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Today in White Sox History: April 18

Mark Buehrle’s first no-no, plus some big offensive outbursts

Texas Rangers v Chicago White Sox Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images


Because of the labor impasse and the late start to the season, it wasn’t until the middle of the month that the White Sox finally opened at home. It turned out to be a night home opener, and the 20,000+ fans who turned out gave a standing ovation welcome to new Sox slugger Dick Allen. Allen didn’t disappoint, going 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs in a 14-0 win over Texas. Afterwards Dick said, “I think I’m going to like it here.” Teammate Carlos May had six RBIs on the night.


The White Sox opened the new Comiskey Park by falling flat on their faces and getting wiped out, 16-0. It was a strange game, that saw Detroit have a 10-run inning! The next day, White Sox players burned the jersey of pitcher Scott Radinsky at second base as a sacrifice to the baseball gods for leaving the original park, according to teammate and losing pitcher in the first game, Jack McDowell.


White Sox leadoff man Tim Raines belted three home runs in a game at Fenway Park. He went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in the easy, 12-1 win over the Red Sox.


The White Sox set the franchise record for their most runs ever scored in the fifth inning when they plated 11 of them in Chicago against the Mariners. They trailed 6-2 before sending 14 batters to the plate. Tanyon Sturtze got the win in relief as the Sox won, 18-11.


Mark Buehrle became only the 15th pitcher in franchise history to toss a no-hitter (16th overall at that time), as he beat the Rangers, 6-0. Buehrle struck out eight and only allowed one base runner, giving up a walk to former White Sox player Sammy Sosa in the fifth inning. Buehrle’s was the first White Sox no-hitter in Chicago since Joe Horlen’s in 1967. Jermaine Dye had a grand slam, and Jim Thome added two solo home runs.