The Most Memorable Chicago White Sox Opening Days
Opening Day brings a new sense of excitement and hope for all 30 teams in baseball. Opening days have been honored with parades, ring ceremonies and Presidents throwing out the first pitch.
White Sox fans are lucky enough to count President Obama among their biggest fans. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn are also southside supporters
11) April 18, 1991- First Game at new Comiskey Park
New Comiskey Park opens before a sellout crowd of 42,191 as the Tigers cruise past the White Sox, 16-0.
10) April 7, 1978- Blomberg HR Wins it in the Bottom of the 9th
In his first game with the White Sox, Ron Blomberg hits a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory over Boston.
9) April 14, 1981- Fisk hits Grand Slam in Home Opener
After hitting a game winning HR in Boston on opening day, Fisk plays in his first home game as a member of the White Sox. His flair for the dramatic continues as he hits a grand slam, in the White Sox 9-3 win in the home opener.
8) April 9, 1993- Home Opener- Bo knows Comebacks
Playing in his first game in nearly two seasons, Bo Jackson homers on his first swing of the bat in the in the home opener. Jackson became the first Major Leaguer in history to play with an artificial hip. The Yankees hit four home runs to out-slug the White Sox 11-6.
7) April 9, 1990-Last Opener at the Baseball Palace of the World
The final opening day takes place at old Comiskey Park with the White Sox edging the Brewers, 2-1. The White Sox bullpen pitches three perfect innings and Bobby Thigpen picks up the first of his then record setting 57 saves.
6) April 16, 1940- Feller No-Hitter
Bob Feller opened the season for Cleveland by pitching a 1-0 no-hitter against the White Sox in Chicago.
5) July 1, 1910- First Game Ever at the Original Comiskey Park
The White Sox open Comiskey Park in front of a sellout crowd but lose to the St. Louis Browns 2-0.
4) April 24, 1901- First Official American League Game
The first "official" American League game is played in Chicago with Roy Patterson defeating Cleveland, 8-2.
3) April 4, 2005- World Series Run Begins
Mark Buehrle gave up five hits in eight innings and Shingo Takatsu closed the 1:51 game as the White Sox set the tone for their first World Championship in 88 years.
Jake Westbrook gave up one run and four hits in eight innings for Cleveland. Coincidentally, Buehrle and Westbrook will match up again on opening day 2010.
The White Sox bookmarked the season with 1-0 victories. Behind Freddy Garcia and Bobby Jenks, the White Sox win game four or the World Series 1-0 about 6.5 months later.
2) April 10, 1981- Fisk's first game with the White Sox
In his first game in a White Sox uniform, Carlton Fisk returns to Fenway. His three run, eighth inning home run puts the White Sox ahead to stay 3-2. Fisk and his new Sox went on to win 5-3.
1) April 2, 2006- Raise the Championship Flag
The White Sox raise their first World Series Banner in 88 years in front of 38,802 as the White Sox defeat the Cleveland Indians 10-4. Jim Thome homers in his first game for the White Sox against his old team as the White Sox defeated Cleveland on Opening Day for the second straight year.