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THIS DATE IN SOX HISTORY: SABO SHINES

On this date in 1995, Chris Sabo had his one shining moment with the White Sox.

Twenty-three years ago today, Sabo’s two-run home run in the eighth inning — his only four-bagger as a Southsider — lifted the White Sox to an 8-7 win over the Minnesota Twins before 15,816 at Comiskey Park.

Ray Durham got the inning going with a single a — his third hit of the night — and Sabo followed with the key homer off Mark Guthrie.

Here’s a look at some of the rest that went on today in Sox history to feed your Pale Hose habit on an off day:

THE DOCTOR IS IN FOR THE WIN

1909: Doc White scored the winning run and went the distance in the White Sox 1-0 win in 11 innings over Washington at South Side Park. White scored on Mike Welday’s single after giving up four hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 11 innings.

SOX CRUISING

1912: Morrie Rath’s two-run homer in the sixth helped the first-place White Sox improve to 18-5 with a 5-2 win at Washington. The mark was the best 23-game start in franchise history. The win was the Sox fifth in a row in a streak that would reach eight.

1-0 WIN!

1914: Ed Cicotte tossed a four-hitter in the White Sox three-game skid stopping 1-0 win vs. Detroit at Comiskey Park. Shano Collins’ single in the seventh scored Ray Demmitt with the game’s only run as the Sox halted a three-game losing streak.

FABER IMPROVES TO 4-1

1921: Future Hall of Famer Red Faber picked up the fourth of his 25 victories in 1921 in the White Sox 4-1 over Boston at Comiskey Park. The White Sox put Faber, who would finish 25-15 with an A.L.-low 2.48 ERA, in position to win with three in the eighth. The win halted a three-game losing streak during which the White Sox were outscored 33-6.

NOT PERFECT BUT VICTORIOUS

1922: In his second start after posting the first perfect game in franchise history, Charles Robertson defeated the Yankees in the White Sox 2-1 in New York. It was Robertson’s first victory since the “perfecto” and improved the Sox to 11-12.

BIG DAY FOR THE BATS

1923: Ray Schalk had three hits and Harry Hooper, Earl Sheely and Willie Kamm all had two as the White Sox outlasted the Red Sox 9-7 before 3,000 at Comiskey Park. Kamm, who had two doubles, drove in three while Roy Elsh and Schalk each drove in two in support of Red Faber, who went the distance for his second victory.

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF JOHNNY

1925: Johnny Mostil gave the Sunday afternoon crowd of 40,000 a thrill with a walkoff homer in the White Sox 10-8 win over the Senators at Comiskey Park. The White Sox overcame the Senators’ seven-run sixth, which KO’d starter Red Faber. Ted Lyons pitched four innings of scoreless relief for the win. Willie Kamm went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBIs and Mostil, Ike Davis, Earl Sheely and Eddie Collins all had two hits as the Sox improved to 14-9.

THE BUCK HITS HERE

1926: Buck Crouse drove in both runs and Sloppy Thurston, his batterymate, pitched a complete game six-hitter in the White Sox 2-0 win at Washington. Crouse’s RBIs came in the seventh and drove in Bibb Falk and Spence Harris. Thurston yielded six hits and two walks while striking out six for his first win.

LARRUPIN’ LOU LIGHTS UP SOX

1934: After hitting two homers, two doubles and driving in seven runs in a 13-3 rout of the White Sox, Yankees’ first baseman Lou Gehrig removed himself from the game in New York after five innings because of illness.

ONE-RUN SUCCESS

1941: After suffering one-run, 11 inning losses each of the last two days, the White Sox pulled off a one-run win of their own by tipping the Tigers 4-3 in regulation at Comiskey Park. Thornton Lee picked up one of his 22 victories in outdueling Hal Newhowser.

SOX POWER

1955: Future Hall of Famer George Kell’s two-run home run in the eighth gave the White Sox the lead for good in a 4-2 win at Boston. Kell’s blast preceded dingers by Jim Rivera and Chico Carrasquel as the Sox overcame a 2-0 deficit to make a winner out of reliever Harry Dorish.

KEEGAN IN RELIEF!

1956: Bob Keegan fired 8.2 innings of shutout relief for the win in the White Sox 2-1 triumph in Boston. Keegan gave up seven hits and one walk while fanning three after taking over for starter Connie Johnson in the first. Keegan entered with a run in and the bases loaded. He then got Jimmy Piersall to bounce into an inning-ending double play. The biggest moment of the game came with one out in eighth when Keegan retired pinch-hitter Ted Williams and Sammy White with a runner on second. Home runs by Minnie Minoso and George Kell accounted for the White Sox offense.

DOBY DOOMS DETROIT

1957: Larry Doby’s two-run single highlighted a lead-grabbing four-run fifth in the White Sox 6-4 win at Detroit. Sherm Lollar added four hits and Dave Philley drove in two as the Sox won for the 13th time in 20 games. Billy Pierce pitched into the ninth for the win. Gerry Staley got the save when he got Harvey Kuenn to ground out with the tying run on third.

A FOXY WIN

1958: Nellie Fox’s RBI single in the eighth fronted the White Sox for good in a 4-2 win over Cleveland before 7,749 at Comiskey Park. Ron Jackson went 2-for-4 with a double, a lead-providing home run and three RBIs.

A DEAL AND THEN A SWEEP

1959: The Comiskey family sold the White Sox to Bill Veeck, Hank Greenberg and Arthur Allyn. … On the field, the White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians before 24,346 at Comiskey Park. The Sox took the first game 5-4 when Bubba Phillips’ single scored Harry “Suitcase” Simpson with the winning run. In the nightcap, Early Wynn tossed a four-hitter and Del Ennis homered in a 5-0 win. The Sox scored their final two runs in the second game off Al Cicotte, the great-nephew of former Sox pitcher Ed Cicotte. The sweep brought the Sox to within 1.5-games of the first-place Indians and was part of an eight-game winning streak.

WYNN NO. 294

1962: Early Wynn picked up his 294th victory with a complete game effort in the White Sox 3-1 win at Washington. Wynn gave up seven hits and one walk while fanning four in improving to 2-1. Nellie Fox had three hits and Al Smith homered as the Sox moved to 15-13.

A JUAN-DERFUL OUTING

1963: Juan Pizarro homered, drove in both runs and faced just one over the minimum in pitching a three-hitter in the first-place White Sox 2-0 win over the Angels before 9,016 at Comiskey Park. Pizarro led off the third with a homer and drove in J.C. Martin, who had tripled, in the fifth. Pizarro walked one and struck out six in moving to 2-0. The win was the White Sox fifth in a row in a streak that would reach seven and second consecutive shutout.

