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78 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

White Sox Opening Day No. 78 featured the first Opening Day start in the career of Steve Stone.

The assignment was also the first time a right-handed pitcher started on Opening Day for the Sox since 1968. The next righty wouldn’t start until LaMarr Hoyt in 1983.

In the ’78 Opener, Stone got no decision (two earned runs in seven innings) min the Sox 6-5 walkoff win over Boston before 50,754 at Comiskey Park.



97 days until White Sox Opening Day in Kansas City.

Steve Stone’s White Sox career lasted exactly 97 games.

Some highlights …

*Stone was 33-35 with a 4.38 ERA in two stints with the Sox

*Stone was first acquired by the Sox with Ken Henderson from the Giants for Tom Bradley on Nov. 29, 1972

*Stone’s best game with the Sox was in the 1973 finale when he blanked the defending and future World Series champion A’s on three hits with 12 strikeouts for nine innings in the Sox 1-0 win at Oakland

*Earlier that season, on May 13 also in Oakland, Stone notched the only save of his career when he K’d Joe Rudi and Gene Tenace with the bases loaded in the 12th to end the Sox 6-5 win.

*Stone was traded by the Sox to the Cubs with Steve Swisher, Ken Frailing and Jim Kremmel for Ron Santo on Dec. 18, 1973

*Stone returned to the Sox as a free agent on Nov. 24, 1976

*Stone led the 1977 “Southside Hitmen” White Sox with 12 wins. … He also led the ’78 Sox with 12 wins

*Stone was the starting pitcher (no decision) in the Sox 6-5 win over Boston before 50,754 on Opening Day 1978 at Comiskey Park

*Stone was the only righty to make an Opening Day start for the Sox on the mound between 1969 and 1982

*Stone’s playing career with the Sox ended when he signed with the Orioles as a free agent on Nov. 29, 1978

*Chris Beck and Bruce Howard are the other pitchers with 97 games with the Sox

*Stone has worked as a Sox broadcaster since 2007


Topps had to scramble to get Steve Stone in a Sox uniform for its 1977 set

Following three years on the Northside, pitcher Steve Stone returned to the White Sox when he signed with the team as a free agent on this date in 1976.

The right-hander pitched for the Sox in 1973 following two seasons with the San Francisco Giants.

After the 1973 campaign, Stone was shipped to the Cubs in the blockbuster Ron Santo deal. Stone went 23-20 in three seasons with the Cubs.

The Kent State product was the ace of the 1977 staff, winning a team-best and then career-high 15 games.

Following a 12-win season in 1978, Stone departed for the Orioles where his career culminated with a 25-win campaign and the 1980 A.L. Cy Young Award.

Following his playing career, Stone embarked a broadcasting career that has landed him in the Sox TV booth.