Sox Vault: Abreu homers ... again and again

June 20th, 2021

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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.

July 1, 1990: White Sox go hitless, still win
A stiff breeze blowing in from Lake Michigan coupled with a blinding mid-summer sun glare promised to make every fly ball an adventure when the Yankees visited the White Sox. What that combo actually created was a once-in-a-lifetime game for fans in attendance.

Yankees starter Andy Hawkins held Chicago hitless across eight innings, but he was hung with a loss thanks to four unearned runs by the Sox. Hawkins had two outs in the eighth when Sammy Sosa reached on an error by third baseman Mike Blowers. Ozzie Guillen and Lance Johnson drew back-to-back walks, and then all three runners came home when left fielder Jim Leyritz lost a fly ball in the sun. Right fielder Jesse Barfield then lost another ball in the glare in the very next at-bat, bringing home a fourth run for Chicago. The Yanks went down in order in the next half-inning, and suddenly the Sox had a most improbable victory.

Hawkins' no-hitter was the sixth thrown in 1990 (although a rule change requiring no-hitters to be at least nine innings struck it from the record books the following year), and actually came less than 48 hours after Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela famously twirled no-nos on the same day. Of course, Stew and Fernando had the pleasure of winning their no-hitters; Hawkins did not.

Sept. 16, 2010: Konerko takes pitch to face, homers in next AB
Paul Konerko probably had plenty to say to Twins starter Carl Pavano after Pavano lost control of a first-inning fastball and hit Konerko in the face. Instead, Konerko let his bat do all the talking. He stayed in the game following that hit-by-pitch and then clubbed a no-doubt homer off Pavano to begin his very next at-bat.

April 10, 1981: Fisk homers in Fenway return
Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk sent broadcaster Harry Caray into a frenzy after he just barely cleared the Green Monster for a homer at Fenway Park. This wasn't just any homer for Fisk; it came on Opening Day of the 1981 season, which began, poetically, in the city of Boston where Fisk had become a legend. The New England native had just played his first 11 seasons with the Red Sox (and hit one very famous homer over that Green Monster) before he signed a free-agent contract with the White Sox weeks before the '81 season began.

This three-run homer by Fisk gave the White Sox a lead as part of their season-opening 5-3 victory.