Today in White Sox History: October 7

El Duque with a dagger: In a postseason filled with memorable pitching performances, Hernandez’s in Game 3 of the 2005 ALDS was the best. (@WhiteSox)


2001 — White Sox All-Star outfielder Magglio Ordoñez became the first player in American League history to have a season with a .300 average, 40 doubles, 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. He doubled against the Minnesota Twins for his 40th of the season — and the milestone.


2005 — At Fenway Park, the White Sox won their first postseason series of any kind since 1917 by beating Boston, 5-3, to sweep the ALDS in three games. Paul Konerko’s two-run home run gave the Sox some breathing room — and then pitcher Orlando Hernandez saved the game. Entering a bases-loaded, no-out, one-run lead situation in the sixth inning, El Duque got two pop outs and a strikeout. It was an amazing performance.

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Mark Liptak is originally from Chicago and has been a White Sox fan since 1960. He and his wife Zoe reside in Pocatello, Idaho where he is the radio voice as part of Idaho State athletics in volleyball, football, women's basketball and softball.

Mark went to the University of Kentucky. He’s been in the sports media profession since 1978 having worked in television sports in three markets between 1978 and 1994. He’s also written for numerous newspapers in addition to his radio duties.

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He is also a Chicago White Sox historian who has written for various web sites over the past 17 years including the Chicago Baseball Museum and Chicago Now / Sox Net, a series of blogs and websites associated with the Chicago Tribune.

He and Zoe have been married for 30 years. Their son, Mason, and his family live in Longview, Texas.

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michael schachter
michael schachter
8 months ago

Only 88 years in the waiting

michael schachter
michael schachter
8 months ago

2005 was so much fun!

Pointerbabe
Pointerbabe
8 months ago

Hmmm, outmanaged by another manager. Some things never change!

Pointerbabe
Pointerbabe
8 months ago
Reply to  Pointerbabe

Whoops, reply fial

Brett Ballantini
Brett Ballantini
8 months ago

Definitely one of my favorite TV sports watching moments ever. I was with my mom and my wife watching El Duque’s inning, talking on the phone with my sister, driving through Georgia at the time and unable to watch. That sequence was so improbable. I see a lot of people mentioning how this was the moment folks knew it was a special season. For me, I just wanted the White Sox to win ONE daggone playoff series. But sweeping the defending champs, in their house, with a crazy escape act from a “non-reliever,” you had to start feeling that the… Read more »

Lurker Laura
8 months ago

I could watch those two innings all day long. El Duque will always have a special place in my lurkin’ heart.

FancyHughYancy
8 months ago
Reply to  Lurker Laura

I bought the DVD set. I watch is the inning in Boston, and Paulie’s grand slam, most of all.

FancyHughYancy
8 months ago

2019 – The Yokohama DeNA Bay Stars post the White Sox’ next left-handed power hitting right fielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.