View Full Version : THIS DATE IN WHITE SOX HISTORY: APRIL 18TH/what A Day!

04-18-2008, 11:20 AM
2007: Mark Buehrle fashioned the 16th no-hitter in club history in the White Sox 6-0 win over the Texas Rangers before 25,390 on a raw night at U.S. Cellular Field. Buehrle faced the minimum in firing the first no-no by a Sox pitcher since Wilson Alvarez accomplished the feat in Baltimore on Aug. 11, 1991. This was also the first no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field/New Comiskey Park and the first by a Sox pitcher in a home game since Joel Horlen victimized the Detroit Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader Sept. 10, 1967 at the old park. The only thing that prevented Buehrle from notching the second perfect game in team history was a one-out walk to Sammy Sosa in the fifth. Buehrle promptly picked Sosa off first and then got the next 13 Rangers to finish off the no-no. The left-hander fanned eight and was backed by a sparkling defense, which included a dandy of a play by third baseman Joe Crede to get Jerry Hairston in the third. Buehrle got offensive help from Jim Thome, who hit two homers, and Jermaine Dye, who launched a grand slam. The no-hitter was secured when a charging Crede threw out Gerald Laird to end it. The play touched off a wild celebration, capping a game that was the highlight of an otherwise dismal season.

1908: Ed Walsh posted the first of his club-record 40 victories in the White Sox 3-0 win over the St. Louis Browns at SouthSidePark. Walsh went the distance and struck out four with no walks in notching the first of his league-leading 11 shutouts. The future Hall of Famer finished 1908 40-15 with a 1.42 ERA. In addition to wins and shutouts, the “Big Reel” led the league with 66 games, 49 starts, 464 innings and 269 strikeouts. Walsh set club records that still stand in wins, shutouts, innings, starts, strikeouts and complete games in 1908.

1972: The White Sox opened the home schedule of one of their most memorable seasons with a 14-0 drubbing of the Texas Rangers before 20,944 at ComiskeyPark. The victory was the largest shutout victory by a Sox team in a home opener. Pat Kelly got the season off to a great start when he tripled to lead off the first. Jorge Orta followed with a single and the rout was on. By the time the first inning ended, the Sox were ahead 5-0 thanks, mostly, to a three-run homer by Carlos May. The Sox added four in the fourth and five in the fifth to complete the scoring. May was the hitting hero, going 4-for-4 with a double and six RBIs, in addition to the roundtripper. Wilbur Wood cruised with the lead. Wood limited the Rangers to three hits while walking one and striking out seven.

1981:Carlton Fisk doomed his old team for the second time in the young season in the White Sox 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox before an afternoon gathering of 36,782 at ComiskeyPark. Fisk accounted for all of the White Sox scoring with a two-run homer off Sox-killer Frank Tanana in the fifth inning. Steve Trout pitched 7.2 innings and gave up one run for the victory. LaMarr Hoyt pitched 1.1 perfect frames for his first save.

1982: The White Sox ran their record to 8-0 by beating Baltimore 6-4 before 34,322 at ComiskeyPark. The triumph enabled the Sox to extend their club record for consecutive wins at the start of a season. The Sox scored two runs in the seventh and then hung on thanks to the relief pitching of LaMarr Hoyt and Salome Barojas. The Sox jumped on top when Vance Law and Ron LeFlore walked to start the seventh and then executed a double steal. The play prompted Rick Dempsey to make a throwing error, which allowed Law to score. Hoyt got the win and Barojas picked up his eye-popping fifth save of the young season.

1990: Robin Ventura clubbed his first big league home run in a 7-5 loss to Boston at ComiskeyPark. Ventura’s dinger came in the seventh inning off Roger Clemens.

1991: The White Sox opened NewComiskeyPark before a crowd of 42,191 on a crisp Thursday afternoon. Dignitaries and many members of the White Sox family past and present watched Detroit score a 16-0 win. The game got so out of hand that Tigers pitcher Frank Tanana batted and struck out in the eighth inning.

1994: Tim Raines celebrated Patriots’ Day in Boston by slugging three home runs in the White Sox 12-1 win over the Red Sox. Raines became the 10th player in White Sox history to hit at least three homers in a game and the first since Harold Baines turned the trick Sept. 17, 1982. Raines also became the first Sox switch-hitter to hit three homers in a game.

2000: The White Sox ransacked the Seattle Mariners 18-11 in their biggest outburst since scoring 19 runs against Minnesota Aug. 4, 1992. The White Sox exploded for 11 runs in the fourth inning. The Sox entered the frame trailing 6-2 but strung together six consecutive hits to get back into the game. Greg Norton hit a two-run homer and Mark Johnson added a three-run shot in the inning which was the Sox biggest since Oct. 3, 1987. Tanyon Sturtze got the win in relief.

2005: The White Sox took over sole possession of first place and never let it go for the rest of the season by beating the Minnesota Twins 5-4 before 27,018 at US Cellular Field. The Sox got two home runs from Carl Everett – including a tiebreaking two-run blast in the sixth – in improving to 9-4 and breaking a first place tie with the Twins. The Sox trailed 3-1 in the fifth before Joe Crede evened things up with his first homer of the year. Luis Vizcaino got the win with relief help from Dustin Hermanson and Shingo Takatsu, who earned his fourth save.

04-18-2008, 11:27 AM
You meant April 18th and not the 19th right?

04-18-2008, 11:50 AM
You meant April 18th and not the 19th right?

You beat me too it.

04-18-2008, 07:23 PM
thanks statmandu
I was there!:bandance: for Buehrles' no-hitter

Ziggy S
04-18-2008, 10:03 PM
Didn't Raines hit from both sides of the plate in his three homerun game?