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tony1972
11-27-2006, 10:32 PM
I know this is a message board for die-hards..but out of curiousity..how did you become a Sox fan? Who took you to your first game? and did you become a fanatic right off the bat or was it gradual...?

Although I was born in Chicago in the early 70's..my first Sox game was in 1990. I had started at UIC in the fall of 89..and one of my friends from school was a die-hard Sox fan and took me to my first game in June of 1990 (against the A's..they were battling for first place)..

I honestly had never cared for baseball until that summer. I had been to a few Cubs games as a kid..but was more interested in what I had to eat than the game (I thought it was dull as a kid)....But in 1990..the Sox were really good and had an exciting team. I remember the crowd really being into that game and I knew I was a fan the next day when I had to rush from class to find out if the Sox won the following day. I was hooked.

Was it gradual for most of you or instantaneous? I'm curious to know..

aryzner
11-27-2006, 10:34 PM
My dad did and with the way this family is, I was born a Sox fan.

soltrain21
11-27-2006, 10:41 PM
My dad and I was born into being a fan.

23Ventura
11-27-2006, 10:46 PM
My dad. The Sox beat the Rangers in extra innings in 1994. Since that game, I am a Sox fan.

thomas35forever
11-27-2006, 11:01 PM
My dad. They were playing Boston and I saw The Rocket warm up in the bullpen before the game. Long story short, the Right Sox won and there were postgame fireworks. I didn't watch much of the game, but I did the next time around.

Gosox1917
11-27-2006, 11:01 PM
My mom took me to my first game. I was a fan before hand thanks to my best friend and his father.

chisoxmike
11-27-2006, 11:02 PM
My dad on 5/9/93

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHA/CHA199305090.shtml

WhiteSox5187
11-27-2006, 11:08 PM
We went as a family to my first Sox game but my dad was the driving force. It was September 29, 1990. The last night game at Old Comiskey. I remember it very clearly.

ChiSoxLifer
11-28-2006, 12:51 AM
My dad didn't take me to my first Sox game but I took him to his. It was amazing to hear him gush like a little kid at 60 years old. We didn't have much money growing up so I didn't go to a game until I had a job and could buy my own ticket. I finally attended my first game in 1990 and saw one of the greatest hitters play after a late season call-up, Frank Thomas. After the game he was tossing batting gloves into the crowd of which I was fortunate enough to catch one.
I became a Sox fan in the mid 70s while watching games on channel 44 so I guess you could say I was a fan right away.

MUsoxfan
11-28-2006, 12:57 AM
My parents took me to my first game at the old park in the late 80's. I went to more games as school trips and really didn't care much about what was going on until I was almost out of high school. I went from not caring about the Sox to them being a Top 5 priority in my life really quick

Palehose13
11-28-2006, 12:58 AM
Papa Chooch

cubhater
11-28-2006, 05:45 AM
My mom, spring training of 1977. She also took me to my first Comiskey game in 1978.

We lived in Florida at that time and, ironically, my first MLB game was a Cards/Cubs game at Wrigley in 1976. I was 12, caught my only foul ball and the Cubs won on a Rick Monday HR. Seems like that would have made me a Cub fan for life but common sense prevailed in the end.:cool:

rdwj
11-28-2006, 07:53 AM
Like many others, my dad took me to my first game and I've always been a fan

Hangar18
11-28-2006, 08:22 AM
My dad also. Versus the Twinks in a doubleheader. It was jacket day.
Out of curiosity, I asked how he became a SOX fan, and what about that other team, he said they were terrible and were losers. Pretty much sealed the deal for me.

Mr.1Dog
11-28-2006, 08:55 AM
My grandfather and dad are both die hard fans even though they lived on the north side. It just made sense for me especially when you're a kid and there are fire works.

MarySwiss
11-28-2006, 09:04 AM
I honestly don't remember. It could've been anyone in my family--mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, uncles; we're all Sox fans!

bigsoxfan420
11-28-2006, 09:12 AM
I actually don't remember my first Sox game, I was so young (probably four or five when we moved back form CA). And I was born a fan.

davenicholson
11-28-2006, 09:26 AM
My father took me to my first game on May 30, 1966--I have the photo pennant right here at my desk: Lee Elia! Jack Lamabe! Moose Skowron! Smoky Burgess!

I'll never forget the chills I got when my dad pointed out the light standards you could see well south of the park on the Ryan. I'm no poet, but if I close my eyes, I can still bring up the emotions that I felt as I walked up the ramp and saw the emerald of the playing field and the enormity of it. And of course the smells--popcorn, hot dogs and beer! I also had my first swig of Hamms that day. And the Sox swept a pair from Boston, 1-0 and 11-0!:bandance:

tstrike2000
11-28-2006, 09:35 AM
My dad took me to my first Sox game in 1982. Brit Burns started, Ron LeFlore went like 4-5, and Steve Kemp hit an HR against the Orioles as Earl Weaver got ejected after an argument as the Sox won.

