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Viva Medias B's
05-22-2006, 09:28 AM
The first White Sox game I went to was in 1977. It was a Saturday afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals in which Chet Lemon hit a grand slam to give the Sox the lead. The biggest thing I remember is being frightened by the loud aerial bombs they shot off in those days.

sox_fan_forever
05-22-2006, 09:32 AM
My first Sox game was in 1990, but since I was only three years old I don't remember any of it. :(:

Bobbo35
05-22-2006, 09:36 AM
The first game I can remember was in 1984 against the New York Yankees. I have pictures of it in my basement.

viagracat
05-22-2006, 10:22 AM
As I grew up in a Cub house :(: , and as my dad hated the Sox, I didn't get to my first Sox game until I was in my early teens, when I finally got to a double-header about 1972. And that was only because I won tickets in the Straight A/Perfect Attendance program (not b/c of my grades, believe me).

I'm the only Sox fan in my family, and I've endured 40 years of crap for that. But not so much lately. :smile:

Sox83Kid
05-22-2006, 10:39 AM
I went to my first White Sox game at the old Comiskey Park in the summer of 1984. Can't remember who the opponent was, but I remember the Sox won 9-7, due in part to some great defense by Rudy Law in the outfield. I was obsessed with Ron Kittle back then, because he was from NW Indiana like me, and became the biggest thing to come out of Gary since the Jackson 5. Oh, and I loved all the home runs he it too!:D:

vegyrex
05-22-2006, 10:42 AM
May 25, 1969.

Unfortunately the White Sox lost 1-0

But I remember having a good time anyway. :smile:

Chez
05-22-2006, 10:44 AM
1967; Sox v. Indians. My grandfather took me. We sat behind home plate; Sam McDowell pitched for the Tribe and threw about 300 mph!

dickallen15
05-22-2006, 10:46 AM
I went to a doubleheader when I was 4 years old with my dad at the old park. I'm pretty sure it was against the Tigers. It was helmet day.We sat in the first row of the upperdeck right at first base and my dad caught a ball pretty early on and gave it to me. Both the ball and the helmet are long gone.

SOXPHILE
05-22-2006, 10:51 AM
Last game of the '77 season. My dad, and my grandpa (mother's side) took me. Sox lost to the Mariners, 3-2. I did get to see Zisk hit a 2 run shot, and the scoreboard went off. Sat down the 3rd base/left field line, right near the corner, about 2 or 3 rows back. My dad bought me a blue plastic SOX helment, that I still have to this day.

Uncle_Patrick
05-22-2006, 11:08 AM
Sox vs. Brewers in 1985 at the old ballpark. I don't remember the score, but I'm pretty sure the Sox lost.

FoulTerritory
05-22-2006, 11:10 AM
My first game was the day before the clincher in 83. I was 8. My dad had gotten the tickets through his work earlier in the year, and was excited all week because we had the chance to clinch that day. They won, but alas, did not get the external help needed for the clinch. I have very vague memories of that game -- being in the upper deck 3rd base line -- , but thinking about it now, I would really like to look up the box score and see what happened!

ThirdBaseman
05-22-2006, 11:11 AM
I know this'll seem kinda weird, but the first Sox game I ever went to was last year in August, and the only reason we went was because we had got the tickets for free through someone. It was I believe the set of games during August against the Yankees. I think it was either the Friday or Saturday game which they lost. That's back when they were in their "slump."

I was extremely sick that day with a terrible head cold. I tried to enjoy the game, but after an hour or so I needed to drink something badly. It was also fireworks night too.

kraut83
05-22-2006, 11:19 AM
July 6, 1984. The Sox won a high scoring game vs. Cle. My dad & I were in the lower level RF area and I remember a Kittle HR & not being prepared for the fireworks, especially since I couldn't see them from where we were. I was hooked after my first experience!

whitesoxwilkes
05-22-2006, 11:20 AM
First time I saw the Sox play was at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto back in 1984. Sox lost to the Jays 1-0 with Seaver on the bump and got only 3 hits the whole game.

First Sox game in Chicago was a rain-shortened affair vs the Twins in 1998.

Palehose13
05-22-2006, 11:29 AM
September 9, 1983 and what a first game to go to!

Britt Burns threw his one hitter and Fisk, Luzinski, and Paciorek went back to back to back off of Tommy John.

If I wasn't hooked on the Sox before that game, I definitely was after!

MVP
05-22-2006, 11:48 AM
1985- White Sox and Orioles

davenicholson
05-22-2006, 12:01 PM
May 30, 1966--I was 9 years old. I have the photo pennant my dad bought for me that day right here in my office. I remember the Sox blowing out Boston and that the Sox had a steal of home, but I had to do a search for any more details. From http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=196605302CHA

Final score was Sox 11, Boston 0. Jack Lamabe threw a complete game 1-hitter, Don Buford had three stolen bases (including home!), and Lee Elia (yes *that* Lee Elia) made an error for the Sox. I also remember my dad giving me a sip of his Hamm's. :cool: What I can't put into words are the emotions I felt then (and still recall) when I walked up the ramp to our seats and seeing a major league park for the first time. The emerald green grass, the scoreboard, the thousands of seats and faces, the vendors ("Scorecards! Get your scorecards for twenty-five!")... Of course, I bought a scorecard for a quarter, and even an "official" pencil for a nickel more, and kept score. I only wish I had kept the scorecard! And I can only wish that my 7 year-old has just as fond memories of the game I took him to this year.

