The White Sox are a professional baseball team from the southern side of Chicago, Illinois.
The Sox are a member team of the AL (American League) Central Division, and their home ground is the Guaranteed Rate Field.
The White Sox, formerly known as the Chicago White Stockings was established as a MLB club in 1901, and they are rivals, albeit inter-league rivals, with cross-town Chicago Cubs, the other MLB franchise in Chicago and a team in the NL (National League) Central Division.
They have been to 5 World Series, winning the title 3 times, along with 6 Pennants and 3 Central Division titles.
The Chicago White Sox’s biggest rivals are the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians, a rivalry going back hundreds of years; all 3 teams were part of the Original American League.
Notable accomplishments by the White Sox are as follows;
- In their first season competing in the American League, the then White Stockings won the championship, but because the World series hadn’t started at that time, that was their only title for the season.
- The World Series started in 1903, and the team, now renamed the Chicago White Sox appeared at the World Series for the first time in 1906, facing cross-town rivals, the Chicago Cubs. They won in 6 games for their first World Series title.
- They won a third Pennant in 1917, adding to their 1901 and 1906 hauls, and went on to win the World Series for the second time.
- In 1919, with the odds favouring them massively, the White Sox lost the World Series in 8 games to the Cincinnati Reds. Big bets against the Sox led to a criminal inquiry into the possibility that the games had been fixed.
- The inquiry continued on even as the 1920 season started, and in the end, all the player involved were acquitted. Nevertheless, six Chicago White Sox players were banned from baseball for life, and the team suffered greatly from this scandal. For 40 years, the White Sox did not win any Pennants.
- The early 50’s brought success back to the White Sox franchise and from 1951-1967, they had their longest run of nonstop success; for 17 straight seasons, they had a winning record.
- They eventually won the Pennant in 1959, ending their 40-year drought and the reign of the New York Yankees over the American League. They couldn’t go on to win the World Series, though, losing in 6 games to the LA Dodgers.
- In 2004, there were the second best team in the AL Central Division. A year later, in 2005, however, they went on to win the American League Pennant, recording 99 wins on their way to victory.
- That same year, 2005, the White Sox swept the Boston Red Sox, the defending champion at that time, in the American League Division Series, and then went on to win the Pennant, defeating the Angels in 5 games.
- Appearing in the World Series for the first time in 45+ years, the White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the 2005 World Series, their first championship win in 88 years.
The Big Hurt was a fans favourite at White Sox and remains the best hitter in franchise history. He was MVP twice, was selected into the All-Star team five times, and won the Silver Slugger 4 times. Thomas ended his career as the Sox’s all-time leader in runs, home runs, walks, and total bases.
Ed Walsh was Starting Pitcher for the White Sox for 13 years, and he had 1732 batters, threw 57 shutouts, and ended with a career ERA of 1.81. In 1908 alone, Walsh won 40 of his 195 career wins. He led MLB in saves 5 times during his career, and in 1946, he was elected into the Hall of Fame.
The Chicago White Sox had Bobby Thigpen on their roster for 8 years, and he had 201 saves during his time with the team; a figure that is still a White Sox record. In 1990, he had a, then, MLB record 57 saves.
Al Lopez presided over a period of sustained success for the White Sox. He was manager from 1957-1965, and in 8 of the 9 seasons he spent in charge, the Sox finished the season in the top half of the AL; in 6 of those 8 years, they were in the top 2.
Guillen spent 8 years as the manager of the White Sox, posting a win percentage of .524 on the way to winning 678 games, the 3rd highest haul in franchise history. In 2005, Guillen’s team won 99 games with a postseason record of 11-1, winning the World Series title for the first time in 88 years.