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White Sox ACE program produces 15 more scholarships

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White Sox ACE program produces 15 more scholarships

The White Sox Amateur City Elite baseball program produced its biggest recruiting class ever Tuesday as 15 student-athletes signed letters of intent.

The class, which included five signees from Simeon High School, brings the total number of scholarships signed in the program’s nine-year history to 106. Since the program’s inception in 2007, 16 players have been selected in baseball’s amateur draft.

One of many club dignitaries on hand, White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams said he thinks the program’s increased popularity is because of past successes and positive examples set. Speaking in front an auditorium packed with family members, coaches and friends, Williams implored signees to remember the examples they set for their community.

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“It is growing in talent,” Williams said. “More kids are playing. I think it’s something that speaks to the greater need in some of our communities that are struggling, and that’s a little hope and a little vision … When you can see possibilities in your life, that causes you to make decisions that are in alignment with that. It causes you to put that extra effort maybe in the classroom or maybe on the athletic field as well.

“When you see class after class, and these guys are putting on these hats and getting these scholarships and opportunities, it can only give you hope. So, I think more than anything, yes, it affects these young men that are in this room. But I always think, ‘Ok, who outside of this room is getting inspired?’ That’s kind of cool.”

This year’s class includes: Christian Bullock (University of Michigan), Jalen Cole (Harris Stowe University), De’jon Collins (Hannibal LaGrange University), Lorenzo Elion (Michigan), Andrew Garcia (Prarie View A&M), Tyler Gordon (Prarie View A&M), Bryce Gray (Notre Dame), Jeremy Houston (Indiana), Tyler Laux (Prarie View A&M), Alfred “AJ” Lewis, Jr. (Missouri), Gerald Powell (Illinois-Springfield), Connor Rektorski (Western Illinois), Josh Shaw (Kentucky State), Austin Straley (Kalamazoo) and Tavaris Terrell (Chicago State).

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White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson also briefly addressed the class.

Johnson, who attended Indiana University, spoke to signees about the different challenges attending college provides.

“It really put a smile on my face to hear all those parents cheering because college is expensive,” Johnson said. “It’s awesome and they get to play baseball. It’s good for them. You learn a lot. The lifting programs in college, you lift four times a week and it’s early, 6 a.m. You can’t do anything else but lift and play baseball so it’s good for these guys.”

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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