@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: GOOD OLD NO. 22

With 22 days until Opening Day, here’s a shot of the @SoxNerd with one of the White Sox most notable No. 22s Ed Farmer.

No matter what you think of him as a broadcaster (I think he’s excellent), I can tell you from personal experience Ed is a kind, generous, courteous and genuine human being.

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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.

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: MINNIE’S SIGNATURE

I was one of the ten gazillion fans White Sox icon Minnie Minoso never turned when requesting an autograph.

I had Minnie sign my scorecard on June 12, 1988 when Mrs @SoxNerd and I spotted him at Comiskey Park.

In addition to the autograph, this was quite a day at the old park even though the White Sox were pantsed by the Milwaukee Brewers 16-2.

This game featured the final cycle at Comiskey Park by the great Robin Yount and homers from both sides of the plate by future Sox infielder Dale Sveum.