FRIDAY FLASHBACK: A PERFECT SCORESHEET 

With the White Sox revealing they will retire Mark Buehrle’s 56 on June 24, I thought I’d celebrate Flashback Friday by digging out my scoresheet from the lefty’s perfect game.

I worked the “perfecto” on July 23, 2009 as part of the White Sox scoreboard crew at U.S. Cellular Field.

I score each game in my role as font coordinator. I rarely, though, keep my card. This day, after the 5-0 win over Tampa Bayb on that Thursday afternoon, I carefully folded the sheet in half and brought it home.

Notice I didn’t even record the final out because pandemonium had consumed the Park.

The demands of the job prevent me from being detailed but on this perfect day not much detail was needed!

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 38 DAYS

38 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

From being drafted in round No. 38 to having his jersey retired!

The White Sox picked Mark Buehrle in the 38th round of the June 1998 draft.

Less than two years later, he was in the bigs to stay!

On June 24, the Sox will retire Buehrle’s No. 56.

FYI: The players drafted in a lower round and signed by the Sox to play for the Sox than Buehrle were Chris Tremie (39th round, 1992), Mario Valdez (48th round, 1993) and Taylor Thompson (44th round, 2009)

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 39 DAYS

39 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Damaso Marte threw 39 pitches in picking up the win in the White Sox epic Game 3 win of the 2005 World Series in Houston.

The lefty threw 1.2 shutout innings and did not allow a hit with two walks and three strikeouts in the 7-5 win. Marte got the Sox to within one out of a 3-0 edge in the series before giving way to Mark Buehrle, who got the save.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 40 DAYS!

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40 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Hall of Famer Ed Walsh won a White Sox record 40 games in 1908!

40!

Some nuggets on the feat:

*Ed Cicotte is second on the Sox single-season wins list with 29 in 1919

*Walsh also set club records with 42 complete games, 464 innings, 49 starts (tied by Wilbur Wood in 1972), 269 strikeouts (broken by Chris Sale in 2015), a 1.08 ERA (broken by himself twice), 7.91 baserunners per nine innings (broken by himself in 1910) and 11 shutouts in 1908

*Walsh held foes to a .203 average in 1908, which was tied by Frank Smith and broken four times

*Walsh led the A.L. in wins, winning percentage (.727), games (66), starts, complete games, shutouts, innings and strikeouts

ALL ATWITTER OVER MINNIE’S HALL CAMPAIGN

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Minnie Miñoso’s career was one of firsts.

He was the first African American to play for the White Sox.

He was Major League Baseball’s first Cuban star.

He was the first big leaguer to appear in five different decades.

If Chris Kamka and scores of others have their way, Minnie will be the first player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame thanks to a primary push from Twitter.

The stats coordinator for Comcast SportsNet Chicago recently launched the @Minoso9HOF Twitter account (with the #MinnieHOF hashtag) to ramp up the campaign to get Minoso his long overdue spot in Cooperstown.

The account has 653 followers and counting.

“After seeing the incredible Hall of Fame campaign for Tim Raines launched by Jonah Keri, Ryan Spaeder and others, it made me think that maybe it isn’t too late to get the ball rolling for Minnie,” Kamka said. “I know he’s not on the ballot and that it’s a much tougher mountain to climb, but everything needs to start somewhere.

“A spot in the Hall of Fame is something Minnie deserves, and even though he’s not here to see it, it’s something his family deserves to see as well. And it’s something White Sox fans and Minnie Miñoso fans deserve to see. And at the very least, I can use this opportunity to honor a great ballplayer and a great man.”

Raines’ candidacy, which resulted in a successful election in January, got on-line support from the likes of Keri and Spaeder.

Kamka isn’t alone in his drum-beating for Miñoso’s Hall of Fame induction.

A quick Google search of “Minnie Miñoso Hall of Fame” produces countless articles from organizations such as ESPN and the New York Times touting and supporting the “Cuban Comet’s” candidacy for the Hall.

Miñoso made 15 appearances on the Baseball Writers Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot but never approached the 75 percent needed to get elected. Minnie’s best showing on the writers ballot was in 1988 when he was listed on 21.1 percent of the vote.

The Veterans Committee and Golden Days committee have failed Minnie repeatedly with the most recent disappointment coming in 2015. The next time this era is up for election is in 2020.

The Miñoso/Kamka account, which uses the hashtag #MinnieHOF, features a timeline which is dotted with stats, facts and anecdotes on the colorful and remarkable career of Miñoso, who died on March 1, 2015.

Some examples:

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For Kamka, who makes a living crunching, contextualizing and making sense of the numbers, this campaign is a no-brainer.

“Minnie Miñoso is deserving Hall of Famer because he was an All-Star performer in the Negro Leagues, because he was a pioneer for Black Latinos in the Majors and because he was a dominant player in the American League for a long period of time,” said Kamka, whose @ckamka Twitter account has over 22,000 followers.

“Minnie is a great source of pride among White Sox fans and among baseball fans in general. Seemingly every White Sox fan has a Minnie Miñoso story.  He was one of the finest baseball ambassadors of his day.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 42 DAYS 

42 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

I believe I own the final White Sox gameworn No. 42 jersey.

I picked this gem up at a Sox charity sale in the late 1990s. I don’t remember the jersey being particularly expensive either.

This 42 was most likely worn by bust Scott Ruffcorn in 1996. However, the number was made famous in Sox history by the legendary Ron Kittle.

No. 42 will never be worn in Major League Baseball again as a tribute to Jackie Robinson. I wear this jersey every April 15 to honor Jackie.

White Sox 42s (thank God for Kittle):

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