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



Celebrities signing the wall in the audio room is one of the many cool rituals/traditions we have in White Sox scoreboard control.

When Rich “Goose” Gossage visited us during the 1972 tribute weekend in 2012, we asked him to sign our wall and he gladly obliged.

For all his menacing histrionics on the mound, off the field Gossage has been nothing but accommodating to me in the few times I encountered him.

Gossage, a Hall of Famer, pitched for the White Sox from 1972 to 1976.


A few days after baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson, here’s a look at the White Sox and Jackie’s No. 42:

*18 players wore 42 for the Sox from 1941 until it was retired to honor Jackie in 1997

*Ron Kittle wore the number the longest for the Sox (eight seasons)

*Hall of Fame manager Al Lopez, who guided the Sox to the 1959 pennant, wore No. 42 during his time with the club

*The first Sox 42 was Chicagoan Chet Hajduk, who was retired in his only big league at bat on April 16, 1941.

Six years minus one day after Chet’s AB, Jackie debuted for Brooklyn

*The only player to wear 42 for the Sox while Robinson was active was Ron Jackson from 1954 to 1956 … Jackson was also the first Sox player to get a hit (June 29, 1954) and hit a homer (July 5, 1954) while wearing 42.

*The last player to wear 42 for the Sox was Scott Ruffcorn in 1996. His final Sox appearance was Sept. 17, 1996 in relief. Ruffcorn was the last player to start game for the Sox wearing 42 on Aug. 23, 1996 vs. Toronto at Comiskey Park.

*The last player to homer while wearing 42 for the Sox was Dale Sveum on Sept. 14, 1992. The future Cubs manager was also the last position player and the last player to log a hit (Oct. 1, 1992) while wearing 42 for the Sox.

*The last Sox pitcher to earn a win wearing 42 was Rod Bolton on July 31, 1993 at Seattle in relief. Bolton was the last Sox starting pitcher to earn a win in 42 on July 4, 1993 vs. Baltimore at Comiskey Park

*Mariano Rivera was the last player to wear 42 because those wearing it at the time of its retirement could continue doing so.

Rivera was the last player to wear the unretired 42 in a game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The game of Aug. 7, 2013 was a memorable one for the Sox but not for Rivera, who was finishing up a career which would make him the first player unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Sox pulled even in the ninth thanks to Adam Dunn’s TWO-OUT RBI pinch-single off Rivera.

The Panamanian righty looked to be off the hook in the 12th when the Yankees took the lead in the 12th when Dylan Axelrod yielded a homer to Robinson Cano.

The Sox pulled it out when Alejandro De Aza’s two-run triple in the bottom of the frame delivered the Sox a 6-5 win and sent the 25,707 on hand into a frenzy.

The walkoff triple was the Sox first since Lyle Mouton came through with the game-winner on May 22, 1996.

*Mo Vaughn, with the Mets, was the last player to bat and hit safely at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Vaughn went 0-for-3 for the Mets in the Sox 2-1 interleague win over the Mets in Chicago on June 12, 2002.

Vaughn was the last player to homer at New Comiskey Park/US Cellular Field/GRF wearing No. 42. Mo’s last homer vs. the Sox in Chicago came on Sept. 1, 2000 off Lorenzo Barcelo.

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