Results tagged ‘ Double Duty Classic ’

Danks and Sox Look to Rebound

Friday, June 27, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP John Danks (6-6, 4.34) for the Sox, RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.40) for the Jays.

Danks is 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA and a .227 opponents average over his last six starts.

Sox Starting Lineup: L. Garcia CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.


Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu extended his current hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a single in last night’s loss to the Blue Jays…former Blue Jay Moises Sierra collected two hits–a single and a double–against his ex-mates.


Viciedo vs. Toronto

Dayan Viciedo is hitting .404 with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his last 13 games vs. the Blue Jays.


Quote of the Day

Josh Stowers (pictured below), who is a junior at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, was the MVP of Wednesday’s Double Duty Classic at U.S. Cellular Field, which brings together elite inner-city players from all over the country to celebrate the history of the Negro Leagues. Stowers, who is committed to play at Louisville, articulated a genuine understanding of that history:

“I can’t really imagine what they went through, because I don’t really experience it nowadays. I go to an integrated school and there’s no racism at all, but it just shows when they experienced racism, they really had to turn the other cheek. They couldn’t say anything back, and even if they didn’t really do anything, they would still get punished.”


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre (12:07 p.m, CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-1, 2.27) for the Sox, RHP Marcus Stroman (4-2, 4.25) for Toronto.


Photo of the Day

The All-Star cases for both Abreu and Alexei Ramirez–and a link for you to vote for them:


Rubber Match in Baltimore

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34) for the Sox, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63) for the O’s.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Beckham 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Ramirez SS, Viciedo RF, De Aza LF, Flowers C.

Plays of the Day

Jose Quintana was the right man for the job last night, allowing just one run on six hits with eight strikeouts for his fourth win of the season as the Sox snapped their five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Orioles…Gordon Beckham hit a first-inning solo homer, his seventh, and Conor Gillaspie (single and double), Alexei Ramirez (single and double) and Alejandro De Aza all collected a pair of hits while De Aza also drove in two runs. Ramirez also was responsible for one of the key plays of the game, making one of his patented slides to avoid the tag at home to score the Sox’ fourth run. Take a look at the play (via both video and photo) along with Beckham’s blast:   


And He’s Just a Rookie

Jose Abreu leads the American League in slugging percentage (.607), home run ratio (1st, 11.45), RBI ratio (1st, 4.20) and ranks among the leaders in homers (3rd, 22), RBI (T3rd, 60), extra-base hits (T3rd, 39) and OPS (6th, .928). Jose also owns a nine-game hitting streak, batting .351 with three home runs and nine RBI during that span.

Eaton on a Tear

Adam Eaton has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games and has hit safely in a career-high 11 straight games, the second-longest active streak in the AL behind the Tigers’ J.D. Martinez (13). Eaton is hitting .372 with two doubles, two triples, seven walks, six runs scored and a .460 on-base percentage during the streak to raise his season average 22 points to .273.

Double Duty Classic

This afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, elite inner-city high school baseball players from across the country participated in the Double Duty Classic with the players dressed in uniforms honoring the Negro Leagues’ East-West All-Stars (see photo below). There was also a special forum hosted by ESPN and MLB analyst and former Sox outfielder and broadcaster Chris Singleton.

The sixth annual event is named after the legendary Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, a star with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues who lived to the age of 103. Of the six East-West All-Star Games in which he played, “Double Duty” pitched in three and was a catcher in the other three–thus the nickname which was given to him by famed writer Damon Runyon.

Radcliffe frequently attended games at U.S. Cellular Field and on occasion visited the Sox clubhouse. In the years leading up to his death, he made a tradition of tossing out the ceremonial first pitch on his July 7 birthday.


Winner Take All

The University of Virginia evened the best-of-three College World Series championship final at one game apiece last night vs. former White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) standout Ro Coleman and his Vanderbilt teammates. The two clubs go at it tonight (7:00 p.m., CT, ESPN) in Omaha to determine the 2014 CWS champion.

Quote of the Day

As we wrote in yesterday’s post, Micah Johnson was named to the U.S. team in the Futures Game to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on the Sunday before the Tuesday, July 15 MLB All-Star Game. Here’s Micah’s reaction to being chosen:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a four-game series. Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 4.30), who replaces RHP Andre Rienzo in the rotation as Rienzo moves to the bullpen, for the Sox vs. J.A. Happ (6-4, 4.87) for Toronto.

