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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.

@SOXNERD BLOG: MONCADA BREAKS ON THROUGH IN CLEANUP SPOT

The latest @SoxNerd Blog …

What we have learned the last few days, @soxnerd style!

*CLEANING IT UP: Prior to Yoan Moncada’s arrival, it had been a while since the White Sox had a second baseman break on through to the cleanup spot.

Moncada is the first @whitesox second sacker to hit fourth since Jim Morrison — the slugger not the singer — batted there on June 20, 1980 against Detroit at Comiskey Park. Ed Farmer took the loss that day, by the way.

Moncada made his third Sox start at cleanup in Thursday’s series opener in Boston.

Speaking of Boston …

Moncada is the first Sox second baseman to start out of the fourth hole vs. Boston since fellow former Red Sox Mike Andrews on Aug. 22, 1972 at Comiskey Park.

The last time a Sox second baseman started at cleanup in Boston prior to Moncada    on Thursday was Cass Michaels on May 5, 1950.

*A CONSTANT: This will mark the 117th consecutive season the White Sox will battle their red counterparts in Boston.

The first White Sox game in Boston was June 17, 1901 when the home team win the first game as part of a doubleheader split.

This is the 107th year in a row the White Sox are playing in Fenway Park.

Did you know the White Sox spoiled the formal dedication of Fenway Park. On May 17, 1912, among parades, pomp, circumstance and dignitaries, the White Sox prevailed 5-2 with winning pitcher Ed Walsh going 3-for-3. The White Sox used a four-run ninth to win.

*NO. 634: Rookie Nicky Delmonico became the 634th player to homer for the White Sox with his first career homer on Thursday.

And this from Nerd pal @ckamka …

*MORE NICKY: On Tuesday, Delmonico became the first Sox player to make his big league debut batting fifth since @TheBigHurt_35 aka Frank Thomas did it on Aug. 2, 1990 in Milwaukee.

Here’s the list of recent Sox 5-hole @mlb debuts flashed on the Guaranteed Rate Field scoreboard that night.

*CLEANUP KEVAN: Moncada wasn’t the only Sox player hitting in rare air in the fourth hole recently.

On Wednesday, Kevan Smith was the first Sox catcher to cleanup since A.J. Pierzynski on Sept. 27, 2011 and the first right-handed hitter to do it since Carlton Fisk on Oct. 1, 1991.

Digging deeper, Smith was the first Sox rookie catcher to start at cleanup since Matt Merullo on July 2, 1991. In addition, Smith was the first right-handed hitting rookie catcher to start out of the fourth spot since John Romano on Sept. 12, 1959.

*BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS: The recently-completed sets vs. the @cubs and @Indians marked the first time the Sox had played the defending league champs in consecutive series at home.

This was the second time and second year in a row the Sox played the reigning World Series teams in back-to-back series. In 2016, the Sox played at Kansas City May 27-29 before heading to New York to play the Mets May 30-June 1 in the MATT ALBERS SERIES.

Other seasons in which the Sox played both of the previous years World Series teams were 2003 (Giants and Angels), 2004 (Marlins and Yankees), 2008 (Rockies and Red Sox) and 2011 (Cardinals and Rangers).

*A HIT BY A PITCHER: Here’s what I excavated in the wake of pitcher Carlos Rodon’s two-run double on July 25 at Wrigley Field:

–Rodon’s two RBI were one more than Sox pitchers amassed between 2013 and July 24, 2017

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=1648798083

–Rodon’s double was the first by a Sox pitcher since reliever Matt Albers‘ rocked the Big Apple on June 1, 2016

–Rodon’s two-bagger was the first by a Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle on June 29, 2011

–Rodon’s double was the first by a Sox pitcher IN CHICAGO since fellow starter Stan Bahnsen victimized Texas’ Dan Stanhouse in the second game of a doubleheader on Aug. 4, 1972 at Comiskey Park.

