@SoxNerd Blog for July 15 …

*ON Q: I will miss Jose Quintana, who was dealt to the Cubs for three prospects on Thursday.

Not only was the left-hander a classy and consistent performer, there were some aspects to his being that really helped the @SoxNerd on Twitter and in the Scoreboard Control Room at Guaranteed Rate Field. This, of course, in addition to all the standard information that the accomplished career of Quintana provided.

Notes on digging deep on Quintana …

–I got a lot of mileage of his Major League rankings among natives of Colombia. Quintana ended his White Sox career the all-time leader among Colombians with 890 strikeouts, 169 starts among pitchers and 1,055.1 innings and second to Julio Teheran with 50 victories. …Quintana was the first native of Colombia to make an Opening Day start for an American League team (2017)

–I loved the fact that his last name started with ‘Q,’ which put him in rare air in White Sox history. He and “Long” John Quinn and Tom Qualters are the only pitchers with a last name that starts with ‘Q’ to play for the Sox. Quintana is the first ‘Q’ to earn decisions and victories for the Sox since Quinn in 1918. … In addition, Quintana and Quinn (Boston 1922 and Brooklyn 1931) are the only ‘Q’ pitchers to make an Opening Day start.

–His high number of 62 also provided some good stuff. It was difficult to nail down a pitcher with a higher number to make a start for the Sox. Gerry Staley is listed as wearing No. 66 for the 1956 Sox but he wore two different numbers that season, which muddies the research waters a bit. Still, though, I transformed that high number into a few nuggets.

*MORE Q: I was hoping Quintana would get one more start with the White Sox so I could flash a few of the stats I dug up after his sacrifice fly in his last start.

Here are a few I Tweeted out …

#JoseQuintana aka @jose_quintana24 1st sac fly RBI by a @whitesox pitcher since #JoelHorlen on 5-12-71 vs Washington @ ComiskeyPark

#JoseQuintana aka @jose_quintana24 1st sac fly RBI by a @whitesox starting pitcher since @TommyJohn288 on 9-14-69 vs Oakland @ ComiskeyPark

#JoseQuintana aka @jose_quintana24 1st sac fly RBI by a @whitesox starting pitcher on the road since GaryPeters on 6-24-69 @ Seattle

From our pal Chris Kamka …

Here are some that did not make it to Twitter …

–Quintana’s sac fly was the first by a Sox player with a Q last name since Aug. 14, 2011 when Carlos Quentin’s fourth-inning fly plated Juan Pierre in a 6-2 win over Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field on Aug. 14, 2011

–Quintana drove in his right fielder, Willy Garcia, with his sac fly. The last time a Sox pitcher plated his right fielder in that fashion was on July 31, 1966 when Horlen brought in Ken Berry in a 4-1 win over the Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park.

Sorry, Q you won’t see these next week. We love ya’ but you’re the enemy now!


Avisail Garcia: All-Star (photo at http://www.stickerpoints.com/image/103913)

@SoxNerd Blog for July 11 …

Some @WhiteSox related All-Star notes (@SoxNerd style):

*Garcia is the first Sox position player to be an All-Star since 2014 (first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez) … This was also the last time Sox players batted in the game (Abreu 0-for-1, Ramirez 1-for-2)

*Ramirez, who replaced Derek Jeter in that 2014 game, is the last Sox player to hit safely (single) and steal a base in the All-Star Game

*Garcia is the first outfielder to represent the Sox at an All-Star Game since Carlos Quentin in 2011

*Frank Thomas (1995) and Magglio Ordonez (2001) are the only White Sox players to homer in an All-Star Game. … TODAY IS THE 22ND ANNIVERSARY OF FRANK’S HOMER!

*The last Sox double, multi-hit game and RBI in All-Star Game was by Paul Konerko in the ill-fated tie in 2002 in Milwaukee. PK would have been the MVP that year if the A.L. had one, IMHO

*The only Sox All-Star triple belongs to Luis Aparicio. “Little Looie” led off the third with a three-bagger off Don Drysdale in 1962’s first All-Star Game in Washington DC

*The Sox are 3-for-3 in steals in All-Star Games (Ramirez, Ray Durham 1998, Aparicio 1958)

*Chris Sale started last year’s All-Star Game as the White Soz rep. The last position player to start an All-Star Game was Thomas at first base in 1995

*Right field is the only position, including DH (Harold Baines 1989) where the Sox have NOT had an All-Star starter

*The Sox are 1-for-13 in the All-Star Game since 2008.

