Friday, July 6, 2012
On this day in 1999, Chris Singleton became the first rookie in White Sox history to hit for the cycle.
It started with a single in the first inning off of Royals starter Jeff Suppan for the first hit of the ballgame for the Sox. In the fourth, Chris got typically the hardest of the cycle to accomplish, a triple, scoring Ray Durham, who was hit by a pitch in the previous at-bat. Then in the fifth inning, Singleton doubles to left scoring Mike Caruso and Ray Durham. In the seventh inning, Chris thrilled the home crowd by hitting a homer off of Kansas City starter Jeff Suppan to complete the cycle. Singleton wouldn't be done yet. He hit a single in the bottom of the ninth to help the Sox eventually tie the game up. The Pale Hose would lose the game in the tenth inning, when Chris made the last out of the game, a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
In 2006, after his last season in the majors, with Tampa Bay, Chris joined Ed Farmer in the White Sox radio booth, replacing Farmer's color commentator spot, as Ed shifted over to play by play replacing the St. Louis Cardinal bound John Rooney. The pairing with Ed Farmer lasted through the 2007 season. Singleton moved to ESPN for the 2008 season. During his three years as a player for the South Siders, Chris hit .283 and had 396 hits. 74 were doubles. 16 were triples. 35 were home runs.