INSox56
11-28-2006, 09:56 AM
Been a fan all my life because of the same people that took me to my first game. My grandparents...mainly my grandfather. Took me to my first game in the first year of the new Comiskey, I was 10.

I loved Griffey and I think we played the Ms.

southwstchi4life
11-28-2006, 10:13 AM
Dad packed me up, took the five min drive up 55 to old comisky. I forgot who it was agianst. But i have the little white sox mini helmet cup, they use to put ice cream in to prove I was there. good times

southside rocks
11-28-2006, 10:22 AM
...if I close my eyes, I can still bring up the emotions that I felt as I walked up the ramp and saw the emerald of the playing field and the enormity of it. And of course the smells--popcorn, hot dogs and beer!

Me too. First game in 1967, and I never wanted to leave the ballpark. I still feel that way, although I couldn't stand the Cell for the first 5 years or so. Now I love it.

My best friend's dad took us to my first Sox game; I was a fan already from listening to Bob Elson and Red Rush broadcast the games. Even as a kid, I sensed that the northside team was a ridiculous waste of time. I can't recall one Cubs fan from my childhood neighborhoods of Burnside, Roseland, and Beverly.

D. TODD
11-28-2006, 10:31 AM
My dad took me, he was a Cardinals fan. I think my first game I went to was a Cub game actually when I was about 6, and I didn't go back for about 20 years to Wrigley. I went to my first Sox game with him as well, and it was a constant trip for me to Comiskey after that at least 10 to 20 times a year with him or friends. The Sox beat the Rangers in my first game, I do remember that, but not much more about the game.

ChiSoxGirl
11-28-2006, 10:47 AM
My first Sox game was in May 1987 (I was 7) and actually a big family event. A family friend had pull for a skybox through her work, so all of us- my family, my uncle and his new wife from SoCal, her family from out of state, my grandma, and some of her friends- went to celebrate my grandma's 65th birthday. Unfortunately, I don't remember the exact date, but I know it was cool night late in May.

It was at this game that my uncle bought me my very first Sox hat- a trucker's hat with the red script "C" on the front- which I still have. I remember sitting in the seats outside the skybox with my uncle watching part of the game and having all sorts of baseball questions for him. I also have vivid memories of how the skyboxes looked at the old ballpark, those green seats, the spread of food that seemed endless, and those two "purple guys," (Ribbie & Rhubarb) as we referred to them, visiting our box.

It was nearly four years until I'd see my next Sox game in person. It's not that no one in my family was a fan, it's just that going to baseball games wasn't something we did regularly. My love for the Sox started more intensely in 1989, shortly before my maternal grandpa died. I remember sitting on the couch at my house with him, asking even more baseball questions than I asked my uncle two years prior. It wasn't until my grandpa died a year later that I took over as the die hard fan in the family. I know my first game at the new park was early in 1991 because I distinctly remember seeing the partially demolished Comiskey Park as we walked up the ramps to our upper deck seats. To this day, I regret not going to at least one more game at the old Comiskey Park.

I want Mags back
11-28-2006, 11:40 AM
I dont know my actual first game, but I know I pretty much became a fan in '93, when I was 3 years old. Many of my baby pictures have me in cubs ****, as my mom was a cubs fan she tried to make me one, and did not succeed.

Now I have converted her to the good side

wmc
11-28-2006, 12:00 PM
7/3/1967 vs. BAL at Comiskey (thanks, baseball-reference.com). Sox lost 1-0 in 14 innings; we left before the game was completed. It was a real yawner of a game, but I was thrilled to be there as a 9 year old kid.

I was already a Sox fan, and listened to a lot of Bob Elson's broadcasts on WMAQ since we lived about 100 miles from Chicago. I still can't believe my parents put me on a plane by myself for the flight to Chicago, that was pretty exciting too.

ajismyhero
11-28-2006, 12:09 PM
My parents took me to spring training when i was 4 years old. I don't personally remember it, but apparently, I stood up and yelled for Harold Baines and he waved at me. I was so happy when he came back to coach!

itsnotrequired
11-28-2006, 12:12 PM
I took myself to my first Sox game on Tuesday, June 17, 2003. Victory eluded all as the Sox lost to the Red Sox, 4-7.

I seem to recall seeing the White Sox play at County Stadium back in '96 or '97 but am not too sure.

hi im skot
11-28-2006, 12:35 PM
My mom and dad took me to my first Sox game in 1983, when I was only a few weeks old. They were taking a road trip to Chicago and wanted to visit both "stadiums", so a trip to Wrigley was planned for the second night.

I've been told hundreds of times that I stayed awake for the duration of the Sox game, and that they won. During the Cubs game, I feel asleep and they lost.

I'd like to think that my baseball allegiance was actually built into my DNA.

Sox Fan 35
11-28-2006, 01:02 PM
My dad who raised me to be a Dodgers fan took me to a game. I have been a Sox fan ever since.

johnr1note
11-28-2006, 01:04 PM
My mom and dad took me to my first Sox game in 1983, when I was only a few weeks old. They were taking a road trip to Chicago and wanted to visit both "stadiums", so a trip to Wrigley was planned for the second night.