*Between Carlton Fisk in 1991 and Konerko in 2002, Sox hitters were 14-for-20 (.700) with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI

*The game is in Miami, a National League park tonight. The Sox haven’t gotten an All-Star on NL grounds since Konerko went 2-for-2 in Pittsbugh in on this date in 2006

*Garcia is the sixth Venezuelan to represent the Sox at the All-Star Game. The others: Ordonez, Wilson Alvarez, Ozzie Guillen, Aparicio and Chico Carrasquel. A shortstop, Carrasquel was the first Latin All-Star as a Sox rep in 1954



On this date in 1990, Bobby Thigpen worked a perfect inning in the All-Star Game at Wrigley Field (image: http://www.sportsmemorabilia.com/player/Bobby_Thigpen)

With the All-Star break picking up steam and the White Sox idle, here’s a look at some White Sox events that occurred on this date to satisfy our Sox fix!

*1901, FIELDER JONES!: Fielder Jones’ RBI single in the 11th was the difference in the White Sox 5-4 win at Milwaukee. Frank Shugart’s RBI in the eighth forced OT as the Sox won for the second straight day, improved to 42-24 and moved into a virtual tie for first place.

*1916, DOUBLE DIP SHUTOUT: Lefty Williams and Reb Russell each fired shutouts in the White Sox doubleheader sweep over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. The White Sox and Williams won the first game 4-0 while Russell took the nightcap 3-0. It was the franchise’s second doubleheader shutout in 43 days. The Sox wouldn’t get another one for 24 years.

*1920, JOE AND RED: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson had four hits and Red Faber tossed a five-hitter in the White Sox 6-0 win at Philadelphia.

*1934, “BUCKETFOOT AL”: White Sox outfielder Al Simmons started the second All-Star Game at the Polo Grounds in New York and went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in the A.L.’s 9-7 win. “Bucketfoot Al,” though, was the fourth of Carl Hubbell’s record-setting and eye-popping five consecutive strikeouts. Jimmy Dykes also represented the White Sox.

*1951, ALL-STAR SOX … SIX OF ‘EM! A record six White Sox players — Nellie Fox, Chico Carrasquel, Minnie Minoso, Eddie Robinson, Jim Busby and Randy Gumpert — were named to the American League All-Star team for the game in Detroit. Fox started at second base and went 1-for-3 with an error in the American League’s 8-3 loss. Carrasquel started at shortstop and went 1-for-2. Minoso also played and went 0-for-2 while Robinson went 0-for-1 and Busby made a late-inning defensive appearance in left field. Gumpert, a pitcher, was named to the A.L. team but he did not play.

*1956, TOUGH DAY FOR PIERCE: Billy Pierce was the tough-luck loser in the American League’s 7-3 setback in the All-Star Game at Washington. Pierce, starting his second consecutive All-Star Game and third in four years, allowed just one run on two hits in three innings with five strikeouts. Second baseman Nellie Fox, making his second consecutive All-Star start and sixth appearance in a row, was 2-for-4 with a run. Catcher Sherm Lollar and pitcher Jim Wilson both saw their first All-Star action. Lollar went 1-for-2 while Wilson, making his lone All-Star appearance for the Sox, gave up one run on two hits in an inning of work.

*1962, TRIPLE FOR LOOIE: Luis Aparicio became the first White Sox player to triple in an All-Star Game in the N.L.’s 3-1 win at Washington. Named to his seventh All-Star team, Aparicio was making his third start. His triple off Don Drysdale in the seventh was the first by an A.L. player in an All-Star Game since 1951. The three-bagger also ended Aparicio’s 0-for-12 All-Star drought. Aparicio also flew out to Willie Mays for game’s final out becoming the second Sox player to be the All-Star Game’s last out (Roy Sievers 1961). Aparicio tied an All-Star record for shortstops by participating in two double plays.

*1984, TOUGH DOT: Richard Dotson pitched two scoreless innings in relief with two strikeouts in the A.L’s 3-1 loss in the All-Star Game at San Francisco. The right-hander entered the game in the fifth in relief of Jack Morris and gave up a leadoff single to Tony Gwynn but then retired Ryne Sandberg, Steve Garvey and Dale Murphy to get out of the inning. Dotson struck out Mike Schmidt and Bob Brenly in the sixth. The strikeout of Brenly ended the inning and came with runners on second and third. Dotson earned a spot on the staff with an 11-4 record and a 2.64 ERA.

