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.