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April 7,1973

Posted 10-11-2017 at 08:23 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:31 PM by TommyJohn

April 7,1973
vs. Texas Rangers
at Arlington Stadium

For the second year in a row, a White Sox opener is delayed, this time by the elements. Rain dumps down on half the state of Texas, forcing a 24 hour postponement.

The teams take the field the next evening, making this the second straight night opener for both teams. Wilbur Wood takes to the mound to square off against Dick Bosman of the Rangers.

The Sox make it exciting in the 1st, when Carlos May singles with one out to bring up the reigning AL MVP Dick Allen. Things go awry, however, as Allen is caught looking at a questionable strike three and catcher Dick Billings fires a perfect peg to Dave Nelson at 2nd to cut down May attempting to steal.

In the 2nd inning, a bit of team history is made when Mike Andrews comes to the plate and pops out to shortstop Toby Harrah. Andrews, with that at-bat, entered the record books as the first designated hitter in White Sox history. (The day before, in the Red Sox-Yankees opener, Ron Blomberg of New York came to bat before Orlando Cepeda of Boston, thus becoming the first designated hitter in baseball history).

The score is knotted 0-0 until the 5th, when infielder Eddie Leon, acquired over the winter from the Indians in exchange for the popular Sox hero Walt Williams, drives in the first run of the season with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly that plates another new face, centerfielder Ken Henderson.

In the 6th inning the lead is added to when Dick Allen finally picks up where he left off in 1972, blasting a solo home run to up the lead to 2-0. Carlos singles in Jorge Orta in the 7th for the Sox' 3rd run.

Wilbur Wood, meanwhile, coasts through the game, giving up one unearned run on four hits and striking out 6. There is brief excitement in the bottom of the 9th when Rico Carty and Alex Johnson single with two out, but Wilbur bears down and catches Jeff Burroughs looking for the game's final out.

The 1973 Chicago White Sox are off and running.
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