May 2010

Friday Ruminations

Pretty Cool

A pretty cool article article from CBS2.

What would you add to the list?

Today in White Sox History

Thursday, May 13, 2010

1929 – Ted Lyons pitched all nine innings and scored two runs in the White Sox 10-2 rout of the Philadelphia Athletics.

1938 – Down two runs heading to the ninth inning, the White Sox scored three runs and held on for the 7-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.

1949 – The White Sox come out on top in a 11-10 shootout over the Indians.  Marino Pieretti picked up the win in relief.

1959 – Bob Shaw pitched a complete game shutout in the White Sox 4-0 win at Boston.  

1965 – The first-place White Sox topped Oakland 6-3, improving the team’s record to 17-8.  Gary Peters pitched eight strong innings and picked up the win while Eddie Fisher picked up the save.

1977 – Alan Bannister collected two RBI in the White Sox 5-3 win over Cleveland.  Steve Stone got the win, moving to 3-3 on the season, while Lerrin LaGrow picked up his fifth save.

1982 – Utilizing 20 hits, the White Sox trounced the Brewers 13-2 as Lamarr Hoy improved to 7-0 on the year.

1992 – Robin Ventura drove in a run in the top of the first inning, the only run of the game as the Sox beat the Brewers 1-0.   Kirk McCaskill limited Milwaukee to two hits over 7.1 IP and Bobby Thigpen picked up the save.

2000 – Jeff Abbott hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with two outs to give the White Sox a thrilling 4-3 win over the Twins.

This Date In Sox History

Tuesday, May 12, 2010

1927 – Bud Clancy picked up two RBI which proved to be the difference in the White Sox 5-4 win over the Senators.   Ted Blankenship picked up the win allowing just three earned runs over 9.0 IP.

1937 – The White Sox scored early and often in their 13-5 win over the Senators.  Luke Appling collected two RBI and three runs in the win.

1953 – Two 10th-inning walks issued by Ellis Kinder eventually scored as the White Sox beat the Red Sox 9-7 in Boston.  The defeat charged to Kinder snapped an 18-game win streak he had over Chicago.

1967 – Joel Horlen threw 8.1 IP of shutout baseball and Bob Locker picked up the save in the White Sox 1-0 win over the Angels.  J.C. Martin drove in the only run of the game.

1974 – Wilbur Wood picked up his fifth win of the year and Pat Kelly drove in two runs in the Sox 5-4 win at Texas.

1981 – The White Sox used five runs in the first two innings to top Cleveland 7-4 at home.  Steve Trout picked up the win.

1993 – Wilson Alvarez stayed perfect, going to 4-0 as the White Sox beat the Mariners 6-5 in Seattle.   Craig Grebeck, Ellis Burks and Robin Ventura all homered while Roberto Hernandez picked up the save.

2005 – Jon Garland moved to 7-0 on the season as the first place White Sox topped the first place Orioles 3-2.  A.J. Pierzynski homered while Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand each had a RBI.

Matinee in Minny

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Today’s Lineup

Pierre7, AJ 2, Jones9, PK3, Rios8, Kotsay dh, Teahen5, Beckham4, Ramirez6.  Danks pitching.

Last Night

So how important do you think last night’s victory was, to win the first game in Target Field?  Let me know.


How classy of White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle?  After Oakland’s Dallas Braden threw his own Perfect Game on Sunday, Buehrle immediately asked for his phone number so our lefty could welcome their lefty into the Perfect Game Club.  And how ironic that Buehrle’s son’s name is … Braden.

Today in White Sox History

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

1927 Ted Lyons picked up his fourth win of the year, going the distance in the Sox 4-1 victory over the Senators.  Second baseman Aaron Ward had two hits and three RBI for the White Sox.

1949  Scoring in every inning, the White Sox beat the Red Sox, 12-8. A team tallying in every inning has only occurred five times in American League history. 

