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SephClone89
04-26-2010, 11:26 PM
I thought this would be interesting, to see who all remembered this stuff.

My first game was when my dad took my younger brother and I to a Sunday game against the Pirates in June of 1999. I had started to get into baseball the season before, and '99 was my first year following the entire season. I got to see my favourite pitcher, Mike Sirotka, record the win for the Sox that day. The Big Hurt also drove in his 1,000th run that day.

EDIT: Here's the box for posterity.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA199906060.shtml

Brian26
04-26-2010, 11:29 PM
Jerry Koosman

DSpivack
04-26-2010, 11:30 PM
It was 1990, I was 6 years old and sat in one of the first rows of the RF Upper Deck. I don't remember anything else except that I think my uncle took me.

GoGoCrede
04-26-2010, 11:30 PM
Freddy Garcia. I'm a transplant, became a fan later in life.

MetroPD
04-26-2010, 11:32 PM
Richard Dotson 1982

TDog
04-26-2010, 11:49 PM
My first White Sox game was an exhibition game against the Cubs in the 1960s. I have no idea who started because I was too young to notice, and it may have been a minor leaguer brought up to pitch in the Boy's Benefit Game because it was a midseason exhibition.

In my first regular season White Sox game, Bob Priddy started in Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota. Jim Kaat started for the Twins. Priddy didn't last long. The Twins got out to an 8-1 lead. But the Sox came back to win 12-8 with a 6-run ninth. Wilbur Wood got the win in relief. Hoyt Wilhelm got the save.

october23sp
04-26-2010, 11:54 PM
Buehrle at the hump dump in 2004.

CWSpalehoseCWS
04-27-2010, 12:02 AM
Crap, no clue. I wonder if I still have the ticket somewhere.

WisSoxFan
04-27-2010, 12:06 AM
My first big league game was in 1971 - Washington at Milwaukee. Dick Bosman faces some guy names Marcelino Lopez (I looked it upon retrosheet). Davey Nelson hit the first pitch I saw out of the park and the Senators won 3-2. The dad of my best pals who took us got a foul ball (he is also the guy who helped turn me into a White Sox fan).

My first Sox game was Milwaukee in Chicago in 1972. More or less the same group of adults and kids went. Tom Bradley against Ken Brett. Sox won 6-1.

TDog
04-27-2010, 12:09 AM
... Tom Bradley against Ken Brett. Sox won 6-1.

An interesting question might be how many people saw future White Sox pitchers start against the White Sox in the first White Sox game they attended.

PhillipsBubba
04-27-2010, 12:13 AM
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/pics/dick_donovan_autograph.jpg

1958...what a glorious time it was!:smile:

WisSoxFan
04-27-2010, 12:14 AM
According to retrosheet there were only 5500 at the game so there weren't too many of us seeing our first Sox game on that day.:o:

twinsuck
04-27-2010, 12:27 AM
I have no idea, I was a baby. :D:

kingpin_rcs
04-27-2010, 12:31 AM
April 10, 1984, LaMarr Hoyt. Did know much about baseball at the time. Scott Fletcher hit a homer and the fireworks went off, I was hooked.

Brett Butler (CLE) hit a Triple and, if you can believe it, it was cold.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA198404100.shtml

Lip Man 1
04-27-2010, 01:04 AM
Gary Peters, threw a complete game, one hitter with 13 strikeouts. Some first game eh?

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1963/B07150CHA1963.htm

Lip

Rohan
04-27-2010, 01:06 AM
I believe it was James Baldwin

MisterB
04-27-2010, 01:11 AM
I have no idea, I was a baby. :D:

Same here.

Our family usually hit a couple of games every summer, and unless my mom wanted to tote a 5-month old to the ballpark, my first was probably sometime in the summer of '73. :dunno:

Nellie_Fox
04-27-2010, 01:11 AM
The only thing I remember about my first Sox game is coming up out of the dark, damp, cramped concourse and seeing the emerald green grass in the sunlight. It was like the part of The Wizard of Oz when the movie goes from black & white to color. I don't even remember what year it was.

sbsox
04-27-2010, 01:13 AM
Gary Peters...... he hit Rick Monday in the head and knocked him out cold.

AJRoxMyWhiteSox
04-27-2010, 01:22 AM
I didn't follow baseball too much as a kid, so the first game I could afford to attend when I didn't have class was August 29, 2006. It was Freddy Garcia facing the Devil Rays' Casey Fossum. Sox won 12-9.