Frater Perdurabo
05-22-2006, 12:17 PM
Saturday, June 1, 1985. Fisk went yard off Brett Sabrehagen and also had an RBI sac fly, finishing with 4 RBI on two hits, as the Sox won 8-7. I was 8 years old and attended with my entire family as part of a Cub Scout/Boy Scout day.

The Sox swept the Royals in a four game series, giving Sox fans hope that the Sox might overtake the Royals and win their second division title in three years. Alas, the Royals went on to win the World Series.

Fenway
05-22-2006, 12:19 PM
July 14, 1956

Mel Parnell pitched a no-hitter against the White Sox. I couldn't understand what all the excitement was about, since I was all of 6

Dan Mega
05-22-2006, 12:27 PM
It was a June game in 1986 with my grandpa. Thats all I remember.

southside rocks
05-22-2006, 12:29 PM
1967, can't remember the exact date, I was 11 years old and the Sox were playing some pretty good ball that summer under Eddie Stanky (well, until those last few games in Kansas City ...) -- my first sight of the playing field at Comiskey and I thought I was in heaven. Sat right behind third base, which at the time was played by Pete Ward. I think Gary Peters pitched.

wmc
05-22-2006, 12:40 PM
July 3, 1967 at Comiskey. Sox lost to the Orioles 1-0. A real yawner of a game IIRC, but I was only 9 and simply being at a game was fun.

dividedsk717
05-22-2006, 12:41 PM
My first White Sox game was June 13, 1997 in Cincinnati.

My first game White Sox game in Chicago: April 22, 2000 vs. the Tigers.

'Nuff said. :cool:

LITTLE NELL
05-22-2006, 12:51 PM
July 1954, saw our go-go White Sox beat the old Washington Senators 5-4. Sat right behind Minnie in lower left field grandstand in the Baseball Palace of the World. As much as I love the current Sox nothing will ever replace in my heart, those Sox teams of the 50s and 60s.

McCuddy
05-22-2006, 12:57 PM
It was September of 1977 - Sox vs. Angels. I can't recall the exact date since I lost the scorecard. Oldest scorecard I have intact is from '79 - I will have to dig that out of the basement tonight.

Lip Man 1
05-22-2006, 01:00 PM
July 15, 1963. Sox-4, Orioles-0

Gary Peters a complete game shutout, struck out 11, fired a one hitter!

Oh by the way Dave, J.C. Martin who caught Jack that game had this to say about it in his WSI Interview:

ML: How about May 30, 1966? Sox pitcher Jack Lamabe throws a one hitter beating Jose Santiago 11-0. The Sox took a pair that night and shut out the Bosox in both games.

JCM: "Jack had real good stuff that night. It was late in the game, Iím sorry I donít remember the exact inning or the hitter but Jack shook me off on what I wanted him to throw. We went with what Jack wanted to throw and the guy hit it into center field for their only hit. Iíve got an autographed picture of me and Jack and he signed it Ďto J.C. I should have thrown what you wanted. It was my mistake!"

Lip

PushnThaEscalade
05-22-2006, 01:03 PM
Sometime in September 1990 against the Mariners. It was a night game and fireworks galore, i dont remember that much, seeing as i was only 4 then.

Lip, Hangar, can either of you help me out on that one?

Lip Man 1
05-22-2006, 01:07 PM
Push:

The Sox played the Mariners the final week of the 1990 season... it was the weekend the original Comiskey Park closed its doors. They did have a few night games in that series. Friday and Saturday as I recall. Sunday was a day game.

Lip

Chip Z'nuff
05-22-2006, 01:11 PM
summer of 77 only 3 years old, I believe this to be my first memory.
I remember a marching band going through the stands, thanks for the memory Bill!

gregp65
05-22-2006, 01:25 PM
Sometime in 1975. Sox were playing Boston at Comiskey. Jim Rice hit the speakers at the top of the wall in center field and ended up with a triple. It was a big deal in the papers, as Rice was a rookie, and I believe it had happened only once previously. It was estimated to have traveled almost 500 feet.

phanreign
05-22-2006, 01:32 PM
July 31, 1979 versus the New York Yankees. Ron Guidry struck out the side in the first inning with nine pitches. We lost 7-3 but Jim Morrison hit a homerun so I got to see the scoreboard explode!

John
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digdagdug23
05-22-2006, 01:32 PM
when I went with my dad. I don't remember much, except it was September, the sets were really high (and it scared the crap outta me) and I was in awe.

It was in 1970, thanks for making me feel my age today. :wink:

Cept, at least I ain't as old as lip. :kneeslap:

FielderJones
05-22-2006, 01:42 PM
Opening Day, April 9 1971 (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B04090CHA1971.htm), against the Twinkies. Tom Bradley pitched 8 good innings for a no-decision, and Vicente Romo got the win in the 9th via a walk-off single by Rich McKinney.

MeteorsSox4367
05-22-2006, 01:50 PM
July 19, 1974 - Sox 7, Brewers 3. I just remember being fascinated by all the colors and everything in the ballpark. As was my Dad's tradition, we were there two hours before gametime.

Sox won, I was happy. And that's how the love affair began...

Theanticub
05-22-2006, 02:06 PM
The first White Sox game I went to was in 1977. It was a Saturday afternoon game against the Kansas City Royals in which Chet Lemon hit a grand slam to give the Sox the lead. The biggest thing I remember is being frightened by the loud aerial bombs they shot off in those days.

April 8th I believe 1981. I was literally a week old.

