Larry A. Pogofsky, one of the original White Sox investors, was a die-hard baseball fan who loved and respected every player that had the privilege to put on a major league uniform. The Pogofsky family has partnered with CBS Chicago and 670 The Score to honor his legacy through his love for the sport. The second annual LAP Chicago All-Star Softball Challenge will be held on Saturday September 6th, 2014 at the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium in the northwest suburbs. Join in as they raise money for charity while witnessing the North Side / South Side rivalry in a one of a kind way. All proceeds will benefit Chicago White Sox Charities, Chicago Cubs Charities, and local children’s charities. More INFO BELOW.-TO
Tickets start at $15 and include general admission into the game. VIP tickets are available and include priority seating, a premium item, and a hot dog! Kid’s Clinic, for kids ages 5-14, tickets are also available for purchase and include a one and a half hour coaching session with some of Chicago’s greatest players, either GA or VIP admission into the game, and an official Chicago White Sox wooden Louisville Slugger bat from Comcast Sportsnet and the Bulls/Sox Academy.
Gates open at 1:30 pm for Kids Clinic participants and their families. All other ticket holders may enter at 3 pm.
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Featuring Former White Sox Players:
White Sox: 1985-1997, 2005-2011
Guillen was a light-hitting, quick-handed shortstop, emerging from a line of Venezuelan shortstops. In December 1984, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox as part of a six-player trade. In 2005, he managed the White Sox to their first American League pennant since 1959, and their first World Series title since 1917 with a 4-game sweep of the Houston Astros. Guillén was voted the 2005 American League Manager of the Year Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
White Sox: 2005-2009
Dye was named World Series MVP in 2005, batting .438 with one home run and three RBI. His RBI single off the Houston Astros’ Brad Lidge provided the deciding run in Chicago’s 1-0 Game 4 victory, clinching the Series sweep. Dye has also earned the Babe Ruth Award (2005) and Silver Slugger Award (2006).
White Sox: 1993-1997
Noberto Martin, but more often referred to as “Paco”, played in MLB as a second baseman. Beginning his MLB career at age 26, he contributed to either all or parts of the games played in seven different seasons. After his baseball career, he became an instructor at the Academy of Professional Players in New Jersey.
White Sox: 1991-1993
Huff, a Chicagoan, played for seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Dodger, Indians, Whites Sox, and Blue Jays. A 16th round draft choice from Northwestern, Huff made his Major League debut in 1989 with the Dodgers hitting a single off Tim Glavine in his first at bat. He hit a career best .304 in 1994 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He currently works at the Bulls/Sox Academy and fills in, part-time, in the TV booth for Ken “Hawk” Harrelson or Steve Stone.
White Sox: 1987-1994
Pasqua began his baseball career on the New York Yankees major league team as an outfielder. Later in 1987, he joined White Sox forces and remained as an outfielder for the team until he retired in 1994. After only his first year on the White Sox, he hit a career high of 20 home runs. He currently resides as a community representative for the team.
White Sox: 1995-2002
Simas started his MLB career playing for the California Angels. After being drafted in 1995 to the White Sox team, he played his first game as a Sox player against the Angels. During his White Sox seasons, he saved 23 games. Shortly after leaving the Sox, he underwent surgery that left him out of the games. However, he couldn’t stay away from the beloved White Sox as he was brought back in May 2002 after his surgery.
White Sox: 2005-2009
Anderson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (15th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut on August 16, 2005, and appeared in 13 games for the 2005 White Sox. That offseason, Chicago traded Aaron Rowand to the Philadelphia Phillies in a deal that brought Jim Thome to Chicago, clearing the way for Anderson to become the starting centerfielder for the White Sox. In 2006 Anderson demonstrated a great defensive glove.
White Sox: 1996-1997
Phillips had an 18-year career from 1982 to 1999. He played regularly at three infield positions, primarily as a second baseman, but also saw significant time as a shortstop and third baseman. Phillips signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1996 and, that season, drew 125 walks, most in the league, and scored 119 runs for the second year in a row.
