Tuesday, September 16, 2008

At Last (Updated)

With all the hoopla surrounding a few stadiums closing this year, I decided to take another look through my scrapbooks. Why? To find a list of lasts at old Comiskey Park.

Some may be surprising, some may not. Either way, here are some of the lasts for that grand old park, now gone forever.

Last Sox player to come on the field to start the game: Carlton Fisk.

Last player to leave the field: Carlton Fisk.

Last ceremonial first pitch: By Mayor Daley to Steve Lyons.

Last Comiskey game time climate: sunny, 62 degrees, NW wind at 16 mph.

Last Comiskey roof shot by a left-hander: Dan Pasqua, May 30, 1989.

Last Comiskey roof shot by a right-hander: Ron Kittle, April 17, 1990.

Last grand slam: By Seattle's Alvin Davis, Sept. 28, 1990, off Steve Rosenberg.

Last no-hitter: Detroit pitcher Jack Morris, April 7, 1984.

Last triple: Dan Pasqua, Sept. 30, 1990, off Rich DeLucia.

Last double: By Seattle catcher Dave Valle, Sept. 30, 1990 (7th inning), off Jack McDowell.

Last homer: By Seattle's Alvin Davis, Sept. 29, 1990, off Eric King.

Last Sox victory: 2-1 over Seattle, Sept. 30, 1990.

Last Sox loss: 13-4 to Seattle, Sept. 28, 1990.

Last pitch: at 4:23 PM by Bobby Thigpen to Seattle's Harold Reynolds.

Last out: Seattle's Harold Reynolds groundout from second baseman Scott Fletcher to first baseman Steve Lyons.

Last songs: Kiss Him Goodbye and Auld Lang Syne.

Last strikeout: Seattle's Tino Martinez (8th inning), Sept. 30, 1990, by Jack McDowell.

Last Sox strikeout: Carlton Fisk (6th inning), Sept. 30, 1990, by Seattle's Rich Delucia.

Last wild pitch: by Jack McDowell to Seattle's Alvin Davis (6th inning), Sept. 30, 1990.

Last double play: by Seattle from second baseman Harold Reynolds to shortstop Omar Vizquel to first baseman Tino Martinez (hit by Lance Johnson forcing Ivan Calderon), in the 7th inning, Sept. 30, 1990.

Last Sox hit: Frank Thomas (8th inning), Sept. 30, 1990, off Seattle's Rich DeLucia.

Last hit: by Seattle pinch hitter Scott Bradley off Bobby Thigpen (9th inning), Sept. 30, 1990.

Last winning pitcher: Jack McDowell (14-9)

Last losing pitcher: Seattle's Rich DeLucia (1-2)

Last save: Bobby Thigpen, number 57, Sept. 30, 1990.

Last length of game: 2 hours, 43 minutes.

OK, how many of you lost money by not knowing that Dan Pasqua hit the last triple in old Comiskey Park? Yeah, me too.


I used a vintage list from a local paper from 1990 when compiling this list. Since then, Andy Hawkins no-hitter on July 1, 1990 has been declared not an official no-hitter. I honestly had forgotten about that ruling. The list has been updated to reflect that.

A few more lasts that I have found.

Last hit by pitch: Eric King hit Seattle's Jay Buhner, Sept. 29, 1990.

Last cycle: Milwaukee's Robin Yount, June 12, 1988.

Last balk: Greg Hibbard, Sept. 26, 1990.

Last inside the park home run: Milwaukee's Robin Yount, Spet. 13, 1988.

Last sacrifice fly: Scott Fletcher, Sept. 29, 1990.

Last umpires: Joe Brinkman, Derryl Cousins, Rick Reed, Terry Cooney

Last managers: Jeff Torborg (White Sox), Jim Lefebvre (Mariners)

Last attendance: 42, 849


hardcle said...

Nice list. I was at the last game. I recently found some pictures and souvenirs from that game and it brought back a lot of good memories.

Hawkins' no hitter is no longer official since he only pitched 8 innings and he lost the game. I don't remember the details, but it was a wild game. I don't know what the one before that would have been.

White Sox Cards said...

I completely forgot about that. I have updated the post to include Jack Morris' no-hitter in 1984 as being the last in old Comiskey.

Hawkins no-hitter was lost 4-0 because of three errors by his defense. Mike Blowers, Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield all committed errors that led to four runs scoring in the eighth inning.

On September 4, 1991, the Committee for Statistical Accuracy, appointed by Commissioner Fay Vincent, changed the definition of a no-hitter to require that a pitcher throw at least nine full innings and a complete game.

csd said...

Actually I was just at the hall of fame a week ago, and we saw the Hawkins no-hitter on the wall. I thought it wasn't an official no-hitter, but it is listed at the hall of fame as being one. Just thought I'd throw my two cents in.

White Sox Cards said...

Very interesting information. I wonder who is in the wrong?

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