TODAY (JUNE 17) IN SOX HISTORY: A WIN OVER THE CUBS AND OTHER GEMS!

There is no White Sox game today … so what?

There are no off-days for the @SoxNerd.

With the Cubs series less than 24 hours, it’s interesting to note that 22 years ago today the Sox recorded their first regular-season win over the Cubs.

Before a record crowd of 44,249, the Sox used a two-run homer in the first from ex-Cub Dave Martinez en route to a 5-3 victory.

Winning pitcher Doug Drabek squelched a Cub rally in the sixth when he fanned Ryne Sandberg with two on. Chris Snopek added an insurance run with a seventh-inning homer as the Sox evened the series 1-1.

Here’s a look at what else happened on this date in Sox history …

*1914, RED RULES: Red Faber fired the first of his three career one-hitters in a 5-0 win vs. Philadelphia at Comiskey Park. Faber’s one-hitter was the second one-hit shutout by a Sox pitcher in a week. Seven days earlier Joe Benz turned the trick vs. Washington in Chicago.

*1915, GREAT SCOTT: Jim “Death Valley” Scott twirled a four-hitter in the White Sox 3-0 win at Philadelphia. Eddie Collins, John Collins and Lena Blackburne drove in runs as Scott moved to 8-3.

*1916, BEATING THE BABE: Joe Jackson went 3-for-3 with an RBI off losing pitcher Babe Ruth in the White Sox 5-0 over Boston at Comiskey Park. Nemo Leibold drove in two as starter Joe Benz and Dave Danforth combined on a five-hitter.

*1926, EARL THE PEARL! Earl Sheely’s three-run homer in the second sent the White Sox to a 6-2 win over the Yankees before 12,000 at Comiskey Park. Ted Blankenship held Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hitless in eight at bats in the complete game two-hitter.

*1929, ART THE GREAT: Art “The Great” Shires’ two-run homer highlighted a four-run fourth in the White Sox 6-4 win at Philadelphia. The colorful Shires finished with four RBI in support of winning pitcher Red Faber.

*1941, HOAG WILD! Myril Hoag’s tiebreaking single in the ninth scored Joe Kuehl with the winning run in the White Sox 8-7 win at New York. Eddie Smith got the final two outs with two on to hand the Sox their first win on this date since 1929.

*1943. LUKE DELIVERS: Luke Appling’s two-out RBI in the 13th helped the White Sox walk off with a 4-3 win over St. Louis at Comiskey Park. Jimmy Grant went 4-for-6 with a homer and Gordy Maltzberger fired four shutout innings of relief for the win as the Sox triumphed for the second day in a row.

*1945, PITCHERS CAN HIT, TOO: Starting and winning pitchers Thornton Lee and Joe Haynes went a combined 4-for-5 with two RBI as the White Sox swept a doubleheader from Detroit 6-1 and 7-5 at Comiskey Park.

*1951, NICE START: Luis Aloma threw a five-hitter in his first career start as the White Sox capped a doubleheader sweep with a 9-0 Game 2 win at Philadelphia. After winning the opener 4-1, Aloma yielded five singles and one walk while fanning three to improve to 8-2 in his career.

*1952, SWEET SWEEP: Eddie Robinson’s walkoff single in the 10th handed the White Sox a doubleheader sweep-completing 2-1 win over the A’s at Comiskey Park. After winning the first game 13-1, Robinson drove in Minnie Minoso with the winner in the nightcap.

*1955, SWING AND MISS PAYS OFF: George Kell delivered the go-ahead single in the ninth after swinging and missing at intentional ball four in the White Sox 2-1 win at New York. After Kell’s whiff, he delivered an RBI single off Whitey Ford which scored Nellie Fox with the tie-breaking run.