J.C. PLAYS THE HERO

1964: J.C. Martin’s fourth-inning home run broke a tie and helped the White Sox beat the Angels 5-3 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Ron Hansen also homered and drove in three as the first-place White Sox upped their record to 12-6.

SOX POWER

1967: Tommy McCraw, Pete Ward, Dick Kentworthy and Tommie Agee homered in the White Sox 13-1 win at Baltimore. Tommy John gave up one run on six hits with five strikeouts in the complete game effort.

JOSEPHSON BREAKS THE TIE

1968: Duane Josephson, in the midst of his only All-Star season, delivered a tiebreaking single in the ninth in the White Sox 2-1 win at Oakland. Josephson’s one-out single scored Luis Aparicio, who had singled and swiped second. Wilbur Wood got Rene Lachemann to ground out with the tying run to end the game for the save.

LOCKER GETS THE SAVE

1969: Bob Locker retired all four batters he faced, including the last two on strikes, to preserve Tommy John’s and the White Sox 4-0 win at Cleveland. John threw 7.2 innings but left with runners on second and third before Locker took over en route to his fourth save. Carlos May drove in three as the Sox improved to 11-11.

BRADLEY NO MATCH FOR TIGERS

1972: Tom Bradley threw a four-hitter for the victory in the White Sox 7-0 win over the Tigers before 5,610 at Comiskey Park. The bespectacled right-hander struck out seven in improving to 3-1. Bradley did not allow a runner past second in dropping his ERA over a run to 3.63. Ed Herrmann and Rich Morales each drove in two runs as the Sox moved over .500 for good at 10-9.

SEARING SOX STAY HOT

1973: Thanks to 11 innings from starter Wilbur Wood and an RBI from Pat Kelly, the first-place White Sox improved to 17-6 with a 4-3 win over the Angels in 12 innings in Anaheim. The 17-6 start was the White Sox best since 1919. Only the 1912 team, which won 18 games, posted a better 23-game start than the 1973 or 1919 squads. The White Sox scored the go-ahead run in the 12th when Jorge Orta walked, took second on Luis Alvarado’s sacrifice and scored on Kelly’s single. Terry Forster got the Angels in order in the 12th for the save after Wood had knuckled his way through the first 11 frames.

O WHAT A RELIEF HE IS

1974: Terry Forster tossed 8.2 innings of shutout RELIEF for the win in the White Sox 8-7 victory at Texas. The White Sox finally put Forster in position to win in the 14th when Dick Allen doubled and scored on Jorge Orta’s single. Forster gave up a single in the 14th but got a double play to end the game. The portly lefty gave up two walks and four hits while improving to 2-3. The Sox forced extra innings in this 4 hour and 18 minute affair on Bill Melton’s two-run double in the seventh.

HEY BUDDY … A WIN

1975: Leadoff man Buddy Bradford homered and drove in four runs as the White Sox tripped up the Indians 8-3 in Cleveland. Bradford hit a three-run, tie-breaking homer in the fifth two innings after he brought home a run with a groundout.

ROADRUNNER DELIVERS IN OT

1976: Ralph Garr’s double in the 11th plated Pat Kelly with the go-ahead run in a 7-6 win at Texas. Garr was 3-for-6 with a two-run homer in the ninth that put the Sox ahead but the Rangers forced extra innings with three in the bottom of the frame.

JOHNSON, NAHORODNY GO DEEP

1978: Lamar Johnson and Bill Nahorodny homered as the White Sox opened an eight-game homestand by halting four-game skid with a 7-2 win over the Twins before 8,338 at Comiskey Park. Tex Wortham got his first win of the season with eight strong innings.

BIG EIGHTH

1979: Eric Soderholm, Rusty Torres and Wayne Nordhagen drove in runs in a decisive eighth inning outburst in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Royals before 13,801 at Comiskey Park. Claudell Washington was 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI while falling a double shy of the cycle.

BIG NIGHT FOR MORRISON

1980: Jim Morrison was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBIs in a 10-6 win at Texas. Morrison’s single in the eighth started the two-run rally which finally gave the White Sox the lead for good. Morrison scored the go-ahead run on Thad Bosley’s fielders’ choice.

KEMP KEEPS SOX STREAKING

1982: Steve Kemp socked a go ahead two-run homer in the seventh and Tony Bernazard and Greg Luzinski both homered in the ninth as the White Sox pulled away from the Blue Jays 6-3 in Toronto. The win was the Sox seventh straight and kept them in a first-place tie with California in the A.L. West.

HAIRSTON THE HERO

1984: Jerry Hairston’s two-run pinch-homer with two outs in the ninth inning powered the White Sox to an 8-6 win over Texas before 14,611 at Comiskey Park. Hairston’s blast came off Odell Jones and made a winner out of reliever Salome Barojas.

GIBSON UP ON THE ROOF

1985: Detroit’s Kirk Gibson slugged the first of a season-record eight roof shot home runs at Old Comiskey Park in 1985. Gibson victimized the Sox Tom Seaver, who surrendered a record four roof-shot homers, in a 3-1 Tiger win before 28,241 at Comiskey Park.

ALLEN, NELSON, JAMES KO TRIBE

1986: Neil Allen, Gene Nelson and Bob James combined on a three-hitter in the White Sox 4-0 win in 11 innings in Cleveland. The Sox broke the scoreless tie with four in the 11th thanks to an error, a wild pitch and a two-run single by Carlton Fisk. Allen started and gave up three hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Nelson got the win with three perfect frames while James got through the 11th to finish off the Tribe.

KARKO HOMER, FOUR RBIs

1989: Ron Karkovice homered and drove in four as the White Sox jumped to a 10-0 lead after six en route to a 12-2 win at Milwaukee. Harold Baines was 4-for-5 and Donn Pall finished off the Brewers with 2.2 innings of perfect relief with four strikeouts for winner Melido Perez.

SOSA WORKS OT

1991: Sammy Sosa’s two-run homer in the 12th inning finally allowed the White Sox to top the Blue Jays, 5-3, in Toronto. The Sox, already playing their sixth extra inning game of the campaign, took the lead in the 11th on Scott Fletcher’s single but the Jays matched it in the bottom of the frame.

