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Today in White Sox History: August 12

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A crazy collection of streaks and records

Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox
Bad Bobby matched an amazing record, particularly for a reliever, on this day in 2007.

1990

The White Sox set what was believed to be the longest wait in baseball history before calling a game because of rain. The team was slated to play the Rangers at Comiskey Park in an afternoon contest starting at 1 p.m. Central time. Persistent rains caused a delay before the first pitch was even thrown. Because this was the last trip into Chicago by Texas, the Sox waited until the evening before “officially” calling the game. The wait lasted seven hours and 23 minutes!

As it turned out, the Sox had to play the makeup game in Arlington as part of a doubleheader the following week, after Texas said they would not make a special trip back to Chicago on an off-day to make the game up.


2007

White Sox closer Bobby Jenks tied the major league record at the time when he retired his 41st consecutive hitter in a game against the Mariners. Jenks streak started back on June 17 at Cleveland. Jenks tied a record originally set by San Francisco’s Jim Barr.


2017

When White Sox first baseman José Abreu went deep with one out in the fourth inning against the Royals, he became the first player in team history with four consecutive seasons of at least 20 home runs to start his career. Jermaine Dye and José Valentín opened the White Sox portion of their careers with five consecutive seasons of at least 20 homers, and Jim Thome, Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin started their White Sox careers with four consecutive seasons of at least 20 homers.

Abreu homered again in the sixth; marking his ninth career multi-homer game, with both coming off of Ian Kennedy. Abreu also became the first Sox player with 25 home runs in four straight seasons starting a career.


2020

For the fifth time in franchise history, the White Sox led off a game with back-to-back home runs. It was shortstop Tim Anderson and outfielder Eloy Jiménez who turned the trick in Detroit, staking the Sox to a 2-0 lead over Matthew Boyd and the Tigers. The Sox would go on to win the game, 7-5.