Photo of the Day

While in Baltimore to play the Orioles, Sox pitchers Carroll, Daniel Webb and John Danks made a trip to nearby Walter Reed Medical Center to visit some of our troops.


Meeting in Motown and the Double Duty Classic

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.69) for the Sox, Justin Verlander (9-5, 3.54) for Detroit.

Sox Starting Lineup:  De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS; Rios, RF; Dunn,1B; Keppinger, DH; Gillaspie, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Beckham 2B; Phegley, C.

Jake Update

Jake Peavy threw 76 pitches today in a simulated game at Comerica Park. He reported that he felt fine afterward and has made some progress since his last bullpen (in St. Petersburg). If all goes well, a rehab start is next on the agenda.


The Future

One of the best days each year – especially in  a year like this – is our annual Double Duty Classic event, which celebrates and commemorates the old Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Game.  Amateur minority players from our ACE youth baseball program and a few standouts from across the country (Sox 2012 first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins played in the game) play an exhibition game wearing replica Negro Leagues uniforms.  Today’s game, the sixth annual, drew upwards of 4,000 fans, mostly Chicago youth groups on outings from their day camps. The atmosphere is always fun.

Prior to the game, we hold a forum for the players and their families that centers on the history of the Negro Leagues, explains who Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe was and his importance to baseball in Chicago, and offers advice to the kids on their future, whether in baseball or not.

“Double Duty,” of course, was a star in the Negro Leagues as both a pitcher and a catcher and a baseball legend in Chicago, his adopted hometown. Word is that Radcliffe, who lived to be 103, got his nickname from the famed writer Damon Runyon because he caught and pitched in successive games in the 1932 Negro League World Series.

This year, WBEZ and NPR correspondent Richard Steele was the emcee.  Steele was joined by 94-year-old Dr. Timuel Black, a former advisor to both Dr. King and President Obama, and by Ken Williams, Sox executive vice president and former GM.

“You have to protect your history,” Williams told the 35-or so players.  “You have to keep it alive.”

Dr. Black explained his own history – his grandparents were slaves – and how important faith and optimism have for people.

“It is about survival, progress and a belief,” he said. “Impossible … we can get that done this week.  Miraculous? … that might take us a little longer.  But one of the best examples is baseball.  Jackie Robinson.  He was not just a great baseball player.  He was chosen by Branch Rickey because he also was best equipped to succeed in all the other areas that were important at that moment.”

Robinson, Black and Williams stressed, didn’t just have athletic ability.  He also had intellect.

“Baseball is the best sport to prepare you for life, in my opinion, because it is built on failure,” Williams said.  “You need discipline and you need to show up.  A lot of people are afraid to show up because it is too risky.”

“You may lose today’s game,” Black told the kids. “but you will win tomorrow.”

He stressed the importance of using role models and adults as guides.

“What do you want to be?” he challenged the athletes.  “Not just today, this week or this year, but in your future and in your life.

“What do you want to be?  What do you want your neighborhood to be?  Your city?  You cannot do it alone.”

Here is a link to Phil Rogers’ column in today’s Trib about the Double Duty Classic and the impact that the Sox, spearheaded by Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, have made in the community.

Quote of the Day

I think the following excerpt from Rogers’ column is worthy enough to underscore here:

“Chicago never has had a baseball owner who has done as much public good as Reinsdorf,” Rogers wrote. “And, unless Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg buys a team, probably never will.”

Play of the Day

Josh Phegley’s homer in the third inning of last night’s game was his second in two days. He joined Magglio Ordonez (second and third career games in 1997) as the only players in franchise history to homer in consecutive games within their first three career contests. Josh also joined Brent Morel (2010 vs. Royals), Josh Fields (2011 vs. Tigers) and Carlos Lee (1999) as the only White Sox players to homer in his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field. And Phegley is the first rookie in franchise history to drive in a run in each of his first three career games (RBI became an official stat in 1920).

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) for the Sox, RHP Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82) for Detroit.

Did You Know…

…that Gordon Beckham, in the sixth inning of last night’s loss to the Cubs, became the first Sox player to steal home since Juan Pierre did it on October 2, 2010? 

Photo of the Day

Phegley heads for home.