BLACK JACK 7-0

1992: Jack McDowell became the first White Sox starter to begin a season 7-0 in 25 years in a 5-2 win at Baltimore. McDowell gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in becoming the first Sox hurler since the great Joel Horlen started the 1967 campaign 7-0. The win was McDowell’s seventh in as many starts and made him the big league’s first seven-game winner. George Bell’s two-run single in the first made things easy on McDowell, who went eight innings before Bobby Thigpen pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.

FIVE HOMERS ADD UP TO ROUT

1993: The first-place White Sox used home runs from Robin Ventura, Frank Thomas, Mike Huff, Dan Pasqua and Bo Jackson in decimating the Mariners 13-2 at Kingdome. Pasqua, Ventura and Thomas launched two-run shots while Huff and Jackson hit solo blasts in support of Alex Fernandez, who gave up one run on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts in eight innings to improve to 4-2.

16 RUNS, 18 HITS

1994: Joey Cora led the White Sox 18-hit attack with a double, a homer and four RBI in a 16-2 win over Seattle before 25,041 at Comiskey Park. Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura also homered for the first-place Sox. The 16 runs were the most by the Sox since a 17-6 win over Oakland on Sept. 23, 1992 in Chicago. The 14-run margin of victory was the Sox biggest since a 15-1 win at Milwaukee July 14, 1991, their largest at New Comiskey Park and the largest by the Sox in a home game since a 17-1 win over the A’s on Oct. 3, 1987.

SOX TAP YANKEES

1996: Kevin Tapani yielded an earned run in seven innings for the victory in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Yankees before 15,784 at Comiskey Park. Tapani gave up two hits and four walks with four strikeouts in improving to 3-2. The Sox gave Tapani a cushion in the first thanks to RBIs from Danny Tartabull and Lyle Mouton.

MARTINEZ THE HERO

1997: Dave Martinez’s ninth-inning, bases-loaded single plated Frank Thomas with the game-winning run in the White Sox 9-8 win over the Athletics before 28,816 at Comiskey Park. Al Levine picked up the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief. This was the second consecutive day Martinez came through in the final inning.

A GOOD SEVENTH

1998: Mike Cameron scored the go-ahead run on Ray Durham’s groundout as the White Sox scored three in the seventh to get by the A’s 4-3 in Oakland. Wil Cordero scored the tying run on an error. Jaime Navarro got the win while Bill Simas earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

NAVARRO, MAGGS LEAD THE WAY

1999: Jaime Navarro turned in eight strong innings and Magglio Ordonez launched a 438-foot homer in the White Sox 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers before 12,670 at Comiskey Park. Ordonez’s 438-foot homer in the second was the 12th longest in the history of the Sox new home. Navarro allowed just one run eight innings to log the victory. The Sox broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth with a two-run outburst.

HOMER FEST

2001: Magglio Ordonez homered twice and Ray Durham and Sandy Alomar Jr. each went deep once as the White Sox and Angels combined for seven roundtrippers in the White Sox 7-6 setback in 10 innings before 12,684 at Comiskey Park. Durham homered for the third consecutive game, Ordonez notched his seventh career multi-homer game and Alomar hit his first roundtripper at New Comiskey Park in a Sox uniform. Alomar’s homer tied the game in the eighth but the Angels scored a run in the 10th to win. In a rarity, the Angels started Al Levine, the pitcher who finished the game for them the previous day.

THAT’S GOING TO LEAVE A MARK

2002: The White Sox lost 19-0 at Anaheim.

BIG HIT FOR EL CABALLO

2003: Carlos Lee’s home run in the seventh was the difference in the White Sox 4-3 win at Seattle. The Sox overcame 3-0 deficit thanks to two RBIs from Magglio Ordonez. Barolo Colon improved to 3-3 by pitching into the ninth. Damaso Marte got through the ninth for his fourth save.

BIG DAY FOR JOSE

2007: Jose Contreras twirled a five-hitter in the White Sox 3-0 win at Minnesota. Contreras was dominating with just one walk and four strikeouts in notching his second career whitewashing and the first complete game shutout by a Sox hurler in Minnesota since Mark Buehrle accomplished the feat July 30, 2002. The Sox gave Contreras all he needed in the first when leadoff man Pablo Ozuna singled, stole second and scored on AJ Pierzynski’s single.

SURGING IN THE SECOND

2008: A six-run second, powered by a three-run home run from Brian Anderson and a two-run shot from Carlos Quentin, delivered the White Sox an 8-4 win in Seattle. Anderson’s blast gave the Sox the lead and Quentin’s shot capped the inning which also featured an RBI double from Orlando Cabrera. Javier Vazquez got the win and was backed by a combined 2.1 shutout innings of relief from Octavio Dotel, Scott Linebrink and Matt Thornton.

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A LOOK BACK AT APRIL 30 IN SOX HISTORY

Just because the White Sox are off doesn’t mean the @SoxNerd is idle.

With the Sox maintaining their streak of not losing when they don’t play, here’s a look back at what the club did when they did play or make moves on this date:

1910, 1-0 … YEAH! Rollie Zeider singled to lead off the game and scored on a sacrifice in the White Sox 1-0 win over Detroit at South Side Park. Doc White tossed a two-hitter for the win.

1918, BENZ DRIVES SOX: Starting pitcher Joe Benz drove in three and went the distance in the White Sox 13-3 win at Cleveland. Nemo Leibold had two doubles and four RBI and Chick Gandil had four hits as the defending champs won their fourth in a row.

1919, KERR FOR SURE! Making his second big league appearance and first start, Dickie Kerr fired a complete game in the White Sox 9-7 win at Detroit. Kerr gave up 12 hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Eddie Collins scored twice as the future A.L. champs won their fourth in a row.

1922, THE FIRST PERFECTO: Rookie Charlie Robertson pitched the first perfect game in White Sox history by shutting down the Tigers 2-0 in Detroit. When Robertson retired pinch-hitter Johnny Basler to end it, he had the sixth perfect game in big league history and even earned a standing ovation from the normally harsh Detroit faithful. Making his second start of the season, Robertson mesmerized the sellout crowd of 25,000 at Navin Field with his fastball and slider. So frustrated by Robertson were the Tigers, they insisted he was doctoring the ball. The great Ty Cobb personally inspected every inch of Robertson’s uniform but could not find any foreign substances. The Tigers managed just one hard hit ball off Robertson, who struck out six, but Johnny Mostil ran it down in left field while fighting off spectators and mounted police. The spectators were on the field — a common practice during this era — and the police were there to keep the crowd in check. The Sox scored twice in the second inning on Earl Sheely’s single, which scored Harry Hooper and Mostil. The “perfecto” was the highlight of the Texan’s big league career. Robertson played for the Sox in 1919 and from 1922 to 1925. He pitched for the Browns in 1926 before finishing his career with the Boston Braves in 1927 and 1928. Robertson won 14 games for the 1922 Sox and then 13 for the Sox the next season. After that, Robertson never won more than eight games in a season. (Source: Rich Lindberg’s White Sox Encyclopedia).

