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WS Game 3

Oct. 25, 2005 -- White Sox 7, Astros 5 (14): Before playing hero in the longest game in World Series history, Geoff Blum was known as a versatile utility man with a wry sense of humor and a novel approach to hair. When he wasn't opting for the black-and-blue-spotted look, chances are Blum was bleaching his hair white just for the fun of it.

Everything changed the night of Series Game 3 at Minute Maid Park, when Blum elevated his profile with a solo homer, 14th-inning shot off Ezequiel Astacio to put the White Sox on the verge of their first title in 88 years. It was a surreal moment for a player so accustomed to a supporting role. "The roof was open," Blum said, "and the stars were aligned right tonight."
-- Jerry Crasnick