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@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

“Calderon camps under it … and the White Sox have won the World Series!”

I love the 1990 White Sox.

Up until 2005, they were easily my favorite White Sox team.

Heck, some days — like today when I stumbled upon a relic from that season — the 1990 Sox are my favorite Sox team ever.

They were young, scrappy, energetic, surprising but most of all good.

So good that the Sox had to print postseason tickets (like the one pictured here) because manager Jeff Torborg’s team was in the hunt until late September.

The hated A’s won the West and the pennant but were swept by the Reds in the World Series.

Pictured is a bleacher ticket to Game 4 of the 1999 World Series.

In a perfect world, this would have been a ticket to the sweep-completing World Series clincher AND the final game at Comiskey Park.

How nuts would that have been?

Note: This is the latest in a series showcasing some of the memorabilia I have collected over the years.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 76 DAYS

76 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans.

Dave Nicholson (pictured) and Wayne Nordhagen are tied for 76th in Sox history with 37 home runs.

One of Nicholson’s homers was a roofer on May 6, 1964, which may have traveled 573-feet.

The prodigious shot is part of my blog on Comiskey Park roofers, which is one of the most popular pieces I have ever posted.

Here’s the link https://soxnerd.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/notes-on-glorious-white-sox-roof-shot-homers/

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX 2019 OPENING DAY: 89 DAYS

89 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Home opener No. 89 featured the final home run in Comiskey Park curtain-raiser.

Matt Merullo had the honor in the ninth inning of a 7-4 loss to the A’s on April 14, 1989.

I don’t believe there is video of the homer, which was also Merullo’s first career blast, because it came during a power outage at Comiskey Park!

OMAR … OH WOW!

No way anyone saw this coming.

The White Sox catcher Omar Narvaez the best hitter in the game?

It’s true!

Since June 7, Narvaez is leading the Major Leagues with a .420 average with 34 hits in 81 at bats.

That’s 81 at bats, which is a pretty hefty sample size.

How out-of-the-blue is this?

Consider …

*Narvaez was hitting .170 when he started this tear after games of June 5.

*Narvaez has 14 multi-hit games since June 5. He had 19 multi-hit efforts all of last season and just one through June 5 of this season.

*Narvaez’s average his rookie season was .267. Last season, it was .277.

*Narvaez has 11 extra-base hits since June 5 only six fewer than he compiled in his first two big league seasons.

*Narvaez hit only .245 in Triple-A and .222 in Double-A before joining the Sox

Sunday, Narvaez was 3-for-4 with a single, a triple and a homer while hitting ninth as a catcher.

That combo made for some interesting facts thanks to Baseball Reference’s Play Index and the @SoxNerd‘s noggin:

*The triple was the first of Narvaez’s career.

*Narvaez was the first White Sox player to triple wearing No. 38 since Eduardo Escobar’s first career three-bagger on April 8, 2012.

*Narvaez was the first Sox player to triple at home wearing No. 38 since Pablo Ozuna on May 7, 2006 vs. Kansas City

*Other 38s to triple for the Sox: Henry Cruz (1978), pitcher Frank Baumann (1962), Norm Cash (1959), Phil Masi (1950-52), Don Wheeler (1949), pitcher Glen Moulder (1948), and Dave Philley (1946).

*Narvaez joins Tyler Flowers (Aug. 4, 2014), A.J. Pierzynski (May 25, 2012), Josh Paul (April 24, 2000), Carlton Fisk (May 16, 1984), Brian Downing (April 21, 1974), Earl Battey (Sept. 24, 1957), Buck Crouse (July 2, 1928), and Ray Schalk (June 27, 1922) as the only Sox catchers since 1908 to triple and homer in the same game.

*Of those catchers, Narvaez, Flowers, Paul, Downing and Schalk also threw out a runner trying to steal in their 3B-HR tilt.

*Sunday marked just the second time since 1908 the Sox had lost when their catcher homered and tripled in the same game. The other time? Fisk on May 16, 1984 when he hit for the cycle in a loss to Kansas City at Comiskey Park.

