. These things only happen to Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.

We are back, baby!

Savor every minute of this for you never know when it will happen again.

*Old days: Loyola played a huge part in fostering my love of college basketball.

I spent many a cold winter nights in the den of our suburban Chicago home in the 1970s and 1980s watching the Ramblers of Sullivan, Wakefield, Hughes, and Sappleton on the old black and white. Those teams were fun to watch, too: scrappy, hustling, aggressive and good, too.

The fact that the great Red Rush was behind the mike for those games only emboldened my boyhood love for the maroon and gold.

*Sully’s revenge: I know Gene Sullivan, the coach of those 1970s and 1980s Ramblers, is enjoying this run in basketball heaven.

Most of his run at the school was spent being told no by the man. He was a renegade, an outsider who was an absolute fighter for Loyola.

His teams were often passed over by the NCAA Tournament in favor of the bigger schools.

In fact, one year I remember Sullivan being so upset over a snub by the NCAA and NIT he wanted to start his own postseason tournament.

These Ramblers have rattled the blue bloods and the powers-that-be in a way that would make Sullivan proud.

*Everywhere a sign: For years, Loyola had a sign fastened to the back of Alumni Hall celebrating its 1963 NCAA Championship.

That sign kept the Ramblers in my consciousness for years because it greeted riders as trains pulled into the Loyola and Sheridan elevated stop. I am sure that sign was the best advertising that school had for a long time and sparked many a rush hour conversation about that historic team, the institution, and college hoops.

With the increase in media and arrival of social media, these Ramblers are kind of a modern day version of that sign.

*Sox connections: The White Sox fill-in  PA announcer is Pat Schultz, a Loyola grad and the school’s Associate Athletic Director.

In the above picture, “Pat of the Valley,” as I call him at the park, is getting a little airtime in the background after a Rambler tourney win.

Of course, when Pat fills in at Sox games it is for Gene Honda, who is the stadium voice of the Final Four.

*The Fat Man: Al McGuire begat Rick Majerus who begat Loyola coach Porter Moser.

How can I not be rooting for Loyola?

Of course, the next time Marquette plays Loyola I hope Marquette wins to the point where the Ramblers want to kill the program for the good.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 46 DAYS!

46 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Jim Morrison and Ken Berry are two of the three players who hit exactly 46 home runs with the White Sox. They are tied with Tyler Flowers for 56th in team history in this category.

Here are some nuggets @SoxNerd style on Jim Morrison, the Sox second baseman and not the rider on the storm, and Ken Berry, the Sox outfielder and not the member of the Mama’s Family:

*15 of Morrison’s Sox home runs came in 1980 when he shared the team lead in that category with Wayne Nordhagen

*The last of Berry’s White Sox home runs came off of Mickey Lolich on July 18 of his Gold Glove season of 1970 at Comiskey Park.

*Morrison’s 15 home runs in 1980 are the lowest total to lead the Sox since  1976

*One of the most respected fielders of his day, Berry, aka “The Bandit,” homered off some of noteworthy hurlers. Among his victims: Lolich (FIVE TIMES!), Jim Kaat, Jim Perry, Wilbur Wood, Vida Blue, Catfish Hunter, Paul Splitorff, Ken Brett and Gary Peters.

Thanks for breaking on through with me on this post!

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 48 DAYS

48 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

White Sox players have made 48 starts in the All-Star Game.

Some Sox star start notes, @SoxNerd style:

*Sox rep Harold Baines was the first DH starter in the All-Star Game in 1989. … He is the only Sox DH to start an All-Star Game

*Second baseman Nellie Fox (8) and shortstop Luis Aparicio (7) account for nearly a third of the Sox All-Star starts

*Right field is the only position at which the Sox have not had an All-Star starter

*Carlton Fisk’s three All-Star starts are the only ones made by a Sox catcher.

*The Sox haven’t had an All-Star starter at third base since Jimmy Dykes started the inaugural contest at Comiskey Park in 1933

*The Sox have started more games at shortstop (12) than any other position: Aparicio 7, Chico Carrasquel 3, Luke Appling 2

*A Sox-high five different pitchers have started All-Star Games: Billy Pierce, Early Wynn, Mark Buehrle, Esteban Loaiza and Chris Sale

*Frank Thomas at first base in 1995 was the last Sox position player to start an All-Star Game.

*Al Simmons (1933 at Comiskey Park), Dykes, Luis Aparicio (1962 at Wrigley Field) and Loaiza (2003 at U.S. Cellular Field) are the only Sox to start an All-Star Game in Chicago

A LOOK AT HOF JIM THOME … @SOXNERD STYLE!

Yes, Jim Thome broke in with the Cleveland Indians.

