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WHITE SOX NUGGET A DAY — JAMES SHIELDS

James Shields topped the 2018 Sox in strikeouts (Picture https://goo.gl/images/9hVrs3)

My nugget-a-day review of the 2018 White Sox continues with a look at JAMES SHIELDS.

Here it is …

In 2018, James Shields became the oldest pitcher to lead the White Sox in strikeouts (154) since fellow 36-year old Jim Kaat topped the team with 142 punch-outs in 1975.

The last time the Sox had a pitcher older than Shields to lead them in strikeouts was in 1960 when 40-year old Early Wynn K’d 158 batters.

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WHITE SOX NUGGET A DAY — DANIEL PALKA

My nugget-a-day review of the 2018 White Sox continues with a look at DANIEL PALKA.

Daniel Palka had such a monster year for the 2018 White Sox that it deserves more than just nugget.

Here goes …

*Daniel Palka’s double of June 5, 2018 was the Sox hardest hit ball of the season at 118.4 mph (13th overall and best by someone not on the Yankees)

*Palka tied for the lead among American League rookies with 27 homers in 2018

*Palka was the only White Sox player to receive a vote in the major BBWAA awards in 2018 (one point/vote in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting)

*Palka’s 27 homers were the most by a Sox rookie lefty in 2018

*Palka set the Sox record with a big league rookie record four pinch-homers in 2018

*Palka hit the first walkoff home run in a 1-0 White Sox win on Aug. 10, 2018 vs. the Indians

*Palka, Shohei Ohtani and Ryan O’Hearn were the only players to make their big league debuts at DH in 2018

*At age 26, Palka was the youngest player to lead the Sox in homers (27) since 25-year old Carlos Quentin in 2008 (36)

*Palka’s 27 homers were the lowest total to lead the Sox since George Bell’s 25 in 1992

*Palka made his big league debut for the Sox on April 25, 2018 after 555 minor league games

*On April 25, 2018, Palka became the first player to make his big league debut as the Sox starting DH since Sap Randall on Aug. 2, 1988

WHITE SOX ONE NUGGET A DAY — MIGUEL GONZALEZ

Miguel Gonzalez had a tough 2018 (Picture https://goo.gl/images/wRBLY7)

My nugget-a-day review of the 2018 White Sox continues with a look at MIGUEL GONZALEZ.

Here it is …

In 2018, Miguel Gonzalez became just the fourth pitcher in White Sox history to post a 12.00+ ERA while making at least three starts.

Gonzalez was 0-3 with a 12.41 ERA before his 2018 was curtailed by injury.

In addition to Gonzalez, Sox pitchers with at least starts and a 12.00+ ERA are James Baldwin 12.89 in 1995, Gerry Arrigo 12.82 in 1970 and Mike Bertotti 12.56 in 1995.

WHITE SOX NUGGET A DAY — RYAN CORDELL

Ryan Cordell and Lee Elia are forever linked in White Sox history (@SoxNerd photo)

The latest in my one-nugget-a-day look back at the 2018 White Sox …

TODAY: RYAN CORDELL

When Ryan Cordell homered on Sept. 14 at Baltimore, he became the first White Sox player to go deep wearing the No. 49 since Lee Elia on July 2, 1966 vs. Boston at Comiskey Park. … TAKE THIS NUGGET DOWNTOWN AND PRINT IT!

More Cordell nuggets …

*He was the first position player since Bob Melvin in 1994 to wear No. 49 for the Sox

*Cordell was the 641st player in Sox history to homer

*Cordell’s blast traveled 419 feet with an exit velocity of 107 mph

*Cordell made his big league debut as a pinch-runner and scored the winning run on a Matt Davidson’s walkoff home run in the White Sox 4-2 victory over Detroit on Sept. 3. He was the first Sox player to score a run on a walkoff hit in his debut since Lorenzo Gray (on a Jerry Hairston homer) on July 18, 1982 (Thank you @ckamka)

WHITE SOX ONE NUGGET A DAY — RYAN BURR

Ryan Burr and his parents on the day Burr was summoned from the minors (Picture https://twitter.com/chuckgarfien/status/1032378595207864320?s=21)

The latest in my one-nugget-a-day look at the 2018 White Sox …

TODAY: RYAN BURR

Tradition-rich Arizona State has produced well over 100 big leaguers including Ryan Burr, who pitched in eight games for the 2018 White Sox.

On Aug. 23, Burr became the first Arizona State product to play for the Sox since fellow right-handed reliever Sean Lowe, who was on the Southside from 1999 to 2001.

Digging deeper …

When Burr appeared on Aug. 23, he was the first Arizona State product to make his big league debut for the White Sox since Don Wakamatsu started at catcher on May 22, 1991 in Anaheim.

WHITE SOX ONE NUGGET A DAY — WELINGTON CASTLLO

Welington Castillo made a little history in his Sox debut (Picture: https://www.amazon.com/Topps-Welington-Castillo-Chicago-Baseball/dp/B07DQT26JM)

The latest in my one-nugget-a-day look at each member of the 2018 White Sox …

TODAY: WELINGTON CASTILLO

When Welington Castillo made his White Sox debut on March 29, 2018 at Kansas City, he joined J.C. Martin as the only catchers to make an Opening Day start for both Chicago teams.

Castillo made Opening Day starts for the Cubs in 2013 and 2014. Martin made Opening Day starts for the Sox in 1963 and 1964 and for the Cubs in 1970,

THIS DATE IN WHITE SOX HISTORY: OCTOBER 15TH

Here’s a look at what happened on this date in White Sox history … @SoxNerd style!

