Behind the Ballpark

Even the most loyal White Sox fans (likely) don’t know every corner of U.S. Cellular Field. To help celebrate 25 years in this stadium, we will be bringing you a behind the scenes look at some of the lesser-known and off-limits parts of the park. Check back each week for another look at the home of your White Sox!

Special Guests

The White Sox love hosting celebrities at the ballpark, and we enjoy giving them the chance to throw out a first pitch. Hundreds have come over the years, and here in the office we like to remember some of our favorites with pictures on the walls. Take a look at some of our past visitors:

Actors

Best known for his role as Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers and Frasier, long-time actor Kelsey Grammer stopped by in 2011 for a first pitch.

Wookiee and Millennium Falcon co-pilot Chewbacca was here in 2013 for White Sox Star Wars Day! Don’t worry, Jedis, he’ll be back on August 27.

Chicago South Side native, the late Bernie Mac, was here in 2008. Here he is pictured with Ozzie Guillen.

Musicians

Five months after his hit “Baby” was released from his debut album, then-rising star Justin Beiber came by the park to throw out a first pitch.

The Doobie Brothers stopped by in 2005 and graced fans with an on-field performance! We even got them to decorate their own home plate while they were here.


Chicago-native band Fall Out Boy came to U.S. Cellular Field in April 2006 for an on-field performance. Their breakthrough and second studio album, From Under the Cork Tree, was released less than a year before their U.S. Cellular Field appearance.

Chicago son Kanye West was here in 2007 with his late mother Donda. The three posed for a picture with Ozzie Guillen before the White Sox game against the Boston Red Sox.

Athletes

2012 Olympic Gold Medal gymnast Jordan Weiber was here to show her American pride with Bill Guerin, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Another Olympic gymnast, Carly Patterson, stopped by the ballpark in 2009 to decorate her own home plate. It’s evident from her design that the Olympics and music are two things that matter greatly to her.

In 2006, the White Sox were honored to have players from the Negro Leagues at the stadium. Below you can see George Altman, Hank Presswood, Walt Owens, Sam Taylor, Al Spearman and Ernie Westfield prior to that day’s game.

Dinosaurs

First pitches aren’t reserved only for celebrities. In 2008, Mark Buehrle caught a [pre]historic first pitch from none other than a T-Rex!


It’s always great to see the variety of people coming out to the ballpark to show their Sox Pride over the years. Be sure to check back next week for another Behind the Ballpark look at the stadium!

 

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