*1956, 20-2! Minnie Minoso had four hits and Walt Dropo had four RBI as the White Sox thumped Washington 20-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before 15,136 at Comiskey Park. Dick Donovan was the winner and was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the White Sox first 20-run game in 22 seasons

*1958, PIERCE FIERCE: Billy Pierce blanked the Red Sox on five hits in the White Sox 4-0 win before 16,748 at Comiskey Park. Billy Goodman drove in two runs as the White Sox extended their winning streak to four.

*1961, NEW GUY PAYS DIVIDENDS: Recently-acquired Andy Carey was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI as the White Sox began a 12-game winning streak by deating Minnesota 5-1 before 9,022 at Comiskey Park. Juan Pizarro pitched into the seventh inning and struck out seven for the win. Veteran Warren Hacker tossed 2.1 shutout innings for his third save. The winning streak, which included victories over Minnesota, Cleveland, Washington and Detroit, was the longest by the Sox since a 13-gamer in 1908.

*1966, BERRY NICE: Ken Berry’s homer in the third put the White Sox on top to stay in a 3-1 win at Minnesota. Floyd Robinson and Lee Elia padded the lead with RBIs and Tommy John went the distance and gave up one run on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts to move to 5-4.

*1967, NO NECK COMES ENOUGH: Walt Williams two-out double in the eighth scored Walt Weis with the game’s only run in the White Sox 1-0 win over the New York Yankees before 12,685 at Comiskey Park. Joel Horlen turned in eight sterling innings to improve to 8-0. Hoyt Wilhelm got through the ninth for his third save as the first-place White Sox moved two games ahead of Detroit.

*1968, VOSS IS BOSS: Bill Voss’ pinch-triple in the seventh carried the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians before 28,081 at Comiskey Park. Vos, batting for Gerald McNertney, brought home pinch-runner Sandy Alomar and Buddy Bradford with the one-out three-bagger. Cleveland got an unearned run in the ninth off Eddie Fisher (2-3) but Bob Locker got the final two outs for his sixth save

*1970, BATTERY-CHARGED WIN: Jerry Janeski gave up two runs in seven innings and drove in three while catcher Duane Josephson scored four times in the White Sox 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees before 8,472 at Comiskey Park. Janeski’s bases-loaded single in the second scored Josephson, who had four hits, and Syd O’Brien and gave the Sox the lead for good. Bill Melton homered in the fifth, his 10th, as the Sox halted a four-game skid.

*1972, BIG TUB O’ GOO: Terry Forster retired Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Smith and Rico Petrocelli in the ninth with a man on for his eighth save in the White Sox 5-4 win over Boston in the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The Sox scored on a bases loaded walk by Walt “No Neck” Williams and on a double play ball by Rich Morales. Bill Melton accounted for the White Sox first three runs with a home run in the first inning. Wilbur Wood earned his 11th win.

*1975, DANDY DERON: Deron Johnson drove in three with a homer in the first and Bobby Coluccio, Carlos May, Bill Melton and Buddy Bradford all drove in two as the White Sox pounded the Rangers 13-3 in Texas. Coluccio and Brian Downing each had three hits in support of Jim Kaat, who won his 10th game.

*1978, A BLOMBERG BLOMB! A four-run first, highlighted by a two-run double by Ron Blomberg, sent the White Sox to a 6-1 win over Kansas City before 26,798 at Comiskey Park. Greg Pryor also had two RBIs while Ken Kravec pitched into the seventh inning for his sixth victory. Jim Willoughby earned his eighth save by tossing 2.1 scoreless innings.

*1979, BIG TRIPLE: Jorge Orta’s bases-loaded triple keyed a four-run third as the White Sox toppled the Red Sox 6-1 before 26,675 at Comiskey Park. Ken Kravec cruised with the lead, allowing just six hits while going the distance for his eighth victory.

*1980, A FIRST FOR HOYT: LaMarr Hoyt picked up his first Major League win in the White Sox 5-3 victory over the Indians in Cleveland. Hoyt fired 2.2 shutout innings in relief of Ken Kravec. The Sox took the lead in the eighth when Jim Morrison scored on a passed ball and Greg Pryor scored on Henry Cruz’s single.