And, yes, Thome became a star in Cleveland.

And, yes, Thome’s likeness will most likely be sporting an Indians cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

And, yes, Thome arguably had two of his most productive seasons in Philadelphia

BUT …

White Sox fans certainly have every right to consider Thome, who was elected to the Hall “one of their own.”

“Big Jim” provided Sox fans with some HUGE moments AND really enjoyed being on the Southside.

If he didn’t like it here, would he still be a member of the organization?

With Cooperstown clearing out a space on its wall for him, here’s a look at Thome and all things White Sox, @soxnerd style!

*HALL MONITORING: Thome is the 30th White Sox player to earn induction into the Hall of Fame (31 if you count Jocko Conlan, who played with the Sox but went into the Hall as an umpire) … Thome is the 16th Sox player to make the Hall on the writers ballot. The rest earned induction via the Veterans or Old-Timers committees. … The only Sox players who earned induction into the Hall on the first ballot with a higher percentage than Thome’s 89.8 were Ken Griffey Jr. (99.3), Tom Seaver (98.8) and Steve Carlton (95.82). … Thome joins the three players mentioned above and Frank Thomas as the Sox only first-ballot Hall of Famers

*SOX TOTALS: Thome hit .265 with a .391 on-base percentage and .542 slugging percentage with 134 home runs and 369 RBI in 529 games for the Sox from 2006 to 2009

*HE’S NO. 1: Thome is first in Sox history with an average of one homer every 13.2 at bats

*SOX RANKINGS: Thome’s 134 homers are 13th in Sox history and third among lefties behind Harold Baines (221) and Robin Ventura (171). … Thome’s .542 slugging percentage is second in club annals to Thomas’ .568 and his on-base percentage is seventh.

*BIG YIELDS ON SHIELDS: Thome is second among New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field visitors with 19 homers behind Torii Hunter’s 20. … He is fourth overall with 98 homers at the park behind Frank Thomas (263), Paul Konerko (259) and Magglio Ordonez (113)

*SOCKING THE SOX: Thome homered in his first at bat against the Sox. On June 29, 1992, Thome went deep in the second inning off Jack McDowell in the White Sox 9-6 win at Cleveland Stadium. Thome batted eighth and played third base that day. … Thome hit .300 with 43 homers and 117 RBI in 144 games against the Sox.

*FIRST HR VS. SOX: Thome homered in his first game at New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field. On May 3, 1994, Thome accounted for Cleveland’s only run with an eighth inning homer Alex Fernandez in the Sox 12-1 victory. After hitting that homer, Thome was replaced by Herbert Perry, making his big league debut, at third in the bottom of the inning.

*HOW HE GOT HERE: Heading into his age 35 and 16th season, Thome was acquired by the Sox with cash for Aaron Rowand, minor leaguer Daniel Haigwood and a player to be named later, who turned out to be pitcher Gio Gonzalez on Nov. 25, 2005. … At the time, only Jose Canseco joined the Sox with more homers (446 in 2001) than Thome’s 430.

*OPENING WITH A BANG: Thome homered in his first game with the White Sox. On the night the Sox raised their 2005 championship banner and in front of an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball audience, Thome launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning of the Sox 10-4 rain-shortened win over Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field.

*OPENING DAY EXCELLENCE: Thome hit a franchise record four home runs on Opening Day and went deep in three of his four season-starting games for the Sox. He hit .400 (6-for-15) in curtain-raisers for the Sox. In his last Sox Opener in 2009, Thome launched a three-run go-ahead homer in the eighth off Kyle Farnsworth in a 4-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.

*NICE APRIL: Thome set White Sox record with 10 home runs in April of 2006

*A RECORD RUN: Thome scored a run in a big league record 17 consecutive games to start a season for the 2006 White Sox

*STAR GAZING: Thome represented the White Sox at the 2006 All-Star Game. As one of manager Ozzie Guillen’s seven Sox representatives, Thome grounded out against Tom Gordon as a pinch-hitter for Johan Santana in the eighth inning of the American League’s 3-2 win in Pittsburgh.

*RECORDS: Thome’s 42 home runs in 2006 are the most by a player in his first season with the White Sox and the most by a Sox left-handed hitter. … *Thome joins Jermaine Dye as the only set of White Sox teammates to hit 40 homers in the same season (2006). … Thome set Sox record with 14 RBI over a three-game span from July 11, 12, 17, 2009

*LAUDED: Thome hit .500 (5-for-10) with  two homers and seven RBI in being named A.L. Player of the Week for the period ending July 19, 2006

*MORE AWARDS: Thome was named A.L. Comeback Player of the Year by MLB and The Sporting News after hitting .288 with 42 homers and 107 RBI for the 2006 White Sox

*YOU AWESOME, BIG MAN! Thome’s 500th homer was a walkoff shot for the White Sox in a win over the Angels on Sept. 16, 2007 at U.S. Cellular Field … Thome became the first player to hit a walkoff homer for his 500th in the 9-7 triumph. … He was the 23rd player to reach the milestone and the third to do it in 2007 (Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas). … The homer off a 3-2 pitch ended an 0-for-11 slump for Thome.