1956 Nellie Fox collected three hits as the White Sox topped the Tigers 9-7.  Dixie Howell was the winning pitcher, going 5.1 IP in relief.

1968 Luis Aparicio’s run-scoring double in the third inning was the only tally of the game as the Sox topped Oakland, 1-0.  Joel Horlen, Wilbur Wood and Bob Locker combined for the shutout.
1977 Chet Lemon drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th inning in the White Sox 4-3 victory over Texas.  Chris Knapp picked up the win, pitching all 10 innings.

1986 The White Sox won their third straight game, beating the Indians, 5-4.   Bobby Bonilla tied the game with a single in the top of the 8th and Tim Hulett drove in the go ahead run just moments later.

1994 The first-place White Sox topped the Mariners 14-6 as Jason Bere moved to 3-1.  Julio Franco and Ron Karkovice each homered in the win.

2001 Jose Valentin clubbed a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the White Sox a 6-5 win over the Rangers.

Family Field Day Saturday

Monday, May 10, 2010

For just this once, go ahead, run across the field.

The always-popular Family Field Day and Chicago White Sox Charities Garage Sale takes place this Saturday, May 15.

Fans can make “the Catch” that saved Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game, warm up in the bullpen and dive across the outfield, all with Roger “the Sodfather” Bossard’s blessing. In addition to playing catch, fans can shop for game-worn jerseys and equipment (some as low as $20) used by their favorite players and priced to sell in the annual Garage Sale.  And to complete the day, tours of the home clubhouse will be made available to fans for a donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child (all to Chicago White Sox Charities).

Tickets to Family Field Day are $25 per adult and $12 per child. Fans can sign up for three different on-field  time sessions 9:30, 11:00 and 12:30 at (or click here). The Garage Sale will take place from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. No admission ticket is necessary.

On This Date In White Sox History

First, I think we missed yesterday, so …


1977: Chet Lemon went 5-for-5 in an 8-3 win at Cleveland. Lemon had a double, an RBI and scored a run in support of winning pitcher Steve Stone, who fanned seven and went the distance in earning his second victory.

1980: Britt Burns went the distance and fanned eight and was backed by 13 hits in the White Sox 7-2 win before 7,410 at Comiskey Park.

1981: With Ron LeFlore scoring the go-ahead tally on a wild pitch, the White Sox used a six-run fourth to erase a 4-0 deficit in whipping the Kansas City Royals 9-5 before 42,312 at Comiskey Park.

1982: Detroit native Tom Paciorek’s two-run homer in the eighth drove the first-place White Sox to their fifth straight win – a 7-4 triumph at Detroit.

1984: The White Sox and Brewers played 17 innings before their game at Comiskey Park was suspended sometime after 1 a.m. with the score 3-3. The White Sox won what turned out to be the longest game by the clock (8 hours, 6 minutes) in American League history the next day on a home run by Harold Baines in the 25th inning.

1990: Ron Kittle blasted two home runs and Greg Hibbard threw seven strong innings as the White Sox posted their first win at Skydome with a 4-1 triumph of the Blue Jays.

1991: Joey Cora scored on Ozzie Guillen’s sacrifice pop fly to center to hand the White Sox a 2-1 walkoff win over the Brewers before 36,026 at Comiskey Park.

1992: Frank Thomas’ homer in the 10th – his second of the game — proved to be the difference in the White Sox 4-3 win – their sixth straight — at Baltimore.

1993: Frank Thomas, George Bell, Ellis Burks and Bo Jackson all hit home runs as the White Sox outslugged Cleveland 10-7 before 33,933 at Comiskey Park.

2005: Juan Uribe and Jermaine Dye homered and Mark Buehrle pitched into the eighth inning to win his fourth straight decision in the White Sox 5-4 win in Toronto. The win improved the Sox to 24-7 and enabled them to keep their 4.5-game cushion atop the American League Central.


1927: Future Hall of Famer Red Faber limited the Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig to seven hits in the White Sox 2-1 win at New York.

