COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 93 DAYS!

93 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans! The 1906 “Hitless Wonder” White Sox won 93 games en route to winning the franchise’s first World Series title … Did I mention four additional wins came over the 116-win and heavily-favored Cubs in the World Series?

These photos are screenshots from the Chicago Tribune the day after the White Sox won the 1906 World Series.

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FRIDAY FLASHBACK: PREDICTING THE SOX FUTURE

This post-it stays with me all the time.

I am “Fer” or “Du” betting against the Sox in 2005.

A friend of mine had more confidence in the 2005 White Sox than I did.

I wish I could say I bet on the Sox to win the World Series instead of “just” making it but that was not the case.

I mean, really, who thought on Jan. 14, 2005 the White Sox were going to make the World Series?

The only person allowed to answer in the affirmative is “Schak.”

I was never happier to lose a bet and gladly paid my $1 when the Sox clinched the pennant.

Oh and don’t think I haven’t been reminded of this a time or 20,000 … because I have!

COUNTDOWN TO SOX OPENING DAY: 95 DAYS

95 days til Opening Day, Chicago White Sox fans!

Sox owner Bill Veeck had a 95-degree day in mind when he revealed his short-pants plan in 1976.

“Players should not worry about their vanity, but their comfort,” Veeck told the press. “If it’s 95 degrees out, an athlete should be glad to put on short pants and forget his bony knees. Hell, I’ve got a worse-looking knee than any of my players. It’s solid wood.”

TODAY IN 1993: SOX MAKE A CATCH WITH DJ

Darrin Jackson robs Greg Vaughn of a grand slam in 1994.

On this date in 1993, the White Sox signed free agent outfielder Darrin Jackson to replace the departed Ellis Burks.

The single moment that stood out to me from DJ’s first go-round with the Sox was an unbelievable catch he made in right field on July 1, 1994 against the Milwaukee Brewers at “New” Comiskey Park.

The only better catch I’ve seen was the one Dewayne Wise made to preserve Mark Buehrle’s perfect game on July 23, 2009.

Two seasons ago, Avisail Garcia made a grab similar to DJ’s. The over-the-wall catch of a Chris Davis fly saved David Robertson’s bacon in a one-run Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field.

The next day I asked the affable DJ if Avi’s catch reminded him of the epic snare he made in 1994.

Jackson tried but he had no recollection of the play.

No recollection? 

His catch took a grand slam away from Greg Vaughn and killed a third-Inning threat with the Sox clinging to a 1-0 lead. …

The catches were in the same spot and looked the same …

He had an RBI in the win which was part of a stretch which saw the Sox go 32-15 and take over first in the Central when the strike hit …

And a stunning picture of the catch graced the front of the next day’s Tribune.

Even when I showed DJ that photo, which I dug out of the Sox files, it didn’t really register.

I asked Jackson, one of the best defensive outfielders of his era, what his most memorable catch was.

While not sure of the date, Jackson went into demonstrative detail about an acrobatic play he made in San Diego.

I’m thinking ‘What’s the big deal? It didn’t rob a homer or save win.’

Then DJ put an all-time capper on the story.

“When I got to my feet, I saw Tony Gwynn going crazy about the catch,” DJ said.

How could I argue with that?

This was the Avisail Garcia catch that sparked the conversation with Darrin Jackson.

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