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Today in White Sox History: July 24

The latest Opening Day in major league history

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox
A general view of Guaranteed Rate Field as Max Kepler of the Minnesota Twins hits a home run on the first pitch of the game from Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox on Opening Day on July 24, 2020 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. The 2020 season had been postponed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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In the first game of a doubleheader at New York, future Hall-of-Famer Nellie Fox banged out his 2,000th career hit. On the afternoon he’d have a pair, in the 6-3 White Sox victory. The hit came in the first inning, on a single to left field off of Jim Coates. The Sox would split the doubleheader for the day.


Because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the regular season started four months later than normal. A bizarre, bastardized, 60-game season was ordered by commissioner Rob Manfred after the owners and players union could not agree on a longer schedule.

There were also new, bizarre rules put in place, while many people questioned the wisdom of sports being played while thousands were getting infected and many were dying.

For the White Sox, hoping to build on three years of rebuilding and a terrific offseason, they hosted the Minnesota Twins on this late Opening Day — and were beat up, 10-5, immediately putting a damper on things.