*THE LEADER: Thome led the 2007 White Sox in average, runs, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage

*THE THUMB: The last of Thome’s three ejections came April 11, 2008 when plate umpire James Hoye gave him the heave-ho in the fifth for arguing balls and strikes

*BIG BOMB: Thome’s 464-foot home run on June 4, 2008 was the first to land on the center field concourse at U.S. Cellular Field

*IN THE CLUTCH: Thome’s 461-foot homer in the seventh lifted White Sox to a 1-0 win over the Twins in the A.L. Central tie-breaking game (aka “The Blackout Game”) on Sept. 30, 2008 at U.S. Cellular Field

*PLAYOFFS! Thome hit .125 (2-for-16) with a run, a double, an RBI and a walk for the Sox in the 2008 Division Series loss to Tampa Bay. … Thome started all four games at DH and hit cleanup in every game but Game 2 when he hit fifth. … His lone RBI came in Game 2 when a first-inning single drove in Orlando Cabrera to give the Sox a 1-0 lead in a contest they would eventually lose, 5-2. … Thome’s final postseason hit was a double in the fourth-inning of Game 3 at U.S. Cellular Field. He eventually scored on an Alexei Ramirez sac fly that gave the Sox the lead for good in a 5-3 win. … Thome’s last postseason at bat for the Sox came in the ninth inning of Game 4 when he struck out.

*BIG DAY: Thome hit two home runs (including a grand slam) with a career-best seven RBI in White Sox 12-8 win over Orioles on July 17, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field

*EPILOGUE: Thome’s Sox playing career came to an end when he was sent to the Dodgers for minor leaguer Justin Fuller on Aug. 31, 2009. … Thome was hired by the Sox as a special assistant to the general manager in June of 2012.

A LOOK BACK AT THE SOX 2017 SEASON … @SOXNERD STYLE!

How crazy was the White Sox 2017 season?

For starters, Tim Anderson (@TimAnderson7) was the only @WhiteSox player who started in the same position on the final day of the season as he did on Opening Day.

In between those Anderson starts, the Sox continued to overhaul their roster and the farm system.

No matter the record or the state of the franchise, there are always nuggets.

Here’s a look back, in particular order, at 2017, @SoxNerd style!

*2017 marked just the fifth time the Sox posted a winning record against the eventual World Series champions. The Sox went 4-2 against the Astros in 2017. … Other winning records vs. future champs: 3-1 vs. 2014 Giants; 3-0 vs. 2006 Cardinals; 8-4 vs. 2000 Yankees and 8-5 vs. 1991

*Avisail Garcia’s 455-foot blast off Tampa’s Jake Odorizzi on June 8 at Tropicana Field was the Sox longest homer of the season

*The combined .279 average by catchers Geovany Soto, Kevan Smith, Omar Narvaez and Rob Brantly was tied for the fifth-best in Sox history

*Matt Davidson had the Sox top exit velocity on a home run of 2017 at 113.2mph on his 433-foot dinger on July 24 at Wrigley Field

*The last time the Sox had a higher ERA than the 4.78 they had in 2017, they won the World Series the next year (4.91 in 2004)

*2017 was the first season the White Sox did not have a complete game (previous low: 3 in 2014)

*Jose Abreu’s 43 doubles were the most by a Sox player since Magglio Ordonez’s 46 in 2003

*Todd Frazier led the Sox with 48 walks, lowest total to lead the team since Lamar Johnson’s 43 in 1978

*Miguel Gonzalez was the first righty to lead the Sox in wins (tied with Derek Holland at seven) since Gavin Floyd (13) in 2008

*Derek Holland’s 135 innings were the lowest total ever to lead the Sox (next Melido Perez 183.1 in rebuilding 1989)

*Jose Quintana’s 109 strikeouts were the lowest total to lead the Sox in a full season since Billy Pierce’s 95 in 1949

*David Robertson’s 14 saves were the lowest total to lead the Sox since Tom Gordon’s 12 in 2003

*Anderson’s 94 percent stolen base success rate was the highest by any Sox player with at least 16 stolen base attempts (15-of-16)