Interesting fact: Fossum was also the losing pitcher for my first baseball game ever. July 11, 2004 when the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 9-2.

Rockabilly
04-27-2010, 01:40 AM
I believe it was Ricky Horton

Crede24Thome25
04-27-2010, 01:43 AM
My first game July 25, 2006. I didn't know a thing about baseball and had awesome seats Sec125 row22, Contreras on the mound. Sox fell to the Twins 3-4. Lets just say I've been hooked ever since:D:

WhiteSox5187
04-27-2010, 01:59 AM
My first Sox game was the last night game at Old Comiskey, that I know. Looking it up I see that Eric King was on the hill for the Sox.

What's amazing to me about that game is that there are two guys who are still playing who were in that game, I think they are also the last two guys who are still active to have played at Old Comiskey.

cnw8052
04-27-2010, 02:09 AM
Same here. I was only 10.

Richard Dotson 1982

cnw8052
04-27-2010, 02:11 AM
Very cool description of it. It seemed similar to me too.

The only thing I remember about my first Sox game is coming up out of the dark, damp, cramped concourse and seeing the emerald green grass in the sunlight. It was like the part of The Wizard of Oz when the movie goes from black & white to color. I don't even remember what year it was.

SephClone89
04-27-2010, 02:16 AM
What's amazing to me about that game is that there are two guys who are still playing who were in that game, I think they are also the last two guys who are still active to have played at Old Comiskey.

Griffey and...?

Oh, wow, I somehow had no idea/completely forgot that Omar played for the Mariners.

Yeah, that's cool stuff.

LITTLE NELL
04-27-2010, 06:17 AM
July 15, 1955 vs. original Washington Senators
Starting ptcher: Virgil Trucks
Sox won 5-4

doublem23
04-27-2010, 07:27 AM
My very first Sox game, I don't remember much of. I know it was at the old park (my only game there), and I don't remember when it was, who the Sox were playing, or really anything about the game. All I remember was looking at my chair and seeing that there was a chip in the paint, and you could see at least 4-5 different colored coats that had been applied to that seat.

First game I can definitely remember going to, I still don't remember the SP, but thanks to the magic of the internet I know it was... Tim Belcher.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA199309240.shtml

konerko 14
04-27-2010, 07:33 AM
hmmm, I think it was Jose Contreras in 2004

Moses_Scurry
04-27-2010, 07:44 AM
Jerry Koosman

Same here. The '83 clincher against Seattle.

KenBerryGrab
04-27-2010, 08:44 AM
Joel Horlen

palehosepub
04-27-2010, 08:50 AM
Fathers day-June 15 1969, my first game was a double header loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Sox got pounded twice -game 1 Dave McNally beat Jerry Nyman 9-0, the second game saw Tom Phoebus defeat Joel Horlen 13-2.

And I still became a lifelong fan!

In between ganmes they had a kids vs. players game and even the little kids beat the White Sox (their Dads).

asindc
04-27-2010, 09:13 AM
My first game was in 1970, but I don't remember the starting pitcher that day. I do remember that's when my fandom was secured.:)

peelwonder
04-27-2010, 09:21 AM
Same here. I was only 10.


Me Three....it was Richard Dotson and they beat Texas.....I also was only 10...

here's the game.....

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA198209040.shtml

Risk
04-27-2010, 09:30 AM
Tom Seaver in 1984.

Risk

ShoelessJoeS
04-27-2010, 09:51 AM
In 1991 I was 7 years old, so I have no idea.

Procol Harum
04-27-2010, 09:59 AM
I was 8 years old, 1963--it was a game against the BoSox and I'm pretty sure the starter was Ray Herbert.

Johnny Mostil
04-27-2010, 10:02 AM
Wilbur Wood, who lost a 1-0 decision (http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA197207050.shtml) to Dave McNally on a Brooks Robinson HR just below where I was sitting in RF.

Dibbs
04-27-2010, 10:22 AM
It looks like Jerry Koosman.

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=198307140CHA

jmeneghini1433
04-27-2010, 10:30 AM
I'm not 100% sure since I was no older then 8 years older. Kip Wells rings a bell?

TheOldRoman
04-27-2010, 10:31 AM
I went to a game in 1989, but I was too young to remember much. I just remember the view from the outfield upper deck.

My first real game saw Wilson Alvarez (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199506240CHA) beat the Indians. Albert Belle made an error, but I could have sworn he made three himself.