*1988, BOSTON GETS LaPOINT: Dave LaPoint tossed seven shutout innings as the White Sox closed the first half with a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox before 15,163 at Comiskey Park. The Sox scored two in the first and never looked back. LaPoint gave up three hits while walking two and fanning three in improving to 7-9.

*1990, OZ AND BOB STAR: White Sox representative Bobby Thigpen tossed a scoreless inning and teammate Ozzie Guillen handled three errorless chances at shortstop in the American League’s 2-0 win in the 61st All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. Guillen also had two assists while Thigpen logged a perfect seventh inning. Thigpen fanned Darryl Strawberry to cap his inning of work after retiring Will Clark and Tim Wallach.

*1997, RAY LEADS THE WAY: Ray Durham was 3-for-5 with a double and a homer as the White Sox opened the second half by waxing the Kansas City Royals 6-3 in Missouri. The Sox scored four times in the first two innings in supporting starter Jaime Navarro, who evened his record at 7-7. Three relievers blanked the Royals over the final four innings. Roberto Hernandez finished up for his 21st save.

*1998, BELLE RINGS UP ROYALS: Albert Belle homered twice as the White Sox plastered the Kansas City Royals 10-3 before 15,378 at Comiskey Park. Belle and Thomas reached milestones in this victory. Belle’s second homer was his 293rd tying Matt Williams and Kent Hrbek for 80th on the all-time list. Thomas’ third inning double was the 266th of his career, moving him past Hall of Famer Eddie Collins into fourth place on the Sox all-time list.

*2001, MAGS STAR BLAST: Magglio Ordonez hit the White Sox second All-Star Game homer in the A.L.’s 4-1 win in the Mid-Summer Classic in Seattle. Ordonez connected off the Cubs’ Jon Lieber in the sixth inning in joining Frank Thomas as the lone Sox players to homer in an All-Star Game. Thomas hit his homer in the 1995 All-Star Game at Texas off the Reds’ John Smiley. Derek Jeter followed Ordonez’s homer with a homer of his own making them just the fifth teammates in All-Star history to go back-to-back. Ordonez also singled in the eighth off Jeff Shaw making him the only player in the game to log two hits.

*2004, GOOD EYES: The Sox used a pair of bases loaded walks from Paul Konerko and Joe Crede in taking the lead for good in the fifth inning of their 3-2 win over Seattle before 37,405 at U.S. Cellular Field. Mark Buehrle went eight innings and Shingo Takatsu struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

*2010, Q! Carlos Quentin launched two homers and Gavin Floyd allowed one run in 7.2 innings for the win in the White Sox 5-1 win over the Royals before 32,339 at U.S. Cellular Field.

*2012, SALE, PAULIE IN ACTION: White Sox representative Chris Sale pitched a scoreless inning  in his All-Star debut in the American League’s 8-0 loss in the All-Star Game in Kansas City. Paul Konerko made his final All-Star appearance but did not bat int the game where Melky Cabrera earned MVP honors fot the N.L.

*2015, SORRY CUBS: JB Shuck’s sac fly in the eighth was enough for the White Sox in  a 1-0 win over the Cubs before 41,580 at Wrigley Field.


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@SoxNerd Blog for July 4th (Happy Independence Day!):

A few Fourth of July nuggets … @SoxNerd style …

*MILESTONE: The White Sox are seeking their 100th victory on July 4th when they take on the Athletics in Oakland today.

I have the Sox at 99-78 on Independence Day.

*STREAKING: The Sox have won seven in a row on July 4th.

The run is the Sox best on the holiday since a 14-game winning streak between Game 2 in 1934 and Game 1 in 1941.

*HOME SWEET …: All seven of those wins have come at home.

The Sox last Fourth of July roadie was a 6-4 loss at Kansas City.

The streak of seven consecutive home games on July 4th is the longest in club history.

*GO 4TH AND HIT! Jose Abreu is 4-for-13 with a double, a triple, a homer and three RBI in his three games on the Fourth.

