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StatManDu
05-07-2008, 08:23 AM
WELCOME WALSH
1904: Ed Walsh made his big league debut for the White Sox in an 8-7 win over St. Louis at SouthSidePark. Walsh made the first of his 430 appearances (315 starts) which eventually landed “The Big Reel” in the Hall of Fame.


LARRIPIN’ LOU FINDS THE UPPER TANK
1927: The Yankees Lou Gehrig slammed the first home run into the new pavilion of recently-expanded ComiskeyPark in New York’s 8-0 win. 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.


SOX WIN BATTLE OF LEGENDS
1935: The White Sox future Hall of Famer got the best of the Yankees’ future Hall of Famer in a 4-3 win at ComiskeyPark. Ted Lyons got the win over Lefty Gomez as the White Sox opened a 1.5-game lead atop the American League. The victory was the Sox third in a row and improved them to 12-4 for the franchise’s best 16-game start since 1920.


TEDDY BALLGAME FINDS THE ROOF
1941: Ted Williams hit the first of his two roof shot home runs at ComiskeyPark in Boston’s 4-3 win in 11 innings. Williams, who would hit his second roofer in 1955, victimized John Rigney for the sixth roof shot homer in Comiskey Park history.

WOOD REALLY GOOD
1974: Wilbur Wood turned in one of the great pitching performances in franchise history as the White Sox tamed the Tigers 1-0 in 11 innings in Detroit. Wood and Lerrin LaGrow swapped zeroes for 10 innings before Ed Herrmann broke the deadlock with a homer to leadoff the 11th. Wood finished off the Tigers with a 1-2-3 11th, which included his 1,000th career strikeout. Wood gave up two hits and four walks while striking out 10. The closest the Tigers came to scoring came in the 10th when they loaded the bases with one out but Wood got out of the jam with a pop out and a ground out.


SQUIRES SQUATS AGAIN
1980: Mike Squires made his second appearance behind the plate in a 12-5 loss to the Royals before 7,584 at Comiskey Park. Squires’ first appearance behind the plate was May 4, 1980, making him the first left-hander to catch in a game since Dale Long did it for the 1958 Cubs.

THE BOOTER!
1983: The White Sox ran their winning streak to four and reached the .500 mark at 12-12 with a 4-3 win over Cleveland before 18,245 at ComiskeyPark. Tony Bernazard’s first-inning double gave the Sox the lead for good and reserve catcher Marc “The Booter” Hill began a string of five consecutive hits. LaMarr Hoyt was the winning pitcher and Kevin Hickey earned his third save in as many appearances and his fifth overall on the season.


A BALTIMORE BASHING
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. Bill Long got the win with 4.2 innings of shutout relief.


DIG IN … AND WIN
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 ComiskeyPark. Harold Baines went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lift his average to a league-leading .353. Eric King gave up one run in seven innings for the victory. The top three batters in the White Sox order – leadoff hitter Ozzie Guillen, Dave Gallagher and Baines – were 8-for-12 with three runs, three steals and three RBIs.

A WALKOFF WIN
1991: Sammy Sosa’s homer run to leadoff the 12th handed the White Sox their first extra-inning win in their new home -- a 2-1 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers before 35,451 at NewComiskeyPark. Greg Hibbard tossed 10 innings and gave up just one run on six hits but did not get a decision. Bobby Thigpen got the win in relief.


A SMASHING DEBUT FOR LEE
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 ComiskeyPark. Lee made history when he deposited a 2-2 pitch from Tom Candiotti into the outfield seats in the second inning. Lee had been summoned from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day and started the game in left field. In the first inning, Thomas moved past Luke Appling into first place on the Sox career extra-base hit list with a double, the 588th long hit of his career.

NO. 6 FOR LOAIZA
2003:Esteban Loaiza picked up his sixth victory as the White Sox picked up a rare win in Oakland with an 8-4 triumph. Loaiza gave up two runs on four hits with three walks and one strikeouts in helping the Sox stop a 10-game skid in Oakland.


SOX STAY HOT
2005: The future World Champion White Sox extended their winning streak to seven with a 10-7 pasting of the Blue Jays in Toronto. Paul Konerko homered twice and drove in five runs and Jon Garland improved to 6-0 for the longest winning streak by a Sox pitcher since James Baldwin’s eight-gamer in 2000. Scott Podsednik tied a club record with four stolen bases, which was also a personal best, as the Sox improved to a big-league best 23-7.