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03-25-2008, 05:34 PM

1997: The White Sox closed out their spring training stay for good at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., with an 8-7 win over the Minnesota Twins. The Sox, who had called Sarasota their spring home since 1960, were headed to Tucson, Arizona for 1998 and beyond. The Sox would close out their Grapefruit League stay with games in Fort Myers, Fla., the next two days.

1999: TheWhite Sox acquired catcher Brook Fordyce from the Cincinnati Reds for minor league pitcher Jake Meyer. With prospects Mark Johnson and Josh Paul not quite ready, the Sox were worrisomely thin at catcher so the arrival of Fordyce couldn’t have come at a better time. Fordyce gave the White Sox a fine 1999, hitting .297 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs. Fordyce stayed with the Sox until July of 2000 when he was shipped to Baltimore as part of the Harold Baines-Charles Johnson trade.

Happy Birthday: Jerry Kutzler 1965 (White Sox pitcher 1990); Woodie Held 1932 (White Sox infielder 1968-1969).

RIP: Eddie Collins 1951 (White Sox infielder, Hall of Famer 1915-1926).

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.