1911, SOX TOP CUBS: Winning pitcher Doc White did not allow an earned run and sparked a rally with a single in the White Sox 4-2 win over the Cubs in Game 3 of their City Series sweep before 36,308 at Comiskey Park. White started the Sox two-run uprising in third, which fronted them for good, with a one-out single and he later scored on Harry Lord’s base hit. White went the distance walked four and fanned five three days before clinching the series.

1912, OT WIN VS. CUBS: Morrie Rath’s two-out single in the 11th plated Babe Borton with the go-ahead run in the White Sox 5-4 win over the host Cubs before 10,297 in Game 6 of the City Series at West Side Grounds. Ed Walsh fired a complete game as the Sox evened the showdown at 2 after the series opened with consecutive ties.

1914, SOX WIN SERIES! Ed Cicotte threw 8.2 shutout innings OF RELIEF as the White Sox took the decisive game of the City Series with a 3-2 win over the Cubs before 14,879 at Comiskey Park. Cicotte came on after starter Jim “Death Valley” Scott gave up two runs while retiring just one of the four batters he faced. Cicotte entered and gave up five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts after ending the treacherous first. The Sox took the lead in the fourth on Ray Schalk’s RBI single which came after Braggo Roth’s two-run double tied the game.

1917, WORLD CHAMPS: The White Sox defeated the New York Giants 4-2 in New York to claim the 1917 World Series title in six games. It was the White Sox second World Series championship and their first since the 1906 “Hitless Wonders” turned the trick against the Cubs. The White Sox broke a scoreless tie in Game 6 in the fourth thanks to a defensive lapse by Heinie Zimmerman. During a rundown, Zimmerman chased Eddie Collins – who reached on Zimmerman’s error — across the plate with the game’s first run. As the rundown was taking place, Joe Jackson took third and Happy Felsch checked into second. Gandil gave the Sox a 3-0 lead when he followed with a single over first. The Giants scored two in the fifth but could not dent starter Red Faber any further. Faber went the distance in notching his third win of the series. Each White Sox player received a winner’s share of $3,669 while the Giants each received $2,442.

1923, SOX OVERPOWER CUBS: Willie Kamm homered twice and drove in five and Eddie Collins went deep once as the White Sox handled the Cubs 7-4 in Game 5 of the City Series before 15,562 at Wrigley Field. Collins hit a two-run homer and Kamm clubbed a three-run homer in the fifth as the Sox won their third straight to take the lead in the best-of-7 series.

1950, NEW SKIPPER: General manager “Frantic” Frankie Lane hired Paul Richards to manage the White Sox, thereby setting in motion the franchise’s “Go Go” era. Lane got to know Richards in the mid-1940s and vowed to hire him as a manager if he ever got the chance. Lane made good on his promise despite Richards’ rather mundane record as a minor league skipper. Richards managed the Sox until late in the 1954 season when he bolted for Baltimore for an upgrade in title. During his first stint on the Sox bench (the second would come in 1976), Richards used pitching, defense and speed to make the Sox a factor again in the American League.

1964, MAY SENT AWAY:The White Sox traded left-handed pitcher Rudy May to the Philadelphia Phillies for Bill Heath and a player to be named later. The Sox would receive Joel Gibson Nov. 23 to complete the deal. May went 17-8 as a teenager for Sox farm teams at Tidewater and Indianapolis in 1964. After being dealt by the Phils to the Angels, May spent 1965 in the big leagues as a 20-year old. Following three years in the minors, May hooked on with the Angels in 1969 and spent all but a handful of days in the Majors until retiring after the 1983 season. May did have one brief flirtation with the Sox later in his career. The Sox wanted to select May as compensation for losing Steve Kemp to free agency following the 1982 season. May balked, invoking his no trade rights so the Sox then eyed Fergie Jenkins, who was left unprotected. The Cubs then started talking trade with the Sox in order to avoid the Sox taking Jenkins. The Sox wound up acquiring Scott Fletcher, Pat Tabler, Dick Tidrow and Randy Martz for Steve Trout and Warren Brusstar and selecting Steve Mura from the compensation pool.

1993, COOMER CALLED UP: he White Sox purchased the contracts of infielder Ron Coomer — currently a Cubs radio broadcaster — and pitcher Steve Schrenk from Triple-A Nashville. Coomer, a Chicago native, had been in the minors since 1987 and spent 1991 to 1993 in the Sox chain, accruing some fair numbers at Double-A and Triple-A. With Robin Ventura at third and Frank Thomas at first, Coomer never got a shot with the Sox. The Lockport High School graduate left the Sox organization prior to the 1994 season and hooked on with Albuquerque of the Dodger system. Coomer eventually made it to the Majors with Minnesota in 1995 and played in the bigs until 2003. The peak of his career came in 1999 when he was named to the American League All-Star team. In other moves, reliever Terry Leach was designated for assignment and the Sox declined the option on left-handed pitcher Chuck Cary.

2005, BIG GAME FREDDY: Behind their third consecutive complete game, this one from Freddy Garcia, the White Sox moved to within one game of the pennant with an 8-2 win over the Angels in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in Anaheim Garcia followed the route-going efforts of Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland by limiting the Angels to six hits in his first action since starting and winning the clincher in the American League Division Series in Boston. The three consecutive complete games were the first in the postseason since Jon Matlack, Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman accomplished the feat for the 1973 New York Mets. For the second game in a row, Paul Konerko, bound for the ALCS MVP Award, gave the Sox an early cushion with a home run in the first inning. Konerko’s blast came with Scott Podsednik and Tadahito Iguchi on base and fronted the Sox for good. The Sox later added to their lead on a home run by AJ Pierzynski and two RBIs each from Carl Everett and Joe Crede.