White Sox: 1989-1997
Hernandez left his roots of Puerto Rico when he moved to the US and played catcher for various teams before joining MLB, even though he always desired becoming a pitcher. In 1989, he began training with the Chicago White Sox, coming in contact with players such as Sammy Sosa. Before his MLB appearance, he felt a numbing sensation in his hand and was immediately rushed to a Chicago hospital only to discover a blood clot in this hand. After recovering from surgery, he officially began his career on the White Sox team. All in all, he has pitched for 10 different teams in 17 seasons, and is commonly known for his success as a relief pitcher.
White Sox: 2000-2007
Garland began after his first draft with the Chicago Cubs in 1997, but eventually was traded for the Chicago White Sox. His baseball spotlight began early when he won All-State Player of California twice during high school. His success continued as he made his first appearance in the major leagues at the young age of 20 in 2000. He was full-time starter beginning in 2002 and contributed to the World Series victory in 2005 by the Chicago White Sox.
White Sox: 2004-2007
After being drafted out of West High School to play in the minor league for the Texas Rangers, Podsednik bounced around a few different teams over the years’ drafting periods. Soon after being signed onto the White Sox team in December 2004, Podsednik led the major leagues with 70 stolen bases within that season. On top of this quick success with the team, the following year he contributed and celebrated the White Sox’s victory in winning the World Series. He currently is a free agent.
White Sox: 1995-2002
Durham was a leadoff hitter during his years on the Chicago White Sox. He averaged well over 20 stolen bases and 10 home runs per season. His performance from 2000 to 2002 was exceptional. Durham produced at least 15 home runs with 100 runs, 20 steals, a .450 slugging percentage and 65 RBI in three consecutive seasons and, in doing so, became just the 10th player in baseball history to accomplish such a feat. He is a two time All-Star selection (1998, 2000).
White Sox: 1995-2001
Baldwin made his major league debut on April 30, 1995, for the White Sox. In spring training of that same season, Baldwin was the first pitcher to pitch to Michael Jordan, in an intrasquad game in spring training. In 2000, he made the Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a member of the White Sox. Baldwin is currently the Pitching Coach for the baseball team at Pinehurst High School in Pinehurst, NC. His son, James Baldwin III, a center fielder, was drafted in the fourth round and signed in 2010 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Featuring Former Cubs Players:
Gary Matthews Jr
Matthews began his career with the San Diego Padres in 1999 and has also played for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Matthews, with his stellar start, produced a career in 2006 and earned a trip the 2006 All-Star Game as well. He and his father were the 11th father-son combination to appear in an All-Star Game, as his father took part in the 1979 game.
Jones was drafted and developed within the Minnesota Twins organization. He made his Major League debut on June 9, 1999. He hit a career high 27 home runs and 85 RBI in 2002 with the Twins. He signed with the Chicago Cubs on January 10, 2006. His first year with the club, he match his career high in home runs (27) and in his second aided the Cubs to winning a division title. He ended his career with stints with the Detroit Tigers and Florida Marlins.
In 2007, Floyd agreed to a deal with his hometown Chicago Cubs for the 2007 season, with an option for 2008. Floyd missed nine games in August 2007 to mourn the death of his father, Cornelius. He returned on August 21, 2007, to play the San Francisco Giants, where he hit a game-winning RBI. He was an All-Star selection in 2001 and a World Series champion in 1997 with the Miami Marlins.
Holding many records, including being the first Venezuelan baseball player to lead the National League in wins, specifically 13 games each year between 2003 and 2008. After being signed by the Cubs in 1997, he stuck with them for over a decade. He had 23 homeruns as a pitcher; the most any Cubs pitcher has ever run. He also won the Silver Slugger Award three times for hitting. After all of his renowned successes, the “Big Z” is now a free agent.
Guzman started off as a strong player of the minor league and for the Northwest League, rated as #4 in the league according to Baseball America and making the league’s All-Star team. After training with the Cubs, he tore ligaments in his shoulder, taking him out of the game for some time, but then returning strong after joining the minor league for spring training. He is currently a free agent.
Smith is a retired American right-handed baseball pitcher who played 18 years in Major League Baseball for eight teams. Pitching primarily for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he spent his first eight seasons, Lee served mostly as a relief pitcher during his career. He still holds the team records for career saves for the Cubs (180). Smith is a 7x All-Star selection (1983, 1987, 1991-1995), a two time winner of the NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1991-1992), and a winner of the AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1994).