–Prior to Rodon, the last Sox pitcher to log an RBI in the second inning was Philip Humber on June 16, 2012 at Dodger Stadium

*SIR PAUL: Sir Paul McCartney played two songs on July 25-26 at the the Hollywood Casino and Amphitheater and Casino that he and The Beatles played during their Aug. 20, 1965 day-night doubleheader at Comiskey Park: Can’t Buy Me Love and A Hard Day’s Night.

*NOTE: The Baseball Reference website and Play Index rocks!

@SOXNERD BLOG: A BASES-LOADED TRIPLE!

The first @SoxNerd Blog of the rebuild!

Yes, he’s the most anticipated arrival from the Sox minor league system in decades.

Yes, he loves Twinkies.

Yes, he’s a good-looking dude.

Yes, he can run, field, hit, throw and hit for power.

Yoan Moncada is all those things but the thing I love him for most RIGHT NOW is his bases-loaded triple.

NERD!

Bases-loaded triples have fascinated me for a long time now.

I don’t know if it’s because the play can be a game-changer or the triple is the most exciting play in baseball but something about this situation prompted me to start logging these incidents years ago.

The same is true for one-out saves and 1-0 White Sox victories (256 of them by the way!).

I have logged every White Sox bases-loaded triple digging as deeply as I can before the lack of information delayed me.

For those of you scoring at home, that is 1947!

With that being said (and with some always-sensational contributions from the great Chris Kamka at @ckamka), here’s a deep look inside Moncada’s bases-loaded triple Friday in Kansas City, which was his first big league hit:

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple came in a Sox loss, which is a recent rarity. Prior to Friday, the Sox had won three in a row and five of their last six games in which they had a bases-loaded triple. … In the last 10 seasons, the Sox are 15-3 in games in which they had a bases-loaded triple

–Along those same lines, the Sox SHOULD NOT lose the next game in which they have a bases-loaded. Dating to 1947, the Sox have NEVER lost consecutive games when they have logged a bases-loaded triple

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple was the first by a Sox sixth-place hitter since Jose Valentin on May 27, 2000 vs. Cleveland at Comiskey Park

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple was the first by a Sox player in Kansas City since Conor Gillaspie on Sept. 16, 2014

–Moncada’s bases-loaded triple padded the Sox lead, which is a rarity based on recent history. Prior to Moncada, the last two and five of the last six Sox bases-loaded triples had given the Sox the lead. The only one that padded a Sox lead in that span was Marcus Semien’s three-bagger at Texas on April 20, 2014

–Three of the last four Sox bases-loaded triples (and four of the last seven) have been by second basemen (Brent Lillibridge Aug. 1, 2010, Moncada, Sanchez and Semien).

–Friday was the Sox first bases-loaded triple by a second baseman in Kansas City since Ray Durham on April 15, 1996

–2016 broke a string of three seasons in which the Sox had had a bases-loaded triple. … That was the longest streak since a 10-year run from 1994 to 2003

–The Sox did not have a bases-loaded triple between June 30, 1986 (Ozzie Guillen) and May 17, 1992 (Steve Sax)

–Among the more obscures players to notch bases-loaded triples with the Sox are Liu Rodriguez, Tony Muser, Bob Spence, Matt Batts, Phil Masi, Bob Souchock and …


JIM McANANY!

–July 12, 1959 was the greatest day in the history of White Sox bases-loaded triples. In  fact, it could be argued that day is the greatest day ever in the history of bases-loaded triples. On that day at Comiskey Park, Jim McAnany logged a bases-loaded triple in each game of a doubleheader!

 

 

@SOXNERD BLOG: BUEHRLE TIMELINE

@SoxNerd Blog for June 26:

Before last weekend becomes too distant of a memory, here’s a look back at some key moments in the career of Mark Buehrle, who had his No. 56 retired by the @WhiteSox on Saturday:

*MAY 21, 1999, WELCOME MARK: After being selected in the 36th round of the previous draft, Buehrle signed with the White Sox. 423 days later, he made his big league debut for the Sox.

*JULY 16, 2000, BIG LEAGUE DEBUT: Buehrle pitched the ninth in making his big league debut in the White Sox 11-5 win over Milwaukee before 30,050 at Comiskey Park. After just 36 games and 217.1 minor league innings, Buehrle fanned the first batter he faced in Jose Hernandez. The 21-year old wound up giving up a run in the first of his 518 big league appearances.