Jogurt
04-27-2010, 10:40 AM
Dave LaPoint v Rick Honeycutt. (in 1987)
17-1 win without a home run. (strange concept)
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA198710030.shtml

Probably not my first game but it's the first one I can remember.

wilburaga
04-27-2010, 10:46 AM
Walter William Pierce with a CG 7-1 victory over Whitey Ford at Yankee Stadium on 1958. Grandpa Boone contributed a homer.

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1958/B08230NYA1958.htm

Chrisaway
04-27-2010, 10:49 AM
I wanna say Melido Perez. I could be wrong though.

tick53
04-27-2010, 11:09 AM
Joel Horlen :bandance:

PalehosePlanet
04-27-2010, 11:12 AM
Gary Peters, threw a complete game, one hitter with 13 strikeouts. Some first game eh?

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1963/B07150CHA1963.htm

Lip

Lucky you! My first game was the immortal Skip Pitlock, didn't get an out in the 3rd, back in '74.

jdm2662
04-27-2010, 11:23 AM
I saw one of the two games Jose Delon beat Roger Clemens in 1986.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA198607300.shtml

Being only 8, I wasn't quite fimilar with the signficance. Hard to believe that crappy Sox team gave Clemens 2 of his 4 losses that season.

Walker29
04-27-2010, 11:45 AM
8/12/85 Gene Nelson was the starting pitcher. I always remembered it being Tom Seaver but that was because of the ceremony held for him, prior to the game in honor of his 300th victory the week before in NY.

White Sox lose to the Yankees 10-4. Future White Sox Ron Hassey hits 2 homers for the visiting Yanks. Ron Kittle also hits 2 dingers in the losing effort (one of which occurring in the bottom of the 9th, with Dad and I only hearing the fireworks) Dad always wanted to leave early...beat the crowds, son! Yes, I still have the ticket stub. Shout out to mom for writing "Georgie's First Sox Game" on it....Geez mom! at least you could have wrote it on the sweetspot


http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=198508120CHA

The Critic
04-27-2010, 12:09 PM
Stan Bahnsen, 1972.

Malgar 12
04-27-2010, 12:09 PM
1982.

I remember Ricky Henderson running wild, buying Sox hats, and seeing Minnie Minnoso go through the stands.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA198206080.shtml

RealFan
04-27-2010, 12:39 PM
For my first in person Sox game, I saw LaMarr Hoyt pitch in game one of a twi night doubleheader in late 1983.

Dick Allen
04-27-2010, 12:57 PM
Bob Shaw. First game of a Sunday DH (remember those?) in 1960 vs. the Tigers. Sox swept, Frank Baumann started and won game 2.

C-Dawg
04-27-2010, 01:07 PM
I don't remember. It was 1975..... I'll go out on a limb and guess it was Wilbur Wood.

Milkman43
04-27-2010, 01:19 PM
I could be wrong but I believe it was Wilson Alverez. It was the 1993 game against Seattle when Bo Jackson hit that towering homer to lead the Sox to the pennant. I was only about 7 years old and I still remember wondering if that ball would ever come down.

Navarro's Talent
04-27-2010, 01:23 PM
My first game was on July 14, 1989. I was almost five-years-old, and the Sox beat the Brewers, despite a not-so-good performance from Greg Hibbard.

Huisj
04-27-2010, 01:42 PM
Melido Perez on opening day 1989 against Oakland.

RedHeadPaleHoser
04-27-2010, 02:40 PM
Wilbur Wood in 1975; it was a Sunday and it was "jersey day". We were too late to get one though.

Vestigio
04-27-2010, 02:56 PM
No clue since I was only 4 years old. All I know, from what my parents told me, was that the Sox were facing the Athletics in 1990. It was my first and only game at Old Comiskey

sox1970
04-27-2010, 02:59 PM
I have no idea. Let's just say Francisco Barrios.

Law11
04-27-2010, 03:05 PM
Wilbur Wood July 1975.

Law11
04-27-2010, 03:06 PM
Wilbur Wood in 1975; it was a Sunday and it was "jersey day". We were too late to get one though.

were we at the same 1st game.. LOL

RedHeadPaleHoser
04-27-2010, 03:09 PM
were we at the same 1st game.. LOL

I don't remember it was July, but it was hot, and we were in the UD, left field, about 5 rows from the rail. Had to do the church thing before we could go to the game; that was the 1st time I heard my dad drop the MF word as he was driving. :D:

PaleHoser
04-27-2010, 11:55 PM
Francisco Barrios pitched the first game of a scheduled twinbill against the Angels on May 27, 1979. Both starters threw a complete game.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA197905271.shtml

We sat in the right field bleachers. My enduring memory is the mountain of empty beer cups the guys in the front row had stacked up on the wall by the middle of the second game.

