Monday, May 7, 2012
On this day in 1999, Carlos Lee became the first Chicago White Sox player to homer in his first at-bat.
Carlos accomplished this feat against the Oakland Athletics pitcher Tom Candiotti in the second inning at home in Chicago, which became part of a 7-1 win over the A's. Lee would hit sixteen homers in 1999 and sport a .293 average. Carlos would spent his first six years in the majors with the South Siders, eventually becoming part of a lamented trade with the Milwaukee Brewers that resulted in bringing two catalysts partly responsible for the 2005 World Championship for the Sox; relief pitcher Luis Vizcaino and stolen base artist Scott Podsednik.
Lee was originally signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1994.