*JULY 19, 2000, A GOOD START: Buehrle earned the victory in his first big league start in the White Sox 3-2 win at Minnesota. Buehrle limited the Twins to two runs on six hits in seven innings to become the second Sox rookie to earn his first win in the last three days. On July 17, Jon Garland defeated the Brewers at Comiskey Park for his first win.

*MAY 26, 2001, LEAVING HIS MARK ON DETROIT: Buehrle blanked the Tigers on three hits in the White Sox 8-0 win at Detroit for his first career shutout and complete game. Buehrle walked one and fanned six in the 119-pitch gem. At one point, the left-hander retired 13 straight batters. The shutout was the first by a White Sox lefty in Detroit since Floyd Bannister on July 29, 1987 at Tiger Stadium.

*AUG. 3, 2001, ONE-HIT WONDER: Buehrle tossed a one-hitter in the White Sox 4-0 win over Tampa Bay before 19,330 at Comiskey Park. The one-hit shutout was the first by a Sox pitcher since Alex Fernandez’s gem May 4, 1992 vs. Milwaukee at Comiskey Park. Buehrle retired the first 15 batters he faced and did not allow a hit until Damian Rolls led off the seventh with a single. This was the furthest a Sox pitcher had taken a no-hitter since Scott Eyre and Keith Foulke held the A’s hitless on Aug. 12, 1998 at Comiskey Park. This was also the seventh time in 2001 that Buehrle had retired at least 10 consecutive batters in a game.

*APRIL 1, 2002, OPENING DAY DEBUT: In the first of his club-record nine Opening Day starts, Buehrle outdueled Freddy Garcia in the White Sox 6-5 win at Seattle. Buehrle went six innings and gave up one run on two hits with five strikeouts and eventually watched Keith Foulke get through the ninth for the save.

*APRIL 12, 2002, HOME OPENER SUCCESS: In his first start in a home Opener, Buehrle got the win in the White Sox 5-2 triumph over Baltimore before 41,128 at Comiskey Park. Buehrle moved to 3-0 on the season by yielding one earned run on two hits over seven innings.

*JULY 9, 2002, ALL-STAR DEBUT: Buehrle gave up a run in two innings in making his All-Star debut in the American League’s 7-7 tie at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Buehrle entered in the fourth and retired the side in order (including a strikeout of Vladimir Guerrero) before yielding a run in the fifth.

*JULY 21, 2004, MINIMUM MARK: Buehrle faced the minimum in the White Sox 14-0 win over the Indians in Cleveland. Buehrle gave up two hits but both runners were erased on double plays in making him the first Sox pitcher to face the minimum in a complete game since LaMarr Hoyt did it in May 2, 1984 at Comiskey Park.

*APRIL 4, 2005, THE FIRST OF 99!  Buehrle fired eight scoreless innings in the White Sox 1-0 Opening Day win over Cleveland before 38,141 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle, making his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, K’d five and walked one and got relief help from Shingo Takatsu as the Sox secured the first of their 99 regular season wins in their World Series championship season.

*APRIL 16, 2005, A VICTORY IN 99 MINUTES: A complete game effort from Buehrle enabled the White Sox top Seattle in 1 hour and 39 minutes before 25,931 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle fanned a career-high 12 in the fastest game in the Majors since a San Diego at Atlanta game on Sept. 30, 1984 and the fastest Sox game since a 1:38 affair on July 7, 1975 at Detroit.

*JUNE 28, 2005, WIN STREAK REACHES 9: Buehrle improved to 10-1 in winning his ninth consecutive decision in the first-place White Sox 2-1 win at Detroit. The nine-game winning streak was the longest of Buehrle’s career.

*JULY 12, 2005, ALL-STAR STARTER: Buehrle started and got the win in the American League’s 7-5 win in the All-Star Game at Detroit. Buehrle struck out three in two shutout innings in becoming the first Sox pitcher to start and win the same All-Star Game.

