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Chicago White Sox A.J. Pierzynski, 2005 AL Division Series
Nothing epitomizes the grinder-homer ball the White Sox played in 2005 like A.J. Pierzynski bunting in a game he also homered twice in, on this day 18 years ago.
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He may not have “thrown” this game, but Eddie Cicotte’s error on a fifth-inning throw to first base opened the door to two Cincinnati runs, as the Reds took a commanding, 3-1 lead in the World Series.

Cicotte went the distance and pitched an otherwise masterful game, with no walks and a 75 game score, nearly matching the greatness of Cincy winner Jimmy Ring. But the White Sox only mustered three hits in the contest.


Chuck Comiskey III was named vice president of the White Sox. He refused to see the team continue to be the laughingstock of the American League, and immediately began to take steps to change things on and off the field. Those changes started to bear fruit as soon as 1951, as the Sox vaulted into contention in the American League. For the next 17 years, through the end of the 1967 campaign, the White Sox produced a winning record and were usually in the running for the pennant — winning it in 1959.


Jerry Hairston’s grand slam helped beat the Twins, 13-12, setting off Bill Veeck’s original exploding scoreboard for the last time. The blast came off of future White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper.

The White Sox trailed in the game, 12-5, before scoring eight unanswered runs in the final two innings. The victory gave the Sox their first winning year since 1977, at 54-52.

The game also marked the end of broadcaster Harry Caray’s association with the Sox, after 11 seasons.


The 2005 playoffs opened for the White Sox with a rout, 14-2, over visiting Boston. José Contreras got a historic run of starting pitching for the South Siders going with 7 2⁄3 innings of eight-hit, two-run, six-strikeout ball.

The game was essentially iced in the first inning, as Red Sox starter Matt Clement hit two of the first three batters of the game, and A.J. Pierzynski capped off a five-run frame with an opposite-field, three-run homer with two outs.

Pierzynski homered again in the eighth inning, and Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and Scott Podsednik added round-trippers as well. Chicago’s five home runs set an ALDS record.

It was Podsednik’s first home run of 2005. It would not be his last.

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