TDog
05-22-2006, 02:19 PM
For me it was against the Cubs. I can't find the resources to track down the year, but it was probably 1964. It would have been during the summer I turned 6. I wasn't wearing glasses yet, so the game was a blur. Maybe 1965, those years were pretty much a blur in my memory.

The Sox won 7-2. My father was with a group from work (mostly Cubs fans) going to the game. They had an extra ticket and took me along. We sat down the leftfield in old Comiskey, above the bullpen. The fireworks went off during the game, and there were fireworks after the game. I couldn't see them. I couldn't see the scoreboard. I never saw the ball because no one knew at the time that I was nearly blind. My father told me that if this hitter (a Cub) swung and missed, the game would be over. I saw a flash of yellow, and it was over. I remember balloons, the smell of cigar smoke and driving home to Highland, Ind., through China Town.

My father and his new wife took me to a Sox game in Minnesota in 1968. The Sox won 12-8. Hoyt Wilhelm pitched. My memories of ballgames are clearer after my mother took me to the first game of a doubleheader at old Comiskey on the first Sunday of the 1970 season. Carlos May hit a home run in the 5-2 loss. It was too cold to stay for the 16-2 second-game loss.

Sad
05-22-2006, 02:24 PM
musta been around '75-76?
I remember getting Harry's autograph before the game

not alot of game details stand out at that young age...

HotelWhiteSox
05-22-2006, 02:28 PM
1996 (10 years old), got free tickets against the Athletics. Alex Fernandez started, made a great play where he like dove or slid off the mound to get to the ball. There, I knew this was my brand of baseball (Coming from Italy I didn't know that much about baseball, so the experience really got me into it, I remember signing up for little league as soon as possible. Been a die hard ever since)

Later that year, relatives tried bringing me to a Flubby game, they won, Sosa hit a HR, and I hated it. Didn't like the park, kept getting annoying kids in our seats, and remembering being double parked and having to wait to leave.

roylestillman
05-22-2006, 02:40 PM
People ask me this all the time, and I have to reply I don't know. I don't remember not going. I must have been one of those babies that everybody complains about.

BringBackBlkJack
05-22-2006, 03:03 PM
I went to one of the craziest 1st Sox games ever.

I was 7 years (and a day) old, and the date was July 1, 1990. I wanted to go to a Sox game for my birthday but I believe they weren't playing on the 30th of June, so July 1st had to do.

Old Comiskey was celebrating its 80th birthday that day but that wasn't the only defining characteristic of that day.

Andy Hawkins of the Yankees pitched a no-hitter that day. However, the Sox still won because the Yankee defense allowed 4 unearned runs in the 8th, thanks to a dropped fly ball hit by Robin Ventura with the bases loaded. The final score was 4-0, good guys.

It remains the biggest margin of defeat ever by a pitcher who threw a no-hitter and lost in the history of baseball.

I managed to find a RealAudio clip of the error: http://whitesoxinteractive.com/Audio/NoHit90.rm

CRAZY!!!

gbergman
05-22-2006, 03:50 PM
the first i ever went to was the 1st visit to chicago i actually remember back in 1996. White Sox Indians

GregoryEtc
05-22-2006, 04:15 PM
September 9, 1983 and what a first game to go to!

Britt Burns threw his one hitter and Fisk, Luzinski, and Paciorek went back to back to back off of Tommy John.

If I wasn't hooked on the Sox before that game, I definitely was after!
Amazing!!!! This was also my first game (at least the first that I remember, I was 6). Here is the recap as written on this webpage (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?id=1421&category=3&PHPSESSID=8dbe1a4a44f83624b78edabc9f475c47):

September 9, 1983- The Sox express roars on crushing former Sox great Tommy John and the Angels 11-0. Whatís significant in this one is for the first time in memory the Sox hammer back to back to back home runs. Theyíre courtesy of Carlton Fisk, Tom Paciorek, and Greg Luzinski. In the same game Britt Burns throws a one hitter.

PaulDrake
05-22-2006, 04:19 PM
My dad gave me and my brother a back to school present, tickets to the Labor Day doubleheader September 1, 1958. Unfortunately the Indians swept the Sox. It made for a long cold winter. We returned a second time for the Mother's Day doubleheader May 10, 1959 and this time the Sox swept the Indians. I was a very happy 8 year old kid that day. Billy Pierce went 11 innings in the first game and Early Wynn shut out the Tribe in the second. John "Bubba" Phillips, Sox 3rd baseman was the hitting hero.

davenicholson
05-22-2006, 04:39 PM
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Oh by the way Dave, J.C. Martin who caught Jack that game had this to say about it in his WSI Interview:

ML: How about May 30, 1966? Sox pitcher Jack Lamabe throws a one hitter beating Jose Santiago 11-0. The Sox took a pair that night and shut out the Bosox in both games.

JCM: "Jack had real good stuff that night. It was late in the game, Iím sorry I donít remember the exact inning or the hitter but Jack shook me off on what I wanted him to throw. We went with what Jack wanted to throw and the guy hit it into center field for their only hit. Iíve got an autographed picture of me and Jack and he signed it Ďto J.C. I should have thrown what you wanted. It was my mistake!"