*OCT. 5, 2005, GAME 2 WINNER! Buehrle tossed seven innings for the win in the White Sox 5-4 conquest of Boston to take a 2-0 lead in the American League Division Series before 40,799 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle yielded four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in his first postseason start.

*OCT. 12, 2005, ALCS WINNER: Buehrle posted the first of the White Sox four consecutive complete game victories in a 2-1 walkoff win over the Angels in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series before 41,013 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle fanned four and got the win when Joe Crede’s double plated pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna with two outs in the ninth after A.J. Pierzynski reached first on a dropped third strike. He gave up five hits in posting the Sox first post-season complete game since Wilson Alvarez’s effort in Game 3 of the 1993 American League Championship Series in Toronto. Buehrle fashioned the Sox first home postseason complete game since Ed Cicotte lost Game 4 of the ill-fated 1919 World Series at Comiskey Park. Buehrle turned in the Sox first postseason complete game victory at home since Red Faber beat the Giants in Game 2 of the 1917 World Series.

*OCT. 23, 2005, FALL CLASSIC START: Buehrle went seven innings but got no decision in his start in the White Sox 7-6 walkoff win over Houston in Game 2 of the World Series before 41,432 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox won the game, which featured Paul Konerko’s grand slam, on Scott Podsednik’s game-ending homer.

*OCTOBER 25, 2005, BIG SAVE! Buehrle got the final out in the 14th for the save as the White Sox took a 3-0 lead in the World Series with a 7-5 win over Houston at Minute Maid Park in the longest game by time and innings in the history of the Fall Classic. After the Sox took the lead in the top of the 14th, the Astros threatened in the bottom half but Buehrle came on and got the final out with two on sheer guts to earn the first save of his big league career and his first posting three saves in his first year of pro ball at Class-A Burlington in 1999.

*APRIL 18, 2007, A NO-HITTER: Buehrle no-hit Texas in the White Sox 6-0 win over Texas before 25,390 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle walked one and fanned eight in facing the minimum for the 16th no-no in team history. Texas’ only baserunner was Sammy Sosa, who walked in the fifth but Buehrle picked him off. This was in the Sox first home no-hitter since Joel Horlen turned the trick vs. Detroit in 1967.

*JUNE 10, 2007, NO. 100! Buehrle gave up one run on eight innings to earn his 100th win in the White Sox 6-3 victory over Houston before 33,433 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle struck out four in becoming the 12th Sox pitcher to win 100 games and the first pitcher drafted by the Sox to reach the milestone.

*JUNE 14, 2009, HOMER! Buehrle hit the only homer of his career in the White Sox 5-4 win in an interleague game at Milwaukee. Buehrle’s blast off Braden Looper leading off the third was the first by a Sox pitcher since Jon Garland in 2006. Buehrle went six innings but received no decision.

*JULY 14, 2009, ALL-STAR MARK! Buehrle fired a scoreless third inning in the American League’s 4-3 win in the All-Star Game in St. Louis. Buehrle retired Chase Utley, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun in his third and final All-Star appearance. This was Buehrle’s fourth All-Star team (he did not pitch in 2006), tying him with Billy Pierce for the most in franchise history.

*JULY 23, 2009, PERFECTO! Buehrle tossed the second perfect game in team history and 18th in big league history in the White Sox 5-0 win over Tampa Bay before 28,036 at U.S. Cellular Field. Dewayne Wise saved the perfecto with a tremendous catch up against the wall in center for the first out in the ninth. Like his no-hitter of 2007, the game lasted 2:03 and featured Eric Cooper as the plate umpire. Buehrle joined Jim Bunning, Randy Johnson, Addie Joss, Sandy Koufax and Cy Young as the only pitchers with multiple no-hitters which included a perfect game.

*JULY 28, 2009, A RECORD PERFECT STREAK: Buehrle extended his streak of consecutive batters retired to a record a 45 in the White Sox 5-3 loss at Minnesota. The streak, which covered three starts including a perfect game, ended with a two-out walk in the sixth inning.

