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StatManDu
12-13-2006, 12:23 PM
If the Sox get rid of Garland, they will be separating themselves from a player who accomplished one of the obscure rarities in club history. Garland is one of just six players in White Sox history whose only hit of the season was a home run.

Here's a breakdown:

ONLY HIT OF THE SEASON A HOMER

Player Date Foe (Pitcher) Men on
Jon Garland* June 18, 2006 At Cincinnati (Yan) 2-run
Notes— Second at bat and fourth plate appearance of the game and season… Came with two outs and Rob Mackowiak on base. … Gave the Sox a 6-0 lead in an 8-1 win. … Finished the season with five at bats … Third career hit and first career extra-base hit. … First homer by a Sox pitcher since Steve Kealey on Sept. 6, 1971. … First homer by a Sox pitcher in a road game since Gary Peters on Aug. 2 1969 at Detroit. … First home run by a Sox pitcher in a National League park since Juan Pizarro at Dodger Stadium (vs. Angels) on May 8, 1964. … First Sox pitcher to homer in his own victory since Danny Murphy homered and got the win in relief in the second game of a doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Comiskey Park on June 28, 1970. …First Sox starting pitcher to homer in his own victory since Peters on Aug. 2, 1969 at Detroit.f

Nelson Santovenia July 11, 1992 At Boston (Dopson) 2-run
Notes—First at bat with the White Sox. … Joey Cora was on first with a single. … Sox lost the game 11-2. … Last of his 21 career homers and the second-to-last hit of the veteran catcher’s career.

Bob Priddy* June 19, 1968 Cleveland (Tiant) Solo
Note—Only career homer came in his 50th career at bat, seventh of the season and second of he game. … His next hit wouldn’t come until April 29, 1970 when he was with the Atlanta Braves. …This home run came in the fifth inning and gave the Sox a 1-0 lead in a 3-1 loss before 8,643 at ComiskeyPark. … Priddy started this game but did not get a decision. … The homer was one of only 16 Tiant would surrender during his 21-9, 1.60 ERA campaign in which he logged 258.1 innings.

Smoky Burgess Sept. 15, 1964 At Detroit (Wickersham) Solo
Note—First at bat with the White Sox after being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh Sept. 12 resulted in the first of what would be a franchise-record 50 pinch-hits. … The portly 37-year-old led off the eighth with a game-tying pinch-hit home run. Sox went on to win the game3-2 in 10th innings.

Stan Johnson Sept. 23, 1960 At Cleveland (Funk) Solo
Notes—Solo homer in the ninth inning a 7-0 win came in his second career at bat and second at bat of the season. … The home run also turned out to be the only hit of Johnson’s career, which spanned eight games and nine at bats. … Inserted in the ninth as a pinch-hitter for Minnie Minoso, who had been ejected for throwing his bat, according to retrosheet.org. Minoso was probably brushed back after Ted Kluszewski, the previous batter, went deep.

Stan Jok May 1, 1955 Baltimore (McDonald) Solo
Note—Only career home run for the third baseman-outfielder came in a doubleheader before 19,083 at ComiskeyPark (unsure of which game). … Hit—the last came eight days before the Sox released him.

*Pitcher

Sources--retrosheet. ... The Home Run Encyclopedia

Myrtle72
12-13-2006, 01:10 PM
That was a great game. I remember watching it with a friend of mine. I was completely shocked. :D:

chisoxfanatic
12-13-2006, 01:40 PM
That was a great game. I remember watching it with a friend of mine. I was completely shocked. :D:

Hawk's home run call for that was absolutely PRICELESS! I wonder how much he's bugged Buehrle about this (I know the two of them had a bet on who would hit a home run first).

ajismyhero
12-13-2006, 01:40 PM
What about Josh Fields in that game against the Tigers this year? Wasn't that his first major league at bat?

Myrtle72
12-13-2006, 01:43 PM
What about Josh Fields in that game against the Tigers this year? Wasn't that his first major league at bat?

Yes, but he had other at bats later in the season and I believe he also had other hits. Not many, but at least two or three.

StatManDu
12-13-2006, 01:49 PM
Good call. I checked ... Fields had three hits last year.

BRDSR
12-13-2006, 05:09 PM
Great post. I'm actually amazed that there are six such players.

Myrtle72
12-13-2006, 06:02 PM
Great post. I'm actually amazed that there are six such players.

And only two of them are pitchers.

Dan the Man
12-13-2006, 06:08 PM
Sure Jose Valentin isn't on that list?

StatManDu
12-13-2006, 08:43 PM
I am 100 percent certain that Jose Valentin never had a season with the Sox where his only hit was a homer.

DumpJerry
12-13-2006, 10:32 PM
I am 100 percent certain that Jose Valentin never had a season with the Sox where his only hit was a homer.
I'm not.

StatManDu
12-14-2006, 12:19 AM
Jose Valentin with Sox
Hits-Homers
155-25
113-28
118-25
119-28
97-30

PKalltheway
12-14-2006, 12:56 AM
That was a great game. I remember watching it with a friend of mine. I was completely shocked. :D:
Oh man, tell me about it! I was actually at the game that afternoon! Simply priceless!:cool: :D:

DumpJerry
12-14-2006, 06:39 AM
I'm not.

Jose Valentin with Sox
Hits-Homers
155-25
113-28
118-25
119-28
97-30
Stat: You're new here. When someone posts in teal, it indicates sarcasm. Valentin was the king of making an error on the field which would cost us a run or two and then making it up in the Sox' half of the inning with a three run dinger. He also seemed to strikeout all other times.

StatManDu
12-14-2006, 07:19 AM
Wish I had time for sarcasm. Good to know. Thanks.

Madvora
12-14-2006, 08:13 AM
Valentin was the king of making an error on the field which would cost us a run or two and then making it up in the Sox' half of the inning with a three run dinger.
"The Meister of The Three Run Homer"