I've been told hundreds of times that I stayed awake for the duration of the Sox game, and that they won. During the Cubs game, I feel asleep and they lost.

I'd like to think that my baseball allegiance was actually built into my DNA.

i feel so old! I proposed to my wife before a Sox/Blue Jays game sometime the early to mid 1983 season.

My first game is hard to recall. i was pretty young. My Grandfather and my Dad always went to games together back then, and they molded me into the Sox fan I am today -- it had to have been in 1963-64 sometime.

mrs. hendu
11-28-2006, 04:03 PM
In 1999 when I was 19, Hendu took me to my first Sox game, which also happened to be my first ever baseball game (not surprising considering I grew up in Europe). And yes, I became a fan right away.

Before the game, Hendu explained the game to me, and going to the ballpark, experiencing the Sox play right there in front of my eyes was all it took to get me hooked on baseball and this team. My interest continued when I went back to Europe after that summer, and of course continues now that I live here.

The night of my first game I got hit on the nose right by my eye with a piece of fireworks and I still have a slight mark - Sox fan for life I guess. :D:

My folks in Europe are now well aware of the team and that the other baseball team in this city sucks. :redneck

Timmy D's
11-28-2006, 04:57 PM
My dad took me to my 1st game when I was 4 back in 72'., and hundreds of games later, I havent looked back.:gulp: :bandance: :gulp: The cycle has repeated as I've taken my sons starting at the age of 4 ish as well to their maiden voyage.

LongLiveFisk
11-28-2006, 05:33 PM
My big sister took me in 1978 when I was 7 years old. I already was a fan from the previous year. South Side Hitmen, baby! :cool:

Cuck_The_Fubs
11-28-2006, 05:37 PM
When i was 3, i went to my first sox game. My parents told me that i was bored to death, and i started crying after i ate a ton of food. Too bad i was too young to realize any concepts about baseball.
P.S. I don't know who the sox were playing that game.

soxwon
11-28-2006, 06:14 PM
My dad took me to old comiskey in 1965
whitey ford pitched for the yankees
i believe joel horlen for the sox.
sox won- and i was in love
since then 600+ sox games for this ole gray hair.

kevin57
11-28-2006, 06:18 PM
My dad and uncle took me and my counsin to a twi-night doubleheader against the Yankees. It was in the mid-60's. The Sox lost both games but I fell asleep sometime during the second game. I can't say that that experience made me a Sox fan. My love for the team came about as I would listen to games on the radio as they played the Angels out west way past my bedtime.

chisoxfanatic
11-28-2006, 06:43 PM
My Aunt Denise took me to my first Sox game against the California Angels. I was a fan way before, however.

Jacob Nelson Fox
11-28-2006, 06:59 PM
It was the Spring of 1962 with my Pontiac, Illinois Cub Scout troop. It was my first time in the Big City, and I was blown away by the experience.

I was already a Nellie Fox fan (thanks to my best friend being a Louie Aparicio fan), but I was a little young to make the connection between Nellie and the Sox. The park was so big, everything was so green, and there was an intoxicating scent which was a combination of the smell of dirt, freshly mowed grass, leather gloves, popcorn, grilled hot dogs, bus fumes, and Old Gold cigarettes. Heavenly!

In the very first inning, Harmon Killebrew of the Twins hit a pop fly into left center that just kept drifting and drifting until it gently landed about 5 rows back in the upper deck. I was astounded.

The Sox lost 4 to 1, but I was sold on Comiskey Park and the White Sox and have been ever since.

eastchicagosoxfan
11-28-2006, 07:28 PM
It was 1975 or 76. I went with Club Ki-Yowga Little League, which continues to be located in East Chicago. My dad and older brother went with me. The Club was, and remains, a Sox bastion in Indiana. We saw the Sox play the Twins. Dan Ford hit a homer for the Twinkies. I was at the 1977 game in which Spencer hit two grand slams. That's the first game I remember somewhat well. I've been a Sox fan ever since. In 1975, I was seven. I may not hav gone until 1976, when I was eight.

ChicagoHoosier
11-28-2006, 07:40 PM
Wow, this is hard. I swear my parents came up to Chicago (from Indy) and took me to a game with their friends who were big Sox fans in the late 70s. They don't remember this taking place, but I'm sure it happened and I got to see a game in Old Comiskey.

I grew up a Reds fan, being closer to Cincy than to Chicago, but was aware of the 83 and 93 Sox, but never followed them or watched the games on WGN.

Moved here in mid 90s, just in time for the strike, but went to my first new Comiskey game in 96 or 97, but unfortunately I can't remember. I started listening a lot more to Rooney and Farmer, but didn't go to many games, maybe one per year.

But I know when the Sox played the Reds in 97, I found myself rooting for the Sox. A corner was turned. The 2000 season really turned me on, I went to more and more games in 01-04. After that, the timeline is as follows...