*APRIL 5, 2010, OPENING DAY GEM/RECORD: Buehrle executed a play for the ages while making his club record eighth Opening Day start in the White Sox 6-0 win over Cleveland before 38,935 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle made an acrobatic play by flipping the ball with his glove between his legs to first base for the out in the fifth inning.

*APRIL 1, 2011, FINAL OPENER: Buehrle earned the win in extending his club-record of Opening Day starts to nine in the White Sox 15-10 victory at Cleveland. Buehrle gave up four runs in six innings in what would be his final Opening Day assignment for the Sox.

*SEPT. 27, 2011, LAST SOX HURRAH: Buehrle fired seven shutout innings for the win in a 2-1 win over Toronto before 23,934 in what would be the lefty’s last appearance in a White Sox uniform. In classic Buehrle fashion, the game lasted just 2:16 as he ended his Sox career 161-119 with a 3.83 ERA and as the all-time leader with 90 wins at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field.

*JULY 6, 2015, THE END: In his final appearance at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field, Buehrle took the loss for Toronto in a 4-2 White Sox win before 24,593 in Chicago. Buehrle went the distance but did not yield an earned run in being outdueled by Chris Sale, who also fashioned a complete game in a contest that took just 1:54.

*JUNE 24, 56 FOREVER: Buehrle had his No. 56 retired by the White Sox in an emotional ceremony at Guaranteed Rate Field.

@SOXNERD BLOG JUNE 1: THERE GOES THE HAWK

@SoxNerd Blog for June 1: 

*HAWK TALK: Here are a few nuggets, @SoxNerd style, on Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, who announced Wednesday that 2018 will be his last season as the White Sox television announcer:

–EXTENDED FLIGHT: At 32 years (33 when it ends), Hawk is the longest-serving TV announcer in White Sox history.

He assumed that title in his 21st season of  2003 when he surpassed Hall of Famer Jack Brickhouse, who worked from 1948 to 1967.

Hawk will fall just short of Hall of Famer Bob Elson’s overall club record for broadcasting service. “The Commander” was behind the Sox mike — primarily on radio — for 35 years.

–HEY PARDS: During his career in the Sox TV booth, Hawk’s regular partners have been Don Drysdale, Tom Paciorek, Darrin Jackson and Steve Stone.

*SOX STUMPER: This is the trivia question flashed on Sox scoreboard for the team’s last home game on this date in 2014: Who is the only pitcher to appear in the postseason for both the White Sox and the Padres?

Answer below.

–PRE-HAWK: The year before Hawk landed at Comiskey Park, 1981, the Sox TV broadcasters were Harry Caray, Jimmy Piersall and Lou Brock.

–INTERIM HAWK: After serving as Sox GM in 1986, Hawk headed to New York to call Yankees games.

During his time away (1987-1989), Drysdale, Frank Messer, John Rooney, Gary Thorne and Jim Durham sat on Hawk’s perch in the Sox TV booth.

–GM HAWK: The Sox were 72-90 and finished fifth in the A.L. West in his only season as Sox GM in 1986. … In June, Hawk fired Tony LaRussa and hired Jim Fregosi as manager. … His front office acquired Bobby Bonilla from Pittsburgh in the Rule 5 Draft and then Hawk traded Bonilla to Pittsburgh for Jose DeLeon during the season. … Hawk’s best trade may have been prying Ivan Calderon away from Seattle for Scott Bradley … Hawk’s top draft pick in 1986 was Northwestern pitcher Grady Hall, who never played in the bigs. The two of Hawk’s picks who did play for the Sox were left-handed reliever Scott Radinsky and catcher Matt Merullo. … The Hawk regime signed Craig Grebeck out of a free agent tryout camp.

*SOX ALMANAC: On this date in 1937, Bill Dietrich, who was referenced by his nickname “Bullfrog” in the iconic 1983 movie “A Christmas Story,” tossed the first no-hitter by a White Sox pitcher in two seasons.

The righty whitewashed the St. Louis Browns 8-0 before an estimated crowd of 1,500 at Comiskey Park.

Dietrich walked two and struck out five in the 10th “no-no” in club history.

The Sox offense made things easy on Dietrich by scoring three times in the first.