1936: Future Hall of Famer Luke Appling was 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs in the White Sox 7-3 win at St. Louis. Jimmy ***** drove in two as the Sox won their third in a row.

1937: Zeke Bonura’s home run in the seventh was the difference in the White Sox 2-1 win over the Yankees before 25,000 at Comiskey Park.

1952: Minnie Minoso’s two-run triple in gave the White Sox the lead in an 8-5 win in 16 innings in Detroit.

1958: Early Wynn fired a two-hitter in the White Sox 5-0 win over Cleveland before 2,055 at Comiskey Park. Wynn gave up a single and a double with three walks and five strikeouts in improving to 2-2. The Sox got early RBIs from Bubba Phillips and Luis Aparicio and a two-run homer from Ted Beard in the fourth to make things easy on Wynn. 

1967: Gary Peters’ triple and Don Buford’s single in the seventh gave the streaking White Sox the lead for good in a 5-4 win in Baltimore.

1968: Pete Ward clubbed two homers and Gary Peters pitched into the ninth in the White Sox 4-2 win at Oakland.

1975: Jim Kaat set a White Sox record by winning his 12th consecutive decision in a 2-0 victory over Gaylord Perry and the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland.

1984: Harold Baines home run in the 25th inning gave the White Sox a 7-6 win over the Brewers at Comiskey Park in the longest game by the clock (8 hour, 6 minutes) in American League history. The historic blast came on the 753rd pitch and the bat Baines used was sent to the Hall of Fame. Tom Seaver got the win and then started and won the regularly scheduled game, which the Sox won 5-4.

1988: Left-hander Jerry Reuss notched his 200th career victory in the White Sox 3-0 win at Baltimore. Reuss became the eighth pitcher to reach the milestone in a Sox uniform and the first since Jerry Koosman did it on Aug. 19, 1983.

1989: Ron Kittle and Steve Lyons each drove in three runs and Shawn Hillegas fired seven strong innings in the White Sox 10-1 win at Milwaukee.

2007: The White Sox scored four in the first to make things easy on John Danks, who picked up his first victory in a 6-3 win at Minnesota.

2009: Bobby Jenks fanned two of the batters he faced to earn his seventh in preserving the White Sox 3-2 win over Texas before 27,864 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Unbelieveable Day

050810-Svc-Day-1252.jpgSaturday, May 8, 2010

First, The Baseball

Paul Konerko returns to the lineup tonight after missing two games with a sore neck.

We also announced today that Frank Thomas, The Big Hurt, is going to fill in for Steve Stone next weekend, joining Hawk Harrelson in the booth for our three games in Kansas City.

Volunteer Corps

Once again, today’s Volunteer Corps events at Perspectives/IIT School and the Boys & Girls Club of Little Village were an unbelievable success, thanks primarily to the hundreds of White Sox fans who came out on a cool day to work hard and give back.  I spent my day painting a basketball court for the kids, as well as the Chicago skyline on the side of the building.

Marty Maloney, who did a great job organizing media coverage of the day, is going to provide a story about the day for me to post later, but in the short-term, here is video and some photos (well, a lot of photos) from the day …

First the video …

Juan Pierre’s explains his painting lesson.

And Omar Vizquel helps a youngster paint.

And here is a story about today from Marty Maloney of our PR staff:

Nearly 500 White Sox fans signed up to volunteer today, but the day had to be a disappointing start for all of them as they arose to dark, damp, windy and extremely cold conditions.  Surely this would limit the amount of people who showed and would keep enthusiasm tempered?  That was actually not the case, not the case at all.  Hundreds of members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps were in Lot C of U.S. Cellular Field today, stretching, jumping around, exercising, and even dancing.  Sure, some skeptics might think they were doing it just to stay warm (and many of them were), but they were genuinely excited to kick off the second year of the Corps.  They were, as City Year Chicago loves to say, “Fired Up.”

