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@SOXNERD RANDOM WHITE SOX RELIC: HOLOGRAM CARD

Blockbuster issued a “Limited Edition Comiskey Park Collector’s Hologram” in 1994.

The front of the card ensconced in thick plastic is a picture of the Sox new home in all of its early 1990s glory with a “hologram” on the flipside.

The text on the front reads, “On April 18, 1991, the White Sox moved into Chicago’s newest home to baseball — Comiskey Park. Built next to the site of old Comiskey, this new park features every modern convenience and technology available. The White Sox and Comiskey Park, a Blockbuster success!”

Thankfully, the Sox and their home didn’t go the way of Blockbuster!

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: AND PRINT IT!

Lee Elia: White Sox prospect in 1967

Lee Elia, who gained infamy for a 1983 tirade as Cubs manager, was a White Sox hopeful in the mid-1960s.

This is Elia’s entry from the 1967 Sox yearbook.

Elia played only 1966 with the Sox, hitting .205 with three homers in 80 games.

Elia, a shortstop, saw his career with the Sox come to an end when his contract was sold to the Cubs on May 23, 1967.

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: THE GO GO BRAINTRUST

Sox coaching staff from 1957 to 1964 (from left): Tony Cuccinello, Ray Berres, manager Al Lopez, Don Gutteridge and Johnny Cooney

Pictured here is the coaching staff the White Sox employed during the heart of its “Go Go Era” from 1957 to 1964.

The staff was (from left) third base coach Tony Cuccinello, pitching coach Ray Berres, manager Al Lopez, Don Gutteridge and Johnny Cooney.

I got this picture thanks to my association with Berres.

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: BUEHRLE’S PERFECT SCORESHEET

My scoresheet from Mark Buehrle’s perfect game of July 23, 2009

I was lucky enough to work Mark Buehrle’s perfect game of July 23, 2009 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

This was the cleanest card I have ever kept in the 1,812 games I have worked at the White Sox new park.

The neat card was due in part to the game but also because I was getting more and more nervous and more and more fixated on the action as the gem progressed.

Notice I did not fill in the final square. The reason? I started to celebrate immediately!

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: THE VOICE

Gene Honda: The talking bobblehead

There will be no games but we can still hear Gene Honda.

The White Sox public address announcer is immortalized with this talking bobblehead.

The bobblehead was produced in 2016 as Honda, also the arena voice of the Blackhawks, the Final Four, Illini football, DePaul and the Maui Invitational among others was honored for his work by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

Portions of the proceeds went to Illini Media at Gene’s beloved University of Illinois.

More on Honda: https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/white-sox/ct-spt-white-sox-blackhawks-gene-honda-announcer-20190521-story.html

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: SIGN HERE, SENOR!

The automatic of Hall of Famer Al Lopez

During All-Star festivities at Wrigley Field in 1990, I violated a big-time rule by getting two autographs.

I was a credentialed member of the working press corps and getting autographs was a major no-no.

I threw caution to the wind and asked Hall if Fame manager Al Lopez, who led the 1959 Sox to the World Series, for an autograph.

“The Senor” happily obliged and … I didn’t get busted!

@SOXNERD RELIC OF THE DAY: PUT YOUR SIGNATURE ON THE CARRRRRD … YES!

When I first started working for the White Sox, I went on a stealth autograph hunting mission.

I played it cool on press level at Comiskey Park because I wasn’t quite sure how an employee getting autographs would play.

I later found out no one really cared as long as you were cool about it.

One night in 1984, I snared Hawk Harrelson and had him put his John Hancock in his 1965 Topps card.

The only thing I remember about this exchange was that I said, “That card is older than I am,”

Luckily, the “Hawkeroo” laughed.

I had no idea then that I would be getting the autograph of a Hall of Famer!