–HAWK’S DEBUT: Harrelson’s debut as a player, which came against the Sox, has a neat link to another Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer.

Here’s an earlier Nerd blog on the subject https://soxnerd.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/the-hawk-and-ed-debut-coincidence/


–CHOOSING THE WRONG COLOR SOX: According to press reports of the day (like the United Press International piece above), the Hawk came close to joining the White Sox in 1967.

After being cut by Charlie Finley and the Kansas City A’s, Hawk chose red over white Sox in August of 1967.

The above syndicated story indicated the Hawk chose the Red Sox over the White Sox and their better short-term offer because they offered a contract for 1968.

The offensively-challenged but pitching rich White Sox probably would have won the ’67 pennant with the Hawk in their flock.

*STUMPER ANSWER: Scott Linebrink

@SOXNERD MAY 25 BLOG: HEAVY ON HISTORY

@SoxNerd Blog for May 25 …

*HISTORY LESSON: With the White Sox idle today and maintaining their perfect mark on days when they don’t play, what better time to look at the club’s history on this date.

Here is the “Reader’s Digest” version of notable Sox moments that happened on this date with full details below.

–1907: Sox raised their championship banner

–1912: Sox won in 17 innings

–1919: Sox used a triple play to beat Walter Johnson 

–1924: A steal of home helped the Sox prevail 

–1954: Sherm Lollar starred for the Sox at and behind the plate

–1979: Ross Baumgarten flirted with history for the Sox

–1992: Craig Grebeck was tough on the Cubs

–1996: Frank Thomas and Harold Baines reached milestones 

–2007: Luis Terrero!

–2008: CQ did it all for the Sox 

–2012: Jose Quintana and Long John Quinn became forever linked in Sox (Nerd) history.

*SOX STUMPER: Here is the trivia question displayed on the Sox scoreboard during the team’s last home game on this date in 2016 (it was Weather Day, mind you): Which of the following players never appeared in a game for the White Sox? A. Tim Raines; B. Josh Fogg; C. JT Snow; D. Dave Frost

*FULL DISCLOSURE: Here is a look, in detail, at some memorable moments on this date in Sox history:

–On this date in 1907,  the White Sox celebrated the raising of their 1906 World Championship banner with a 3-1 win over New York at South Side Park.
The banner raising was delayed because the original flagpole broke during a ceremony earlier in the homestand.

According to reports of the day, the ceremony was a surprise and was not greeted with the fanfare that accompanied the event where the flagstaff broke some days earlier.

The “immense banner of purple and gold” was raised by the groundskeeper and the fans loved it.

–On this date in 1912,  Ping Bodie’s single scored Harry Lord with the winning run as the White Sox edged Detroit 5-4 in 17 innings.

Frank Lange tossed 10 innings of scoreless relief for the win in what was the longest game at Comiskey Park and the fourth-longest game in club history at the time.

–On this date in 1919, the White Sox got a triple play in the top of the eighth and two runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Washington and Walter Johnson 6-5 at Comiskey Park.

With the bases loaded in the eighth, center fielder Hap Felsch gloved a deep fly to start the triple play. Felsch got the ball in and eventually third baseman Buck Weaver and Eddie Collins recorded outs to finish off the sixth triple play in franchise history.

–On this date in 1924, Harry Hooper stole home with the go-ahead run in the eighth on the back end of a double steal in the White Sox 10-9 win at Washington.

Ray Schalk caught his 1,500th game but had to leave early after taking a foul tip off the finger.

–On this date in 1954, Sherm Lollar drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth as the White Sox stopped the Indians’ 11-game win streak with a 4-2 victory before 43,059 at Comiskey Park.

The game also featured the last stolen base Lollar would allow all year. From this date until the end of the season, Lollar would throw out the next 18 runners who try to steal.

–On this date in 1979, Ross Baumgarten carried a no-hitter into the seventh in the White Sox 6-1 win at California.

The left-hander went eight innings and yielded an unearned run before giving way to Randy Scarbery, who worked the ninth.