Sox got swept, and I got married ten years to the day later. May 27th is a special day for me. :gulp:

NLaloosh
04-28-2010, 06:27 AM
I don't remember who the starting pitcher was for the Sox but I do remember the opposing pitcher.

It was Vida Blue. And, he was the hottest thing in baseball at the time. It was 1971. He won the Cy Young that year with a 24-8 record and 301 k plus an ERA of 1.82 I believe.

He signed my glove and I was thrilled. Nine years old at the time. It was the start of the dynasty of the Mustache Gang.

The Sox were good rivals of theirs for a few years - The Dick Allen years.

I remember Wilbur Wood pitching both games of a double header. It seemed like he was always pitching - threw 377 innings one year.

harwar
04-28-2010, 07:21 AM
I'd like to know the answer myself .. i only remember running around playing at the park with my cousins .. my dad and uncles would drink beer and relax .. i rarely saw them smile at home .. they only talked about the war .. they seemed like different guys at the park ..

russ99
04-28-2010, 08:47 AM
Not sure, went to a lot of games in the early 70's

I do remember Wilbur Wood and Jim Kaat pitching for the Sox in those days.

WizardsofOzzie
04-28-2010, 11:47 AM
Wilson Alvarez in a game full of rain delays that I never got to see the end of.

Medford Bobby
04-28-2010, 07:36 PM
I have 8mm film of my first visit to Comiskey Park on Bat Day 1962. I'd have to ask Dad if it was May or June to pin down the exact game which would most likely had been a Sunday!!:D:

soltrain21
04-28-2010, 07:43 PM
I think it was Alex Fernandez.

LITTLE NELL
04-28-2010, 07:49 PM
I have 8mm film of my first visit to Comiskey Park on Bat Day 1962. I'd have to ask Dad if it was May or June to pin down the exact game which would most likely had been a Sunday!!:D:

I was a vendor that year and may have sold you and your Dad a coke or bag of peanuts and I'm positive I worked bat day. A Sunday DH against the Twins?
.

johnny bench
04-28-2010, 08:00 PM
The first game I remember was Sunday, May 5, 1968, a double header against the Yankees. The first game was Gary Peters v Al Downing, and the second was Jack Fisher v Stan Bahnsen. The memorable part of game 1 was Peters hitting a grand slam!

Rikirk
04-28-2010, 08:40 PM
Why do I want to say Richie Zisk.....I dunno.
It was back in 1978, around august or september.

*EDIT----Ok, it couldnt have been Zisk,...anyway I cant remember the pitcher cuz I dont commit their names to memory for a given year.*

DonnieDarko
04-28-2010, 08:47 PM
I can't remember, I was only 4 years old. >_>

PKalltheway
04-29-2010, 12:48 AM
Jon Garland, 2000, against Tampa Bay.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA200008180.shtml

FielderJones
04-29-2010, 02:37 PM
Tom Bradley (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1971/B04090CHA1971.htm)

BubblingCalderon
04-29-2010, 06:47 PM
Charlie Hough beat the A's in 1992

Crestani
04-29-2010, 06:54 PM
Dick Donovan

soxstarter
04-29-2010, 07:46 PM
Todd Ritchie, April 18, 2002

DannyCaterFan
04-29-2010, 10:15 PM
April 19th 1960. The Sox beat the K.C. Athletics 10-9. The starting pitcher was Early Wynn. Fifty years of being a die-hard White Sox fan. The only thing I really remember was Minnie Minoso hitting 2 home runs.

manders_01
04-29-2010, 10:39 PM
Not only do I not know who the pitcher was, I don't even know who we played. I do know it was in Comiskey and that's about all.

UChicagoHP
04-29-2010, 10:48 PM
Melido Perez...

TornLabrum
04-29-2010, 10:54 PM
Bob Keegan, 1956. Hey! I don't remember the date. I was only six years old! Sox won.

Woofer
04-29-2010, 11:12 PM
I went to my first game in 1978. I am not 100% sure, because we may have gone to a game earlier in the season, but I know that I was at the June 12th 1978 game in which Ken Kravec was the starting pitcher. I was 8 years old, and the Sox beat the Indians 1-0.