December '04 - joined WSI
January '05 - bought the Minnie package
2005 season - went to 16 regular season games, 2 ALDS, 1 ALCS game
October '05 - became a 2006 season ticket holder
October - went to Game 1 of the WS, went nuts after WS

So, in summary, it was gradual for me. I think 2000 hooked me, but reading all the news about the 2005 season, joining the WSI message board, and getting on board before the 2005 season with a package, going to Opening Day, etc. turned me into a true die-hard.

GO SOX!

TornLabrum
11-28-2006, 07:58 PM
I was six years old and had already been a fan for a year. My dad took us to see the Sox play the Tigers. Bob Keegan got the win for the Sox.

viagracat
11-28-2006, 08:13 PM
I grew up in a Cub house up north. But to provide proof there really is a God, He pointed me in the right direction by having me gravitate to the Sox as soon as I understood the game of baseball. Everyone would be gathered around our TV watching the Cubs screw up another game except me; I'd be off in another part of the house listening to Elson describing the Sox game on the radio.

My dad hated the Sox, but he took me to a doubleheader at Comiskey about 1972 after I won the tickets in the Straight A/Perfect Attendence thing they had for schoolkids (I got it for perfect attendance). I was thrilled to finally see my team in person after having to go to Wrigley for years beforehand.

I'm still the only Sox fan in my family, and I live in a town where until two yeas ago Sox fans were pretty quiet. Yet the torch still burns brightly for this guy. :smile:

Bucky F. Dent
11-28-2006, 08:26 PM
My dad. Don't exactly remember the game, just that the seats were upper deck third base side. That's where my dad always liked to sit.

During the red pinstripe era, I know.

I was born a Sox fan!

rookie
11-28-2006, 08:31 PM
My dad took me to my first Sox game in 2003 and that was the beginning of it all for me. Each year after that I watched and went to more and more games. Until 2005 when I watched at least 90% of all the games.

(My 1st game ever was a few years before at Wrigley, for some reason that did not get me hooked). I always knew that my family lineage was as a Sox fan. My grandpas were die-hards but they both died before my parents even met each other. I was the next die hard in the family tree-and am slowly getting everyone else back to their die-hard roots!

SoxShirt
11-28-2006, 08:54 PM
I asked my dad and he said he thinks my first game was at Toronto when we were on vacation. I was about 3 years old. As for becoming a Sox fan, I grew up with three older brothers who were die hard Sox fans. (Not to mention my dad was and still is crazy about them.)
I didn't watch many games until this year. I wish I would have watched more games, but I was so busy with marching band in high school, which started in June, and went until November. Practices always seemed to be the same time as games. Actually, I was on a bus on my way home from a competition in St. Louis during Game 1 of the World Series Last year. :(:
I think I only went to one game while I was in high school. But since I've graduated, I've attended 6 games. (Which is a lot compared to the 1 every 3 years I used to go to...) Now I'm just obsessed with the Sox! In fact, I was just talking about the Sox the other day with my dad, and my mom asked me where her daughter went. Needless to say, she's not a big baseball fan.

chisox59
11-28-2006, 09:20 PM
My first game was on little league day in 1960. I don't know if this was a Veeck promotion or not but my whole team went up on a school bus. Our ticket to get in was our uniform. I remember we sat in the old center field bleachers in front of the original scoreboard. Roy Seivers hit a home run and the Sox beat the Kansas City A's (before Charlie Finley owned them). I still have the "1959 American League Champions" pennant with the color team photo on it and the Hartland Nellie Fox statue that I bought that day.

WizardsofOzzie
11-28-2006, 09:44 PM
My step-dad showed me the light, making me a sox fan when he took me to my first game against the a's around 92-93. Frank went yard, there was a massive rain delay, and i've been hooked ever since

ShoelessJoeS
11-28-2006, 10:09 PM
I didn't grow up with a dad, so my grandpa took me to my first sporting event which happened to be a Sox game. And yes, it was love at first sight.

kninchicago
11-28-2006, 10:19 PM
It wasn't a parent or family member who introduced me to the Sox. It was fellow WSIer dcb56. We know each other from college. We hit up our first game together in 2004. I had a great time and was hooked pretty much instantly. Mind you I did not grow up with any connection to Chicago which is why I started following them as an adult and not a kid. We attended a handful of games throughout 04, bought a Minnie package together in 05 (and bought about 20 extra single tickets since, well, you know), and then splurged for a split season in 06 which we're keeping for 07 too. :bandance:

soxfanreggie
11-28-2006, 10:37 PM
I spent a lot of time at Sox games even in the womb. My parents took me together, and we would often go (us 3 plus my sister or a friend of mine) with our season tickets. It was a great experience to share with both my dad and my mom!

Railsplitter
11-29-2006, 09:17 AM
Mom and Dad, of course.

ja1022
11-29-2006, 11:48 AM
My Dad in 1969. I was seven. The Sox beat the A's 4-3 on a two run pinch hit home run by Pete Ward in the bottom of the ninth. I never saw the home run. I just remember the fans standing up and cheering, and the fireworks.

