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The best White Sox All-Star Game performances

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The best White Sox All-Star Game performances

It's been 79 years since the first MLB All-Star Game was held at old Comiskey Park on July 6, 1933. Since then, there have been 142 appearances by a White Sox player in the midsummer classic. Below are a few of the best performances:

Position players:

Al Simmons (1934): 3-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 R

The only White Sox player to ever record three hits in an All-Star Game, Simmons batted sixth in the second-ever All-Star Game behind Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx -- and had as many hits as those three combined. Only Earl Averill had a more positive impact on the American League's 9-7 win, as the Indians Hall of Famer tripled and drove in three.

Paul Konerko (2002): 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Playing in his first All-Star Game, Konerko built a legitimate MVP case -- except that award wasn't handed out in the infamous 7-7 tie at Miller Park. Konerko replaced starter Jason Giambi in the fourth and hit a ground-rule double, then drove in a pair of runs on his second double, coming off Diamondbacks reliever Byung-Hyun Kim. Konerko's .433 WPA was not only the highest in the game, but it represented the most positive impact a White Sox player has ever had on an All-Star Game.

Nellie Fox (1954): 1-2, 2 RBI

A two-out, two-run single by Fox broke a 9-9 tie in the top of the ninth in Cleveland, netting the American League an 11-9 victory. The single by Fox brought home a pair of legendary Yankees -- Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. Of note: Not surprisingly, Fox has the most two-hit All-Star Games of any White Sox player, accomplishing that feat four times. Konerko, Minnie Minoso and Al Simmons have multiple hits multiple times in a midsummer classic.

Frank Thomas (1995): 1-2, HR, 2 RBI

Thomas provided all the runs for the American League in '95, with his fourth-inning two-run homer off John Smiley bringing home Cleveland's Carlos Baerga. He's only one of two White Sox players to ever homer in an All-Star Game along with Magglio Ordonez, who blasted a solo homer off Jon Lieber in the 2001 contest at Safeco Field.

Pitchers:

Gary Peters (1967): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB

Peters struck out Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda and Dick Allen. He also got Hank Aaron to ground out. That's, well, pretty successful.

Billy Pierce (1955): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB

A White Sox pitcher started four All-Star Games in the 1950s, with Pierce starting three including 1955's contest. After allowing a leadoff single to St. Louis' Red Schoendienst, Pierce retired the next nine batters, including Duke Snider and Ernie Banks on strikes. No. 19 also holds the record for most strikeouts by a Sox player in an All-Star Game with five, which came in 1956.

Mark Buehrle (2005): 2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB

Pitching the best season of his career, Buehrle started the '05 game in Detroit and struck out Derrek Lee, Mike Piazza and Jeff Kent. He quickly erased a leadoff single to Bobby Abreu by getting Carlos Beltran to ground into a double play. An interesting note: Six times has a White Sox pitcher started an All-Star Game, and all have come in either the 1950s or 2000s.

Esteban Loaiza (2003): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB

Statistically, Loaiza's performance doesn't stand out against other Sox All-Star hurlers, but that he started the 2003 game at U.S. Cellular Field was pretty neat.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list