This Day in White Sox History: Buehrle's no hitter

This Day in White Sox History: Buehrle's no hitter
Mark Buehrle and AJ Pierzynski celebrate after Buehrle's no-hitter on April 18, 2007. (Chicago Tribune / Nuccio DiNuzzo)

April 18, 1972 – Because of the labor impasse and the late start to the season it wasn’t until the middle of the month that the Sox finally opened at home. It turned out to be a night home opener and the 20,000+ fans who turned out gave a standing ovation welcome to new Sox slugger Dick AllenAllen didn’t disappoint, going two for four, with three runs and two RBI’s in the Sox 14-0 win over Texas. Afterwards Dick said, “I think I’m going to like it here.” Teammate Carlos May had six RBIs on the night.

April 18, 1991 - The Sox opened the new Comiskey Park by falling flat on their faces and getting wiped out 16-0. It was a bizarre game that saw Detroit have a ten run inning! The next day Sox players burned the jersey of pitcher Scott Radinsky at second base as a ‘sacrifice’ to the baseball gods for leaving the original park, according to teammate and losing pitcher in the first game, Jack McDowell when I interviewed him. 

"That was a strange game. Sammy Sosa fell down going after a ball in right field, we gave up some bad hop hits, the Tigers had a ten run inning. The next day some of the guys were concerned that maybe the baseball 'gods' were angry because we left old Comiskey Park. So before the game, before the fans got in, we had a little ceremony out by second base. We took Scott Radinsky’s jersey and burned it. We just wanted to make sure the baseball 'gods' knew it wasn’t our fault that we left the old park!"

April 18, 1994 - Sox leadoff man Tim Raines belted three home runs in a game at Fenway Park.  He went 4 for 5 with four RBIs in the easy 12-1 win over the Red Sox.

April 18, 2000 - The White Sox set the franchise record for the most runs ever scored in the fifth inning of a game when they plated 11 of them in Chicago against the Mariners. They trailed 6-2 before sending 14 batters to the plate. Tanyon Sturtze got the win in relief as the Sox won 18-11.

April 18, 2007 - Mark Buehrle became only the 15th pitcher in franchise history to toss a no-hitter (16th overall at that time) as he beat the Rangers 6-0. Buehrle struck out eight and only allowed one base runner, giving up a walk to former Sox player Sammy Sosa in the fifth inning. His was the first no-hitter at home since Joe Horlen’s in 1967. Jermaine Dye had a grand slam and Jim Thome added two solo home runs.

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