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Today in White Sox History: April 25

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Who wrote the Grinder Rules? A 2004 hire on this day, that’s who

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Brooks Boyer [left] started his South Side tenure on this day, 17 years ago.
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1951
White Sox slugger Eddie Robinson hit the first rooftop home run by a Sox player at the original Comiskey Park. Robinson’s blast was off the Browns’ Al Widmar. The Sox won the game, 8-6.

Robinson hit 29 home runs that year and drove in 117 runs, as the Sox went 81-73-1.


2004

Coming over from the Bulls organization, Brooks Boyer was named White Sox vice president of marketing, replacing the taciturn and aloof Rob Gallas. Boyer immediately instituted a series of great ad campaigns (including “Sox Pride” and “Win or Die Trying”) that keyed interest, tweaked the Cubs and generated excitement among the fan base.


2016

Relief pitcher Matt Albers threw his 30th consecutive scoreless outing, breaking the team record set by Jesse Crain. Albers’ streak dated back to Aug. 5, 2015 and spanned 33 innings. Ironically, the streak was snapped in a game several days later, when two unearned runs crossed the plate and were charged to Albers.