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StatManDu
04-17-2008, 03:37 PM
APRIL 17TH

THE START OF SOMETHING BIG … AND HITLESS!
1906: The White Sox opened their 1906 World Series champion season with a 5-3 win at Detroit. In an uncharacteristic offensive outburst, the “Hitless Wonders” supported starter Frank Owen with five runs. It was the first of 93 wins for the 1906 champs.

CYCLE CAN’T TOP SOX
1924: The White Sox survived a cycle by St. Louis’ Baby Doll Jacobson in pulling off a 6-3 victory at ComiskeyPark. Sarge Connally got the win as the Sox improved to 2-1 making this their best start since 1920. Jacobson became the first player to hit for the cycle at ComiskeyPark and just the second Sox foe to accomplish the feat. New York’s Bert Daniels was the first opponent to victimize the Sox with a cycle on July 25, 1912 in the Big Apple.

THE FIRST OF 20 STRAIGHT COMPLETE GAMES
1942: Future Hall of Famer Ted Lyons became his remarkable 1942 campaign by blanking the Indians in the White Sox 1-0 in Cleveland. The start was the first of 20 Lyons would make in 1942 and he went the distance in each of his assignments. Lyons, who was 14-6 with a 2.10 ERA in 1942, allowed just seven hits in getting the Sox their first win of the season against three setbacks.

GO GO ERA GETS GOING
1951: The White Sox ushered in the “Go Go” era with a 17-3 lambasting of the Browns in St. Louis on Opening Day. The Sox made manager Paul Richards’ debut a successful one as the franchise began a run of 17 consecutive winning seasons. On this day in Sportsman’s Park, the Sox scored six in the second, two in the seventh, seven in the eighth and two in the ninth in posting their first Opening Day win since 1947. The 17 runs and 14-run margin of victory were both club Opening Day records and still stand.

EARLY’S FIRST WYNN WITH SOX
1958: Future Hall of Famer Early Wynn earned his first White Sox win in his first White Sox start in a 4-3 triumph of the Tigers before 4,426 at ComiskeyPark. Wynn pitched into the seventh and gave up three runs before getting relief help from Gerry Staley.


A CRAZY EIGHTH DOES IT
1959: The White Sox scored two runs in a frenetic eighth inning in beating the Tigers 6-5 before 2,656 at ComiskeyPark. Jim Rivera’s bases loaded double scored Jim Landis and Norm Cash to break the tie. Landis double came after Al Smith struck out on a controversial play. Sox manager Al Lopez protested the game because he claimed Tiger pitcher Ray Narleski quick-pitched the third strike to Smith.

SEVEN RIBBIES FOR FLOYD
1962: Floyd Robinson fell one shy of the franchise record with seven RBIs in the White Sox 8-0 win at Minnesota. Robinson drove in two in the first with a home run, two in the fifth with a double and three in the ninth with a double. His seven RBIs were the most by a Sox player since Roy Sievers’ seven on June 21, 1961 and just missed Carl Reynolds’ club mark set on July 2, 1930. Robinson’s outburst allowed Joel Horlen to post the first shutout of his career. Horlen, making his seventh big league appearance and sixth start, gave up just six hits while walking two and striking out two. The whitewashing was the first of 18 Horlen would log in a Sox uniform.

BRADLEY FINGERS A’S
1971: The White Sox gave Tom Bradley three runs in the second inning and that was more than enough in a 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletics before 5,357 at Comiskey Park. Bradley helped his own cause in the second with an RBI after Ed Herrmann had plated two runs with a double. Bradley limited an Oakland lineup that included Bert Campaneris, Joe Rudi, Reggie Jackson and Sal Bando to four hits while striking out 10. Bradley bested Rollie Fingers, who was making the 28th start of his career. Fingers would make just nine more starts in his Hall of Fame career.

7-0 TO START 1982
1982: The White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Baltimore Orioles at Comiskey Park to improve to 7-0. The victories enabled the Sox to break a 62-year-old club record for consecutive wins at the start of a season. Rain the day before forced the Sox to play their first home Opening Day doubleheader since 1972. The double win meant the Sox had swept all four of their Opening Day doubleheaders (1917, 1972 and earlier in 1982). The White Sox took the first game 3-1 and then captured the nightcap 10-6 as 28,977 took in the festivities on the Southside. In the first game, Greg Luzinski’s two-run homer in the first fronted the Sox for good and made a winner of Britt Burns, who tossed seven shutout innings. In the second game, Jim Morrison untied a 6-6 game in the eighth with a home run that touched off a four-run inning.

UP ON THE ROOF ONE LAST TIME
1990: Ron Kittle launched what would be the final roof-shot home run at Old Comiskey Park history in the White Sox 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox before a frigid crowd of 8,479. Kittle’s “roofer,” the record seventh of his career, came off Rob Murphy and tied the game at one in the sixth. Ozzie Guillen singled in Sammy Sosa in the ninth to make a winner out of Barry Jones and loser of Lee Smith.

BUEHRLE 4-0
2002: Mark Buehrle improved to 4-0 with eight sterling innings in the White Sox 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians before 15,561 at Comiskey Park. Buehrle gave up two runs on seven hits in becoming the third Sox pitcher since 1994 to win his first four starts of the season. The Sox trailed 2-0 early but in the third Ray Durham’s two-run single tied the game and Frank Thomas’ RBI single put the team on top to stay.

LOAIZA BENEFITS FROM SOX POWER
2003: The White Sox dropped four home runs on the Royals in posting an easy 8-2 win before 10,716 at U.S. Cellular Field. Miguel Olivo, Tony Graffanino, Paul Konerko and Carlos Lee homered in support of the surprising Esteban Loaiza, who improved to 3-0. Loaiza fanned 11 in just six innings while giving up one run on four hits. Lee’s homer was a grand slam and put the Sox ahead 8-0 in the fifth.

PAULIE, CREDE, JOSE LEAD THE WAY
2006: A five-run first – highlighted by a three-run home run from Paul Konerko and a two-run blast from Joe Crede – powered the defending World Series champion White Sox stomped the Royals 9-0 before 27,889 at US Cellular Field. Jose Contreras gave up one hit over seven innings for his 10th consecutive win.

VeeckAsInWreck
04-17-2008, 03:41 PM
I remember watching the Kittle roofshot. The game was on WGN and having no cable at the time I cherished any chance I had to see the Sox on TV.

ghostfacesox
04-17-2008, 05:11 PM
Yes 2003... that was such a promising year. Was that the year with Kenny Lofton?

scarsofthumper
04-17-2008, 05:16 PM
Tony Graffanino, that's a name I haven't heard in ages.

doublem23
04-17-2008, 05:19 PM
Yes 2003... that was such a promising year. Was that the year with Kenny Lofton?

No that was 2002. The Sox went 16-10 in April that year and were in first place alone as late as May 25 before it all fell apart.

Offense was pretty good that year, but they didn't have any pitching... Here's the guys who made starts for the 2002 Sox: Mark Buehrle (34 GS), Jon Garland (33), Dan Wright (33 :o:), Todd Ritchie (23), Gary Glover (22), Jon Rauch (6), Rocky Biddle (7), and Jim Parque (4).

Yuck.

ghostfacesox
04-17-2008, 05:22 PM
Thats right! How can anyone forget Jon Rauch.

doublem23
04-17-2008, 05:23 PM
Thats right! How can anyone forget Jon Rauch.

I don't know. I've tried, though. Believe me, I've tried.