*1982, WAY TO BE TONY B: Tony Bernazard drove in a career-high four and Steve Kemp had three RBIs in the White Sox 11-7 win at Oakland. Vance Law had three of the Sox 16 hits as the team swept a three-game series. Steve Trout got the win and Kevin Hickey retired all four batters he faced for the save.

*1983, LAW AND ORDER: Vance Law’s RBI in the eighth gave the Sox the lead for good in a 6-3 win over Oakland before 24,629 at Comiskey Park. The Sox erased a 3-1 deficit with two in the seventh and three in the eighth. Kevin Hickey got the win in relief after Dennis Lamp had turned in 4.1 scoreless frames of relief. Salome Barojas earned his fourth save by pitching the ninth.

*1984, OVERTAKING THE A’S: The White Sox took the lead in a three-run sixth on a bunt by Scott Fletcher in a 9-4 win at Oakland. The Sox padded the lead in the seventh on a two-run single by Joel Skinner and another RBI by Fletcher. Tom Seaver got through five for his sixth victory of the season and the 279th of his career while Juan Agosto threw four shutout innings for his first save.

*1992, IT’S RAINING MILESTONES: Tim Raines swiped his 704th base in the Sox 2-1 loss at Seattle. The steal pushed Raines past Hall of Famer Honus Wagner into sixth place on the all-time list.

*1999, PK SLAM: Paul Konerko’s grand slam helped the White Sox beat the Orioles 9-3 at Comiskey Park. Konerko’s blast came in the seventh off Jesse Orosco after the Orioles had pulled to within two runs in the top of the frame. The triumph was the Sox fifth in their last six games and also featured homers from Magglio Ordonez and Chris Singleton.

*2000, SOX HOLD ON IN NY: Magglio Ordonez’s three-run homer in the second inning helped the first-place White Sox build a 10-3 lead in a 10-9 win over the Yankees in New York. The victory was the White Sox sixth straight on their road trip, 10th in a row overall on the road and allowed them to take a 7.5 game lead in the Central Division. The Yankees scored four in the sixth and two more in the eighth before Keith Foulke subdued the Yankees to preserve the Sox 12th win in their last 13 games.

*2005, ON THE MARK: Mark Buehrle tossed an eight-hitter in the White Sox 8-0 win over the Dodgers before 28,870 at US Cellular Field. Buehrle struck out six and did not walk a batter while being backed by two double plays in improving to 8-1. He posted the second complete game shutout by a Sox pitcher in an interleague game and the first since Wilson Alvarez whitewashed the Cubs on June 18, 1997. Frank Thomas and Jermaine Dye both homered in the game that took just 2 hours and 24 minutes.

*2006, A BIG NINTH: Joe Crede’s RBI in the ninth highlighted a three-run ninth in the White Sox 8-6 win in Cincinnati. The Sox broke it open thanks to an error and an RBI by Juan Uribe in the ninth. Matt Thornton got the win – his first with the White Sox – while Bobby Jenks earned his 20th save as the team won for the third straight time in a streak that would reach nine.

*2008, BIG OUTPUT: Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede, Orlando Cabrera and Jim Thome homered in the White Sox 16-5 win over Pittsburgh at U.S. Cellular Field. Cabrera’s sac fly in the third gave the Sox the lead for good after the Pirates scored four in the second.

*2009, DANKS YOU VERY MUCH: John Danks fanned nine while giving up one run in seven innings in the White Sox 4-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley. The Sox scored solo runs in the first, second, seventh and eighth as Danks earned his fifth win.

*2013, CLUTCH TRIPLE: Dayan Viciedo’s bases-loaded triple in the sixth fronted the White Sox for good in a 4-2 win at Houston. Nate Jones got the win in relief while Addison Reed worked a perfect ninth for his 20th save.