*FOR STARTERS … AGAIN: James Shields will be making his second consecutive Independence Day start for the Sox today,

Shields got the win in last year, going six innings and giving up two runs in six innings in the Sox 8-2 home win vs. the Yankees.

*FOURTH HOMERS: Carl Reynolds and Paul Konerko are the Sox all-time leaders with three homers on July 4th.

Those with two homers on Independence Day are Ollie Bejma, Cass Michaels, Sherm Lollar, Ed Herrmann, Ron Kittle, Frank Thomas, Ray Durham, Carlos Lee, Jermaine Dye, Juan Uribe and Adam Dunn.

*FIREWORKS: The first player to set off the fireworks with a homer on July 4th at Comiskey Park was Roy Sievers in 1960.

Bill Veeck installed the “exploding scoreboard” at Comiskey Park in 1960.

The last Sox player to give the Comiskey faithful an in-game fireworks show with a dinger was Kittle, who launched two in a 10-7 loss to Detroit in the stadium’s final year of 1990.

*DOUBLE DINGER: Kittle and Bejma (1939) are the only Sox players with a two-homer game on July 4th.

*THE FIRST: The White Sox first July 4th homer was hit by Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh.

In 1908, Walsh, in relief of Doc White, went deep in an 8-4 win over St. Louis at South Side Park.

*THE LAST: Konerko hit the final home run of his career on the Fourth of July 2014.

PK launched his 439th bomb off Charlie Furbush in the eighth inning of a 7-1 win over Seattle at U.S. Cellular Field.

*YANKEE DOODLE DANDIES: This is the Sox first July 4th game in Oakland. … The Sox lost to Oakland 7-1 in Chicago in their last Independence Day meeting. … The Sox have played on every Fourth of July since 1982. The 1981 game was cancelled because of the strike. … Holiday doubleheaders were once a staple in baseball but are now a thing of the past. The Sox haven’t played a July 4th twinbill since splitting with the Angels at Comiskey Park in 1969. That was the last of the Sox 60 Fourth of July DHs.


Screen shot from MLB.com. Video at https://www.mlb.com/whitesox

@SoxNerd Blog for June 28 …

*ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Nerd loves to log certain things: 1-0 Sox wins, Sox bases-loaded triples and … walkoff wins at New Comiskey Park, U.S. Cellular Field and Guaranteed Rate Field.


Jose Abreu’s two-run single with two out in the ninth handed the White Sox a 4-2 win over the Yankees Tuesday for their 188th walkoff victory at their home since 1991.

*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question I submitted for the Sox game on this date in 2016: Name the reliever who escaped a bases-loaded jam by fanning Albert Belle and Jim Thome and retiring Eddie Murray in the Sox 4-2 win over Cleveland 20 years ago today (answer below).

*MORE WALKOFFS: Here are some more nuggets on White Sox walkoffs:

–Tuesday was the Sox second walkoff of the season. The first came on May 13 when Yolmer Sanchez’s one-out single in the ninth scored Tyler Saladino for a 5-4 win over the Padres

–This was the Sox 11th walkoff vs. the Yankees at NCP/USCF/GRF.

–Prior to Tuesday, the Sox last walkoff vs. Yankees came on May 23, 2014 when Adam Dunn’s homer in the ninth with Moises Sierra on base delivered a 6-5 triumph

*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 2002, Paul Konerko’s two-run homer capped a six-run sixth as the White Sox overcame an 8-0 deficit after three in beating the Cubs 13-9 before a record crowd of 46,027 at Comiskey Park.

The deficit was the largest overcome by the Sox since they climbed out of a 9-0 hole at Cleveland on June 13, 1978.

Konerko went 4-for-4 with a pair of two-run home runs to make him 8-for-9 over the last two games.

Matt Ginter got the win with 3.1 innings of shutout relief.

 More on walkoffs … 

–Harold Baines was the hero in the White Sox first walkoff vs. the Yankees at NCP/USCF/GRF. On May 11, 1996, Baines’ two-run homer in the ninth off John Wetteland got the Sox 7-5 victory. Baines blast came an inning after Tony Phillips tied it with a two-out RBI double that scored Ron Karkovice.

