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Lip Man 1
04-03-2007, 11:31 AM
The first 'five spot' of the season...

April 4, 1982 - One of the most highly anticipated opening dayís in franchise history gets snowed out. The Sox were set to host Boston and the organization was expecting a crowd of around 50,000. That got torpedoed when a blizzard hammered the entire Midwest cancelling games for days. In fact the season wouldnít open until April 11th in New York.

April 4, 1983 - The same night North Carolina State was upsetting Houston in the NCAA basketball tournament, the Sox opened their championship season dropping a 5 - 3 game to Texas. The Sox scored three times in the top of the first but were handcuffed after that. Errors by rookies Scott Fletcher and Greg Walker were costly to LaMarr Hoyt. The Sox would drop all three games to the Rangers but still rebounded to win 99 games and win the division by a record twenty games.

April 4, 1988 - It was Kenny Williamsí one moment in the sun. On opening day Williams belts a two run 5th inning home run off the Angels Mike Witt to help the Sox to an 8 - 5 win. Williams would drive in thee RBIís on the afternoon.

April 4, 1994 - The bittersweet shortened season started in Canada with a rematch of the 1993 A.L.C.S. It was Toronto winning this Opening Day 7 - 3 blasting Jack McDowell, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, just as they did twice in the post season the year before. But by August 11th the Sox were rolling on all cylinders. Thatís when the season came to a staggering end because of the labor impasse between the MLBPA and the owners. At the time of the shut down, the Sox were leading the division and had the 3rd best record in baseball.

April 4, 2005 - The World Championship season got off to a great start as a packed house saw Mark Buehrle and Shingo Takatsu shut out Cleveland 1 - 0 in a game that took less then two hours!

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Lip

chisox77
04-03-2007, 11:54 AM
If I remember, the Sox actually opened the 1982 season with a doubleheader against the Yankees in New York. And I believe they swept it. Didn't Jim Morrison (one of my favorite overachieving Sox players) have a great day? I think he belted two homers for the day. Not sure.


:cool:

Medford Bobby
04-03-2007, 11:57 AM
Wow, I guess it has been 18 months since the Sox last won a World Championship....:wink:

http://www.baseballcardproject.com/Topps/Updates-Highlights/2005/184.jpg

PaulDrake
04-03-2007, 12:00 PM
The first 'five spot' of the season...

April 4, 1982 - One of the most highly anticipated opening dayís in franchise history gets snowed out. The Sox were set to host Boston and the organization was expecting a crowd of around 50,000. That got torpedoed when a blizzard hammered the entire Midwest cancelling games for days. In fact the season wouldnít open until April 11th in New York.



Lip
I'm sorrry but I just can't resist. This was in an era of extremely cold and bitter winters. Back then we were told that we were on the verge of a new Ice Age. Of course I believed them.

Lip Man 1
04-03-2007, 12:11 PM
Chisox77:

Yes they did sweep the Yanks to open the season in a twin bill. More on that later in the month.

Lip

PKalltheway
04-03-2007, 12:22 PM
April 4, 2005 - The World Championship season got off to a great start as a packed house saw Mark Buehrle and Shingo Takatsu shut out Cleveland 1 - 0 in a game that took less then two hours!


Wasn't that game the first time they actually began the season at home in something like 14 years?

WhiteSox5187
04-03-2007, 01:08 PM
Wasn't that game the first time they actually began the season at home in something like 14 years?
I coulda swore they started 2004 at home too...

FedEx227
04-03-2007, 01:09 PM
I coulda swore they started 2004 at home too...

No, that was in Kansas City... let's not speak of that game.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=240405107

WhiteSox5187
04-03-2007, 01:16 PM
Wasn't that game the first time they actually began the season at home in something like 14 years?
Well, as always I was wrong. Before 2005 the last time the Sox started the season AT HOME was in the old ballpark in 1990.

chisox59
04-04-2007, 05:47 AM
April 4, 1988 - It was Kenny Williamsí one moment in the sun. On opening day Williams belts a two run 5th inning home run off the Angels Mike Witt to help the Sox to an 8 - 5 win. Williams would drive in thee RBIís on the afternoon.

This is one of the few games I have on videotape. I always thought how ironic it was that the future managerial hiearchy was on the left side of the infield in this game. Ozzie, of course, was at shortstop but Kenny Williams started the game at 3rd base.

IndianWhiteSox
04-04-2007, 06:08 AM
The first 'five spot' of the season...

April 4, 1982 - One of the most highly anticipated opening dayís in franchise history gets snowed out. The Sox were set to host Boston and the organization was expecting a crowd of around 50,000. That got torpedoed when a blizzard hammered the entire Midwest cancelling games for days. In fact the season wouldnít open until April 11th in New York.

April 4, 1983 - The same night North Carolina State was upsetting Houston in the NCAA basketball tournament, the Sox opened their championship season dropping a 5 - 3 game to Texas. The Sox scored three times in the top of the first but were handcuffed after that. Errors by rookies Scott Fletcher and Greg Walker were costly to LaMarr Hoyt. The Sox would drop all three games to the Rangers but still rebounded to win 99 games and win the division by a record twenty games.

April 4, 1988 - It was Kenny Williamsí one moment in the sun. On opening day Williams belts a two run 5th inning home run off the Angels Mike Witt to help the Sox to an 8 - 5 win. Williams would drive in thee RBIís on the afternoon.

April 4, 1994 - The bittersweet shortened season started in Canada with a rematch of the 1993 A.L.C.S. It was Toronto winning this Opening Day 7 - 3 blasting Jack McDowell, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, just as they did twice in the post season the year before. But by August 11th the Sox were rolling on all cylinders. Thatís when the season came to a staggering end because of the labor impasse between the MLBPA and the owners. At the time of the shut down, the Sox were leading the division and had the 3rd best record in baseball.

April 4, 2005 - The World Championship season got off to a great start as a packed house saw Mark Buehrle and Shingo Takatsu shut out Cleveland 1 - 0 in a game that took less then two hours!

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Lip


How ironic that the opening day game' 05, the first game after the '05 break and the game 4 of the World Series all were 1-0 White Sox?

pdr
04-04-2007, 10:54 AM
April 4, 1988 - It was Kenny Williamsí one moment in the sun. On opening day Williams belts a two run 5th inning home run off the Angels Mike Witt to help the Sox to an 8 - 5 win. Williams would drive in thee RBIís on the afternoon.


I was at the game. Based on Kenny' performance, I projected him to hit 162 home runs and commit 162 errors. :redneck I wish they'd kept him in left.

RKMeibalane
04-04-2007, 10:56 AM
I coulda swore they started 2004 at home too...

Nope. Kansas City.

pagansoxfan
04-04-2007, 11:20 AM
i remember '82 because my parents and i went and got opening day tickets. i was so pumped since it was to be my very first mlb game. then, i remember how mad i was because of the snowout.

PKalltheway
04-04-2007, 08:06 PM
Well, as always I was wrong. Before 2005 the last time the Sox started the season AT HOME was in the old ballpark in 1990.
Oh ok. I knew it had been a long, long time. That's crazy that they didn't start the season at home in their new ballpark until 2005!:o: