One of two Major League Baseball teams within the Chicago area, the White Sox are the club popular on the south side of town. Established in 1900 as the Chicago White Stockings, the team was one of the original American League clubs to gain recognition within MLB. Starting off hot, they won the AL Pennant in 1901! In those days there wasn’t yet a World Series competition, but when they claimed the pennant again in 1906, the Chicago White Sox were headed for their first moment of glory!
The Series featured the White Sox against cross-town rivals the Chicago Cubs, who had the best record in all of baseball by a long shot and were heavily favored. The White Sox had the worst batting average in the American League and were even coined as the “Hitless Wonders”. However, led by the strong arms of Ed Walsh, Nick Altrock, and Doc White, the White Sox upset the odds and claimed the 1906 World Series title! Additionally the mature leader, shortstop George Davis, proved to be an important figure for the team offensively.
After several down years, Chicago became relevant again in the late 1910’s at their new home of Comiskey Park. Amassing a talented squad of players like “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Ray Schalk, Buck Weaver, Happy Felsch, and Eddie Collins, the White Sox were again ready to contend. In 1917, the team won 100 games (their best mark in history) and stormed to the World Series, where they defeated the New York Giants in 6 games.
Then came 1919… The club had again reached the Series and was favored due to their recent history and big name baseball stars. In a surprising turn of events, the Cincinnati Reds beat the White Sox and rumors of a fix began to flood the press.
During the 1920 baseball season, an investigation was performed and it was concluded that several members of Chicago did indeed throw the World Series, marking a permanent stain on the sport and crushing the dreams of thousands of young children across the country!
After the investigation, 8 White Sox players were banned for life, including the incredible hitter Joe Jackson, whose career batting average of .356 remains 3rd highest in the game’s history. Due to the heavy losses of key players, the White Sox fell into dysfunction for decades. They would eventually emerge in 1959 to win the pennant behind star players like Early Wynn, Al Lopez, Luis Aparicio, and Ted Kluszewski. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t match the Los Angeles Dodgers and lost the World Series. Although the team was competitive throughout the 50’s and 60’s, this period was marred by their inability to contend with the New York Yankees who routinely finished on top of the American League.
In 1991, the team constructed a new stadium named U.S. Cellular Field. Since then, the team has been stronger, especially in the new millennium. In 2005, the team was led by players like Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Juan Uribe, Carl Everett, and Scott Podsednik. They won 99 games and returned the World Series title back to Chicago, the city’s first since the scandal of 1919. Since then, the White Sox have remained competitive and have always put forth a respectable team. Perhaps another championship is in their future…
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