–Other walkoff RBIs vs. the Yankees at the “new” park were provided Baines (HR on 8-12-96), Phillips (BB on 4-20-97), Jose Valentin (1B on 6-23-00), Magglio Ordonez (HR on 9-22-03), Jermaine Dye (1B on 8-8-06), Joe Crede (1B on 4-24-08), Dewayne Wise (1B on 7-30-09) and Alejandro De Aza (3B on 8-7-14).

–The Sox first walkoff vs. the Yankees came on May 22, 1903 when Bill Hallman’s sac fly plated Lee Tannehill for a 2-1 win in 11 before a Ladies Day crowd of 3,930 at South Side Park.

–Tuesday was the Sox seventh consecutive walkoff in the ninth inning, the longest such streak in club history. The last OT walkoff was a 10-9 win over the Tigers in 12 innings on June 13, 2016



@SoxNerd Blog for June 26:

Before last weekend becomes too distant of a memory, here’s a look back at some key moments in the career of Mark Buehrle, who had his No. 56 retired by the @WhiteSox on Saturday:

*MAY 21, 1999, WELCOME MARK: After being selected in the 36th round of the previous draft, Buehrle signed with the White Sox. 423 days later, he made his big league debut for the Sox.

*JULY 16, 2000, BIG LEAGUE DEBUT: Buehrle pitched the ninth in making his big league debut in the White Sox 11-5 win over Milwaukee before 30,050 at Comiskey Park. After just 36 games and 217.1 minor league innings, Buehrle fanned the first batter he faced in Jose Hernandez. The 21-year old wound up giving up a run in the first of his 518 big league appearances.

*JULY 19, 2000, A GOOD START: Buehrle earned the victory in his first big league start in the White Sox 3-2 win at Minnesota. Buehrle limited the Twins to two runs on six hits in seven innings to become the second Sox rookie to earn his first win in the last three days. On July 17, Jon Garland defeated the Brewers at Comiskey Park for his first win.

*MAY 26, 2001, LEAVING HIS MARK ON DETROIT: Buehrle blanked the Tigers on three hits in the White Sox 8-0 win at Detroit for his first career shutout and complete game. Buehrle walked one and fanned six in the 119-pitch gem. At one point, the left-hander retired 13 straight batters. The shutout was the first by a White Sox lefty in Detroit since Floyd Bannister on July 29, 1987 at Tiger Stadium.

*AUG. 3, 2001, ONE-HIT WONDER: Buehrle tossed a one-hitter in the White Sox 4-0 win over Tampa Bay before 19,330 at Comiskey Park. The one-hit shutout was the first by a Sox pitcher since Alex Fernandez’s gem May 4, 1992 vs. Milwaukee at Comiskey Park. Buehrle retired the first 15 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until Damian Rolls led off the seventh with a single. This was the furthest a Sox pitcher had taken a no-hitter since Scott Eyre and Keith Foulke held the A’s hitless on Aug. 12, 1998 at Comiskey Park. This was also the seventh time in 2001 that Buehrle had retired at least 10 consecutive batters in a game.

*APRIL 1, 2002, OPENING DAY DEBUT: In the first of his club-record nine Opening Day starts, Buehrle outdueled Freddy Garcia in the White Sox 6-5 win at Seattle. Buehrle went six innings and gave up one run on two hits with five strikeouts and eventually watched Keith Foulke get through the ninth for the save.

*APRIL 12, 2002, HOME OPENER SUCCESS: In his first start in a home Opener, Buehrle got the win in the White Sox 5-2 triumph over Baltimore before 41,128 at Comiskey Park. Buehrle moved to 3-0 on the season by yielding one earned run on two hits over seven innings.

*JULY 9, 2002, ALL-STAR DEBUT: Buehrle gave up a run in two innings in making his All-Star debut in the American League’s 7-7 tie at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Buehrle entered in the fourth and retired the side in order (including a strikeout of Vladimir Guerrero) before yielding a run in the fifth.

*JULY 21, 2004, MINIMUM MARK: Buehrle faced the minimum in the White Sox 14-0 win over the Indians in Cleveland. Buehrle gave up two hits but both runners were erased on double plays in making him the first Sox pitcher to face the minimum in a complete game since LaMarr Hoyt did it in May 2, 1984 at Comiskey Park.

*APRIL 4, 2005, THE FIRST OF 99!  Buehrle fired eight scoreless innings in the White Sox 1-0 Opening Day win over Cleveland before 38,141 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle, making his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, K’d five and walked one and got relief help from Shingo Takatsu as the Sox secured the first of their 99 regular season wins in their World Series championship season.

