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Today in White Sox History: April 14

¡Tres Garcías are coming to your town!

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City
¡Tres Garcías!
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White Sox pitcher Frank Smith fired the franchise’s only Opening Day one-hitter, as he beat the St. Louis Browns in Chicago, 3-0. Smith would later go on to pitch for the Red Sox and Reds.


White Sox pitching star Eddie Cicotte no-hit the St. Louis Browns, easily winning, 11-0. The game was at St. Louis, and is the earliest no-hitter ever thrown by a Sox pitcher in a season.


Because of the intervention of President Franklin Roosevelt, Major League Baseball continued during World War II. The White Sox would lose to St. Louis, 3-0, this Opening Day. According to the reports of the time, it was a very quiet, somber crowd. Marines and sailors marched in carrying the American flag from center field. Pearl Harbor was still etched in everyone’s memories.


Cleveland’s Bob Lemon, who’d go on to manage the White Sox in 1977 and some of 1978, almost duplicated Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter, holding the Sox to one hit in a 6-0 win. Feller’s gem against the White Sox in 1940 remains the only Opening Day no-hitter in MLB history.


The White Sox and Sandy Consuegra defeated the Kansas City Athletics, 7-1, in the Comiskey Park home opener. The game was the first-ever between the Sox and the Athletics after the A’s move from Philadelphia to Kansas City. Sandy went the distance, allowing only three hits.


The bittersweet 1964 season began with the White Sox dropping a 5-3 decision to the Orioles in Chicago. Hoyt Wilhelm gave up three late runs to lose the game.

The 1964 Sox would go on to win 98 games ... only to finish one game behind the Yankees for the pennant.


In the home opener for the season and for new owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn, 51,560 fans poured into Comiskey Park to see the new faces and new attitude. The White Sox put on a show, blowing apart Milwaukee, 9-3. The big blow was Carlton Fisk’s grand slam to left-center in the fourth inning, off of former Sox hurler Pete Vuckovich.


The White Sox started an all-García outfield at Minnesota, marking the first time in major league history a team’s three starting outfielders all had the same last name. All three collected hits, including Willy García, who doubled in his first big league at-bat in the second. He played left field with Leury García in center and Avisaíl García in right. The Alou brothers all played in the outfield for San Francisco in 1963 a few times, but all three never actually started the game. The Sox would win the contest, 2-1.