*2014, A GIANT WIN: Tyler Flowers bases loaded walk in the fourth fronted the White Sox for good in an 8-2 win over San Francisco in an interleague game before 25,278 at U.S. Cellular Field. Gordon Beckham’s homer off Matt Cain tied the game in the third as John Danks outpitched Matt Cain for his sixth win.

*2017, WIN IN CANADA: Matt Davidson homered in the first and Jose Abreu went deep in the sixth in the White Sox 5-2 win at Toronto. Mike Pelfrey gave up one run in six innings with five strikeouts for his third win.

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DIGGING DEEP ON GIOLITO’S SHUTOUT

A look (sometimes a deep look) at Lucas Giolito’s Thursday complete game shutout … @SoxNerd style:

*Giolito’s complete game shutout in the White Sox 4-0 win at Houston Thursday was the first by a Sox pitcher since Chris Sale blanked Tampa Bay on April 15, 2016

*Giolito’s whitewashing was the first by a Sox righty since Jeff Samardzija shutout Detroit on Sept. 21, 2015.

*Giolito’s shutout was the second by a Sox pitcher vs. Houston and in Houston since John Danks’ 10-hitter on May 31, 2015

*Giolito fired the Sox first shutout by a righty in Texas since Alex Fernandez zeroed the Texas Rangers on three hits in Arlington on Aug. 2, 1996 … Told you I was digging deep!

*Giolito was the first Sox pitcher to hit a batter in his complete game shutout since Jose Contreras on Sept. 19, 2007

*Giolito issued the first walk in a Sox shutout since Samardzija also issued one on July 9, 2015 vs. Toronto. That, by the way, was the last complete game shutout by a Sox pitcher at home.

*Giolito’s first career shutout came on the heels of first career complete game (albeit a rain-shortened one). Giolito is the first Sox pitcher with consecutive complete games since Chris Sale on May 13 and May 19, 2016. Prior to Giolito, the last Sox righty to twirl back-to-back complete games was Jake Peavy April 23 and April 28, 2012. … Thanks to Chris Kamka (@ckamka) for a boost on this one

*Giolito threw the Sox first complete game shutout over a team with a winning record since Samardzija’s gem over 44-43 Toronto in 2015. Per Kamka, the last time a Sox chucker recorded a shutout over a team with a better winning percentage than Houston’s .660 was when Jake Peavy handcuffed Cleveland and its . 667 winning percentage on May 18, 2011.

*According to baseballreference.com, Giolito’s 82 strikes were the most in a White Sox complete game shutout in 24 seasons. The last time there were more strikes in a Sox shutout was when Fernandez dropped 86 strikes vs. Kansas City on Sept. 26, 1995.

BREAKING DOWN TILSON’S SLAM … @SOXNERD STYLE!

A few nuggets on New Trier grad Charlie Tilson’s grand slam for the White Sox on Wednesday (the Nerd is a 1983 graduate of New Trier):

*Tilson is the 645th player to homer for the Chicago White Sox

*John Castino, Mike Huff and Tilson are the only NT grads to homer in an MLB game … Tilson is the only Trevian/Indian to hit a slam

*”Start the party at New Trier!“ exclaimed Sox TV voice Jason Benetti on the WGN telecast

*Tilson’s slam came off a 98 mph delivery and traveled 404 feet with an exit velocity of 102 mph … The two-out shot in the sixth was part of the Sox 9-4 win in Houston

*Tilson’s grand slam was the first MLB HR by a NT grad since Huff went deep off Yankees Jack McDowell on 6-23-95 @ Yankee Stadium for Toronto

*The slam was Tilson’s first as a professional and accounted for his first professional four-RBI game

*Tilson’s slam was the first by a Sox player in Houston

*Sox with slams vs. Houston: Tilson 5-22-19, Adam Dunn 6-9-12, Iguchi 6-25-06, Crede 6-24-06, Podsednik 6-23-06, Konerko 10-23-05 (Game 2, World Series)

