This Day in White Sox History - Paulie hits 2000

This Day in White Sox History - Paulie hits 2000
Paul Konerko celebrates his 2000th career hit. (Chicago Tribune)

August 23, 1906 - The Sox beat Washington 4-1 for their 19th straight win, a franchise record that still stands. Roy Patterson picked up the win. This was the streak that propelled the Sox into a position to take the A.L. pennant and eventually the World Series crown. During the run the Sox beat Boston six times, Philadelphia five times, New York seven times and Washington once.

August 23, 1972 - Sox slugger Dick Allen would make history again on this day. He slammed a pitch from the Yankees Lindy McDaniel into the center field bleachers directly under the scoreboard at Comiskey Park, becoming the first Sox player to ever do this. Sox announcer Harry Caray, who was broadcasting the game from that area nearly caught the ball in his fishing net which he kept with him for just such an occasion. The Sox would win it 5-2.

Click here to listen to Allen's bleacher shot. Announcer: Harry Caray. Courtesy: WTAQ- WEAW Radio / Chicago White Sox.

August 23, 1983 - Normally a first baseman, manager Tony LaRussa moved Mike Squires to third base in the eighth inning of a 10-2 loss to the Royals. Squires was left handed! It was the first time in at least 50 years a left hander had played that position in a major league game. Squires faced three batters from that spot without handling any chances. Twice Mike caught an inning left handed as well. 

August 23, 2002 - Sox third baseman Joe Crede hit the 1,000th home run at the new Comiskey Park (now U.S. Cellular Field) when he put one into the seats off former Sox pitcher Tanyon Sturtze during the 8-2 loss to the Devil Rays.

August 23, 2005 - In an excruciating game in Minnesota, the Sox Freddy Garcia tossed a complete game one hitter and lost 1-0. The only mistake he made was allowing a home run to Jacque Jones leading off the eigth inning.

August 23, 2011 - Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, a mainstay for the team since being acquired in a trade before the start of the 1999 season, collected his 2,000th career hit in a 5-4 loss to the Angels in Anaheim. The hit was a single that tied the game at four all. All but 48 of those 2,000 hits came with the White Sox.  He’d finish with 2,340 of them over 18 years.

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  • Guess we've 'made it' now...the trash ads are popping up! LOL.

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