*Narvaez, Flowers and Paul are the only Sox backstops to homer and triple in a game from the ninth spot.

*Narvaez, Flowers, Fisk, Battey and Schalk are the only Sox catchers to single, triple and homer in a game.

TODAY IN SOX HISTORY … MUSSOLINI, SWEEPS, NO. 400 FOR FRANK AND MORE!

Frank Thomas takes a curtain call after hitting his 400th homer on this date in 2003 (screen shot).

My dad’s birth in 1930 wasn’t the only eventful moment in White Sox history that happened on this date.

Take a look …

1937, THE STRATTON SPLIT: The White Sox split a doubleheader with the Yankees before 50,000 at Comiskey Park. The Yankees took the opener 12-11 behind two homers from Bill Dickey and a game-winner from Joe DiMaggio. The Sox took the nightcap scoring three in the eighth and one in the ninth with Monty Stratton, who was later portrayed in a movie by Jimmy Stewart, getting the victory.

1943, A WIN AND THEN SOME GOOD NEWS: After the White Sox won the first game 2-1, the nightcap of their doubleheader was interrupted with the announcement at “Mussolini has resigned.” The crowd of 19,374 cheered wildly over the news that the Italian dictator was finished. The Yankees won the game 6-3 after Bill Dietrich got the victory for the Sox in Game 1.1954, 16 Ks SO HE WAS HARSH, MAN: Jack Harshman set the club record with 16 strikeouts in the White Sox 5-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader sweep at Boston. Harshman gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in improving to 7-4. Harshman, a lefty, broke the record previously held by Ed Cicotte (Aug. 26, 1914), Jim Scott (June 22, 1913) and Ed Walsh (Aug. 11, 1910 and Oct. 2, 1908). He struck out at least one batter in every inning but the eighth and he whiffed the side in order in the second and seventh innings and also in the fourth.

1959, 17 INNINGS! The White Sox edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 in 17 innings before 12,562 at Comiskey Park thanks to an RBI single by the oft-traded Harry “Suitcase” Simpson. Sherm Lollar tied the game with a homer to leadoff the ninth.

1967, TWO WALKOFFS: J.C. Martin and Ken Berry each hit walkoff homers to key the first-place White Sox to a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland before 18,152 at Comiskey Park. This marked the first time in American League history a team had swept a doubleheader with a pair of game-ending home runs.

1971, UP ON THE ROOF: White Sox catcher Tom Egan launched his only roof-shot homer at Comiskey Park in the second game of a doubleheader sweep of Washington before 24,318 on the South Side.

1972, ALL-STAR ALLEN: Dick Allen started at first base in becoming the first Sox representative to bat cleanup in an All-Star Game. Allen went 0-for-3 in the American League’s 4-3 loss in in Atlanta.

1987, NOs. 16 & 19 FOREVER: On the day No. 16 was retired for Hall of Famer Ted Lyons and No. 19 was retired for team legened Billy Pierce, the White Sox topped the Yankees 3-2 before 26,433 at Comiskey Park.

1996, DOMINANT ROBERTO: Roberto Hernandez turned in one of the most dominating performances by a Sox reliever in recent memory in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in 12 innings before 19,524 at Comiskey Park. Hernandez came on in the ninth and fanned all six of the batters he faced, falling one K shy of the club record. Hernandez threw 26 pitches, 19 of which were strikes.

1998, THE BOMB IN THE BRONX: Mike Sirotka disappointed an Old-Timers’ Day crowd of 55,638 at Yankee Stadium with six strong innings in the White Sox 6-2 win. This was the largest gathering to witness a Sox win since Oct. 3, 1993 when 72,390 watched the Southsiders defeat the Indians in Cleveland.

2001, NO. 8,000: Paul Konerko launched the 8,000th home run in White Sox history in a 7-5 loss at Cleveland. Konerko’s milestone blast came in the second inning.

2003, NO. 400 FOR FRANK: Frank Thomas’ 400th homer helped the White Sox stomp Tampa Bay 7-2 before 22,617 at US Cellular Field. Thomas became the 36th player in big league history to reach that milestone. Esteban Loaiza earned his 13th win and Carlos Lee also homered in the victory.

