September 2011

White Sox Volunteer Corps Day of Service

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today, the White Sox joined forces with Chicago Cares for a beautification service project at McClellan Elementary School, just a few blocks from U.S. Cellular Field.

For six hours, 500 members of the White Sox Volunteer Corps painted, repaired fixtures, performed light construction, landscaped, and worked on inspirational art projects.

The timing of our service day couldn’t have been any better as tomorrow is the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. We at the White Sox are proud to have been able to serve our community during this time of national reflection and remembrance.

Our only regret was that we wont be there Monday morning to see the student’s faces when they see their new and improved school.

FORD C. FRICK AWARD – VOTE SOX!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame and Museum has announced the candidates for the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.  This year, our very own Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson and Ed Farmer were chosen to represent the White Sox, and Steve Stone was one of 15 nominated as an at-large selection.

Hawk, a beloved White Sox broadcaster for more than two decades, is a two-time Illinois Sportscaster of the Year and five-time Emmy Award winner. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Comcast SportsNet Awards Dinner.  Earlier this season, the broadcast level at U.S. Cellular Field was renamed the “Hawk Harrelson Broadcast Level” in his honor.


Farmer has been a fan favorite on the White Sox Radio Network for 20+ years.  In 2004, he and his former play-by-play partner, John Rooney, were named best radio team in the American League by USAToday.


Stone, one of the most respected color analysts in the game, is in his fourth season with the club and was a nominee for the 2008 Frick Award – but he is certainly no stranger to Chicago baseball.  Prior to joining the White Sox in 2008, he spent 20 seasons in the Chicago Cubs broadcast booth.


Fans can determine three of the 10 names on the ballot for the Frick Award, so please visit the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall (one vote per day limit) to vote for Hawk, Farmer and Stone between now and September 30th.  Results from the fan voting will be announced on Oct. 5, and the winner will be honored in Cooperstown during Hall of Fame Weekend July 20-23, 2012.

Let’s once again get behind our own – just as we did a few months ago with the Paul Konerko “Paul-Star” Final Vote campaign – and do everything we can to help Hawk, Farmer and Stone earn their place on the ballot toward Cooperstown!

SoxFest 2012

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

In case you didn’t see the recent press announcement, SoxFest 2012 will be held January 27, 2012- January 29, 2012.  Great news: Two-night SoxFest 2012 hotel packages at the Palmer House Hilton along with weekend passes will go on sale this Tuesday, September 13 at 10 a.m. on whitesox.com.

SoxFest will take place January 27-29 and, as always, gives our fans a unique opportunity to meet their favorite current and former White Sox players, attend question-and-answer sessions with players, coaches and front office staff and take home unique memorabilia from our SoxFest Garage Sale.  This year, we’re thrilled that Joe Crede, third baseman for the 2005 World Champion White Sox, is scheduled to join us for the festivities.  More names will be added along the way, so make sure to check the SoxFest page on whitesox.com regularly leading up to the fest.

Our special two-night SoxFest hotel package is $316, and fans may purchase up to two rooms per reservation.  Plus, by purchasing this two-night package, you’ll be eligible to purchase up to four SoxFest weekend passes ($75/pass) per room reservation.  Keep in mind that weekend passes are only available to fans who book a two-night stay, and that Friday night of SoxFest will be open only to SoxFest hotel guests with weekend passes.

SoxFest is the perfect way to kick off the White Sox Baseball season and start the countdown to Spring Training and Opening Day.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Pretty Cool Company

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Zach Stewart Joins Blue and Peters

This from the Elias Sports Bureau:

  • White Sox rookie Zach Stewart shut out the Twins on Monday night and allowed only one batter to reach base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch), on a double by Danny Valencia.  Only two other rookie pitchers since 1900 have thrown a shutout in which they struck out at least nine with no more than one batter reaching base safely.  Oakland’s Vida Blue had nine strikeouts in a no-hitter on Sept. 21, 1970 (the lone batter to reach base was Harmon Killebrew, on a walk) and Gary Peters of the White Sox had 13 strikeouts in a one-hitter (by the opposing starting pitcher, Robin Roberts) on July 15, 1963.

Before Monday, the last White Sox rookie to throw a shutout was Wilson Alvarez, in his no-hitter on August 11, 1991.  The only team to go longer since its last shutout by a rookie is the Braves, whose last was by Paul Marak on September 23, 1990.

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