*APRIL 16, 2005, A VICTORY IN 99 MINUTES: A complete game effort from Buehrle enabled the White Sox top Seattle in 1 hour and 39 minutes before 25,931 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle fanned a career-high 12 in the fastest game in the Majors since a San Diego at Atlanta game on Sept. 30, 1984 and the fastest Sox game since a 1:38 affair on July 7, 1975 at Detroit.

*JUNE 28, 2005, WIN STREAK REACHES 9: Buehrle improved to 10-1 in winning his ninth consecutive decision in the first-place White Sox 2-1 win at Detroit. The nine-game winning streak was the longest of Buehrle’s career.

*JULY 12, 2005, ALL-STAR STARTER: Buehrle started and got the win in the American League’s 7-5 win in the All-Star Game at Detroit. Buehrle struck out three in two shutout innings in becoming the first Sox pitcher to start and win the same All-Star Game.

*OCT. 5, 2005, GAME 2 WINNER! Buehrle tossed seven innings for the win in the White Sox 5-4 conquest of Boston to take a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series before 40,799 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle yielded four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in his first postseason start.

*OCT. 12, 2005, ALCS WINNER: Buehrle posted the first of the White Sox four consecutive complete game victories in a 2-1 walkoff win over the Angels in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series before 41,013 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle fanned four and got the win when Joe Crede’s double plated pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna with two outs in the ninth after A.J. Pierzynski reached first on a dropped third strike. He gave up five hits in posting the Sox first post-season complete game since Wilson Alvarez’s effort in Game 3 of the 1993 American League Championship Series in Toronto. Buehrle fashioned the Sox first home postseason complete game since Ed Cicotte lost Game 4 of the ill-fated 1919 World Series at Comiskey Park. Buehrle turned in the Sox first postseason complete game victory at home since Red Faber beat the Giants in Game 2 of the 1917 World Series.

*OCT. 23, 2005, FALL CLASSIC START: Buehrle went seven innings but got no decision in his start in the White Sox 7-6 walkoff win over Houston in Game 2 of the World Series before 41,432 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox won the game, which featured Paul Konerko’s grand slam, on Scott Podsednik’s game-ending homer.

*OCTOBER 25, 2005, BIG SAVE! Buehrle got the final out in the 14th for the save as the White Sox took a 3-0 lead in the World Series with a 7-5 win over Houston at Minute Maid Park in the longest game by time and innings in the history of the Fall Classic. After the Sox took the lead in the top of the 14th, the Astros threatened in the bottom half but Buehrle came on and got the final out with two on sheer guts to earn the first save of his big league career and his first posting three saves in his first year of pro ball at Class-A Burlington in 1999.

*APRIL 18, 2007, A NO-HITTER: Buehrle no-hit Texas in the White Sox 6-0 win over Texas before 25,390 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle walked one and fanned eight in facing the minimum for the 16th no-no in team history. Texas’ only baserunner was Sammy Sosa, who walked in the fifth but Buehrle picked him off. This was in the Sox first home no-hitter since Joel Horlen turned the trick vs. Detroit in 1967.

*JUNE 10, 2007, NO. 100! Buehrle gave up one run on eight innings to earn his 100th win in the White Sox 6-3 victory over Houston before 33,433 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle struck out four in becoming the 12th Sox pitcher to win 100 games and the first pitcher drafted by the Sox to reach the milestone.

*JUNE 14, 2009, HOMER! Buehrle hit the only homer of his career in the White Sox 5-4 win in an interleague game at Milwaukee. Buehrle’s blast off Braden Looper leading off the third was the first by a Sox pitcher since Jon Garland in 2006. Buehrle went six innings but received no decision.

*JULY 14, 2009, ALL-STAR MARK! Buehrle fired a scoreless third inning in the American League’s 4-3 win in the All-Star Game in St. Louis. Buehrle retired Chase Utley, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun in his third and final All-Star appearance. This was Buehrle’s fourth All-Star team (he did not pitch in 2006), tying him with Billy Pierce for the most in franchise history.