1927, BLANKING ‘EM: Ted Blankenship tossed a four-hitter as the White Sox stretched their winning streak to five with a 2-0 win over St. Louis before 10,000 at Comiskey Park. Blankenship, who fanned seven, drove in a run as part of a win streak that would reach seven.

1928, BIBB DOUBLES TIGERS OVER: Bibb Falk doubled twice and drove in four in the White Sox 14-6 win over Detroit at Comiskey Park. Tommy Thomas finished off the Tigers with 4.1 innings of shutout relief.

1931, BILL GIVES US A THRILL: Bill Cissell’s fourth RBI of the game handed the White Sox a 10-9 win in 11 over St. Louis before 5,000 at Comiskey Park. RBIs by Irv Jefries and Bennie Tate tied the game in the seventh.

1934, 20 RUNS!: The White Sox tied a club record for runs in a game with a 20-10 win over Cleveland at Comiskey Park. Zeke Bonura, Al Simmons, Jackie Hayes and Joe Chamberlain homered in the Sox third 20-run game in team history to that point.

1938, TED ZEROES IN: Ted Lyons scattered nine hits in the White Sox 3-0 win over St. Louis before 3,000 at Comiskey Park. Lyons fanned four for his first win of the season.

1939, JOE WAS KUEHL: Joe Kuehl’s two-run homer in the first sparked the White Sox 6-5 win at St. Louis. Kuehl also had a double and scored three times as the Sox survived St. Louis’ three-run ninth.

1940, HE WASN’T A BOOB ON THIS DATE: Boob McNair doubled and homered as each White Sox starter collected at least one hit in a 9-4 win at Boston. Luke Appling, Moose Solters and Mike Tresh each drove in two as the Sox collected 12 hits.

1947, ASK NOT WHAT KENNEDY DO VS. WASHINGTON …: Bob Kennedy was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI as the White Sox dumped Washington 5-2 before 4,827 at Comiskey Park. Every Sox position player had at least one hit in support of Johnny Rigney, who went the distance to move to 2-1.

1950, STINGY BILL: Bill Wight tossed a two-hitter in the White Sox 5-0 win over Detroit in the first game of a doubleheader before 8,175 at Comiskey Park. Wight gave up just two doubles as the Sox scored two in the seventh and three in the eighth to make him a winner. The nightcap ended in a 7-7 tie thanks to Hank Majeski’s two late home runs.

1951, MINOSO COMES ABOARD: Minnie Minoso began his productive and colorful tenure with the White Sox when he was acquired in an involved three-team swap which also included the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians and seven players. The Sox acquired Minoso from Cleveland and Paul Lehner from the A’s and sent Gus Zernial and Dave Philley to the A’s.

1967, HOYT’S 100TH RELIEF SPARKS A STREAK: Hoyt Wilhelm earned his big league record 100th relief victory as the White Sox began a 10-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory over Cleveland in the second game of a doubleheader before 9,336 at Comiskey Park. The Sox scored one run in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings in overcoming a 2-0 deficit. Al Weis’ RBI tied it in the fifth and Tommie Agee’s hit.

1970, A DAY LATER, THINGS ARE BETTER: A day after being drubbed 18-2 by the Orioles, the White Sox exacted a little revenge from the reigning American League champs with a 6-3 win before 1,469 at Comiskey Park. Tommy John aided his own cause by driving in the go-ahead run in a four-run sixth. John pitched seven innings for his first victory of the season after five consecutive losses.

1971, MAY, REICHARDT PROVIDE THE POWER: Rick Reichardt’s home run in the fourth tied it and Carlos May’s two-run single put the Sox on top in an 8-1 win over the Senators in Washington. The Sox banged out 15 hits with Ed Stroud, May, Reichardt, Mike Andrews, Ed Herrmann and Jay Johnstone each collecting two hits. Bart Johnson went the distance and allowed one run on five hits with four walks and eight strikeouts to move to 3-2.

1972, HERRMANN SLAMS TIGERS: Ed Herrmann’s second career grand slam powered the White Sox to a 6-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit. The blast came in the sixth inning off Joe Coleman with the Sox trailing 2-1 with two outs and Carlos May, Jay Johnstone and Mike Andrews on base. Starter Tom Bradley got the victory but Terry Forster was the pitching hero, tossing four shutout innings of relief for his second save.

1974, SANTO MAKES HIS FIRST SOX HR COUNT: Ron Santo’s two-run home run off Jim Palmer – his first with the Sox — in the seventh was all Stan Bahnsen needed in a 2-1 win over Baltimore before 5,836 at Comiskey Park. Santo, starting at second, followed Ken Henderson’s leadoff single with his blast. Bahnsen went the distance giving up seven hits and three walks while fanning six.

1976, ORTA, FORSTER TOO MUCH FOR TIGERS: Terry Forster started and gave up three runs on nine hits in 7.1 innings for the victory in the White Sox 8-4 win over Detroit before 9,009 at Comiskey Park. Forster walked three and fanned four as the Sox halted a five-game skid. Jorge Orta’s one-out solo homer in the fourth gave the Sox the lead for good.

1980, SCRAPPY SOX RETURN TO TOP: Rookie Harold Baines’ two-out RBI single in the eighth off Dennis Eckersley was the difference in the White Sox 2-1 win over Boston before 10,626 at Comiskey Park. Baines’ single scored Alan Bainnister, who walked with two outs and stole second. Ed Farmer, in the midst of an All-Star and 30-save season, pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save as the Sox regained first place in the American League West by one game over the Oakland Athletics. Richard Dotson started and gave up one run in eight innings to improve to 3-1.

1984, KITTLE, BURNS TURN BACK YANKS: Ron Kittle’s three-run homer in a four-run first keyed the White Sox 5-3 win over the Yankees before 15,322 at Comiskey Park. The Yankees scored three in the ninth but Britt Burns got a force out with men on first and third to end the game for his second save of the season and of his career.

