Today in White Sox History: October 23

Magic moment: Even though Houston rallied to tie Game 2 after this, Konerko’s grand slam might have been the first moment White Sox fans felt their team was destined to win it all. (YouTube)


2005 — Game 2 of the World Series ended in unexpected and dramatic fashion, as outfielder Scott Podsednik blasted a game-winning home run. The shot, off Houston’s Brad Lidge, ended the game in a 7-6 White Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field.

Earlier, with the Sox losing 4-2 with two outs in the seventh inning, Paul Konerko drilled the first pitch he saw for a grand slam. turning the game and perhaps the series around.

Very underrated moment, Damaso Marte jumping for joy while warming up in the bullpen as the homer sailed over him.

2012 – After one of the worst seasons in a century of major league baseball, Adam Dunn was named the American League winner of the Comeback Player of the Year award by The Sporting News. Dunn bounced back to hit 41 home runs and drive in 96 RBIs for the Sox, who contended for the division crown until the final week of the season. The previous year Dunn only hit 11 home runs with 42 RBIs and a batting average of .159.

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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.

Liptak has covered a Super Bowl, two Kentucky Derby’s, an NCAA woman’s basketball Final Four and worked for CBS-TV during their coverage of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament’s opening rounds held in Boise in 2001.

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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