*JULY 23, 2009, PERFECTO! Buehrle tossed the second perfect game in team history and 18th in big league history in the White Sox 5-0 win over Tampa Bay before 28,036 at U.S. Cellular Field. Dewayne Wise saved the perfecto with a tremendous catch up against the wall in center for the first out in the ninth. Like his no-hitter of 2007, the game lasted 2:03 and featured Eric Cooper as the plate umpire. Buehrle joined Jim Bunning, Randy Johnson, Addie Joss, Sandy Koufax and Cy Young as the only pitchers with multiple no-hitters which included a perfect game.

*JULY 28, 2009, A RECORD PERFECT STREAK: Buehrle extended his streak of consecutive batters retired to a record a 45 in the White Sox 5-3 loss at Minnesota. The streak, which covered three starts including a perfect game, ended with a two-out walk in the sixth inning.

*APRIL 5, 2010, OPENING DAY GEM/RECORD: Buehrle executed a play for the ages while making his club record eighth Opening Day start in the White Sox 6-0 win over Cleveland before 38,935 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle made an acrobatic play by flipping the ball with his glove between his legs to first base for the out in the fifth inning.

*APRIL 1, 2011, FINAL OPENER: Buehrle earned the win in extending his club-record of Opening Day starts to nine in the White Sox 15-10 victory at Cleveland. Buehrle gave up four runs in six innings in what would be his final Opening Day assignment for the Sox.

*SEPT. 27, 2011, LAST SOX HURRAH: Buehrle fired seven shutout innings for the win in a 2-1 win over Toronto before 23,934 in what would be the lefty’s last appearance in a White Sox uniform. In classic Buehrle fashion, the game lasted just 2:16 as he ended his Sox career 161-119 with a 3.83 ERA and as the all-time leader with 90 wins at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field.

*JULY 6, 2015, THE END: In his final appearance at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field, Buehrle took the loss for Toronto in a 4-2 White Sox win before 24,593 in Chicago. Buehrle went the distance but did not yield an earned run in being outdueled by Chris Sale, who also fashioned a complete game in a contest that took just 1:54.

*JUNE 24, 56 FOREVER: Buehrle had his No. 56 retired by the White Sox in an emotional ceremony at Guaranteed Rate Field.


@SoxNerd Blog for June 20 …

*NOT BAD: If I had told you the White Sox would be just six games under .500 on June 20 and …

–key relievers Nate Jones and Zach Putnam were on the disabled list and Jake Petricka spent time there 

–No. 2 starter Carlos Rodon would not have pitched an inning and fellow rotation members James Shields, Miguel Gonzalez and Dylan Covey spent time on or are on the disabled list

–journeyman David Holmberg has emerged as an important part of the starting rotation 

–Opening Day starting second baseman Tyler Saladino and Opening Day roster members Leury Garcia and Geovany Soto and projected Opening Day starting center fielder Charlie Tilson would be on or spend time on the DL

–the team had taken four road trips of at least nine games already

–Todd Frazier was hitting .205

–the current primary catchers entered 2017 with a COMBINED 41 games of Major League experience

–Jose Quintana was not pitching like Jose Quintana 

–the Opening Day center fielder Jacob May and DH Cody Asche were busts and are in Triple-A Charlotte

–Jose Abreu had no home runs at Guaranteed Rate Field

–all this during a rebuilding process, which is seemingly moving along well 

THEN, and don’t lie, you would be pleased with the way things are progressing.

I know I am.

*SOX STUPMER: Here is the trivia question flashed on the Sox scoreboard on this date in 2012: Who led the Cubs with a .323 average in the 2003 NLCS a year after leading the Sox with 22 steals (answer below)?

*UP ON THE ROOF: After I posted a link to my blog on Comiskey Park roof shot home runs, follower @LarryCarta asked me to look into a Jim Hickman roundtripper at the old park.

Larry recalled Hickman landing a dinger on the Comiskey Park roof for the Cubs during an exhibition game.

He asked for research and the Nerd loves research so off I went.

I found that on May 21, 1970 Hickman launched a massive four-bagger to left field in the Cubs’ 7-6 win before 28,863 in the 21st annual Boys Benefit Game at 35th and Shields.

“The Hammer from Henning, Tenneseee” came close to hitting a “roofer,” according to the next day’s Tribune.

“Hickman’s (home run) would have been a tape measure job if it hadn’t struck something on top of the left field rafters and bounced back,” wrote Richard Dozer.

It sounds like Hickman came close but just missed a roofer.


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