Governor Quinn again showed up to give some words of encouragement at the Opening Ceremonies and thank the White Sox for their charitable and community efforts.  All of the players and coaches were introduced, 10 of them total.   They were:  Freddy Garcia, Sergio Santos , Matt Thornton, Juan Pierre, Andruw Jones, Jayson Nix, Omar Vizquel, Don Cooper, Jeff Cox and Juan Nieves .  Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and General Manager Ken Williams then each spoke, thanking the fans for their commitment and expressing how impressed they were with the number of volunteers.  

From there it was to the service sites, half the crowd to Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy and half to Little Village Boys & Girls Club.

Reinsdorf and Williams were at Perspectives/IIT, and seeing them sit together is not an unusual sight.  They do it almost daily, whether it is at batting practice or in an office, talking about player transactions or the latest standings.  However, seeing them at a table painting a mural together while trying to stay “inside the lines” was a scene that can certainly be described as different.  To their credit, they were into it, very focused. They wanted to help, just like everyone else there.

Juan Pierre also was painting, and struggling at first, before one of the fans he was paired with gave him some tips. He excelled from that point forward, at least in his mind.

Over at the Little Village Boys & Girls Club, the volunteers had to stop upon Omar Vizquel’s arrival.  They were not in awe of the shortstop, they were stopped by the shortstop because he wanted to teach everyone the proper way to paint.

All the players and coaches were busy, working right alongside the fans.  Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE was enjoying themselves.   It was now noon and the team was scheduled to leave at 11:30.   Jayson Nix refused to go until his mural was finished.  The same went for several of the other players.   Meanwhile, Ken Williams was no longer painting in the gym – he was outside helping build the baseball field.  White Sox Executive Vice President Howard Pizer also was building the field and had some serious concerns about the slope of the pitcher’s mound while the usual author of this blog was literally on his knees painting the out of bounds line on a basketball court.

It was around 12:15 or 12:30 when the team was finally persuaded to go back to the ballpark.  The Volunteers Corps did not skip a beat.  Sure, they are fans, but they were not out to ask for autographs or even talk about ballclub, they were clearly there to work.

As the day was winding to a close, some former White Sox stopped by the service sites to thank everyone and offer encouragement. 

Ron Kittle thanked everyone except for one of the teenage volunteers who seemed more concerned with texting and complaining than working.  Kittle let him have it as only he can, and this poor kid ended up working very hard in that last hour.

The day ended around 3:00 p.m. and the difference is amazing and so are the totals.  Today’s Volunteer Corps:

– Painted 140 murals
– Painted and constructed 14 benches
– Constructed 6 cubbies
– Constructed 3 bookshelves
– Painted 14 rooms
– Painted a gym, cafeteria and two full hallways
– Refurnished 5 planter beds and built 3 planter beds
– 54 outdoor plywood shapes
– Built a baseball field
– Painted an outdoor basketball court (lines, keys, logos and center circles)

It is a great start to the year, and just the first project of many the Volunteer Corps hopes to accomplish.


This Date In White Sox History

May 7, 2010

1904: Ed Walsh made his big league debut for the White Sox in an 8-7 win over St. Louis at South Side Park.

1922: Red Faber gave up 17 hits but still got the win in the complete game effort in the White Sox 9-7 victory at Detroit.

1927: The Yankees Lou Gehrig slammed the first home run into the new pavilion of recently-expanded Comiskey Park in New York’s 8-0 win before 37,000 on the south side. Changes to the park, including the new pavilion, were made primarily to handle the popularity of the Yankees. The grand slam was hit off Sox pitcher Ted Lyons.

1935: Ted Lyons got the win over Lefty Gomez in a battle of future Hall of Famers as the first-place White Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 before 10,000 at Comiskey Park.

1941: Ted Williams hit the first of his two roof shot home runs at Comiskey Park in Boston’s 4-3 win in 11 innings.

1968: Tommy McCraw’s third-inning grand slam highlighted a five-run frame as the White Sox held off the Angels 6-5 in Anaheim.

