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Today in White Sox History: December 22

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El Duque enters the fold.

ALDS: Chicago White Sox v Boston Red Sox Game 3
One of the most iconic innings, and images, in White Sox history was made possible with a free agent signing on this day, 17 years ago.
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2004

As part of a plan to add more depth to the rotation, the White Sox signed veteran hurler Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. Hernandez started strong in 2005 and faded somewhat down the stretch, but pitched perhaps the most historic inning in franchise history when he came in to a bases-loaded, no-out situation at Boston in Game 3 of the ALDS. El Duque proceeded to get two pop outs and a strike out, as the White Sox held on to win and advance to the ALCS.