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.

8 thoughts on “Today in White Sox History: October 7

  1. 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 sun was going to shine brightly on the White Sox all October long.


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