THIS DAY IN SOX HISTORY: APRIL 14TH

No White Sox today … no worries!

Here’s a look back at what happened on this date in Sox history to spark the old memory bank:

1907, CHAMPS MAKE IT TWO OF THREE: The defending World Champion White Sox defeated the Browns 2-1 before an overflow crowd of 17,000 in St. Louis. Fielder Jones gave the White Sox the lead for good with a two-run single in the in the second in a game where thousands more fans were turned away.

1908, BIG BEGINNING: The Sox opened their eighth A.L. campaign by blasting Detroit 15-8 before a record and overflow crowd of 20,000 at South Side Park. Billy SullivanZ homered and Doc White got the win as the Sox set a club Opening Day scoring record which would stand until the 1951 team christened their season with a 17-3 triumph at St. Louis. This was one of those games where the overflow crowd was allowed on the field and balls hit into the throng were ruled doubles of which there were eight in this game.

1910, LAST OPENER AT SOUTH SIDE PARK: Frank Smith commemorated the final Opening Day at South Side Park with a one-hitter in the White Sox 3-0 win over St. Louis. 20,000 watched as Smith gave up a single in the third while walking two and fanning five. Less than three months later, the White Sox opened Comiskey Park – their home until Sept. 30, 1990.

1914: DEATH VALLEY FOR NAPS: In his second big league game and fourth at bat, Tom Daly delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh in the White Sox 5-2 win over Cleveland before 23,000 in the opener at Comiskey Park. Jim “Death Valley” Scott was the winning pitcher as the Sox began a club-record five-game season-starting win streak, which stood as the best in team history until the 1920 Sox started 6-0.

1915, DEATH VALLEY DOES IT AGAIN: Jack Fournier’s two-run pinch triple highlighted a three-run 13th as the White Sox prevailed 7-6 in the season-opener at St. Louis. The big hit came two innings after Bunny Brief launched a home run. Ed Cicotte got the win in relief of starter Jim “Death Valley” Scott.

1917, A NO-NO FOR CICOTTE: Ed Cicotte no-hit St. Louis in an 11-0 Sox win at St. Louis. Cicotte gave up three walks, hit a batter and struck out five in the fifth no-hitter in club history. The Sox gave Cicotte a lead right away with one in the first and added seven more in the second inning.

1920, CHAMPS START WITH A WIN: Thanks to Eddie Collins’ walkoff single in the 11th, the White Sox opened defense of their A.L. pennant with a 3-2 win over Detroit before 25,000 fans at Comiskey Park. Buck Weaver scored the winning run and Lefty Williams went the distance for the win, which was the first in a six-game winning streak.

1936, HEY BABE!: Reliever Babe Phelps doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth and got the win in the White Sox 7-6 Opening Day win over St. Louis before 12,000 at Comiskey Park. Phelps capped his four inning stint by fanning Jim Bottomley to end the game.

1955, WELCOME A’S: Bob Nieman homered with three RBIs as the White Sox topped the A’s 7-1 before 14,067 in the Comiskey Park opener. Sandy Consuegra got the win as the Sox played the A’s for the first time since their move from Philadelphia to Kansas City.

1959, 4-0 IN 1959: Billy Pierce fired a six-hitter for the win as the White Sox improved to 4-0 with a 2-0 win over Kansas City before 19,303 in the Comiskey Park where all in attendance received a free beer and a soda. Pierce struck out three with no walks in helping the Sox move to 4-0 in the 1 hour and 55 minute affair. The Sox scored both of their runs in the fifth when Luis Aparicio’s single scored Johnny Callison and Bubba Phillips.

1969, FIRST SAVE: Bob Locker earned the White Sox first official save in a 4-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Locker fashioned two shutout innings to preserve Tommy John’s victory. Pete Ward’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth gave the Sox the lead for good.

1970, NO. 1 FOR HORLEN: Joel Horlen pitched into the eighth for his first win in the White Sox 3-1 triumph in Anaheim. The Sox scored their first run when Ken Berry scored on a passed ball. The Sox padded their lead on a Bill Melton double and a Duane Josephson single. Wilbur Wood tossed 1.1 perfect frames for his second save as the Sox halted a three-game losing streak.