1969: Bill Melton drove in three and Carlos May had three hits, including a homer, in the White Sox 6-4 win at Baltimore.

1974: Wilbur Wood pitched an 11-inning shutout and Ed Herrmann homered in the White Sox 1-0 win in Detroit.

1977: Richie Zisk’s two-run homer in the eighth broke a 2-2 tie gave the White Sox the lead for good in a 5-2 win at Cleveland.

1980: Mike Squires made his second appearance behind the plate in the White Sox 12-5 loss to the Royals.

1985: Greg Walker’s two-run homer in the fifth helped the White Sox overcome a 4-0 first-inning deficit in a 7-4 win at Cleveland.

1988: The White Sox banged out 18 hits and got two-run home runs from Ken Williams, Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk in whipping the Orioles 11-7 in Baltimore.

1989: Ground was broken for the New Comiskey Park. Across the street, the White Sox celebrated by beating New York 6-2 before 20,603 at Comiskey Park. Harold Baines went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lift his average to a league-leading .353.

1994: Ozzie Guillen plated the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the fourth as the first-place White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-2 before 26,214 at Comiskey Park. Frank Thomas homered in the first and Jack McDowell pitched into the seventh for his second win.

1999: Carlos Lee became the first White Sox player to homer in his first big league at bat in a 7-1 win over Oakland before 11,181 at Comiskey Park.

2005: Paul Konerko homered twice as the White Sox extended their winning streak to seven with a 10-7 pasting of the Blue Jays in Toronto.

2009: Mark Buehrle retired the first 19 batters he faced in the White Sox 6-0 win over the Tigers before 27,475 at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle finished with eight shutout, one-hit innings in improving to 5-0. A.J. Pierzynski highlighted a five-run first with a two-run homer as the Sox stopped a four-game skid.

This Date In White Sox History

Thursday, May 6, 2010

1923 — Early Sheely had two RBI and Charlie Roberston allowed just three runs over nine innings in the Sox 4-3 win over Detroit.

1939 – In a wild and high scoring game, the White Sox were able to best the Senators 14-12.  Down 8-2, the White Sox scored eight runs in the bottom of the of the fourth before losing the lead again. They scored three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain the lead and held on to improve their record to 10-5.

1955 – The White Sox topped the Tigers despite not registering an RBI.   They scored one run, which was unearned, and beat Detroit 1-0.  Virgil Trucks threw a complete game shutout and allowed a mere two hits.

1968 – Tommy John moved to 3-0 on the season, as he threw a complete game and limited the Angels to three hits.  Bill Melton and Tim Cullen each drove in a couple of runs as the White Sox picked up a 5-1 win.

1977 – Richie Zisk homered as the White Sox handed Cleveland and Dennis Eckersley a 7-5 loss. Jim Spencer and Jorge Orta both drove in a pair of runs as Francisco Barrios picked up the win.

1980 – Rich Wortham fired seven shutout innings and Ed Farmer finished the final two frames to pick up the save in the White Sox 2-0 win over Kansas City.

1983 – Tony Bernazard hit a double with the bases loaded and Ron Kittle drove in another three runs as the fifth-place White Sox top the Indians 8-3 to improve their record to 11-12. Jerry Koosman picked up his first win of the year.

2005 – White Sox topped the Blue Jays 5-3 to extend their winning streak to six games and improve their record to 22-7 on the season.  El Duque picked up the win and A.J. Pierzynski drove in the winning runs in top of the eighth, breaking the 3-3 tie.

2006 – Jim Thome hit a three-run homer as the White Sox cruised to a 9-2 win over the Royals at home.  The White Sox improved their record to 21-9 and Javier Vazquez moved to  4-1 on the season.

2008 – Gavin Floyd loses his second no-hit bid in less than a month as Joe Mauer doubles with one out in ninth in the White Sox’s 7-1 victory over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. The Chicago right-hander also flirted with a no-no 24 days prior against the Tigers which ended with Edgar Renteria’s single with one out in the eighth inning.