Lieber started his career in college when he helped to win the Sun Belt Conference Championship at University of South Alabama. Eventually making his way into the major league, he took on the title of a pitcher, uniquely throwing right-handed and batting left-handed. In 2002 he was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right elbow, taking him out of the “old ball game” for about a year. However, after playing for a few different teams, he ended his career as a reliever for the Chicago Cubs in 2008.
In the first pitch of his only at-bat as a Chicago Cub, on July 9, 2005, Greenberg was struck in the head and injured. Greenberg suffered a mild concussion and could never make it back to the Cubs following the injury. He was released from the organization in June of 2006.
During junior college, Walton was drafted in the second round by the Cubs. Starting his career off right, in 1989 he was crowned “National League Rookie of the Year”. His adored fans noticed his talent right away and developed the “Jerome-O-Meter” to track his batting average during games. Playing mostly center field, his accomplishments in different positions go beyond that.
Although his father played in the NFL, Patterson still followed his father’s footsteps in the professional sport’s world. After leading his high school baseball team in the state championship, he received a lot of media attention and was titled many names by different publications. For instance, USA Today and Baseball America named him “Amateur Player of the Year”, while many others credited him for leading his team to victory. Just as his brother, he later was drafted by the Cubs, continuing to play baseball and make headlines.
After playing for both Chicago MLB teams, Trout made his love for the sport evident. Carrying out a nickname, “Rainbow Trout”, after his father, a MLB player as well, Trout wrote a book on the journey of his and his father’s baseball careers. In Florida, he runs a baseball clinic opened to all ages, as well as being a pitching coach elsewhere. His well-rounded skills led him to gain the title of head coach at a high school in Hawaii, allowing him to continue contributing to the baseball world in more than just one way.
From 1973 to 1987, Madlock was a right-handed hitter who won several National League batting titles. His record of four batting titles as a third baseman would be eclipsed in 1988 by Wade Boggs. Since 1970, only Tony Gwynn has won more National League batting titles (eight). In a 15-season career, Madlock, nicknamed “Mad Dog,” compiled a .305 batting average with 2,008 hits, 163 home runs and 860 runs batted in.
McRae is the son of former major league All-Star, Hal McRae, and was also managed by his father for four seasons with Kansas City. He was in the top ten in the American League in singles and stolen bases when the 1994 strike ended the season in August. Prior to the ending of the strike, in April 1995, McRae was traded to the Chicago Cubs. He responded to the trade by finishing fourth in the National League with 167 hits, and second with a career-high 38 doubles while leading the league with 580 at bats. In 1996, he set career highs with 111 runs scored and 37 stolen bases, while being caught stealing only nine times.
Williams, from Alabama, played for seventeen seasons in the Major Leagues, fifteen of those years with the Chicago Cubs and finished his career with the Oakland Athletics. Williams joined a Cubs team that featured star players, Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Ron Santo. He was selected as Rookie of the year in 1961 and that same year he hit 25 home runs and drove in 86 runs. He was named an NL All-Star in 1962, 1964, 1965 and 1968. Williams, set a National League record for consecutive games played with 1,117 between the years of 1962-71. He was given the nickname “Iron Man” by some writers which would later become the title of his book. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987 and within the same year his number was retired by the Chicago Cubs.
Ryan Dempster has been in the Major Leagues for eighteen seasons. He made his debut with the Florida Marlins before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. He was there briefly before becoming a Chicago Cub which is where he spent eight years of his career. Dempster emerged as one of the team’s prominent pitchers; he became the designated closer for the Cubs and shortly after was placed in the starting rotation. Dempster was traded to the Texas Rangers briefly before becoming a World Champion with the Boston Red Sox in 2013. Dempster was a National League All-Star in 2000 and 2008 and has been named one of the 99 “Good Guys” in professional sports by The Sporting News.
Nicknamed “Crime Dog”, McGriff had a strong suit for home runs. With 493 home runs throughout his MLB career, he was only 7 home runs short of making the 500 Home Runs Club. He was also crowned as an All-Star five times. Today, McGriff serves as an advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays, staying close to his roots in Tampa, and a co-host for the talk show “The Baysball Show”. McGriff is the only current retired MLB player to have won the Wampun Willy Award, just another mark of his numerous successes.