Early Season Nerves aka A First Post

     Welcome to a my blog. For those that don’t get the title of my blog, it refers to the journey of a Major League Baseball player into the Hall of Fame. The name ‘Camelback’ is a reference to the Chicago White Sox (and yes, the Dodgers) home in Arizona during Spring Training with ‘Cooperstown’, of course, being the home of the MLB Hall of Fame.
     Regardless of how this blog turns out (probably won’t be of Hall of Fame quality), I can reference Cooperstown for a few reasons. 1) Rich “Goose” Gossage was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. He started his career with the White Sox and led the league in Saves in 1975 (25) in his fourth year in the Bigs. 2) I was actually alive to witness a White Sox World Series season. Something that eluded my grandfather, a lifelong White Sox fan,  as he passed away two months before the 2005 season started. and 3) We have witnessed a possible Hall of Fame moment already, in this young season when BOTH Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko hit their respective 300th career home runs. Not only did they do it in the same game, they did in back-to-back home runs. That was the first time in history that two century-mark home runs were hit back-to-back.
     The only unforutnate part of that milestone is that neither Jermaine or Paul have hit all 300 of their home runs as White Sox. Dye didn’t join the White Sox until his 11th pro season and Paul Konerko hit 7 home runs between his brief tenures with the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers before joining the White Sox. The only White Sox player to ever hit 300 home runs in a White Sox uniform was Frank Thomas, who hit his first 448 home runs in a White Sox uniform. I, for one, was hoping that he would have stuck around to hit 500 in Chicago, but at least he got there in his career.
     Jim Thome, another current slugger for the White Sox, hit his 300th home run with the Cleveland Indians in 2002. Other notable players that hit their 300th home run in a White Sox uniform are Dick Allen, 1974; Greg Luzinski, 1982; Carlton Fisk, 1987 and Albert Belle 1998. Former White Sox players that are still active and are approaching the 300 mark are Carlos Lee (18 shy), Magglio Ordonez (32) and Mike Cameron (56).
     Although this may not be the most impressive first entry in the history of Blogdom, I hope that first off, someone actually reads it, and secondly that you have enjoyed it and will return for more. It won’t always be this informative. As a matter of fact, future postings will probably be rather sardonic and opinionated. Stay tuned for future postings.

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