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80 YEARS AGO TODAY: ONE HALL OF A SNUB FOR SOX ICONS

White Sox legends Eddie Collins, Ed Walsh, Ray Schalk and Red Faber received votes but not enough for induction into the Hall of Fame in results released by the Baseball Writers Association of America on this date in 1938.

In the third year of voting, only 373-game winner Grover Cleveland Alexander received enough votes for induction. Needing 75 percent, Alexander received 80.92 percent of the vote.

Collins, a second baseman, was fourth with 175 votes (66.79 percent), Walsh, a pitcher, was eighth with 110 (41.98 percent), Schalk, a catcher, was 17th with 45 (17.18 percent) and Faber, a pitcher, was tied for last with just one vote (0.38 percent).

Collins wouldn’t have long to wait for his induction. He was elected to the Hall the following year.

The rest of the Sox legends made the Hall via the Veterans Committee.

Walsh was enshrined in 1946 while Schalk went in in 1955 and Faber was inducted in 1964.

There were some other familiar names on the 1938 ballot.

Future Hall of Famers Johnny Evers, Clark Griffith, Chief Bender, Edd Roush, Hugh Duffy and Frank Chance – all of whom spent some time with the Sox –received votes but not enough for induction.

Other notables receiving votes this year were former Sox players Nick Altrock, Harry Hooper, Dickie Kerr, Everett Scott, Fielder Jones and Kid Gleason.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 84 DAYS!

84 days til Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Game No. 84 of Ted Lyons’ Hall of Fame career was a goodie.

On Aug. 27, 1925, the right-handed knuckleballer held Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig to one hit in nine at bats in going the distance in the Sox 6-5 win over the Yankees before 6,000 on a Thursday afternoon at Comiskey Park.

Lyons, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, gave up three in a first inning which saw BABE RUTH EXECUTE A SAC BUNT but then settled down.

The Sox took the lead for good with two in the fifth on a sac fly and wild pitch.

Things got sticky in the ninth when the first two Yankees reached. Lyons nailed down the win by getting Ruth to hit into a double play and getting Gehrig to line to right with the tying run on third.

The victory was Lyons’ 18th in a season where he would win a league-leading 21 and in a career where he would win a franchise-record 260.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 93 DAYS!

93 days until Opening Day, White Six fans!

Home run No. 93 of Frank Thomas’ Hall of Fame career may have been his most dramatic of the Sox ‘93 West Division title season.

On Aug. 13, Frank’s two-run home run in the eighth inning lifted the Sox to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Kansas City before a jacked up gathering of 34,272 at Comiskey Park.

After Steve Sax fired up the crowd with three sparkling plays at second base in the top of the inning, Ron Karkovice ignited the rally with a double and then scored on Warren Newson’s pinch single. Thomas then sent a 1-0 pitch by Royals’ closer Jeff Montgomery into the left-field bleachers.

The victory enabled the Sox to open a 3.5-game lead over the Royals in the A.L. West.

@SOXNERD HISTORY LESSON: JOCKO CONLAN

On this date in 1935, the White Sox did Jocko Conlan a favor by releasing him and ending his playing career.

The Chicago native went on to become one of the great umpires in big league history and he was recognized as that when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.

Conlan was a National League arbiter between 1941 and 1965.

He got his start as an umpire while with the White Sox in 1935.

In a game against the Browns, umpire Red Ormbsy was overcome with exhaustion.

With the blessing of White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes, Conlan volunteered to umpire and a Hall of Fame career was born.

Conlan’s umpiring career officially began in 1935 in the minors at the New York Pennsylvania League.

Conlan made it to the Majors in 1941 and stayed there until June 6, 1965. His 1967 book, “Jocko,” written with the great Robert Creamer, chronicled his umpiring life.

In between, he umpired five World Series’ and six All-Star Games.

Conlan, who died in 1989, hit .263 with no homers and 31 RBIs in 1934 and 1935 for the Sox.

