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03-21-2008, 11:17 AM

1900: A key date in the founding of the franchise: Charles Comiskey moved his St. Paul Saints to Chicago and christened them Chicago White Stockings. The shift of the Saints team was part of Ban Johnson’s plan to turn the Western League into a challenger for the established National League. The move to major market Chicago was seen as the key to the plan, according to Rich Lindberg’s “White Sox Encyclopedia.” The Sox opened their first season in Chicago exactly a month later. The American League, under the presidency of Johnson, began play as an officially-recognized Major League in 1901.

1958: The White Sox purchased some outfielder depth from the San Francisco Giants when they picked up Don Mueller. The two-time National League All-Star, who hit .389 in the 1954 World Series for the Giants, spent all of 1958 and four games of 1959 with the Sox before being released.

1982: The White Sox dealt pitchers Ross Baumgarten and Butch Edge to the Pittsburgh Pirates for third baseman Vance Law and pitcher Ernie Camacho. The acquisition of Law was a coup for the Sox. He became a key member of the 1983 A.L. West champs while Baumgarten lasted just 12 more games after leaving the Sox and Edge’s career was all of nine games for the 1979 Blue Jays.

1994: On the day they assigned Michael Jordan to their minor league camp, the White Sox acquired left-handed reliever Paul Assenmacher from the Yankees for minor league pitcher Brian Boehringer. Assenmacher was brought on to give Scott Radinsky, the only reliable lefty in the Sox bullpen, some help. … As for Jordan, he would alternate among Sox affiliates for the rest of spring training before the Sox finally assigned him to Double-A Birmingham at month’s end.

1997: White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura suffered an ankle injury so grotesque that a fan reportedly fainted. The injury occurred when Ventura slid into home in the fourth inning of the White Sox 4-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.Ventura suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. He would undergo surgery the next day. During the operation, a screw was inserted to stabilize the ankle. The injury was expected to cost Ventura three to four months. Ventura began his minor league rehab assignment on July 14. By July 24, he was back in the Sox lineup and he delivered game-winning hit that night at ComiskeyPark in what was one of the most emotional moments at the park in some time.

Editor's Note: Information for these entries is gleaned from the author's files, retrosheet.org, various Internet sources, press reports of the day, White Sox media guides and the many White Sox books written by the great Rich Lindberg

03-21-2008, 11:20 AM
That injury to Robin WAS grotesque, I don't remember if that game was on TV or not, but I remember reading about it in the next day's paper and just being horrified. I've been afraid of sliding ever since.