Iwritecode
11-29-2006, 12:38 PM
I became a fan in the late 80's playing MLB baseball on my Nintendo. Neither of my parents were/are into baseball so I found it on my own.

My parents finally took me to my first game in 91 or 92. All I really remember is that we sat in the upper deck, they played the A's and lost.

MRM
11-29-2006, 05:49 PM
My dad took me to my first game and we attended several games a year as a family when I was growing up. Funny story, I remember the first game we took my sister to. Every vendor that came buy she was asking for something, at the time we weren't very well off financially and mostly went to watch the game not indulge in treats. Dad always insisted on sitting in the best seats he could afford but blew off the other stuff. Usually we got one soft drink and a hot dog when we arrived. Once those were gone, we were done. After a while of being told no she can't have cotton candy, peanuts, or various other treats my sister asked "where's the water man?". Of course, back in those days (early-mid 70s) nobody charged for water and she knew that.

My Grandfather was a pitcher in the Cubs organization before WWII ended his baseball career and he was obviously a cubs fan, but if I was at his house we watched the Sox game because he knew that's what I wanted to see. At that time alot of the Sox games were only shown on sportsvision, part of the package with ONTV that Chicago insisted on rather than allow cable companies to come in, for a while. I'm dating myself now. I'd imagine many in this group don't recall a time without cable television. Gramps was the only one in the family who subscribed to sportsvision so if a particularly interesting game was going to be on, I'd be invited over to watch it with him. Jerry Reinsdorf was actually the pioneer in teams owning their own broadcast stations. Unfortunately for him he was ahead of his time.

Anyhow, growing up on the South side with a large extended family I also had several uncles and older cousins who were huge Sox fans and many of them took me to games. I was fortunate enough to attend a dozen or more games every year. Sox tix were the one thing most of the family would splurge on occasionally and luckily, when someone wanted to go to a game they thought of me. Probably because I was the most enthusiastic fan, at least of the kids. By the age of 12 I had been published in "baseball digest" a couple of times and that impressed alot of family. I suppose no fewer than 10 different family members took me to -at least- 1 Sox game over the years and when I was a little older my Grandmas boyfriend would take me to a half dozen or so games a year himself. He was a yankees fan so any time the Yanks came to town he'd take me. Back then a beer was $1.75 and he'd give me the quarter he got back from his $2. when we got back I'd have to show grandma how many quarters I had so she could be sure he wasn't drinking too much while he had me with him. I was at the last game of Thurman Munsons career because of him. I was also at the Sox-Yanks game where Kittle was pulled in the middle of the game and the team announced he'd been traded to NY at the conclusion of the game. That's the only time I've ever seen such a thing happen in MLB and I happened to be there. The fans were NOT happy. Ron was a fan favorite and a genuine class act (some years later he was a neighbor of my uncles in Vandalia? Indiana and I got to know him pretty well)

By the time the new stadium was built I had been gone from Chicago for a number of years and was living in southern Ohio at the time. My uncle, who I hadn't seen in years at the time called and said he had a ticket for me for the 1st game ever played at new Comiskey. I brought a wind breaker with me since it had been in the mid 70s at home. Got to the ball park for that game and froze my rear end off, lol.

And I can't recall a time when I wasn't a Sox fan, so I guess I was a fan from birth. (Dad didn't have the same impact on me in football. He was a die hard Bears fan while I became a Cowboys fan at a young age)

One last memory. My father was a district manager for USA Today when the Sox won the series last year. The company had blow ups of the papers stories blown up to poster size and framed for him after they won. I don't recall ever seeing him so happy. He passed away unexpectedly in January so that memory is even more special.

Anyhow, great times, great memories. Great Thread! Kudos.

tony1972
11-29-2006, 05:53 PM
My dad took me to my first game and we attended several games a year as a family when I was growing up. Funny story, I remember the first game we took my sister to. Every vendor that came buy she was asking for something, at the time we weren't very well off financially and mostly went to watch the game not indulge in treats. Dad always insisted on sitting in the best seats he could afford but blew off the other stuff. Usually we got one soft drink and a hot dog when we arrived. Once those were gone, we were done. After a while of being told no she can't have cotton candy, peanuts, or various other treats my sister asked "where's the water man?". Of course, back in those days (early-mid 70s) nobody charged for water and she knew that.

My Grandfather was a pitcher in the Cubs organization before WWII ended his baseball career and he was obviously a cubs fan, but if I was at his house we watched the Sox game because he knew that's what I wanted to see. At that time alot of the Sox games were only shown on sportsvision, part of the package with ONTV that Chicago insisted on rather than allow cable companies to come in, for a while. I'm dating myself now. I'd imagine many in this group don't recall a time without cable television. Gramps was the only one in the family who subscribed to sportsvision so if a particularly interesting game was going to be on, I'd be invited over to watch it with him. Jerry Reinsdorf was actually the pioneer in teams owning their own broadcast stations. Unfortunately for him he was ahead of his time.