*Smith set a Sox rookie record for catchers with a .283 average in 2017

*Jose Abreu’s 43 doubles were the second-best total by a first baseman in club history behind Frank Thomas’ (aka @TheBigHurt_35) 46 in 1992

*Yoan Moncada joins Alexei Ramirez, Tadahito Iguchi, Jim Morrison, Jayson Nix and Rich McKinney as the only Sox rookie second basemen with at least eight homers in a season

*Anderson is the youngest shortstop (age 24) in Sox history with a double digit homer season (17 in 2017)

*Abreu posted the 19th .300/30HR/100RBI campaign in Sox history and 13 of those seasons have been posted by players who appeared some at first base

*Yolmer Sanchez’s eight triples were the most by a Sox switch-hitter since Ray Durham had 10 in 2001

*Since 1950, only Thomas had a higher Sox average than the .330 Avisail Garcia (aka @avisailgarcia) posted in 2017

*Abreu finished with the fourth-best total base output (343) in Sox history

*Garica’s .330 average is tied for the 29th-best output in franchise history

*Garcia’s .330 average is the highest by a Sox player since Thomas’ .337 in 1997

*The last Sox first baseman to amass more than the six triples Abreu had in 2017 was Carlos May with seven in 1971

*The only Sox player shorter than the 5-foot-8 Leury Garcia to record a multi-homer game was the 5-7 Mike Kreevich on June 10, 1938. Garcia hit two homers on May 12 vs. the Padres.

*The last Sox player shorter than the 5-8 Garcia to hit more than the nine homers Garcia hit in 2017 was the 5-7 Don Buford, who went deep 10 times in 1965

*Anderson became the fourth Sox draftee to lead the club in stolen bases along with May, John Cangelosi and Ray Durham

*Abreu became the first player to lead the Sox in RBI in four straight seasons since Thomas did it from 1991 to 1997

*The seven wins Holland and Gonzalez each posted to lead the Sox were the lowest total ever to lead the club

*Abreu paced American League first basemen with 102 RBI

*Narvaez tied for sixth among American League catchers with 38 walks

*A. Garcia led the American League with a .349 average in night games

*This is the third straight year a Sox player led American League outfielders in assits (A. Garcia in 2015 and 17 and Adam Eaton in 2016)

*A. Garcia led the big leagues with a .424 average against lefties

2005 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 RECOLLECTIONS

That’s me, pre-@SoxNerd, preparing for Game 1 of the 2005 World Series. THE TIME STAMP PROVES IT!

“I didn’t think, I never dreamed/That I would be around to see it all come true” –1985, Paul McCartney

12 years ago today, I worked (and attended) a World Series game for the first time as the White Sox returned to the Fall Classic for the first time in 46 seasons.

To deal with the gravity of it all, I told myself to treat it like any other game.

That plan went out the window when the message board on the WISCONSIN SIDE of I-94 said “Good luck White Sox.”


Luck was appreciated but not needed for the White Sox, their fans and the scoreboard crew of which I was (and still am) a proud member.

It was an unbelievable experience not only because of the game, the Sox, the fans but because I worked it with true professionals and people I love and love working with: Jeff, Hubble, Gene Honda, Jennifer, Kellett, Rocco Fusco, the late great Andy Lock, the Taylors, Nancy Faust, Ray Kramer, Justin Tuazon, Roman Farias, Mike Dijulio, Pam, Serge, Dan, Alton, all the Pats and everyone else.

The Sox celebrated their first World Series  tilt since the Eisenhower administration by defeating the Houston Astros 5-3 before 41,206 delirious fans at U.S. Cellular Field.

There were plenty of heroes as the Sox won their fifth consecutive postseason game and eighth in nine outings.

Starter Jose Contreras got the win with seven solid innings; Neal Cotts struck out two in the eighth with runners on second and third; Bobby Jenks earned the save with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings and Joe Crede clubbed the go-ahead homer in the fourth inning.

The biggest and most dramatic play of the game occurred when Jenks fanned pinch-hitter and future Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell with the tying run on second to end the eighth, setting the park into the latest of many postseason frenzies.

The Sox took the lead on Jermaine Dye’s two-out home run in the first.

Houston retaliated with a Jason Lamb homer in the second but the Sox regained the lead on RBIs by AJ Pierzynski (fielder’s choice) and Juan Uribe (double) in the bottom of the frame.

Feisty Houston pulled even in the next half but the Sox finally took the lead for good on Crede’s blast in the fourth.

The Sox added a run in the eighth after Jenks’ showdown with Bagwell.

When Adam Everett fanned to end it, I knew I had experienced the greatest workday of my life … FOR ONE DAY.

More on that tomorrow!

DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’!