*Huff and Tilson are the only NT grads to HR for the Sox. … Huff’s two Sox HR: 8-13-91 @ Detroit and 5-10-93 @ Seattle

*Sox whose first carer home run was a grand slam: Tilson on 5/22/18; Danny Richar 8/17/2007; Norberto Martín 6/4/1994; Kevin Bell 6/22/1976; Vince Castino 7/23/1943; Tom Turner 6/24/1942; Spencer Harris 7/28/1925; Happy Felsch 6/18/1915 (thank you Chris Kamka)

*All-time NT MLB HR leaders: Castino 41, Huff 9, Tilson 1

*50 of the 51 MLB HR by NT grads are AL blasts. The only NT NL HR was Huff’s first career dinger for the Dodgers on 8-15-89

*With the triple play earlier in the game, the Sox became the fourth team in the last 40 years to have hit a grand slam and turned a triple play in the same game. The others: the Tigers in 2017; the Mets in 2002; and the Blue Jays in 1979.

—some of this may end up on the board at Guaranteed Rate Field. I tweet stuff like this at @soxnerd on Twitter

WHITE SOX (DON) MUELLER REPORT

Here’s the (Don) Mueller Report … White Sox and @SoxNerd style:

*The White Sox purchased veteran outfielder Don Mueller from the San Francisco Giants for $25,000 on March 21, 1958. … 61 years and 1 day later, the Mueller Report was released.

*Mueller was a two-time National League All-Star, who hit .389 in the 1954 World Series after leading the NL with 212 hits for the champion Giants.

*At age 31, Mueller hit .253 with five doubles and 16 RBI in 70 games for the 1958 Sox.

*1958 average breakdown: .292 vs. righties, .321 at Comiskey Park, .350 in the first half, .333 in May, .348 in June, .290 in August, .286 in September, .241 with four doubles and 10 RBI in his 37 starts (all in right field), .321 with two outs, and .438 in the ninth inning,

*In 1958, Mueller started 17 games in the seventh spot, 14 in the sixth hole and three each in the eighth and fifth spots.

*Mueller was good in a pinch in 1958. He hit .346 in 28 pinch-hit appearances.

*His most memorable pinch-hit of 1958 came on June 4th in Yankee Stadium when he broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI pinch-single in the seventh in the White Sox 7-2 win over the Yankees.

*Mueller was limited to four games in 1959 (where he was 2-for-4) due to treatment for gout and arthritis.

*He collected the last of his 1,292 big league hits with a pinch-single off Bob Grim in the Sox 8-3 loss at Kansas City on April 21, 1959

*Mueller was 0-for-1 in the last of his 1,245 big league games on May 2, 1959 before retiring 13 days later.

 

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 23 DAYS (CAMERON ON DEMAND)

23 days to Opening Day White Sox fans

Note: Mike Cameron was the winner of the @SoxNerd Nation poll (https://twitter.com/soxnerd/status/1102931517121220609?s=21) so here is a Countdown to Opening Day nugget on Cameron, who was traded by the Sox to the Reds for birthday boy Paul Konerko before the 1999 season

Mike Cameron hit 23 home runs for the Sox from 1995 to 1998.

Some notes:

*14 of those bombs came in 1997

*Those 14 homers in 1997 were the most a Sox centerfielder since Chet Lemon hit 17 in 1979

*Cameron’s first homer was a solo shot off the Royals’ Jason Jacome on Sept. 27, 1995 at Kansas City

*That homer was the first by a Sox 22-year old since Sammy Sosa’s last roundtripper for the club in 1991

*Cameron’s last Sox homer came off the great Pedro Martinez in a 5-2 win over Boston on Sept. 19, 1998 at Comiskey Park

*His 23 homers tie him for 122nd place in Sox history with Conor Gillaspie and Johnny Mostil.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 24 DAYS (IT’S KARKO BY DEMAND)

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.