COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 47 DAYS

47 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

White Sox pitchers have made 47 appearances in All-Star Games.

The Sox haven’t had a right-handed pitcher appear in the Mid-Summer Classic since Jon Garland in 2005.

Here are some more nuggets about Sox pitchers in the All-Star Game:

*Left-hander Eddie Smith was the first White Sox pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game in 1941

*Early Wynn is the Sox all-time leader among pitchers with five All-Star appearances

*Billy Pierce is the Sox all-time leader among pitchers with three All-Star starts. Other Sox pitchers to start an All-Star Game: Wynn, Esteban Loaiza, Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale

*Mark Buehrle, Chris Sale, James Baldwin, Jack McDowell, Ray Herbert, Wynn and Smith have All-Star victories

*Pierce set the Sox single-game high with five strikeouts in the 1956 game

*Gary Peters fanned four of the nine batters he faced in the 1967 All-Star Game

*Pierce and Jason Bere are Sox pitchers with All-Star losses

*Wynn has surrendered a Sox-high two home runs in All-Star play while Smith, Sale, Bob Keegan, Baldwin and Gerry Staley each surrendered one.

*Virgil Trucks owns the Sox lone All-Star save (1954)

*Herbert at Wrigley Field in 1962 was the last White Sox pitcher to bat in an All-Star Game

TODAY IN 1994: BASEBALL PLAYER JORDAN WORKS OUT!

On this date in 1994, White Sox minor leaguer Michael Jordan worked out in private at the team’s spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla.

 Jordan was in the seventh day of his baseball career, which began when he signed a contract with the Sox and received a non-roster invitation to spring training a week earlier.

According to press reports of the day, 22 members of the media and six onlookers tried to take in the workout but were denied.

11 YEARS AGO TODAY: HAIL TO THE WHITE SOX

On this date in 2006, the World Champion White Sox were honored at the White House in a ceremony that included President Bush but not manager Ozzie Guillen, who said he was on vacation.
Many of the champs were at the ceremony and Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko presented the Chief Executive with a White Sox jacket.

The President, a former rival of the Sox as owner of the Texas Rangers, recognized many members of the Sox party and touched on many subjects during his remarks, which lasted about 11 minutes.

Here is a link for the President’s remarks at the ceremony https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2006/02/20060213-3.html

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODD FRAZIER AND …

Today is Todd Frazier’s birthday.

If you were at a White Sox game and read mention of Frazier’s birthday, you knew it was a long day at the old ballyard.

It could have been a long day because of a blowout, a marathon, a rain delay … anything.

There are points in my job of researching, inputting and displaying graphics on the scoreboard at Guaranteed Rate Field where I like to — proverbially — “goose” people. I like to see if the fans and, yes my co-workers in scoreboard control are still with me.

Usually I like to stick to situational stuff or background info during an at bat but every once in a while I’ll try to give the board a jolt.

This is where the Frazier birthday stat came in.

During a Frazier at bat mostly in the aforementioned situations, I posted a graphic that read:

“Shares a birthday (Feb. 12) with Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin and Bill Russell.”

My memory is fuzzy (I display about 10,000 stats a year!) but I may have included Chet Lemon and Joe Garagiola in the graphic but definitely not Outback Jack!

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