Sox Vault: Dunn toes the rubber

July 4th, 2021

MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

Aug. 5, 2014: Slugger Dunn pitches ninth
Adam Dunn is known for his prodigious clouts at the plate for five teams, finishing his 14-year career with 462 home runs, 1,317 walks and 2,379 strikeouts. But many people forget the one game when the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Dunn took the mound for the White Sox. The Rangers led, 15-0, when Dunn was called to pitch the top of the ninth. Dunn yielded a run-scoring single to Adam Rosales but induced a Rougned Odor fly ball to end the frame.

April 5, 2010: Buehrle quick on -- and with -- his feet
It was a little over four years ago when Mark Buehrle's jersey No. 56 was retired by the White Sox, so let's look at one of Buehrle's more memorable individual moments on Opening Day 2010, when Buehrle worked seven scoreless against the Indians in a 6-0 victory. He also made one of the more memorable plays in White Sox history, stopping Lou Marson's hard-hit grounder up the middle with his leg with one out in the fifth, racing to the first-base line to recover the baseball and then flipping between his legs with his glove to first baseman Paul Konerko, who made a barehanded catch for the out. Buehrle finished that season 13-13.

Aug. 14, 2008: White Sox go back-to-back-to-back-to-back
The 2008 season marks the White Sox last division title, and in this particular 9-2 home victory over the Royals, they flexed their collective muscles during a six-run sixth inning. Jim Thome began the power-packed run with his 25th home run of the season coming with two on and two out. Paul Konerko followed with No. 12 for one of his three hits on the day and then Alexei Ramirez connected on his 11th long ball of the season. All three of the blasts came against Kansas City reliever Joel Peralta, who came in for Kyle Davies to start the sixth, but the White Sox weren't done. Rob Tejada replaced Peralta and was taken deep by Juan Uribe for the White Sox fourth straight home run in the frame. Ken Griffey Jr. and Carlos Quentin actually got the inning going with back-to-back one-out walks.

June 20, 2011: Guillen kicks for distance
Ozzie Guillen was never afraid to speak his mind -- usually in an entertaining fashion -- during eight years as the White Sox manager, in which he led the team to a World Series championship in 2005. But in this particular moment from Chicago's crosstown rivalry with the Cubs, Guillen's argument got a little physical, though he did not make contact with anyone. Guillen was ejected by home-plate umpire James Hoye for arguing about an Alexei Ramirez soft grounder that was tapped in front of the plate and ruled fair, leaving the shortstop to be tagged out by Cubs catcher Geovany Soto. Guillen kicked Soto's catcher's mask for distance in the ensuing post-ejection histrionics, leaving almost everyone -- including Soto -- amused.

Aug. 23, 2020: Abreu homers ... again and again
Jose Abreu homered six times over three games played in the 2020 season at Wrigley Field, giving him two less than the eight he hit over 30 games at Guaranteed Rate Field. Abreu actually homered in his last three at-bats during a 7-4 victory over the Cubs on Aug. 22, and then homered for a fourth straight time in his first at-bat against Cubs ace Yu Darvish during Sunday afternoon's series finale. It became a defining moment in Abreu's AL MVP season.

Sept. 16, 2007: Thome hits No. 500 in walk-off fashion
There wasn't much great about the 2007 season for the White Sox, who finished 72-90. There were some interesting individual moments, such as Mark Buehrle's no-hitter against Texas, closer Bobby Jenks' streak of 41 straight batters retired and Jim Thome's 500th career home run. The Hall of Famer hit this milestone in style, launching a two-run opposite-field shot off Angels righty Dustin Moseley's 3-2 offering for the momentous walk-off winner. The on-field celebration began after he crossed home plate in this 9-7 victory.

Aug. 2, 1985: Fisk stops two from going home
The Yankees really should have known better. With Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk behind the dish, the chances of scoring one were slim, but a New York gaffe sent two men careening around third base after a ball was hit into the left-center gap. The ensuing throw home was right on target, and Fisk braced himself for not one, but two collisions, tagging both men out to thwart the scoring attempt.

April 13, 2009: Konerko, Dye reach 300 homers together
Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye hit their 300th career home runs off Detroit pitcher Zach Miner in the same game at Comerica Park. In fact, they hit them in the same inning, going back-to-back off Miner to open the second in an eventual 10-6 victory. Dye connected on a 2-1 pitch from Miner, followed by Konerko going deep on a 3-2 offering. Konerko had 439 career homers, 432 of them with the White Sox, while 164 of Dye's 325 homers came with Chicago. The White Sox eventually created and gave away a bobblehead commemorating this moment.

Sept. 9, 2017: Abreu hits for the cycle
José Abreu entered the eighth inning of a 13-1 victory over the Giants at Guaranteed Rate Field one hit away from the cycle. The only issue was that one missing hit was a triple, of which Abreu has 15 in his eight-year career to date. But Abreu got the job done, connecting off reliever Roberto Gómez on a line drive to right-center, sending the crowd -- and even television play-by-play announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson -- into a frenzy.

Aug. 30, 2004: Borchard blasts The Rate's longest HR
Sure, baseball didn't have official Statcast technology to rubber stamp the estimated 504-foot distance on this mammoth blast by outfielder Joe Borchard. But the eye test tells you plenty, as Borchard's bomb reached the back of the then-U.S. Cellular Field concourse in the right-center-field power alley. This remains the longest home run in the history of what is now known as Guaranteed Rate Field (opened 1991), per the White Sox public relations department.

July 27, 1987: Calderon climbs fence, robs HR
Ivan Calderon took the "when life gives you lemons ..." adage and applied it to Tiger Stadium's left-field scoreboard for this unbelievable robbery of what appeared to be an Alan Trammell home run. Watch Calderon as he tracked Trammell's fly ball to the warning track, took his eye off it for one second as he planted his foot and climbed the fence, then found the ball again just in time to pluck it out of the air. Bonus points to Calderon for his non-chalance after making one of the best catches you'll ever see.

Sept. 12, 1976: Miñoso proves age is just a number
One never quite knew when a Minnie Miñoso plate appearance would be his last in the Majors; he returned to the bigs in a White Sox uniform not once, but twice past his 50th birthday, and he attempted another comeback in 1990 (well into his 60s) that was ultimately vetoed. Miñoso's three-game cameo for the Sox in '76 made him just the second player (following Nick Altrock) to appear in a big league contest in five different decades, and this single off Angels pitcher Sid Monge was ultimately the last of his 1,963 hits in The Show.