Lip
Cool stuff, Lip--thanks! I did read that interview some time ago, but for some reason, the date that JC talked about never rang a bell for me!:redface: The link in my previous post "only" has the box score, so I can't supply the inning, but the culprit from Boston was their third baseman by the household name of Joe Foy. I also recall that we ended up leaving early during the second game for some reason.:(:

DannyCaterFan
05-22-2006, 05:03 PM
My Dad took me and my brother out of school on opening day in 1960. I had just turned 8 and we went to see the first home game after the Sox were in the 59 World Series. They were playing the Kansas City A's. I have been a big fan ever since. It took an amazing 45 years to see them go to the Series again.
A couple of things stand out in my mind from that day. First, they raised the American League Championship flag before the game. Secondly, Minnie Minoso hit two home runs and the Sox beat the A's. It was also the debut of the first exploding scoreboard, but it was not yet working properly on opening day. I do remember the bombs going off after the home runs though. Most people were startled as this was the first time they had ever heard that at a baseball game.
I became a fan for life. The colors of the stadium and field were unbelievable. Remember a boy of 8 at that time going to his first game, had only previously seen the games on a black and white TV.

C-Dawg
05-22-2006, 05:26 PM
September 9, 1983 and what a first game to go to!

Britt Burns threw his one hitter and Fisk, Luzinski, and Paciorek went back to back to back off of Tommy John.



Whoa, that was your first game! My whole family was there too; I still proudly have the scorecard faithfully filled out (actually my brother was the one keeping score...). He was there a couple weeks later when they clinched; I didn't make that game. :(:

First game for me, my brother, and my dad was in 1975; don't remember the opponent or even who won. Mustn't have been too memorable (IE - no Sox homeruns). But its my only claim to having been there for the red pinstripes era.

Goodman6
05-22-2006, 05:48 PM
July 1954, saw our go-go White Sox beat the old Washington Senators 5-4. Sat right behind Minnie in lower left field grandstand in the Baseball Palace of the World. As much as I love the current Sox nothing will ever replace in my heart, those Sox teams of the 50s and 60s.

Although I like reading the comments from the young people on this board, it's nice to see some senior people like me on this board as well.

My first game was August 14, 1958. I was 9 days short of turning 10 yrs old. My sister and her boyfriend took me to the game as a birthday present. The Sox beat the K.C. A's 5 - 2 behnd a complete game by Ray Moore. Like you, I also have a special place in my heart for the Sox teams of the 50's and 60's, but I must admit, the 2005 & 2006 teams are my all-time favorites.

thomas35forever
05-22-2006, 06:27 PM
September 1996 against the Red Sox at the age of 7. I don't remember watching much of the game, but I do remember watching Roger Clemens warm up from the picnic area before the game and that the scoreboard went off. Since it was a Saturday night game, there were post-game fireworks. The White Sox won btw.

flo-B-flo
05-22-2006, 08:01 PM
June 1964. Indians I think. I remember I was mezmerized by the colors and the different noises. A previous post explained that he had watched games in black and white, me too. That's the first game I saw in color. My dad and I went and saw the twinkers, the redcubs and the yankers that year. Wpw what memories!

JoeCrede4MVP
05-22-2006, 08:13 PM
My first Sox game was in 1990, but since I was only three years old I don't remember any of it. :(:


I was pretty young too, but remember some of it. I was probably 5 or 6 and i know Frank Thomas hit a home run and we had great seats. 5-10 rows behind the catcher. I only wish i could still go to a game with seats like that.

Brian26
05-22-2006, 10:12 PM
My first Sox game was September 19, 1982. It was a beautiful (not a cloud in the sky, 75 degrees) Sunday afternoon game against the Oakland A's. I was 10 years old. We sat down the thirdbase line, towards the corner, about 15 rows up. That was a section where you had to turn your head to the right to see the infield.

Jerry Koosman pitched for the Sox. Tony Armas took him deep into the centerfield bullpen early in the game. Steve Kemp went opposite field for a home run into the leftfield bleachers (just barely made it). Harold Baines hit a triple, and I remember being amazed at how fast he was at going from 1st to 3rd.

I'm pretty sure it was Fan Appreciation Day, even though it wasn't the last homestand of the season.

Looking back on it, I think it was the perfect age to go. I was old enough to really appreciate being there, but I was still young enough to be in total awe. I remember how green everything was, contrasted with the crystal blue sky. The park seemed like a cathedral, like a 100-year old church. It's hard to forget that first time though, walking up from underneath the lower deck, coming up the ramp and seeing the green field and the forest green outfield walls (with "Picnic Area" and "Bull Ring" painted over the windows) and the emerald home run line painted on the top. I wanted to explore the stadium too. I was interested in how the picnic area worked, and how you got over to the centerfield bleachers from the upperdeck on the catwalk.

I remember Ribbie and Roobard riding around on a three-wheeler ATV.

Looking back on retrosheet, there are some things I don't remember about the game (like Lorenzo Gray and Jay Loviglio started in the infield for the Sox).

Smokey Burg
05-23-2006, 02:06 PM
My Dad took my brother and I to see a Sunday double-header against the Yankees in July or August 1966. The Sox were 1 game behind the Yanks, but they swept both games to take first place away only to drop back the next week. I was only 7 but I remember seeing Mickey Mantle strike out 5 times that day. The Sox handled them pretty easily the first game. Several guys had homers, I think Don Hansen hit one of them. The second game was close, Smokey Burgess had a pinch hit double in the seventh or eighth inning to put the Pale Hose over the top for good.

VenturaSoxFan23
05-23-2006, 02:15 PM
May 4, 1980. I was 5 and my parents took me to the game against the Brewers. (This was when the Brew Crew was building into a threat.) Had great seats behind the plate. Day was sunny but chilly, maybe 45-50 degrees. Ross Baumgarten took the loss.