Anyhow, growing up on the South side with a large extended family I also had several uncles and older cousins who were huge Sox fans and many of them took me to games. I was fortunate enough to attend a dozen or more games every year. Sox tix were the one thing most of the family would splurge on occasionally and luckily, when someone wanted to go to a game they thought of me. Probably because I was the most enthusiastic fan, at least of the kids. By the age of 12 I had been published in "baseball digest" a couple of times and that impressed alot of family. I suppose no fewer than 10 different family members took me to -at least- 1 Sox game over the years and when I was a little older my Grandmas boyfriend would take me to a half dozen or so games a year himself. He was a yankees fan so any time the Yanks came to town he'd take me. Back then a beer was $1.75 and he'd give me the quarter he got back from his $2. when we got back I'd have to show grandma how many quarters I had so she could be sure he wasn't drinking too much while he had me with him. I was at the last game of Thurman Munsons career because of him. I was also at the Sox-Yanks game where Kittle was pulled in the middle of the game and the team announced he'd been traded to NY at the conclusion of the game. That's the only time I've ever seen such a thing happen in MLB and I happened to be there. The fans were NOT happy. Ron was a fan favorite and a genuine class act (some years later he was a neighbor of my uncles in Vandalia? Indiana and I got to know him pretty well)

By the time the new stadium was built I had been gone from Chicago for a number of years and was living in southern Ohio at the time. My uncle, who I hadn't seen in years at the time called and said he had a ticket for me for the 1st game ever played at new Comiskey. I brought a wind breaker with me since it had been in the mid 70s at home. Got to the ball park for that game and froze my rear end off, lol.

And I can't recall a time when I wasn't a Sox fan, so I guess I was a fan from birth. (Dad didn't have the same impact on me in football. He was a die hard Bears fan while I became a Cowboys fan at a young age)

One last memory. My father was a district manager for USA Today when the Sox won the series last year. The company had blow ups of the papers stories blown up to poster size and framed for him after they won. I don't recall ever seeing him so happy. He passed away unexpectedly in January so that memory is even more special.

Anyhow, great times, great memories. Great Thread! Kudos.

Wow ! That was great ! I always did like USA Today for sports more than local Chicago papers..they even donated a large portion of their front page when the White Sox won..(I am going to have to get a subscription - :D: )

bainesfan3
11-29-2006, 05:54 PM
cub scouts in 1983 Vs. the brewers...I was in 3rd grade...got to shake hands with kittle & baines in the patio area...I just moved to the US 3 years earlier & the experience changed me forever...

MRM
11-29-2006, 06:12 PM
Wow ! That was great ! I always did like USA Today for sports more than local Chicago papers..they even donated a large portion of their front page when the White Sox won..(I am going to have to get a subscription - :D: )

Yeah, their front page headline that day was "Sox sweep into history" in large print. Under which they wrote "After 88 years and more than 13,000 games, White Sox carry crown back to Chicago" followed by a large picture of the team celebrating with Dye and his huge smile in the middle. I don't think even the Chicago papers could have done it any better.

As a Sox fan I'll cherish that for a long time. The fact that my father put that paper in my hand, just a few months before he passed, I'll cherish forever.

MDF3530
11-29-2006, 07:30 PM
My dad took me sometime in 1983 when they were playing the Tigers. Harold Baines hit a grand slam. Been hooked ever since.

Chips
11-29-2006, 07:42 PM
My old man with my mother and my brother. I got the tickets in first grade for getting straight A's. My old man and brother aren't Sox fans and my mother doesn't care about baseball.

I was a fan before the game.

MRM
11-29-2006, 07:56 PM
My old man with my mother and my brother. I got the tickets in first grade for getting straight A's. My old man and brother aren't Sox fans and my mother doesn't care about baseball.

I was a fan before the game.

Yeah, my kids get tickets to all sorts of events for grades now. Didn't used to be that way. I was a straight A student in Chicago, most I ever got was a "certificate of ahievement". Guantee I'd have rather had the tix...

vegyrex
11-29-2006, 08:33 PM
My aunt Tonia took me to my first Sox game on Sunday May 25, 1969
I had become a Sox fan the day before when I saw the Sox on TV and I got to see the scoreboard exlpode. After that I was hooked.:cool: My aunt saw me watching the game and asked me if I'd like to go to a game. I said YEAH!
She had become a Sox fan in '59. After that Sunday her and I went to many Sox games on Sundays right after the 7 pm Mass. After she bought our tickets at the Comiskey box office we would drive over to Halsted and eat breakfast at the Horizon restaurant. :smile:

Thanks to Baseball-Almanac.com I was able to look up the exact date. I knew it was on a Sunbay and the Sox were beaten by the Red Sox 1-0.

1951Campbell
11-29-2006, 09:20 PM
It was 1977, and I was two, at Milwaukee County Stadium. Went with the 'rents.