1986, BONILLA, KITTLE KEY WIN OVER BIRDS: Back-to-back RBIs by rookie Bobby Bonilla and Ron Kittle helped the White Sox dump the Orioles 8-6 before 9,575 at Comiskey Park. Bonilla’s single tied the game and Kittle’s home run, a two-run shot, put the Sox on top for good in a six-run third. Richard Dotson picked up his first win of the season with relief help from Bill Dawley and Bob James, who notched his fourth save.

1988, SOX RETURN ORIOLES TO THEIR LOSING WAYS: A night after the Orioles snapped their record-setting season-starting 21-game losing streak, they succumbed to the White Sox 4-1 before 16,078 at Comiskey Park. Carlton Fisk drove in the eventual game winner in the third. Ricky Horton got the win with seven strong innings while Ivan Calderon launched his sixth homer and Bobby Thigpen earned his fourth save.

1990, SOX SCOOT PAST RANGERS: Lance Johnson’s RBI single in the 13th got the White Sox past Texas 5-4 before 8,406 at Comiskey Park. Johnson’s single came in the game’s fifth hour and scored Sammy Sosa, who had reached on an error. Rodney “Scooter” McCray was called up from Double-A Birmingham prior to the game and made his debut as a defensive replacement. McCray made a fine running catch in extra innings to preserve the tie. McCray was the last White Sox player to make his Major League debut at Old Comiskey Park.

1992, BELL TOLLS FOR TEXAS: George Bell went 5-for-5 with two doubles, two singles and a homer and Craig Grebeck added three hits with a career-best six RBI in the White Sox 12-1 rout of the Texas Rangers before 24,134 at Comiskey Park. Jack McDowell improved to 5-0 to become the first Sox pitcher to have an unbeaten month with at least five decisions since LaMarr Hoyt went 7-0 in September of 1983.

1993, APRIL EXCELLENCE: Frank Thomas’ second career grand slam helped the White Sox record their franchise-record 13th victory in April with a 10-2 win over Toronto before 29,497 at Comiskey Park. Thomas’ slam, in the third off Todd Sttotlemyre, was part of a career-high tying five RBIs.

1995, FINALLY, A WIN: Ron Karkovice moved into a tie for first place in club history with his fifth grand slam in the White Sox 17-11 win at Boston. Karkovice’s slam helped the Sox post their first win of the season and tied him with Robin Ventura and Harold Baines atop the franchise’s slam leaderboard. The White Sox pounded out 17 hits as the White Sox improved to 1-4 in a season that started late because of a work stoppage.

2002, SKID ENDS: Frank Thomas untied a 3-3 game in the fourth with a two-run double in the White Sox 8-4 win over Seattle before 16,253 at Comiskey Park. Paul Konerko extended his hitting streak to 17 with two hits as the White Sox halted a three-game losing streak. Dan Wright was solid, giving up three runs on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts for his third win in helping the Sox close April at 16-10.

2005, BIG SEVENTH DOES IT: Tadahito Iguchi drove in the go-ahead run as part of a three-run seventh in the first-place White Sox 4-3 win over Detroit before 30,189 at US Cellular Field. Iguchi’s single scored Joe Crede after Scott Podsednik’s ground out scored A.J. Pierzynski with the tying run. Orlando Hernandez got the win with seven strong innings while Dustin Hermanson earned his third save as the surprising Sox improved to 17-7.

2006, SCRATCHING OUT A WIN: Pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as the first-place White Sox pulled out a 6-5 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Chris Widger started the rally with a single and was lifted for Ozuna. After a steal and a sacrifice, Ozuna came home on a Scot Shields wild pitch.

2016, A WIN IN BALTIMORE: Jose Abreu’s two-out single in the ninth scored Adam Eaton with the go-ahead run in the White Sox 8-7 win at Baltimore. Nate Jones got the win, retiring all four batters he faced.

THIS DAY IN SOX HISTORY: APRIL 14TH

No White Sox today … no worries!

Here’s a look back at what happened on this date in Sox history to spark the old memory bank:

1907, CHAMPS MAKE IT TWO OF THREE: The defending World Champion White Sox defeated the Browns 2-1 before an overflow crowd of 17,000 in St. Louis. Fielder Jones gave the White Sox the lead for good with a two-run single in the in the second in a game where thousands more fans were turned away.

1908, BIG BEGINNING: The Sox opened their eighth A.L. campaign by blasting Detroit 15-8 before a record and overflow crowd of 20,000 at South Side Park. Billy SullivanZ homered and Doc White got the win as the Sox set a club Opening Day scoring record which would stand until the 1951 team christened their season with a 17-3 triumph at St. Louis. This was one of those games where the overflow crowd was allowed on the field and balls hit into the throng were ruled doubles of which there were eight in this game.

1910, LAST OPENER AT SOUTH SIDE PARK: Frank Smith commemorated the final Opening Day at South Side Park with a one-hitter in the White Sox 3-0 win over St. Louis. 20,000 watched as Smith gave up a single in the third while walking two and fanning five. Less than three months later, the White Sox opened Comiskey Park – their home until Sept. 30, 1990.

1914: DEATH VALLEY FOR NAPS: In his second big league game and fourth at bat, Tom Daly delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh in the White Sox 5-2 win over Cleveland before 23,000 in the opener at Comiskey Park. Jim “Death Valley” Scott was the winning pitcher as the Sox began a club-record five-game season-starting win streak, which stood as the best in team history until the 1920 Sox started 6-0.

1915, DEATH VALLEY DOES IT AGAIN: Jack Fournier’s two-run pinch triple highlighted a three-run 13th as the White Sox prevailed 7-6 in the season-opener at St. Louis. The big hit came two innings after Bunny Brief launched a home run. Ed Cicotte got the win in relief of starter Jim “Death Valley” Scott.

1917, A NO-NO FOR CICOTTE: Ed Cicotte no-hit St. Louis in an 11-0 Sox win at St. Louis. Cicotte gave up three walks, hit a batter and struck out five in the fifth no-hitter in club history. The Sox gave Cicotte a lead right away with one in the first and added seven more in the second inning.

1920, CHAMPS START WITH A WIN: Thanks to Eddie Collins’ walkoff single in the 11th, the White Sox opened defense of their A.L. pennant with a 3-2 win over Detroit before 25,000 fans at Comiskey Park. Buck Weaver scored the winning run and Lefty Williams went the distance for the win, which was the first in a six-game winning streak.

1936, HEY BABE!: Reliever Babe Phelps doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth and got the win in the White Sox 7-6 Opening Day win over St. Louis before 12,000 at Comiskey Park. Phelps capped his four inning stint by fanning Jim Bottomley to end the game.

