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Today in White Sox History: April 25

A rookie offers the first of his many South Side highlights.

Tampa Bay Rays v Chicago White Sox
José Abreu celebrates his walk-off grand slam homer against Tampa Bay during the ninth inning on April 25, 2014 at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago defeated the Rays, 9-6.
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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 of 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.


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.


With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and trailing, 6-5, José Abreu smashed a game-winning grand slam off of Tampa’s Grant Balfour. The rookie tallied three hits and six RBIs in the game.


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.