The Sox, like one's religion, was always there, from day one, and never really up for debate...

lbtigerfan
11-29-2006, 09:29 PM
My lovey-love MUsoxfan. He's taken this Southern girl and made her fall pretty hard for the Chicago White Sox. He turned me into a fan before I went to the game, so being at beautiful Comiskey Park gave me goosebumps, because I got to see my boys play on that pretty green field.

My first game was in April of '05 to watch the Sox win over the Mariners and my tradition is to get a brat loaded with grilled onions and yellow mustard. MMMMmmmmmmm :drool:

Gosh I love the Sox!

PKalltheway
11-29-2006, 09:41 PM
I went to my first White Sox game in August of 2000 when I saw them play the Devil Rays. We were visting relatives in Chicago and my uncle and my dad took me. Jon Garland started the game for the Sox, Bryan Rekar started the game for Tampa. Carlos Lee, Jose Valentin, and Chris Singleton all homered for the Sox that day. The Sox also wound up winning too. I still don't know how I remembered all of that! :D::cool:

I was just about to enter the 7th grade and I was already a Sox fan for about a year. Getting to see them in person for the first time was a dream come true!:D:

Frontman
11-29-2006, 10:13 PM
My Grandad. I didn't really truly appreciate baseball until after he had passed, but the Sox were our team. (Actually, he loved the game. He would fall asleep in the afternoon after doing yardwork in front of either a Sox or a Cubs game. He also had seen a game at Yankee Stadium during WWII when on shore leave.)

Now, I've started my son on the Sox even earlier.

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MRM
11-29-2006, 10:18 PM
I went to my first White Sox game in August of 2000 when I saw them play the Devil Rays. We were visting relatives in Chicago and my uncle and my dad took me. Jon Garland started the game for the Sox, Bryan Rekar started the game for Tampa. Carlos Lee, Jose Valentin, and Chris Singleton all homered for the Sox that day. The Sox also wound up winning too. I still don't know how I remembered all of that! :D::cool:

I was just about to enter the 7th grade and I was already a Sox fan for about a year. Getting to see them in person for the first time was a dream come true!:D:

Wow, 2000? It's amazing how different we all are and how and when we became fans. I didn't expect anyone in this forum to say they became a fan this century to be sure. When someone says the first game they saw the sox play was against the DEVIL RAYS, I feel a bit old. :D:

MRM
11-29-2006, 10:30 PM
My Grandad. I didn't really truly appreciate baseball until after he had passed

I know what you mean. Both of my Grand dads and my great grand Dad were HUGE baseball fans. Two of them were not only Cubs fans but played in the Cubs organization in their youth...I loved 'em anyhow.

Point is, their enthusiasm for the game when I was very young definately is the reason I became the fan I am today (a lot of) years later.

MRM
11-29-2006, 11:22 PM
My Grandad. I didn't really truly appreciate baseball until after he had passed

I know what you mean. Both of my Grand dads and my great grand Dad were HUGE baseball fans. Two of them were not only Cubs fans but played in the Cubs organization in their youth...I loved 'em anyhow.

Point is, their enthusiasm for the game when I was very young definately is the reason I became the fan I am today (a lot of) years later.

MUsoxfan
11-30-2006, 12:46 AM
My first game was in April of '05 to watch the Sox win over the Mariners and my tradition is to get a brat loaded with grilled onions and yellow mustard. MMMMmmmmmmm :drool:

Gosh I love the Sox!


In May I want you to try the brown mustard. That's a far superior mustard:wink:

lbtigerfan
11-30-2006, 12:50 AM
In May I want you to try the brown mustard. That's a far superior mustard:wink:

Brown and mustard don't go together.

But I guess I have no choice but to try it since you are the boss of me.

I'll try the damn mustard.

Medford Bobby
11-30-2006, 09:28 AM
:smile: Dad took me to Bat Day 1962, as I was not yet 2 yrs old. He did take movies of my first game and I still have that memory on tape today. I was conceived on Halloween 1959, so I'm sure the World Series was still fresh on his mind...(besides my Mom)so that makes me a fan at conception!?:?:

I did take my Dad to his first visit to the Cell on the Trophy game April 5th,(he lives in Tucson) and still missed the old park!:whiner:

minutia
11-30-2006, 12:10 PM
My uncle Pat took me to my first game during the summer of 83, I was 9 we sat on the 3rd base side so you could see into the dugout. He was a beer vendor there and for the rest of the summer he got me and my brother sro tickets so we saw a ton of games, including some of the playoff series with Baltimore. I was born a White Sox fan but my obsession was born that summer. I tell people all the time that the White Sox were my first love. Sox Park is my happy place, even when they lose.