@SOXNERD BLOG: A GOLDEN GLOBE EFFORT

A recent item from my bottomless files of White Sox almanacs really drove home how much two things that I love and have “made me” to some extent have changed over the years.

The date was Sept. 20, 1928 and baseball and newspapers ruled the world.

You could argue that baseball — an industry that has employed me for 34 years — is still king but newspapers — an industry that employed me for 29 years — have long been dethroned.

They made beautiful music together through the years.

I’m sure there are many of us who had (or have) newspaper clippings on our favorite baseball teams and players taped to our bedroom walls.

Heck, I “posted” so often, my parents bought me a bulletin board for my bedroom to hold my many clips.

This item from 1928 featured a White Sox win over the Yankees — NO THAT’S NOT ONE OF THE TWO THINGS ADDRESSED HERE — at Comiskey Park.

The performance of the Sox starting pitcher that day demonstrates how much the game has “evolved.”

Future Hall of Famer Red Faber pitched 12 innings and was rewarded with a victory in the White Sox 4-3 win over the team that won the World Series the previous year as “Murder’s Row.”

12 innings!

12 innings?

There is no way anything close to this would be allowed in today’s game.

The last Sox pitcher I can recall going past the ninth inning was Alex Fernandez on the final day of the 1995 season.

“Kid K” went 10 and gave up one run but could not get the win as the Sox prevailed for Roberto Hernandez when Robin Ventura’s walkoff single in the 11th plated Mike Cameron to victoriously send the Sox into the winter.


Maybe the most amazing thing about Faber’s outing was how commonplace it was for the day. It was as frequent — I would guess — as a seven-plus inning start in today’s game.

This effort was one of 32 outings of at least 10 innings in Faber’s career. 

That’s nothing.

Fellow Hall of Famer Ted Lyons had 35 of those performances including a Sox-record 21-inning output in a 6-5 LOSS to Detroit on May 24, 1929 at Comiskey Park.

Faber kept the Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig in check before 26,000 on a Thursday afternoon.

The “Sultan of Swat” and the “Iron Horse” were a combined 1-for-8 with a strikeout as the Sox help whittle the Yankees first-place lead to one game.

Maybe it was the fact that the powerhouse Yanks were fading which set the tone for the account of the game which appeared in the next day’s New York Times.

The first sentence (or lede as members of the Fourth Estate call it) shows how much the writing style in baseball game stories has changed since then.

Old morose, wistful Richard Vidmer really spun some poetry in getting into his article:

“The Yanks went down with the setting sun. As the golden globe sank behind the towers of the Windy City here today the champions of the world sank to defeat at the hands of the White Sox.”

Dickie Vidmer went all Dickie Dunn on us and really captured the spirit of the thing, didn’t he?


As a former sports writer and sports editor for 30 years and a voracious newspaper reader for 45 years, I can say with certainty I have never seen anything closely resembling that in a daily newspaper.

It may be tough for me to even approach anything like that nowadays because it is 40 some characters over Twitter’s limit!

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@SOXNERD BLOG: DAY OFF? NO WORRIES! HERE’S YOUR SOX FIX!

The Tribune made the Sox win over the Angels and Nolan Ryan the top story on Aug. 9. More at http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1974/08/08/page/55/article/allen-hit-keys-sox-comeback

Here’s a look at some noteworthy @WhiteSox events that happened on this date to feed your Sox fix … 
My favorite game from this day …

*1974, KAAT, ALLEN DERAIL RYAN EXPRESS: Lefty Jim Kaat bested Nolan Ryan, who carried a no-hitter into the ninth, in the White Sox 2-1 win over California before 11,636 at Comiskey Park.

Kaat’s only mistake was a second-inning home run ball to Frank Robinson.

The Sox made Kaat a winner in the ninth when Ken Henderson drove in Dick Allen with the tying run and Bill Sharp brought home B.B. Richard with the game-winner.