I was more impressed my the fact that food came to me instead of us having to go get it. Not just because it was my first game and I was 5; the fact that the Sox had a meager offensive input that day made other things seem better in comparison.

Things just had to get better. The team played like utter crap.

kwolf68
05-23-2006, 02:16 PM
Oh goshÖ1977 late April, was about 9 years old. Visited family in Paxton for a week and Uncle found out I was a White Sox fan (heís a Chicago guy and I just picked the White Sox for no real reason, just did) and he was excited about it and we went to Comiskey for a 3game series against the Royals over the weekendÖthe Sox won 2 of the 3 games and I had a blast.

Never went to another game at Comiskey until we closed down the yard against Seattle (again, I was there for all 3 games).

Living on the East Coast Iíve been to many Sox games at Baltimore and my first in that series was Brooks Robinson Night on August 5th, 1983 (yes, though a Sox fan I was a huge fan of Brooks, but I went to see us win, although on that night we lost 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th).

Itís been well worth it being a Sox fan and I wouldnít trade any of the times, good or bad.

woodsdavid
05-23-2006, 02:50 PM
honestly, i don't remember 1st sox game -- there were so many. i do remember really cool promotions like bat-day and helmet-day during the red uniform days.
could you image bat-day now? during the cubs series?
however, i do remember my 1st cub's game. my mom (a reformed cubs fan) took me for my 6th b-day in 1969.
immediately after that, the cubs began their most famous el-foldo in their history.
i'm glad to have been a part of it.

Dan H
05-23-2006, 05:19 PM
August 1961. The White Sox beat the Kansas City Athletics 6-4. Marv Thronberry hit a homer to center for the A's and I remember a controversial call at third where Luis Aparacio was called safe though he was probably out. The '60's was a special decade until 1968. The Sox had some great teams that never won anything.

ode to veeck
05-23-2006, 05:25 PM
Some games in '63 and '64, but the ones I remember are against the hated Yankees.

My sister's 1st game was in '67 against KC A's and we saw then rookie Reggie Jackson

Mark
05-23-2006, 06:00 PM
4/25/73...the Sox, wearing their Baby Blues, came into the House That Ruth Built for an afternoon game against the Yanks. Wilbur Wood pitched a complete-game 3-0 shutout and Carlos May knocked one into the seats in the first inning off Mel Stottlemyre. Unfortunately, I didn't purchase a program that day, but I did pick up my first Sox cap (red, with the 1960s style block lettering, for some reason) for something like $4.

CHEESESOXER
05-23-2006, 07:17 PM
I feel like I'm baby sitting here.:D:
My Dad took me to see a doubleheader between the Sox & Senators in


1945.:o:

Of course my first time at the park, I got to see the Sox blow both ends of the twin bill.
I do remember these guys:
Luke Appling
Floyd Baker
Cass Michaels
Kirby Ferrel.

I can't remember the throwers.:tongue:

I'll bet these guys were making a trmendous salary of about $10-15,000 then.
I remember that Floyd Baker never hit a homer till Veeck moved the fences in.
He got one and, that was his lifetime total.
You could sit there and watch Old Aches & Pains foul off about 15-20 pitches till he got one he liked.

I loved the old park.

sbsox
05-24-2006, 09:59 PM
June 6, 1967

KC A's beat the Sox 3 to 1. I would never have been able to find it without the baseball almanac www.baseball-almanac.com (http://www.baseball-almanac.com).

I remembered the game because Rick Monday got hit in the head and was carried off the field on a streacher, quite an impact on a 9 year old.

I went to the baseball almanac and checked out the box scores against KC in 1966 and 67 until I found the game where Monday was hit by a pitch.

From the box scores it looks like the KC A's where as big a draw as the KC Royals. On a Saturday afternoon, 6,466 in attendance, including 15 little leaguers in left field from Pleasantdale...

SouthSide_HitMen
05-24-2006, 10:22 PM
New York Yankees 14, Chicago White Sox 9

Day (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/07201976.htm)Game Played on Tuesday, July 20, 1976 (N) at Comiskey Park I

NY A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TNYA01976.htm) 0 7 0 4 0 0 1 2 - 14 16 2
CHI A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01976.htm) 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 - 9 11 2

Game called after 1 out in the bottom of the 8th due to rain with the White Sox on the wrong end of things.

When you team scores seven in the first (scored off of ex Cub Ken Holtzman), whether you are 7 (my age at the time) or 70 you think yes we are going to win this game. But unfortunately we had the wrong Brett on the roster (too bad we didn't have George) pitching that night - Ken Brett gave the 7 run lead back followed by yet another White Sox pitcher who left a mid 1970s White Sox team to become a very good pitcher - Pete Vuckovich giving up 4 runs in the fourth and the White Sox never recovered.

I've been to a couple of Cubs games before that (I lived a few blocks off of Addison - a easy bus trip to Wrigley) but that was my major league baseball / professional / White Sox and first night game which I thought was much cooler at the time.

You would have thought this was a home run extraveaganza but that was not the case. The only White Sox home run was off the bat of light hitting infielder Bill Stein (1 of 4 HRs that season). No Yankee hit a home run. They scored 14 runs on 14 singles, 2 doubles, 2 errors and 9 walks and left 12 on base to boot!!!

This game only took 3 hours!!!

