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