1955, WELCOME A’S: Bob Nieman homered with three RBIs as the White Sox topped the A’s 7-1 before 14,067 in the Comiskey Park opener. Sandy Consuegra got the win as the Sox played the A’s for the first time since their move from Philadelphia to Kansas City.

1959, 4-0 IN 1959: Billy Pierce fired a six-hitter for the win as the White Sox improved to 4-0 with a 2-0 win over Kansas City before 19,303 in the Comiskey Park where all in attendance received a free beer and a soda. Pierce struck out three with no walks in helping the Sox move to 4-0 in the 1 hour and 55 minute affair. The Sox scored both of their runs in the fifth when Luis Aparicio’s single scored Johnny Callison and Bubba Phillips.

1969, FIRST SAVE: Bob Locker earned the White Sox first official save in a 4-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Locker fashioned two shutout innings to preserve Tommy John’s victory. Pete Ward’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth gave the Sox the lead for good.

1970, NO. 1 FOR HORLEN: Joel Horlen pitched into the eighth for his first win in the White Sox 3-1 triumph in Anaheim. The Sox scored their first run when Ken Berry scored on a passed ball. The Sox padded their lead on a Bill Melton double and a Duane Josephson single. Wilbur Wood tossed 1.1 perfect frames for his second save as the Sox halted a three-game losing streak.

1981, FISK SLAMS BREWERS: Carlton Fisk’s grand slam in his home debut with the White Sox sparked a 9-3 win over Milwaukee before an Opening Day record crowd of 51,560 at Comiskey Park. Greg Luzinski logged two RBI in his Comiskey Park debut in support of Ross Baumgarten, who went eight innings for the win.

1982, GOOD WORK, WIMPY: Behind Tom Paciorek’s three-run homer in the seventh, the White Sox notched their first 4-0 start since 1959 with a 5-4 win at Boston. Steve Trout got the win while Salome Barojas fired three perfect innings with two strikeouts for his third save.

1983, THE BULL, KITTY LEAD THE WAY: Ron Kittle drove in six and Greg Luzinski’s sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Sox the lead for good in a 12-11 win over the Orioles before 13,622 at Comiskey Park. Carlton Fisk doubled twice as the Sox improved to 3-4.

1985, FISK HAUNTS RED SOX: Carlton Fisk victimized his old team with four RBIs in the White Sox 11-6 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Fisk’s hit a three-run home run in a seven-run fourth that gave the Sox the lead for good.

1989, MERULLO LEAVES HIS MARK: Matt Merullo hit the last Opening Day homer at Old Comiskey Park in the White Sox 7-4 loss to Oakland in the home opener before 37,950 fans. Merullo homered off Rick Honeycutt during an Old Comiskey Park power outage so there were no fireworks to celebrate the milestone. Merullo collected his first Major League hit off Dave Stewart earlier in the game.

1990, SOSA TRIPLES HIS PLEASURE: Sammy Sosa tied a team record by banging out two triples in the White Sox 9-4 win vs. Cleveland before 12,125 at Comiskey Park. The Sox took the lead for good with two in the first thanks to a sac fly by Ivan Calderon and a single by Carlton Fisk. The win improved the surprising Sox to 3-1.

2000, NEW MILLENIUM OPENER AT COMISKEY: Frank Thomas celebrated the White Sox first home game of the 21st Century with a lead-providing homer in the first in the White Sox 9-4 win over Anaheim before 38,912 at Comiskey Park. Ray Durham treated the sellout crowd to a spectacular catch in the first to keep the Angels off the board. Paul Konerko also homered to help Mike Sirotka improve to 2-1 in the fourth nocturnal home opener in franchise history.

2004, NINTH INNING HEROICS: Joe Crede’s ninth-inning single plated Willie Harris with the winning run in the White Sox 10-9 win over Kansas City before 11,765 at US Cellular Field. Paul Konerko’s single earlier in the frame scored Magglio Ordonez with the tying run. The big ninth allowed reliever Jon Adkins to earn his first big league victory.

2010, THANKS, DANKS: John Danks allowed two hits over seven innings for the victory in the White Sox 11-1 win at Toronto. Danks walked three and fanned six for his first win of the season. Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and drove in a career-best six runs and Andruw Jones also homered as the Sox avoided losing a series in Toronto for the first time since 2006.

2017, THE TRES GARCIAS GAME: Starting an All-Garcia outfield, the White Sox tipped the Twins 2-1 at Target Field. With Willy in left, Leury in center and Avisail in right, the Sox became the first team in baseball to start an outfield of three players with the same surname, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Leury Garcia scored the Sox first run in the third but it was Matt Davidson’s homer in the seventh that was the difference.

THE SOX AND FRIDAY THE 13TH

Wearing No. 13, Ozzie Guillen once homered for the White Sox on Friday the 13th.

A happy Friday the 13th to you, White Sox fans!

The Sox didn’t have any luck with the weather on Friday night having their game in Minneapolis rained/sleeted/snowed out.

This marked the first time the Sox had a Friday the 13th game postponed since May of 1955 vs. the A’s at the Comiskey Park.

The Sox have lost their last three on Friday the 13th but prior to that they had won five in a row and eight of their last nine on the day.

Here are some nuggets on the White Sox and the most superstitious day on the calendar (Warning: some of these may not be suitable for those with triskaidekaphobia):

*Overall: The @WhiteSox are 46-38-2 on Friday the 13th.

*Winning ways: The Sox have been at or above .500 on the date since July 13, 1973 when Eddie Leon’s RBI single capped a three-run ninth in a 3-2 win over Baltimore at Comiskey Park. That improved the Sox to 22-22-2 on Friday the 13th that day.

*Real bad luck: The Sox last game on Friday the 13th was in 2016 and that game proved to be a huge jinx.

On that day in New York, Chris Sale improved to 8-0 with a complete game as the Sox whipped the Yankees 7-1.

The win, which also included a homer from Jimmy Rollins, improved to the Sox to 24-12 and enabled them to keep their five-game lead in the Central.

That, though, was the high point of the season.

From Saturday the 14th of May until the end of that season, the Sox went 54-72 and plummeted into fourth place in the Central.

*16 innings! The Sox greatest win on Friday’ the 13th was one of the greatest games in their history.