1981, FISK SLAMS BREWERS: Carlton Fisk’s grand slam in his home debut with the White Sox sparked a 9-3 win over Milwaukee before an Opening Day record crowd of 51,560 at Comiskey Park. Greg Luzinski logged two RBI in his Comiskey Park debut in support of Ross Baumgarten, who went eight innings for the win.

1982, GOOD WORK, WIMPY: Behind Tom Paciorek’s three-run homer in the seventh, the White Sox notched their first 4-0 start since 1959 with a 5-4 win at Boston. Steve Trout got the win while Salome Barojas fired three perfect innings with two strikeouts for his third save.

1983, THE BULL, KITTY LEAD THE WAY: Ron Kittle drove in six and Greg Luzinski’s sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Sox the lead for good in a 12-11 win over the Orioles before 13,622 at Comiskey Park. Carlton Fisk doubled twice as the Sox improved to 3-4.

1985, FISK HAUNTS RED SOX: Carlton Fisk victimized his old team with four RBIs in the White Sox 11-6 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Fisk’s hit a three-run home run in a seven-run fourth that gave the Sox the lead for good.

1989, MERULLO LEAVES HIS MARK: Matt Merullo hit the last Opening Day homer at Old Comiskey Park in the White Sox 7-4 loss to Oakland in the home opener before 37,950 fans. Merullo homered off Rick Honeycutt during an Old Comiskey Park power outage so there were no fireworks to celebrate the milestone. Merullo collected his first Major League hit off Dave Stewart earlier in the game.

1990, SOSA TRIPLES HIS PLEASURE: Sammy Sosa tied a team record by banging out two triples in the White Sox 9-4 win vs. Cleveland before 12,125 at Comiskey Park. The Sox took the lead for good with two in the first thanks to a sac fly by Ivan Calderon and a single by Carlton Fisk. The win improved the surprising Sox to 3-1.

2000, NEW MILLENIUM OPENER AT COMISKEY: Frank Thomas celebrated the White Sox first home game of the 21st Century with a lead-providing homer in the first in the White Sox 9-4 win over Anaheim before 38,912 at Comiskey Park. Ray Durham treated the sellout crowd to a spectacular catch in the first to keep the Angels off the board. Paul Konerko also homered to help Mike Sirotka improve to 2-1 in the fourth nocturnal home opener in franchise history.

2004, NINTH INNING HEROICS: Joe Crede’s ninth-inning single plated Willie Harris with the winning run in the White Sox 10-9 win over Kansas City before 11,765 at US Cellular Field. Paul Konerko’s single earlier in the frame scored Magglio Ordonez with the tying run. The big ninth allowed reliever Jon Adkins to earn his first big league victory.

2010, THANKS, DANKS: John Danks allowed two hits over seven innings for the victory in the White Sox 11-1 win at Toronto. Danks walked three and fanned six for his first win of the season. Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and drove in a career-best six runs and Andruw Jones also homered as the Sox avoided losing a series in Toronto for the first time since 2006.

2017, THE TRES GARCIAS GAME: Starting an All-Garcia outfield, the White Sox tipped the Twins 2-1 at Target Field. With Willy in left, Leury in center and Avisail in right, the Sox became the first team in baseball to start an outfield of three players with the same surname, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Leury Garcia scored the Sox first run in the third but it was Matt Davidson’s homer in the seventh that was the difference.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 45 DAYS (PART II)

45 days until Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Babe Ruth is the all-time leader among visitors to Comiskey Park with 45 home runs.

The “Sultan of Swat’s” first homer at 35th and Shields came on Aug. 14, 1919 off Dickey Kerr, who was among the “clean” Sox on that ill-fated team.

The original newspaper account of that blast is for sale on eBay:

https://m.ebay.com/itm/1st-HOME-RUN-Comiskey-Park-Chicago-BABE-RUTH-New-York-Yankees-1927-Old-Newspaper-/391922744152?_mwBanner=1