Allen ruined Ryan’s no-hitter with a one-out single in the ninth.

Kaat gave up six hits with three strikeouts in improving to 13-8. Kaat, who was 4-0 against California, was 21-13 in 1974.

Ryan struck out 13 in falling to 14-12. 

More from this date …

*1910, NO. 1 SHUTOUT: Future Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fired a two-hitter in logging the first shutout at the Comiskey Park in the White Sox 4-0 win over Washington. The Sox tallied single runs in the second, third, sixth and eighth inning in improving to 38-58.

*1915, ODD POSITIONING: With Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson in right field and Hall of Fame outfielder Sam Rice on the mound for the Senators, the White Sox prevailed 6-2 in Washington. The victory halted the Sox six-game losing streak.

*1916, PITCHER STEALS HOME! Pitcher Reb Russell swiped home and got the victory in the third inning of the first-place White Sox 7-1 win over Boston. Chicagoan Jack Ness fell a double shy of the cycle as the Sox banged out 13 hits.

*1925, TED TERRIFIC: Future Hall of Famer Ted Lyons twirled a three-hitter in outdueling fellow future Hall of Famer Red Ruffing in the White Sox 2-0 win in Boston. Lyons walked four and fanned one in improving to 16-6. Willie Kamm and Earl Sheely each drove in a run as the Sox won by shutout for the second straight day.

*1931, TOUGH RED: The legendary Red Faber surrendered five singles in blanking the Browns in the White Sox 2-0 win at Comiskey Park. The future Hall of Famer also doubled and scored as part of his sixth win.

*1935, I CAN NOT TELL A LIE … SOX WIN IN OT: Outfielder George Washington’s two-run single in the 10th handed the White Sox a 2-1 win in Cleveland. Washington’s hit scored Al Simmons and Zeke Bonura and helped the Sox survive Cleveland’s rally in the 10th.

*1956, DROPO THE HERO: Veteran Walt Dropo scored the winning run in the first game and drove in the game-winner in the nightcap as the White Sox swept a doubleheader from Kansas City with a pair of walkoff victories before 5,397 at Comiskey Park. In Game 1, Dropo scored on Jim Rivera’s 10th inning triple to give the White Sox a 5-4 win. In the nightcap, Dropo drove in Sherm Lollar with a 10th inning for a 4-3 Sox win. Prior to Game 2, the White Sox Dave Philley was ejected for continuing an argument with Red Flaherty that started in the opener.

*1960, WALKOFF SWEEP: The White Sox scored a pair of walkoff wins – and Gerry Staley was the victor in both contests — in sweeping a doubleheader from Washington before 25,843 at Comiskey Park. Gene Freese’s two-run homer in the ninth powered the Sox to a 9-7 win in the opener while Minnie Minoso’s single in the ninth got the Sox a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

*1966, MOOSE SPARKS COMEBACK: Chicagoan Moose Skowron’s homer in the ninth tied it and Wayne Causey’s two-run triple in the 10th broke gave the Sox the lead in a 9-8 win at California. The Sox had to survive an Angel usprising in the 10th as Dennis Higgins came on to get the game’s final out for his third save.

*1981, BASEBALL IS BACK: The White Sox and Cubs battled to a scoreless tie before 27,048 in an exhibition game at Comiskey Park as baseball finally returned to Chicago after the game’s first protracted work stoppage. The game was the first in Chicago since June 11. The players went on strike June 12. The Sox gave away 10,000 batting helmets and staged a Sox-Cubs old-timers game before the exhibition. The teams also played the next day, this time at Wrigley Field.

*1990, NO. 1 FOR ALEX: Rookie Alex Fernandez notched his first Major League victory in the White Sox 5-3 win at Kansas City. Fernandez scattered nine hits in six innings. Bobby Thigpen, on course for a record-setting season, tossed the final 1.1 innings for this 36th save. The White Sox erased a two-run deficit with a three-run fifth behind a two-run single by Sammy Sosa and an RBI triple by Phil Bradley.

