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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 34 DAYS

34 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Dustin Hermanson led the 2005 World Series champion White Sox with 34 saves.

Hermanson was the second of three closers that season. He followed Shingo Takatsu and gave way to Bobby Jenks after getting injured.

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COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 38 DAYS (AND PITCHES)

38 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The underrated Wayne Edwards had an amazing and economical 38-pitch performance for the Sox on May 4, 1990.

In relief of Jerry Kutzler, the left-hander fired four shutout innings and gave up two hits with two strikeouts in the Sox 5-4 win in 11 innings at Kansas City.

Throwing an amazing 32 strikes (84 percent), Edwards gave up singles to Jim Eisenreich and Gerald Perry and fanned George Brett and Pat Tabler.

Edwards threw no more than four pitches to each of the 13 men he faced. He got three batters on the first pitch and three batters on the second pitch.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: (THIS IS) 40 DAYS

40 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Sandy Alomar Jr. was the last 40-year old to catch for the Sox (Sept. 30, 2006).

THIS IS 40!

Other Sox 40-year old lasts:

*Last to play: Omar Vizquel, 2011

*Last to hit safely: Vizquel, Sept. 20, 2011 vs. Cleveland (single)

*Last double: Vizquel, Sept. 20, 2011 vs. Cleveland (single)

*Last triple: Vizquel, June 7, 2011 vs. Seattle

*Last to homer: Vizquel, Sept. 8, 2010 at Detroit off Jeremy Bonderman

*Last steal: Vizquel, April 21, 2011 at Tampa

*Last to win: Danny Darwin, July 12, 1997

*Last complete game: Darwin, April 17, 1997 (loss)

*Last complete game win: Charlie Hough, June 22, 1992 vs. Cleveland (Alomar was 1-for-4 for Tribe)

*Last complete game shutout: Hough, Aug. 4, 1991 vs. Baltimore (Defeated Mike Mussina, making his big league debut, 1-0 on a Frank Thomas homer)

*Last to start on Opening Day: Carlton Fisk, 1991 at Baltimore

*Last Opening Day start by a pitcher: Jerry Reuss, April 4, 1989 at Angels (win)

*Last save: Ron Reed, Sept. 25, 1984 vs. Seattle

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: ‘TOM TERRIFIC’ JOINS THE SOX

With it being 41 days out from Opening Day, I thought I’d feature Tom Seaver, baseball’s most famous No. 41, and his first entry in a White Sox publication.

The Sox acquisition of Seaver came so late in the off-season that they didn’t have time to stage a photo shoot for the 1984 media guide, which explains why the future Hall of Famer is wearing a Mets cap.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 41 DAYS

41 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

Hall of Famer Tom Seaver wore his trademark No. 41 in his time with the White Sox from 1984 to 1986.

Seaver was 33-28 with a 3.67 ERA in 81 outings (79 starts) with 17 complete games and five shutouts with the Sox.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in Chicago and the experience working with the players, especially Carlton Fisk,” Seaver said prior to the 1986 season. “I have certainly enjoyed the last two years on this ballclub and I think Chicago is a great baseball town.”

Seaver had two excellent seasons with the White Sox. He went 15-11 with a 3.95 ERA in 1984 and 16-11 with a 3.17 ERA in 1985.

The highlight of Seaver’s tenure with the White Sox came on Aug. 4, 1985 when he won logged his 300th victory with a complete game effort at Yankee Stadium.

Seaver’s time in Chicago came to an end on June 29, 1986 when he was dealt by general manager Ken Harrelson to the Boston Red Sox for utilityman Steve Lyons.

“Tom Terrific’s” numbers could have been markedly better with the Sox considering he was on the losing end of a shutout a total of six times in 1984 and 1985 and he left with a lead that the bullpen blew six times in 1984.

COUNTDOWN TO WHITE SOX OPENING DAY: 42 DAYS

42 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The White Sox most famous No. 42 is Ron Kittle.

A few Kittle facts …

*The Gary, Indiana native’s breakthrough 1983 season featured the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award, a Sox rookie-record 35 homers, a spot on the All-Star team and a .286 average in the ALCS

*Kittle is the all-time leader with seven roofshot home runs at Comiskey Park

*Kittle hit .239 with 176 home runs and 460 RBIs in 843 games for the White Sox from 1982-1986 and 1989-1991 m

*”The Big Man from Gary” hit the Sox final pinch-hit homer and final roof shot homer at Old Comiskey Park