Look up your first game (or any other game) on retrosheet!

http://www.retrosheet.org/

LongLiveFisk
05-24-2006, 10:33 PM
It was in 1978, we played the California Angels and won the game. All I remember was the Eric Soderholm home run. :cool:

Britt Burns
05-24-2006, 10:39 PM
May 21, 1983 at Kansas city. The Sox lost behind Floyd Bannister's lousy pitching. I saw the next game as well, Harold hit 2 homers and won 11-3.

SouthSide_HitMen
05-24-2006, 10:46 PM
It was in 1978, we played the California Angels and won the game. All I remember was the Eric Soderholm home run. :cool:

Chicago White Sox 5, California Angels 4

Day (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/09231978.htm)Game Played on Saturday, September 23, 1978 (D) at Comiskey Park I

CAL A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCAL01978.htm) 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 4 10 1
CHI A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01978.htm) 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 x - 5 9 1

Found it in under 1 minute on retrosheet.org.

SCarolina_Ron
05-24-2006, 10:50 PM
1961 vs. Yankees at Comiskey. Mantle homered on Frank Bauman to win 6-5
1962 vs. Senators at Comiskey. Sox won. Piersall was doing cartwheels in right field between innings.

1951Campbell
05-24-2006, 10:51 PM
My parents tell me--I was two at the time--it was a Sox/Brewers game at County Stadium in 1977.

wassagstdu
05-24-2006, 10:52 PM
Luke Appling Day, June 8, 1947. I was 3 and had no idea what was going on, but I remember my father kept saying, "There he is. There's Luke Appling!" I had a Luke Appling pin that they gave out that day for years but finally lost it moving around when I was in college. Found another just like it on eBay a couple of years ago!

My first Cub game was about the same time, maybe a year later, and all I remember about that was that I threw up on the bus on the way home. My timing was off.
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LongLiveFisk
05-24-2006, 10:57 PM
Chicago White Sox 5, California Angels 4

Day (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/09231978.htm)Game Played on Saturday, September 23, 1978 (D) at Comiskey Park I

CAL A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCAL01978.htm) 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 4 10 1
CHI A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01978.htm) 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 x - 5 9 1

Found it in under 1 minute on retrosheet.org.

LOL..wish I had gone back to check this thread before spending the last 10-15 minutes finding it myself! :D:

Thanks anyway though!

TornLabrum
05-24-2006, 11:07 PM
I'd have to look up the date. It was 51 years ago this summer. Bob Keegan pitched for the Sox against the Tigers. I think the final score was 2-1 Sox.

FedEx227
05-24-2006, 11:18 PM
1993 vs. Toronto BlueJays, couldn't tell you the date.

I was still pretty young but I remember a good portion of it, including picking up the first ever Diamond View which sits right in the middle of my World Series shrine.

Lip Man 1
05-24-2006, 11:35 PM
Hal:

According to Retrosheet Keegan beat Detroit 8-7 on August 20, 1955 (five days before I was born...) That's the only game he won in Chicago in 55, 51 years ago.

Lip

kevin57
05-25-2006, 04:52 PM
I was probably about 10 y/o when my dad took me and my brother and my uncle and his son went to a twi-night doubleheader against the damn Yankees.

I don't remember much except the Sox lost both games and I wound up going to sleep about half way through the second game. (That was par for the course in those days.)

illini81887
05-25-2006, 05:05 PM
doubleheader against Detriot in 96. My heart was broken as I was going to go to a game in 94 on my brithday August 18 but season was cancelled

soxwon
05-25-2006, 06:07 PM
1965 yankees-wsox old comiskey
Mantle hit one, Sox won
been in love since

TomBradley72
05-25-2006, 07:02 PM
The highlight was Carlos May hitting one off the facade of the right field upper deck during batting practice.
Game Played on Friday, May 28, 1971 (N) at Comiskey Park I

CLE A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCLE01971.htm) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 4 8 0
CHI A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01971.htm) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 2

Hawk was the 1st Baseman, Sam McDowell on the hill for the Tribe. Some the WSox starters included:BB Richard (SS), Rich McKinney (RF), Bart Johnson was the starter.

Fuller_Schettman
05-25-2006, 07:52 PM
It was the final game of the 1981 strike-shortened season. I had just moved to Oak Lawn from PA and was staying with my Uncle. I had just completed my conversion from a Cubs fan (eeew!) and was excited to be going to my first Sox game at age 18.

Sox took an early lead, but then the Twins started hammering on Rich Dotson. By the 8th inning, it was 12-6 and my Uncle thought it would be best to leave early to beat the crowd of nearly 8,000.

I will never forget walking through the parking lot and suddenly hearing fireworks! I knew what that meant! We got to the car and turned on the radio to learn Jerry Hairston had hit a grand slam. Sox scored 4 in the 8th and 4 in the 9th to win 13-12.

Guys, never make your kids leave the game early, especially if it is their first time!

Game Played on Sunday, October 4, 1981 (D) at Comiskey Park I

MIN A (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TMIN01981.htm) 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 3 0 - 12 17 2
CHI A (http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01981.htm) 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 4 4 - 13 14 3

Footnote: This ended up being the final game in the brief
career of Sox CF Leo Sutherland (no relation to Kiefer)

Wsoxmike59
05-25-2006, 09:54 PM
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B08050CHA1969.htm

Aug. 6 1969 Sox vs the Washington Senators. My brother had gotten the tickets from the Straight A/Perfect Attendance program.