Waysouthsider
04-29-2010, 11:20 PM
I think it was Alex Fernandez.


wow....me too.....!

DumpJerry
04-29-2010, 11:27 PM
1971, I was 9 years old. I don't remember who pitched, but Ed Hermann went yard and I was sold on the program when the fireworks went off.

BigHurt3515
04-29-2010, 11:32 PM
Home Opener 2004. My dad suprised me and said we were going to opening day. I skipped school, think i was in 4th grade. We sat all the way up top, section 556. I still have the ticket actually and the pitcher was Estaban Loaiza ime pretty sure.
Great day. Remember a Packers fan was sitting up there and everyone was giving him crap and throwing stuff at him and they had to escort him out. lol

michned
04-30-2010, 01:04 AM
1971
Bart Johnson vs Sudden Sam McDowell
2-hitter for McDowell, Indians won 4-0.

RadioheadRocks
04-30-2010, 04:49 AM
Tommy John vs. the Oakland A's, 1970

cards press box
04-30-2010, 06:49 AM
My first game was in 1969 against Minnesota. I think Joel Horlen started for the Sox. I do remember Harmon Killebrew hitting a long home run.

guillen4life13
04-30-2010, 12:54 PM
A weekend August series with the Orioles in 1996. Either Alvarez or Tapani pitched. I don't remember. I was 8 and at the time, I didn't care about baseball too much.

MikeW
04-30-2010, 06:35 PM
Yankee Stadium 1962. I believe it was Early Wynn. Sox lost of course.

TDog
04-30-2010, 07:03 PM
Tommy John vs. the Oakland A's, 1970

The Sox lost, of course. You needn't tell me the date. The Sox only beat the A's twice in 1970, both times in Oakland, including a Gerry Janeski three-hit shutout in April.. In Chicago, the A's won nine times. Most discouraging was a 9-8 los in which the White Sox led 8-1 after five, with Janeski pitching. That was a Friday night in May. You probably saw the A's beat John a couple of days later.

bridgeportcopper
04-30-2010, 07:06 PM
Ross Baumgarten....and added bonus, apparently i got to see Farmio in action!
http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA197904270.shtml

EdHerman12
04-30-2010, 09:05 PM
Gary Peters June of 1969...pitched 7 innings gave up 3 runs but lost to Orioles 5-2.....

SI1020
04-30-2010, 10:09 PM
1971
Bart Johnson vs Sudden Sam McDowell
2-hitter for McDowell, Indians won 4-0. McDowell threw as hard as anyone I ever saw.

EdHerman12
04-30-2010, 11:02 PM
.

I remember Wilbur Wood pitching both games of a double header. It seemed like he was always pitching - threw 377 innings one year.

Those days are..... long gone....but you are correct the Sox and A's had a great rivalry back at that time...some of the best geams were against those wild men in green and gold!

Dick Allen
04-30-2010, 11:48 PM
April 19th 1960. The Sox beat the K.C. Athletics 10-9. The starting pitcher was Early Wynn. Fifty years of being a die-hard White Sox fan. The only thing I really remember was Minnie Minoso hitting 2 home runs.That was the first game I ever watched on TV. I remember Minnie hitting a grand slam into the CF bullpen to give the Sox a good lead. They blew the lead, then Minnie won it with a HR into the LF upper deck.

thomas35forever
05-01-2010, 12:07 AM
September 7, 1996 vs. Boston. Alex Fernandez outduels Roger Clemens, who went the distance for the Carmines.

flo-B-flo
05-01-2010, 01:33 PM
vs the Tigers
John Buzhardt vs Phil Regan
Sox won 8-3
Hoyt Wilhelm got a save.
Won the second game too. 2-1
Dave Nicholson hit a 3 run homer in the first game.
When I first saw the green field, it was blinding.
Joel Horlen pitched the second game and won. He got
2 hits.

downstairs
05-01-2010, 04:05 PM
My first game was 1982 against Seattle. But I'm not sure which one, and I'm sure I don't have the stub. I was 8 at the time.

I guess it was Hoyt, Dotson, Lamp or Burns. Maybe Trout- but he didn't play for the Sox the whole season.

wassagstdu
05-01-2010, 05:31 PM
Frank Papish. The Sox lost to the Washington Senators (DH game 1) 1-0. The starter for the Senators and WP was one Early Wynn. It was Luke Appling Day, June 8, 1947.

Edit: Scratch that. Early Wynn won in relief in the 18th inning of game 1. I doubt that I was still around.