–On this date in 1992, Craig Grebeck went 2-for-2 with two RBI and Dan Pasqua homered in the White Sox 5-0 exhibition win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Larry Thomas started the game and tossed six shutout for the victory while collecting two hits as the Sox upped their record to 7-0-1 since their series with the Northsiders resumed in 1985.

–On this date in 1996, Frank Thomas’ 100th home run at New Comiskey Park and Harold Baines’ 1,300th career RBI helped the White Sox hold off the Brewers 9-7 before 20,585 on the Southside.

–On this date in 2007,  Joe Crede’s sacrifice fly scored Tadahito Iguchi with the winning run in the White Sox 5-4 win over Tampa Bay before 34,538 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Luis Terrero launched a 425-foot homer (which would be the longest at the park in 2007) in the fourth.

The win put the Sox a season-best four games over .500 for the last time. Over the next month, the Sox hit the skids, winning only five of their next 27 games.

–On this date in 2008, Carlos Quentin capped his two-homer game with a walkoff shot leading off the ninth in the White Sox 3-2 win over the Angels before 36,195 at U.S. Cellular Field. Quentin’s two-run homer gave the Sox the lead in the third.

–On this date in 2012, Jose Quintana earned his first big league win in his first big league start in the White Sox 9-3 victory over Cleveland before 21,371 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quintana became the first Colombian to win a game for the Sox and the first pitcher with a ‘Q’ last name to win a game for the Sox since Jack Quinn won at Philadelphia on Aug. 24, 1918.

*STUMPER ANSWER: JT Snow

@SOXNERD BLOG: GRAB A BAT, PITCHERS!

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*SWING AWAY PITCHERS: The White Sox return to interleague play in a National League park which means … PITCHERS HIT!

It’s fun because it’s novel and you may see something you have never seen before.

Take last year for instance …

On June 1, 2016 portly reliever Matt Albers legged out a double in the 13th inning and rumbled home for the decisive run in a 2-1 win over the Mets at Citi Field in New York.

The site of Albers navigating the bases and his reaction and the reaction of the team were some of the most enduring images of last season.

So awesome was Albers’ trip to the plate, Topps issued a card (pictured at the top of the blog) commemorating it.

With that in mind, here are a few nuggets on Sox hurlers in the batter’s box:

–Big year: Sox pitchers collected four hits last season which was their most since 1999 (5).

–Record: The four pitcher hits last season were the second-highest Sox output in the interleague era, which began in 1997.

–Blanked: In the interleague era, Sox pitchers have gone hitless in 1998 and 2007.

–This year: Heading into tonight’s tilt in Los Angeles, Sox pitchers are 2-for-13 with a double and two RBI with seven strikeouts this season.

–Dodger Stadium: The Sox faced the Angels at Dodger Stadium in the early 1960s.

During that time Juan Pizarro hit the only homer by a Sox pitcher in the stadium on May 8, 1964.

–Last hit: Carlos Rodon at Wrigley Field (double), July 25, 2017 … Derek Holland is the other Sox pitcher with a hit this season

–Last RBI: Rodon at Wrigley Field (two-run double) … Jose Quintana is the other Sox pitcher with an RBI this season

–Last triple: James Baldwin, June 17, 1999 at St. Louis

–Last run, HR: Anthony Ranaudo, July 27, 2016 vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field

–Last multi-hit game: Mike Sirotka, June 12, 1999 at Wrigley Field (2-for-4 with a run)

–Goin’ deep: Jon Garland (June 18, 2006 at Cincinnati), Mark Buehrle (June 14, 2009 at Milwaukee) and Ranaudo are the Sox pitchers who have homered in the interleague era.

–Where is he now? Ranaudo is 0-for-11 pitching for Samsung of the Kenosha Baseball Organization this season.

–HR king: Gary Peters is the White Sox all-time leader among pitchers with 15 home runs.

–Alexei … yes! Alexei Ramirez is the Sox all-time leader among any player who pitched for the franchise with 109 home runs. He pitched one inning for the 2015 Sox.

–The beginning: The first White Sox pitcher to get a hit was John Skopec. In the franchise’s second game on April 25, 1901, the Chicago native collected two hits in a 7-3 win in Chicago.