I remember the long trek to the Upper Deck was such a tease as I was catching my first glimpses of Old Comiskey Park in person for the first time! Walking up the ramps and peering through the openings at every tunnel/walkway I could see the greenest grass I'd ever laid eyes on.

I remember we sat in the LF upper deck and sat all the way out to the end of the LF stands in the first row and overlooked the CF bullpen.

When we finally arrived to our seats and planted ourselves in the front row high above the bullpen area, I couldn't believe how beautiful the field was. The astro-turf INF seemed to shimmer under the powerful flood lights, and the natural grass outfield looked like something out of Ireland to me.

So here I was at last, finally at a Sox game at the Baseball Palace of the World that I saw so often on TV, and it was 100 times more beautiful in person than watching it through the snowy reception of Channel 32.

I immediately scoured the playing field to find Luis Aparicio who was my favorite player. Seeing Aparicio in person to me was akin to my sister seeing the Beatles at Comiskey just a few years earlier. He looked like absolute royalty to me in that majestic blue uniform as he glided around the INF trying to catch every ball hit within his grasp.

I have little recollection of the game other than Beltin' Bill Melton hitting a HR and seeing the scoreboard go off and scaring the Ba-jeezus out of me because we were only about 50 feet away from the board at the time!

I also remember picking out the players on the field that I did recognize from my prized baseball card collection....Carlos May, Bill Melton, Gail Hopkins, Walt "No-Neck" Williams, Don Pavletich, Woodie Held, and Wilbur Wood for us....and seeing the Big Imposing Frank Howard himself. He looked HUGE strolling to the plate even in the cheap seats. I can still see him handling the bat that looked like a toothpick in his hands.

I've been hooked ever since, and it's a life long love affair that has had its' share of ups and downs, but the one constant in my life since childhood along with my family, has been the White Sox.

chisoxmike
05-25-2006, 10:02 PM
May 9, 1993 vs. Cleveland Indians

Kirk McCaskell started the game and George Bell hit a RBI single with the bases loaded in the 9th for the 6-5 win.

It was turn back the clock weekend to 1983. My dad explained the whole "winning ugly" thing to me.

robiwho
05-25-2006, 10:02 PM
1976 -- I was only 8, so I don't remember exactly when it was or who they were playing, but I do remember how excited I was to finally be at a game.

Railsplitter
05-26-2006, 12:11 PM
1971. You could still smell the stench from the Stockyards. Sox 5 Yankees 4.

palehozenychicty
05-26-2006, 12:27 PM
August 1988 against the Tigers. It was the last really dark period for the organization in terms of field performance (72-90), and the Tigers beat us handily. :(:

But I loved the hard-nosed style of Ozzie and Pudge, and thus, my loyalty to the Sox was born.

VenturaSoxFan23
05-26-2006, 01:22 PM
May 4, 1980. I was 5 and my parents took me to the game against the Brewers. (This was when the Brew Crew was building into a threat.) Had great seats behind the plate. Day was sunny but chilly, maybe 45-50 degrees. Ross Baumgarten took the loss.

I was more impressed my the fact that food came to me instead of us having to go get it. Not just because it was my first game and I was 5; the fact that the Sox had a meager offensive input that day made other things seem better in comparison.

Things just had to get better. The team played like utter crap.

MIL A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TMIL01980.htm) 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 6 0 - 11 14 0
CHI A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01980.htm) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 4 4
WP: Slaton (1-1)LP: Baumgarten (1-2) HRs: Yount (2)

Rich Wortham gave up the 6 runs in the 8th.Junior Moore played as bad as Jim Morrison and Jim himself played like the dead Doors singer of the same name. Both men had two errors apiece.

TornLabrum
05-26-2006, 06:05 PM
Hal:

According to Retrosheet Keegan beat Detroit 8-7 on August 20, 1955 (five days before I was born...) That's the only game he won in Chicago in 55, 51 years ago.

Lip

The game I went to was in '56. I screwed up how many years ago it was. Oops.

hsnterprize
05-26-2006, 07:29 PM
The very first White Sox game I ever attended was back in 1984 with the Broadview Little League. We went on a trip to old Comiskey Park to see the Sox play the Twins. The Twins won the game 1-0, but not before I saw some pretty neat observations for a 12-year-old:

A) The field looked a LOT smaller in person than on TV...
B) I didn't know the foul pole went all the way up to the roof...
C) There was an old-timers game going on before the main game, and some of the old guys still had a little pop in their bats. I don't know who it was, but someone almost hit it over the center-field "409" fence...
D) Jim Leyland was a pretty neat 3rd base coach at the time, but he screwed up Carlton Fisk in trying to send him home to tie the game late when Fisk had less speed than a turtle. Fisk was out, and the Sox ultimately lost the game.

Despite the loss, it was a pretty neat time seeing my very first Sox game live. I'm looking forward to the day when my 3 sons will have the same story to tell.

whitesoxwilkes
05-26-2006, 07:43 PM
The game I went to was in '56. I screwed up how many years ago it was. Oops.

That's what happens when you're older than dirt.

