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Lip Man 1
04-04-2007, 01:49 PM
The good, the bad, the ugly?????

April 5, 1960 - Shortly before the season opened the Sox ended their decimation of the young players on their roster by shipping future All Star and power hitting catcher Earl Battey along with future power hitting All Star first baseman Don Mincher to the Senators for power hitting first baseman Roy Sievers. Sievers gave the Sox some good years but Battey himself may have won the Sox the pennant in either 1964, 1967 or both (to say nothing of other players shipped out that off season like Johnny Romano, Norm Cash and Johnny Callison.) Battey would go on to make four All Star appearances and win three Gold Gloves at catcher. Mincher would become a two time All Star. (Sox players who were with the club that year like Billy Pierce and Jim Landis reflect back on these ill advised trades in their interviews with White Sox Interactive.)

April 5, 1974 - The Sox opened the season at home under freezing conditions versus the Angels and Nolan Ryan. The Sox started Wilbur Wood which caused broadcaster Harry Caray to comment that the game was ‘the tortoise against the hare.’ This time the hare won as Ryan and the Angels got an easy 8 - 2 victory. The game did have its moments however. The ‘streaking’ craze had hit college campuses and on this day a few young ladies in the upper deck removed their tops while a young man jumped the outfield fence and ran naked through left field before being apprehended by security. Sox manager Chuck Tanner had one of the best lines anywhere when asked what he thought about the outfield streaker. "I wasn’t impressed by him."
(Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...say no more!)

April 5, 1977 - Literally a few hours before the team was to head North to open the season, Bill Veeck trades shortstop Bucky Dent to the Yankees. Salary was the reasoning behind it and Veeck’s comment that "he’d trade Dent even up for any other starting shortstop in the American League" didn’t help matters. In return the Sox got outfielder Oscar Gamble, pitcher Bob Polinsky, minor league pitcher LaMarr Hoyt and $200,000 dollars.

April 5, 2004 - New Manager Ozzie Guillen figured he had his debut game all wrapped up as the Sox took a 7 - 3 lead into the 9th inning. Twenty minutes later Kansas City scored six runs to take the game 9 - 7. The amazing rally set the modern record for the most runs scored in the 9th inning to win a game on Opening Day.

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doublem23
04-04-2007, 02:01 PM
Boy I remember that game against the Royals in 2004.

I think the trio of Cliff Politte, Billy Koch, and Damaso Marte were the ones that blew it.

Yuck

Medford Bobby
04-05-2007, 12:23 PM
Norm we hardly knew ya.......:angry:

http://www.baseballcardproject.com/Topps/R/1964/425.jpg

PKalltheway
04-05-2007, 05:27 PM
April 5, 2004 - New Manager Ozzie Guillen figured he had his debut game all wrapped up as the Sox took a 7 - 3 lead into the 9th inning. Twenty minutes later Kansas City scored six runs to take the game 9 - 7. The amazing rally set the modern record for the most runs scored in the 9th inning to win a game on Opening Day.


Let us never speak of this game again until this time next year. :wink: Boy, what a day that was!

The Racehorse
04-05-2007, 05:37 PM
April 5, 2004 - New Manager Ozzie Guillen figured he had his debut game all wrapped up as the Sox took a 7 - 3 lead into the 9th inning. Twenty minutes later Kansas City scored six runs to take the game 9 - 7. The amazing rally set the modern record for the most runs scored in the 9th inning to win a game on Opening Day.

Yes, the forgettable Mendy Lopez. I was at that game, right behind the Sox dugout... I couldn't get out of the stadium fast enough.