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Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are in the Central Division of the American League.

Founded: 1893, as the Sioux City, Iowa franchise in the minor Western League. Moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, then again to Chicago in 1900 when that league became the American League.
Formerly known as: Sioux City Cornhuskers, 1894. St. Paul, 1895-1899. "White Sox" is short for "White Stockings".
Home ballpark: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago. (The current Comiskey Park, now U.S. Cellular Field, was opened in 1991; the original Comiskey Park was in use from 1910 to 1990.)
Uniform colors: black, white and gray
Logo design: the letters "SOX", interlocked in various ways
Wild Card titles won (0): none
Division titles won (4): 1983, 1993, 1994, 2000
American League pennants won (5): 1901, 1906, 1917, 1919, 1959
World Series championships won (2): 1906, 1917

Table of contents
1 Franchise history
2 Rivalry
3 Players of note
4 Other Contributors
5 External links

Franchise history

The team was founded by Charles Comiskey, a former major-league ballplayer who starred with the St. Louis Browns in the 1880s. Comiskey originally founded the team in Sioux City, Iowa, as part of a minor league called the Western League. The Cornhuskers won the league pennant in 1894, then moved to St. Paul, Minnesota. When the Western League changed its name to the American League in 1900, a year before claiming major league status, the St. Paul franchise was relocated to Chicago, to compete directly with the National League club in that city.

The club adopted the name "White Stockings", the original name of the Chicago Cubs, and acquired a number of stars from the National League, including pitcher and manager Clark Griffith, who paced the White Sox to the AL's first pennant in 1901. The White Sox would continue to be built on pitching and defense in the following years, led by pitching workhorse Ed Walsh, who routinely pitched over 400 innings each season in his prime.

The Hitless Wonders

Walsh, Doc White and Nick Altrock paced the White Sox to their 1906 pennant and their first World Series victory, a stunning upset over the Cubs who had won a record 116 regular-season games. The Sox, dubbed the "Hitless Wonders" for having the lowest team batting average in the American League that year, nevertheless took the Series, and intercity bragging rights, in six games.

"Say it Ain't So, Joe!"

The White Sox contended over the next decade, but did not bring home a pennant until 1917. Led by second baseman Eddie Collins and outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson, the White Sox now had offense to go with the pitching of Eddie Cicotte and Red Faber. After an off-year in 1918, the club bounced back to win the pennant in 1919 and entered the World Series that year heavily-favored to defeat the Cincinnati Reds. Sadly, this was the year of the infamous Black Sox scandal, in which eight White Sox players, including Cicotte and Jackson, were barred from organized baseball for life for taking part in a plot by gamblers to "fix" the World Series. The White Sox have never entirely overcome the stigma of being the only team to take a dive in the Fall Classic. The official evidence relating to participation in the 'fix' by the various accused players vanished mysteriously and none were ever tried. Judge Landis, Commissioner of Baseball, banned all the accused nonetheless. As the players were leaving a hearing, a boy fan (said by some to have been a newsboy) is claimed to have yelled out to Shoeless Joe, "Say it ain't so, Joe!". The phrase has become famous.

The Go-Go Sox

It would be forty years until the White Sox found themselves in a World Series again, but again it would be a team built on pitching and defense. In an era noted for power pitching and power-hitting, the 1959 White Sox would lead the league in stolen bases and would manufacture runs through speed and cunning. American League MVP Nellie Fox led the attack. The White Sox would, however, lose the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Winning Ugly

In 1983, the Chicago White Sox had a fantastic run. They started the season very poorly, but still went on to win 99 games and the AL West title. This team was led by catcher Carlton Fisk, outfielder Harold Baines, eventual Rookie of the Year outfielder Ron Kittle, and two game winning pitchers Lamarr Hoyt, who won the Cy Young that year as well and Richard Dotson. Manager Tony La Russa also won the Manager of the Year award. A related phrase of the team was "Winning Ugly" for the style of play, which as the phrase suggests, was not always pretty. While they had a great run in the regular season, they were not able to carry that over into the postseason as they lost to Baltimore 3 games to one in the AL Championship Series.

In the late 1980s, the franchise was very nearly relocated to Tampa Bay, but frantic lobbying of the state legislature resulted in approval (by one vote) of public funding for a new stadium. New Comiskey Park, now known as U.S. Cellular Field, opened in 1991 to rave reviews, but was soon outdone by the wave of "nostalgia" ballparks, beginning with Camden Yards. It is often criticized for its sterile appearance and nosebleed-inducing upper deck. In recent years there have been renovations made in order to make the park more fan friendly. Most notable were the moving of the bullpens to be parallel to the field of play, extending the seats further to the field of play, renovating the concourse areas to establish a more friendly feel. In addition, the top third of the upper deck was removed in 2004 and an overhang was placed over most of it. The Renovation plan is a 5-phase plan and it will be complete next year with the 5th and final phase.

"Good guys wear black"

The White Sox of the 1990s adopted black uniforms, instantly jumping to the top of the league in merchandise sales. The 1990s teams also contended well, led by pitcher Jack McDowell and first baseman Frank Thomas. The team reached the American League Championship Series in 1993 and the American League Division Series in 2000. Under manager Jerry Manuel, the White Sox these days field a talented but chronically under-achieving squad.

On July 31st 1997, with the White Sox only 3.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians for the division lead, they sent veteran pitchers Wilson Alvarez, Danny Darwin and Roberto Hernandez to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for 6 minor leaguers, most notably Keith Foulke. Many fans saw this as their ownership (Jerry Reinsdorf and his partners) betraying them and trading away their chance to win the division in exchange for next to nothing. This trade was deemed as the "White Flag Trade" by the Chicago Newspapers due to the fact that the White Sox organization essentially waved the White Flag to the Indians that year. This trade did irreparable harm to the White Sox fan base.

In the year 2000, the White Sox had one of their best teams since the 1983 club. This team, whose slogan was "The Kids can play," won 95 games en route to an AL Central division title. The team scored runs at a blistering pace, which enabled them to win all of these games despite a mediocre pitching staff lead by Mike Sirotka. Frank Thomas nearly won the AL MVP award with his offensive output. He was joined with good offensive years by Magglio Ordonez, Paul Konerko, Carlos Lee and Jose Valentin. A big key for this team was that they seemed always to get the clutch hit whenever they needed it. This team, like 1983, also could not carry any success over into the postsesaon, getting swept by the wild-card Seattle Mariners in 3 games in the AL Division Series round.

In 2004, the Chicago White Sox ushered in a new era with the hiring of former White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillen. He is known for his passion for the game of baseball and his energy. He was hired to turn around the White Sox after three straight years of underperforming under Jerry Manuel. While it is too early to judge his effect on the team, Ozzie got the White Sox off to a great start in 2004 (27-19 at the time that this was written) and it seems as though his influence has been an important part of that. Historically, the White Sox have faltered in May, but they currently hold a winning record in this historical bad month.


The Chicago Cubs and the Sox are both in some of the longest championship droughts of any teams ever to play professional sports; as such, a heated Sox-Cubs rivalry has developed, with some Sox fans appearing to root against the Cubs almost as much as for the Sox. The advent of interleague play has intensified the rivalry.

Players of note

Baseball Hall of Famers

Current stars

Not to be forgotten

Retired numbers

Other Contributors

Important managers

(years and records, minimum 750 games)


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