wassagstdu
11-30-2006, 06:02 PM
June 8, 1947, Luke Appling Day. My father took me. I was 3. We sat in the lower deck, inside third base, just behind the row of posts. I remember it (my first identifiable memory), but I had no idea what was going on, except that my dad kept pointing and saying "There he is! There's Luke Appling!" My dad was not a baseball fan until he married my mother, who was from Cincinnati and had several brothers who were Reds fanatics. (I saw Frank Robinson play as a rookie in Crosley field, but that was a little later.) So I don't think I got my Sox passion from him. My best friend had a ball that he claimed his grandfather had given him and "was hit out of Sox Park by Shoeless Joe Jackson." We played catch with it on the sidewalk and tore the cover off it. Maybe that was how I became a fan. I remember sending a card to Cass Michaels when he was beaned in 1950 (?) and by then the Sox logo was magical to me. Some time in between my dad took me to Wrigley and I threw up on the bus on the way home, so that settled that.

tlebar318
11-30-2006, 08:40 PM
I lived at 35th and Wallace and my neighbor, Jack Russ had season tickets...I was about 7 years old and we walked from the neighborhood over to the old park..would have been either 1972 or 1973 and we sat in the upper deck behind homeplate. The thing that sticks out in my mind was that Jack yelled to Harry---"Hey Harry you want a beer?" and he held out his net he used to catch foul balls and Jack threw him a can of beer--I was little and don't remember if they sold cans of beer or Jack smuggled it in but Harry chugged the beer and then we watched the rest of the game--I was hooked. Green grass, red pin striped uniforms, and an exploding scoreboard---AWESOME! Been a Sox fan ever since.....:D:

soxstarter
12-03-2006, 10:45 AM
I went with DumpJer and I was a fan BEFORE my first live game!

BigWhiteMachine
12-04-2006, 01:33 PM
I went to my first game in 1970. My mother grew up in the shadows of Comiskey, but my father who was from 'the old country' rooted for both ballclubs in the city.

I was a Cub fan for 1 season: 1969, but that was because their games were the only we could pick up on the TV, and I was very young. My cousins set me straight, though. After I had shown them that I had bought a clear, rubber bouncy ball (about the size of a large marble / small "Super Ball" for you old-timers, heh heh) that had a picture young Bill Melton's picture inside it.

I didn't know who Melton was, nor what team he played for, but my cousins explained he was the Sox' new star HR hitter, and they made fun of me for not knowing the Sox.

My mother saw this, and decided it was time I get introduced to her beloved Sox and had Dad trudge all us kids to a game (beating Carl Yaz and the Carmines).

I immediately became a fan, and every year from then on had my father take me to the Straight 'A'/Perfect Attenance games, along with Bat Day (including a double-header in which 55,000+ were crammed into Comiskey.

Frontman
12-04-2006, 06:22 PM
I know what you mean. Both of my Grand dads and my great grand Dad were HUGE baseball fans. Two of them were not only Cubs fans but played in the Cubs organization in their youth...I loved 'em anyhow.

Point is, their enthusiasm for the game when I was very young definately is the reason I became the fan I am today (a lot of) years later.


That's wild, as my great uncle played minor league ball for the Cubs as a catcher.

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jsinaiko
12-05-2006, 08:22 PM
My Dad - May or June of 1959 - I was just five.

Whitey Ford vs. Early Wynn. It was a very rainy day, and there three or four rain delays, but eventually they got the game in. Sox won 9 - 8.

I just remember the ground crew doing the tarp over and over. Landis made a good catch in CF and became my hero for life. I emulated him later by being a banjo hitter with a good glove in neighborhood pickup games.

I had been a Sox fan since my dad told me I was one a couple of years earlier, but that was the first game I went to.

robiwho
12-06-2006, 09:55 AM
My dad took my brother and me to our first game in 1976. I don't remember who they were playing or the result, but I do remember that we sat near Nancy's organ. I was very impressed by that.

I was definitely a fan before I set foot in the ballpark -- but I think it's genetic and wasn't really a choice. :wink:

Region Rat
12-06-2006, 01:23 PM
I was taught Love for Da Sox and hatred for the cubs since the day I was born. I can't even remember my first game, but I know It was with my Dad when I was 2 or 3 at Old Comiskey Park.

stl_sox_fan
12-06-2006, 03:09 PM
Parents drove up from Central Illinois for a Weekend Series against the Mariners back in the Summer of '86. Sox won both Saturday and Sunday for me! I was already a fan, but being at Old Comiskey cemented it for me.
I took a Polaroid of Mr Kittle and he autographed it and talked with me and my dad. Great guy! Tried hard to get a picture of Baines but no luck. But yet he is still my favorite Sox player of all time.

PhillipsBubba
12-06-2006, 05:31 PM
My Father took me and my two brothers to see the Sox play the Cleveland Indians in 1960:smile:

SOXBOY
12-06-2006, 07:01 PM
My Aunt Rose took me in 1977 when i was 6 and i loved the team ever since.

diehard
12-07-2006, 08:46 PM
My dad took me to my first game in 1976 at Comiskey. They lost to the Texas Rangers 1-0. I was a fan before I went but will never forgetcoming out from under the grandstand and seeing the field for the first time.