This week, I sat in Club Level seats for the first time since 1992. I don’t remember much about that game except it was in April, very cold, and the concourse behind the seats was not enclosed (i.e. just as cold). Of course, there have been many upgrades to The Cell since its early years. The Club (300) Level has some nice perks including wait service, credit card payments, upgraded food, and a climate-controlled concourse running from the left field corner (with access to the Fundamentals Deck) to the right field corner (with access to the Stadium Club — if you have a SC pass). The hallway between the left and right field concourse areas goes behind the Broadcast Center, which has been named in honor of Hawk Harrelson. The concourse features large soft chairs, small sofas, and dozens of large flat-screen TV’s. But, the thing that I enjoyed the most was the display of murals on the concourse walls featuring Sox players and period pictures from their eras.
Here’s a few pictures from the murals.
Shano Collins is featured in an early mural as the White Sox all-time leader in Triples with 104. (Nellie Fox also had 104 Triples for the Sox.) Shano played for the Sox from 1910 to 1920.
Behind Shano is Comisky Park. At top is a 31st Street streetcar, and bottom right is Marshall Fields.
Joe is known for “Say it ain’t so Joe”, which a kid yelled to him as he exited the courthouse.
Buck was not one of the seven Sox in on the “Black Sox” fix; but, he knew about it and failed to report it to team officials, so he was also suspended. Buck and his family have petitioned for reinstatement ever since but to no avail.
“Buzz” Aldren on the moon on 7/20/1969.
On the left is the John Hancock Building, and upper right is the Stock Yards Inn.
Here’s a picture of the 1919 White Sox. Scattered among the murals in little glass cases are old baseball-themed ads. At the upper left is one for Edelweiss Beer. The ad says “Phone Canal 9 for Edelweiss ‘A Case of Good Judgment’ ” and has a batter character standing on a case of Edelweiss Beer. This beer was brewed by Schoenhofen Brewery, which was located on the corner of Canal Street and Canalport Avenue.
The caption for Carlos Lee is “… First Sox player to HR in first Major League at bat May 7, 1999”. Hawk Harrelson nicknamed him “El Caballo” (The Horse). After left fielder Carlos was traded to Milwaukee, some Brewers fans in the left field corner had a fan club for him. I remember a large sign that they sometimes displayed.
It read “El Caballo – It means The Caballo”.
To the right of Carlos (his left) is Jose Valentin — “became only the fifth Sox player to hit for the cycle in 2000”. Jose’s cycle is significant because it was a “Natural Cycle” — i.e. Single-Double-Triple-Homer in order. Jose came to the White Sox from the Brewers and I remember thinking, “Too bad he didn’t hit for the cycle a year earlier!” At the time (I don’t know if they still do) Harley-Davidson, which is headquartered in Milwaukee, gave a motorcycle to any Brewer who hit for the cycle.
Gus Zernial set Sox single season record with 29 HR in 1950.
In the middle — the double-play combo of Chico Carrasquel and Nellie Fox.
Lower left — the corner of North Ave. and Milwaukee Ave.
Hoyt Wilhelm demonstrates his knuckleball grip. Hoyt is the answer to the trivia question “Who hit a home run in his first at bat but never hit another in over 1,000 games?” Of course, he never batted in most of those games. Hoyt has the most relief wins of all time with 143. And, although he did not start for most of his career, he did pitch a no-hitter.
On the left is the Mercury Atlas 6 liftoff in 1962. On the right is The Berghoff Restaurant on West Adams Street.
And finally, another feature of the Club Level that we took advantage of — The Dessert Cart.