COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 28 DAYS

28 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The great Wilbur Wood wore 28 while tantalizing the American League with his knuckler for the White Sox from 1967 to 1978.

You could argue Wood’s 28 is a good candidate for retirement by the Sox because …

*he won 163 games with a 3.18 ERA in 578 games (286 starts) while playing for mostly sub-.500 Sox teams

*he was durable as both a reliever leading the A.L. in appearances in 1968, 1969 and 1970 AND starts from 1972 to 1975

*he set a still-standing Sox record with 88 appearances in 1968

*he won at least 20 games in each season between 1971 and 1974

*he was a three-time A.L. All-Star

*he finished third, second and fifth, respectively, in the Cy Young voting from 1971 to 1973

There is more but the fact that “Woody” is one of the most popular players in franchise history can’t be overlooked either.

Photo: http://www.si.com/vault/issue/43315/28/2

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: A TOAST TO THE WHITE SOX!

The White Sox gave all employees — even seasonal ones like me — a bottle of champagne in 1985 to celebrate Comiskey Park’s 75th birthday.

The bottle remained unopened for 20 years following from Milwaukee and to five residents in Kenosha.

On an October night in 2005, it was time to finally this open bottle.

Oh, there would be no drinking and toasting of this finely-aged champagne.

The only way to celebrate the Sox first title since 1917 was with a champagne shower and I took one! 

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 31 DAYS

31 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

There have been 31 official no-hitters in White Sox history (18 for the Sox and 13 against the Sox).

Some Sox no-hit nuggets:

*Mark Buehrle (April 18, 2007 and July 23, 2009) and Frank Smith (Sept. 20, 1902 and Sept. 6, 1905) are the only pitchers in Sox history with two no-hitters

*Charlie Robertson (April 30, 1922), Buehrle (2009) and Philip Humber (April 21, 2012) have fashioned perfect games for the Sox

*Humber’s gem at Seattle was the Sox last no-hitter

*Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano owns the last no-hitter vs. the Sox (May 3, 2011 at U.S. Cellular Field)

*Ed Walsh and Ted Lyons are Hall of Famers who have pitched no-hitters for the Sox 

*Wilson Alvarez (Aug. 11, 1991) is the only Sox rookie to twirl a no-hitter

*Cleveland’s Bob Feller victimized the Sox with MLB’s only Opening Day no-hitter on April 16, 1940 at Comiskey Park

*Joe Cowley’s no-hitter for the Sox on Sept. 19, 1986 at Anaheim was the last win of his career

*Walsh (Aug. 27, 1911) threw the first no-hitter at Comiskey Park while Detroit’s Jack Morris (April 7, 1984) fired Comiskey’s last no-no … I was at one of those!

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 32 DAYS

32 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

White Sox home run No. 32 for Dick Allen was the franchise’s first that landed in the center field bleachers.

On Aug. 23, 1972, Allen (@DickAllen_15) sent a Lindy McDaniel offering into the seats where Harry Caray was broadcasting. The ball traveled 460-feet landed 3-feet from Caray, according to the next day’s Chicago Tribune.


Allen joined Alex Johnson, Hank Greenberg and Jimmy Foxx as the only players to hit homers into the center field bleachers in the 46-year history of the park.

The roundtripper helped the Sox beat the Yankees 5-2 and moved them into first-place in the American League West. The game drew 24,678 putting the Sox past 1,000,000 in attendance for the first time since 1965.

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1972/08/24/page/73/

White Sox nuggets