*1993, BLACK JACK DEALING: Future Cy Young winner Jack McDowell won his sixth consecutive start in the White Sox 6-4 win over the Angels before 42,535 at Comiskey Park. The Sox improved to 60-49 and increased their lead to 4.5 games in the AL West. Ron Karkovice homered twice for his 14th and 15th dingers of the season. McDowell (18-6) got help from Roberto Hernandez, who fanned Chad Curtis with the tying runs on base in the ninth inning for his 23rd save.

*1994, SPANKY GOES DEEP: Catcher Mike LaValliere’s first homer with the White Sox, a two-run shot in the ninth, forced extra innings in the White Sox 10-5 win in 12 innings over the Angels in Anaheim. Jose DeLeon fired 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Frank Thomas drove in two runs in reaching the century mark for the fourth consecutive season.

*1999,  NO. 300 FOR FRANK: Future Hall of Famer Frank Thomas’ 300th home run accounted for the White Sox only highlight in an 11-1 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Thomas reached the milestone off Kevin Appier in the sixth inning. Thomas became the 84th player in big league history and the 16th active player to reach the 300-homer plateau. Thomas also joined Barry Bonds, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Cal Ripken Jr. as the only active players with 300 home runs, 1,000 RBI and 1,000 walks.

*2001, NO. 100 FOR MAGGS: Right fielder Magglio Ordonez hit his 100th home run in a 9-3 loss at Anaheim. Ordonez’s blast, a solo shot, came in the ninth off Mark Lukasiewicz. Ordonez became the 10th player in White Sox history to reach the century mark in dingers. He reached the milestone in his 585th game with the White Sox. Only Frank Thomas hit 100 homers with the White Sox in fewer games. “Big Frank” clubbed his 100th homer in his 506th game.

*2005, FUTURE CHAMPS WIN: The future World Series champion White Sox got a two-run homer from Paul Konerko and a solo shot from Joe Crede in downing Seattle 3-1 before 35,706 at US Cellular Field. Jon Garland got his 16th win and Dustin Hermanson pitched a perfect ninth for his 28th save.

*2013, A WALKOFF TRIPLE! Outfielder Alejandro De Aza’s two-run triple in the 12th delivered the White Sox a 6-5 win over the Yankees before 25,707 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Yankees took the lead in the top of the frame when Dylan Axelrod yielded a homer to Robinson Cano. The walkoff triple was the Sox first since Lyle Mouton came through with the game-winner on May 22, 1996.

32 YEARS AGO TODAY: SOX WITNESS A TERRIFIC TRIP TO THE DOCTOR

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One of the best things about spring training games is that teams face teams and players they may not see much in the regular season.

This was especially true in the pre-interleague era and when the White Sox were in the Grapefruit League in Florida.

Back in the day, the Sox would see National League legends Mays, Aaron, Gibson, Clemente, Koufax and Rose while training in Florida.

One of the more memorable “crossover” meetings occurred 32 years ago today.

On March 13, 1985, a New York Met great of the past met a Met great of the present in the White Sox 6-0 Grapefruit League victory at Payne Park in Sarasota, Fla.

The White Sox Tom Seaver, making his second start of the spring, was sharp. “Tom Terrific,” who came to the Sox from the Mets before the 1984 season, hurled five shutout frames and gave up just a single to Len Dykstra.

“I’ve only seen him on television,” Gooden said of Seaver in press reports of the day. “I’ve never spoken to him. I wouldn’t mind meeting him. I am sure there are some tips he could give me.”

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Gooden, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, fashioned three goose-eggs in his spring training debut.

The hard-throwing Gooden gave up just singles to Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk.

“He has good mechanics and it looks like he has a terrific arm,” Seaver said of Gooden.

Both hurlers would go on to have historic seasons.

Seaver won 15 games and notched his 300th win while Gooden was 24-4 and won the N.L. Cy Young Award.

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