On Aug. 13, 1954, Jack Harshman WENT THE DISTANCE in the Sox 1-0 win over Detroit in 16 INNINGS. Harshman fanned 12 and gave up nine hits and seven walks and got the win when Minnie Minoso’s triple drove in Nellie Fox with one out in the 16th.

*The first: The Sox first Friday the 13th game was a 5-3 home loss to Milwaukee in September of the franchise’s inaugural year of 1901.

*First win: The Sox first win on Friday the 13th was a 9-0 home win over Boston in June of 1902

*Even-Steven: The Sox Friday the 13th ties were in April of 1928 (1-1 with Cleveland) and in June of 1958 (5-5 with Baltimore)

*13 runs! Fittingly, 13 are the most runs the Sox have scored in a Friday the 13th game.

In September of 2002, Magglio Ordonez was 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBI in the Sox 13-2 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

That really was a freaky Friday because Rocky Biddle got the win over Mike Mussina.

*Hello NL: The Sox played their inaugural interleague game on a Friday the 13th.

On June 13, 1997, Wilson Alvarez went the distance as the Sox won 3-1 at Cincinnati.

*The best No. 13: Ozzie Guillen, wearing No. 13, homered on Friday the 13th in June of 1986 in an 11-10 loss at Seattle. … Ozzie was 6-for-24 with that homer on Friday the 13th.

*Good luck vs. Cubs: In the only game between the Chicago teams on a Friday the 13th, the Sox beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field in July of 2001. Paul Konerko and Jose Valentin homered as the Sox won for the fourth time in their last five Friday the 13th tilts.

*I can not tell a lie: George Washington hit a homer for the Sox in their Friday the 13th loss to Philadelphia in September of 1935.

*Joe De Sa hit the second pinch-hit grand slam on a Friday the 13th. In September of 1985, De Sa victimized the Mariners in Seattle in the a 6-1 win.

*The distance: The White Sox last complete game shutout on Friday the 13th was in September of 1991 in Anaheim. Outdueling Jim Abbott, Jack McDowell used a Bo Jackson RBI in fashioning a four-hitter in a 1-0 win.

*No uni: White Sox infielder Hal Chase experienced a bit of bad luck on Friday the 13th in March of 1914.

Chase, a veteran, did not play in the Sox 4-0 exhibition win over the host San Francisco Seals because he left his uniform at the hotel in Oakland.

That nugget came from the Tribune.

*Weather report: The Sox also had Friday the 13th games postponed in August of 1920, May of 1927, July of 1928, May of 1932, and July of 1934.

*Idle: The Sox were not scheduled to play on Friday the 13th in August of 1915 and 1926, June of 1941, and June of 1952.

*See you soon! This won’t be the last you will hear from me on this subject.

I’ll be back on Friday, July 13th when the Sox host Kansas City.

This marks the first time since a pair of wins in 2012 that the Sox have had two Friday the 13th games in a season.

I’ll see you then that is … if I’m lucky!

NO OFF DAYS FOR THE NERD! THIS DAY IN SOX HISTORY APRIL 6!

Off day, schmoff day!

The White Sox are idle today but that doesn’t mean the Pale Hose world stops spinning.

Here’s a look at what happened on this date in Sox history to hold you over until 1:10 tomorrow afternoon when the Sox right the ship.

Enjoy!

1982, BLIZZARD KOs OPENING DAY: The White Sox opener at Comiskey Park against the Boston Red Sox was postponed because of a snowstorm that would delay the start of their season six days. The Sox also had their next two home games and next two road games at Yankee Stadium snowed out. The 1982 Sox didn’t see their first action until an April 11 doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

1984, LOSING UGLY: The Detroit Tigers spoiled the White Sox home opener by scoring all of their runs in the first inning in posting a 3-2 victory before 42,692 at Comiskey Park. The Sox got a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Tom Paciorek and another run in the eighth on a sac fly by Greg Luzinski but that was it. Six walks doomed Rich Dotson, who otherwise pitched a decent game. The right-hander gave up just five hits and no runs after the first before being lifted after the eighth.

1987, FOR STARTERS … A WIN: Bob James got pinch-hitter Danny Tartabull to fly out with two on to preserve the White Sox 5-4 win Opening Day win at Kansas City. The White Sox used a four-run second to make the start of season No. 87 a successful one. Richard Dotson, in his first Opening Day start, got the win over Danny Jackson in a matinee affair at Kaufman Stadium. Tim Hulett got the scoring started in the second with an RBI single. The Sox also scored twice thanks to an error and a Harold Baines RBI.

1989, KITTLE COMES THROUGH: Ron Kittle’s RBI double in the eighth provided the difference in a 3-2 White Sox win at California. Carlton Fisk and Ivan Calderon each hit solo homers as Ken Patterson picked up his first win of the season with relief help from Donn Pall as the Sox took two of three in the season-opening series.

1993, A BIG FOURTH DOES IT: Lance Johnson’s game-tying double and Ozzie Guillen’s go-ahead sac fly highlighted a six-run fourth in the White Sox 10-6 Opening Day win at Minnesota. Tim Raines’ three-run homer added to the lead and Joey Cora capped the scoring when he crossed on a wild pitch. The six-run outburst was the Sox largest on Opening Day since they dropped a seven-spot on the St. Louis Browns in a 17-3 win in the 1951 curtain-raiser at Sportsman’s Park.

1994, A GRAND DAY FOR ROBIN: Robin Ventura socked two homers, including a grand slam, in powering the White Sox to a 9-2 win over the Blue Jays at SkyDome in Toronto. Ventura’s grand slam, which came in the seventh, was the fifth of his career, tying the Sox all-time record.

1996, SUCCESS IN CALI: Danny Tartabull’s two-run single and Chris Snopek’s two-run double in the sixth untied a 1-1 game and sent the White Sox to a 8-4 win at California. Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer and Tony Phillips victimized his old team with two hits and two runs scored.

1997, NAVARRO Ks 11: Tony Phillips led off the White Sox first with a homer and Jaime Navarro fanned a career-high 11 batters in a 5-3 windy win over the Detroit Tigers before 19,259 at Comiskey Park. Navarro fired seven shutout innings in notching his first victory with the White Sox. Winds gusting to 43 mph ripped a sign off the scoreboard in the third, prompting a seven-minute delay and causing much consternation in the Scoreboard Control Room high above Comiskey Park.

1998, WHAT A RELIEF: Four Sox relievers, including winning pitcher Keith Foulke and Matt Karchner, who earned the save, combined to throw five hitless innings in the White Sox 5-4 over Texas before 25,358 in the Comiskey Park opner. Magglio Ordonez tied the game at four with a solo homer in the sixth and then provided the game-winning single in the eighth.