Keegan's one of the most famous people to come from my hometown, and was a near and dear friend of my grandfather. Sadly he passed away in 2001.

miker
05-26-2006, 09:19 PM
Against the Tigers in the early 70s. Must have been after 1971 because my baby brother was with. Detroit beat them badly that day and Dad decided to beat traffic and leave early. Of course I protested, especially when we were outside the park and a big cheer went up. My other memories from that day were the red pinstripes, how the upper deck in the outfield just made Comiskey Park look huge and that wonderful larger-than-life scoreboard.

pistolesatdawn
05-27-2006, 12:41 PM
July 24, 1987

Sox beat the Yankees 5-2. I had just turned 8 and got the free tickets for having perfect attendance. I can still remember the rush of various scents that were ingrained into the old park (cigarette/cigar smoke, all of the foods and beer, and the stockyards were probably still lingering too!!) that would fill your nostrils when you first walked in the gates. My favorite memories of that day were what seemed like a horribly long drive from west of the suburbs, Pudge hitting a home run into the center field bullpens and singing "NaNaNaNA, NaNaNaNa, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!!" after Pudge's home run (looking back I guess Harold hit one too) and a White Sox win. I was already a fan since birth thanks to my dad, but I was hooked for life from that point on.

The Racehorse
05-27-2006, 12:52 PM
16 May, 1992... about the only things I can recall about the game is that Hurt when way deep into the LF seats [ball landing just short of the concourse], but it wasn't enough to beat the Orioles that day.

misty60481
05-27-2006, 12:53 PM
Aug.. 21st, 1945--the Sox lost a double-header to Yankees.. Most of the good players were still in service,, Charlie Keller hit home run and Red Ruffing beat Thornton Lee 3-0 in first game.. The Sox lost 6-2 in 2nd game.. I still have copy of box scores somewhere..
Next year we got to see Yanks,Red Sox,, and I got a chance to see DiMaggio,,T. Williams,, Feller all play.. In 48 we went to Indians game and saw Satchel Paige pitch.. Memories that Ill never forget...

LongLiveFisk
05-27-2006, 08:17 PM
Chicago White Sox 5, California Angels 4

Day (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/09231978.htm)Game Played on Saturday, September 23, 1978 (D) at Comiskey Park I

CAL A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCAL01978.htm) 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 - 4 10 1
CHI A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01978.htm) 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 x - 5 9 1

Found it in under 1 minute on retrosheet.org.

I was still wondering if my memory was 100% accurate as to whether this really was my first game ever, but I just spoke to my older sister who took me that day, and she reminded me that we went the same night the Angels' Lyman Bostock lost his life. Indeed, he had played his last game on this day, 9/23/78 at Comiskey Park.

Link:
http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/davismi/lymanbostock.html

TommyJohn
05-27-2006, 10:25 PM
My first game was in 1973. The exact date is lost to me, but
I do remember several things:

It was against the Yankees.
It was a day game, the sky was overcast.
I think Wilbur Wood pitched.
I vaguely remember Dick Allen in the game, so it had to be early in the
season.

With these factors I think I have pinpointed the date as May 6, 1973.
White Sox 11, Yankees 2.

I do remember my first night game a lot better. It was on July 19, 1976,
also against the Yankees. There was a long rain delay. The highlight of it
was a giant bolt of lightning that split the air right in front of the right
field grandstand, followed by a loud bang of thunder that shook the
whole park. The Yankees scored in the 9th to win 3-2. The game ended
at around 11:45 PM.

Game Played on Monday, July 19, 1976 (N) at Comiskey Park I

NY A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TNYA01976.htm) 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 3 7 1
CHI A (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/TCHA01976.htm) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 9 1

billyvsox
05-28-2006, 12:06 AM
1980 Sox at Milwaukee County Stadium.

I was visiting my sister who was in college at Marquette and took a bus to the game by myself (I was 15).

There was a 2 hour rain delay before the first pitch and Chet Lemon came out and signed autographs for a few Sox fans (including myself). I dont even remember if we won or lost, but Lemon became my new favorite player.

EdHerman12
05-28-2006, 12:26 PM
Ok, let's see if I can remember...It was early in the 1969 season. I was 6 years old and my Dad took us to see a double header vs the old Seattle Pilots now the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sox won both games. I think...maybe Gary Peters and Wilbur Wood won their games. That homestand was strange because I believe the KC Royals came here and played the Sox in a single game before the Pilots came. I have the program buried somewhere here in my house. I know the Sox started out west that season in Oakland and then Seattle, and as history has shown us I don't think they did too well on that trip. As a side note one of my Sisters who was 5 at the time started crying when the scoreboard exploded the first time. It was her first game as well.

:hamms <-----I think Hamms was the official beer back then.

GO SOX!

PKalltheway
05-28-2006, 08:40 PM
My first Sox game was in 2000. They played the Devil Rays that night and won. Carlos Lee, Chris Singleton, and Jose Valentin all homered that night and Jon Garland started that night for the Sox. It was in mid to late August IIRC.

likeawarlord
05-28-2006, 08:55 PM
1988, sox tigers. i was three and a half, and as a result i don't really remember much. i do recall, though, that i was very bored, that i hated cracker jacks, the fireworks scared the crap out of me and the sox lost.

oh, and that i had to wear a leash.

FloridaSox
05-28-2006, 11:13 PM
1950 against of the Philadelphia A's. Sox swept a double header.

Johnny Mostil
05-28-2006, 11:26 PM
This one:

http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B07050CHA1972.htm

Only scoring came on a Brooks Robinson home run. I'm fairly sure it was to right, just a few rows from where I was sitting, and that Robinson had put several there in BP, but I may be mistaken.

I just realized I'll be commemorating the 34th anniversary of this with another Sox game. I'll have to buy myself a beer . . . :gulp:

soxstarter
05-28-2006, 11:49 PM
April, 2002. They played Cleveland. I had only seen one Cardinals game and minor league up till then. What a blast! I was hooked.