1999, DURHAM, D.J. DO IT: Ray Durham tied Tim Raines’ club-record with his eight game-starting home run in the White Sox 11-3 win at Seattle. The White Sox took the lead for good in the fourth on Darrin Jackson’s two-run homer, his second blast in as many days as the Sox improved to 2-0. Jackson was 4-for-5 while Frank Thomas drove in two runs to give him 867 for his career which pushed him past Harold Baines into second place on the club’s all-time list.

2000, A QUICK LEAD: Ray Durham added to his club record with his 10th career game-starting home run in the White Sox 6-2 win at Texas. James Baldwin retired the first 13 batters he faced as the Sox salvaged a split in their first series of the 21st Century. Baldwin left after giving up two runs in eight innings. Frank Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer to give him 2,818 total bases, which moved him past Harold Baines into third place on the club’s all-time list.

2001, NICE DAY, BAD RESULT: The White Sox unveiled their Team of the 20th Century prior to dropping their home opener 10-9 in 10 innings to Detroit before 43,954 at Comiskey Park. In addition, the Sox hoisted their 2000 American League Central flag above Comiskey Park and then watched Ray Durham lead off their first with his 15th game-starting home run. Things deteriorated quickly, though, when the Tigers dropped an eight spot on the Sox in the sixth.

2002, TWO TOUCHDOWNS ENOUGH: Paul Konerko doubled twice and drove in three as the White Sox scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 14-0 win at Kansas City. A 16-hit attack fueled the White Sox most lopsided shutout victory since a 17-0 win at Cleveland July 5, 1987. Magglio Ordonez and Sandy Alomar Jr. homered as the Sox improved to 2-3. Mark Buehrle (2-0) dropped his lifetime ERA to 1.80 against Kansas City by tossing six shutout innings with four strikeouts.

2003, TAMING THE TIGERS: Magglio Ordonez’s 150th career homer highlighted a nine-run eighth in the White Sox 10-2 win over Detroit at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox scored the tying run when Josh Paul scored on an error and took the lead three batters later when Miguel Olivo drew a bases loaded walk. Damaso Marte got the win in relief of Josh Stewart, who gave up two runs in 6.2 innings in his big league debut.

2005, SOME OF THAT ’05 MAGIC: Juan Uribe’s walkoff sac fly capped a three-run ninth as the White Sox stunned Cleveland 4-3 before 10,520 at US Cellular Field. Trailing 3-0 heading into the ninth, the Sox tied it on a two-run homer by Paul Konerko and a solo shot by Jermaine Dye. The victory went to Damaso Marte and marked the first time the White Sox started 2-0 since 1999.

2008, SOX BLAST VERLANDER: Joe Crede was 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the White Sox battered Justin Verlander and the Tigers 13-2 at Detroit. Crede gave the Sox the lead for good with a single in the fifth. An inning later, the Sox KO’d Verlander as part of a 12-hit attack.

2011, A WORTHWHILE 12 INNINGS: Brent Morel’s two-run single in the 12th propelled the White Sox to a 10-7 win at Kansas City. Morel’s single scored Carlos Quentin and Alexei Ramirez and made a winner out of reliever Chris Sale, who tossed two shutout innings.

2013, DETHRONING THE KING: Alex Rios’ two-run homer in the sixth off Felix Hernandez fronted the White Sox for good in a 4-3 win over Seattle before 22,461 at U.S, Cellular Field. Donnie Veal got the win in relief of Dylan Axelrod, who did not allow an earned run in 5.1 innings.

2017, WHOAH, IT’S SOTO! Geovany Soto launched two home runs and drove in four in the White Sox 11-2 win over Detroit before 10,842 at Guaranteed Rate Field. James Shields gave up one run on two hits while pitching into the sixth in making his first start of the season a successful one.

@SOXNERD’S LOYOLA RAMBLINGS

Rambling on about Loyola … @SoxNerd style!

*Oh boy …: Loyola fans, it’s the day of the Final Four and I know what you are thinking.

I experienced this in 2003 when my beloved alumni Marquette University reached college hoops’ Promised Land.

This is what I was thinking as I waited for Wade, Diener and Novak to take the floor in New Orleans:

I can’t believe it.

It’s too good to be true.

Things like this don’t happen to my school. These things only happen to Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.

We are back, baby!

Savor every minute of this for you never know when it will happen again.

*Old days: Loyola played a huge part in fostering my love of college basketball.

I spent many a cold winter nights in the den of our suburban Chicago home in the 1970s and 1980s watching the Ramblers of Sullivan, Wakefield, Hughes, and Sappleton on the old black and white. Those teams were fun to watch, too: scrappy, hustling, aggressive and good, too.

The fact that the great Red Rush was behind the mike for those games only emboldened my boyhood love for the maroon and gold.

*Sully’s revenge: I know Gene Sullivan, the coach of those 1970s and 1980s Ramblers, is enjoying this run in basketball heaven.

Most of his run at the school was spent being told no by the man. He was a renegade, an outsider who was an absolute fighter for Loyola.

His teams were often passed over by the NCAA Tournament in favor of the bigger schools.

In fact, one year I remember Sullivan being so upset over a snub by the NCAA and NIT he wanted to start his own postseason tournament.

These Ramblers have rattled the blue bloods and the powers-that-be in a way that would make Sullivan proud.

*Everywhere a sign: For years, Loyola had a sign fastened to the back of Alumni Hall celebrating its 1963 NCAA Championship.

That sign kept the Ramblers in my consciousness for years because it greeted riders as trains pulled into the Loyola and Sheridan elevated stop. I am sure that sign was the best advertising that school had for a long time and sparked many a rush hour conversation about that historic team, the institution, and college hoops.

With the increase in media and arrival of social media, these Ramblers are kind of a modern day version of that sign.

*Sox connections: The White Sox fill-in  PA announcer is Pat Schultz, a Loyola grad and the school’s Associate Athletic Director.

In the above picture, “Pat of the Valley,” as I call him at the park, is getting a little airtime in the background after a Rambler tourney win.

Of course, when Pat fills in at Sox games it is for Gene Honda, who is the stadium voice of the Final Four.

*The Fat Man: Al McGuire begat Rick Majerus who begat Loyola coach Porter Moser.

How can I not be rooting for Loyola?

Of course, the next time Marquette plays Loyola I hope Marquette wins to the point where the Ramblers want to kill the program for the good.