Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are a Major League – Baseball team in the Central Division of the American League . The team plays its home games at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago , Illinois from.

The White Sox are three-time winner of the World Series , the most valuable title in baseball.

Avowed fan of the Chicago White Sox is the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Beginnings outside the American League
Charles Comiskey (circa 1910)

The Chicago White Sox resided when it was founded in 1894 as an amateur team (minor league) in Sioux City , Iowa and the domains of the Western League game. Her owner Charles Comiskey moved to the purchase with the first team to St. Paul , Minnesota has to offer. As the foundation of the American League was prepared Comiskey asked the owner of the Chicago Cubs , in so far only Major League National League resident if he could settle a team in the south (South Side) of Chicago. After its approval, the move took place in 1900. The first name chosen Chicago White Stockings (English for socks) was abbreviated by the newspapers in the coming years in Sox. In the first year in Chicago, the White Stockings won the last title of the still existing as a minor Western League (early American) League, which is counted in the statistics as some other tracks.
1901 to 1919

As part of the founding of the American League (AL) many of the owners of the new Major League franchises players were recruited from the existing clubs. Now, the White Stockings competed directly with the local Cubs, especially since some team members had previously been with the Cubs (Pitcher and at the same manager (coach) Clark Griffith, Nixey Callahan and the second baseman Sam Mertes). In the first year the Sox won the AL championship and also was the team with the most viewers (over 350,000). [2]

In the coming years this first success could not be repeated, but 1906 was a successful new team ready made as the “Hitless Wonders” sensation. The name resulted from the statistical seen bad hit-values ​​(eg was the blow-league average of .230 far the worst value), but the success came with the outstanding pitching performances by Frank Owen (22-13 Win-Loss ), Ed Walsh and two other outstanding starters. In the meanwhile established World Series against the winner of the NL, which were held for the third time, met the Sox on their local rivals, the Cubs. Rather perceived as an outsider, the White Sox also won at the first attendance their first World Series with a 4-2 victory.

The next step was a new stadium since 1910, after the owner Comiskey Park called. For years, the White Sox were not involved in the title race, but in the mid-1910s the team was exceptional players like second baseman Eddie Collins , catcher Ray Schalk and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson strengthened. This paid off in 1917 when the championship was again won in the AL. In the World Series they played against the New York Giants and won again 4-2. 1918 saw numerous ups of players like Jackson, Collins and Urban “Red” Faber for the First World War, the White Sox are obtained only sixth out of eight teams in the AL, but was able to after the end of the war in 1919 again the American League.
Scandal of 1919 and its consequences

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Chicago White Sox 1919

The advent of the Chicago White Sox in the history books, however, is linked to a rather inglorious event: for the purposes of betting mafia “pushed” (ie deliberately lost) 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds . The eight players, which the racketeering were accused of were “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, the pitcher Eddie Cicotte and Claude “Lefty” Williams, the infielders Buck Weaver, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, Fred McMullin, and Charles “Swede” Risberg, and outfielder Oscar “Happy” FELSCH. The players were banned for life from professional baseball, even though they were acquitted by a court. The team then became known afterwards as the “Black Sox”.

Short-term consequence of the rumors about the postponed series was that was forced shortly before the end of the 1920 season, club owner Comiskey to remove the suspected players from the squad, which was tantamount to miss the AL championship. Lack of long-term processes and lifelong barriers lot of good players, so the White Sox were henceforth chance in the American League. The resulting series of failures lasted until well after the second World War.

The story was filmed by the “Black Sox” scandal in 1988 in the film Eight Men Out , with Charlie Sheen and John Cusack in the lead roles.
First All-Star Game in 1933

In Comiskey Park took place on 6 July 1933, the first All-Star Game , Major League Baseball held that the American League won 4-2.
Championships 1959

In the 1950s, the White Sox were competitive again. As a result of aggressive base Runnings first originated the nickname “Go-Go Sox.” With the change of ownership of the family Comiskey on Bill Veeck in 1959, a new circus-like component came into play in addition. Veeck was previously the owner of the Cleveland Indians and the St. Louis Browns was, and could significantly increase (new franchise record in 1959 with about 1.4 million viewers) through a lot of advertising, fireworks and more attendances.

The team also showed good performance and won the AL Pennant with 5 games ahead. In the ensuing World Series , the White Sox won the first game against the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0, but had to suffer three defeats. Despite a victory in Game 5 the Sox had at home in the sixth game of the Dodgers Congratulations on winning the World Series. For these successes were the Cy Young Award -winner Early Wynn , the shortstop Luis Aparicio and second baseman Nellie Fox responsible.

In the period 1957-1965, the Sox had only five times in that period almost unbeatable New York Yankees to defer them, especially the second place in 1964 despite 98 wins was sobering. At this time the Sox the first team with player name on the jersey backs were in other respects. Veeck was for health reasons in 1961 the team to brothers Arthur and John Allyn from. In the late 1960s the White Sox were no longer competitive in 1970 they were last with 106 defeats. From 1972, it went up again, also because Bill Melton (third base) and Dick Allen , MVP of the season 1974. Veeck was the owner back in 1975, and back were the colorful times: In 1976, he led a game black shorts as a player clothing. 1979 had the second game to be canceled because of crowd with the burning of records in a two-match day for an anti-disco demonstration. The audience liked it: 1977 were 1.66 million viewers.
1980 to 2004
Part of the skyline of Chicago on the eve of the Chicago White Sox baseball game.

In this period a win the AL West and thus the battle for the AL Pennant in the Championship Series in 1983 against the falls Baltimore Orioles (1-3 loss). By threatening to move the team to Florida because of the lack of spectators, made it the current owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn, the city of Chicago that they built a new stadium, the New Comiskey Park (across from the ancestral stadium). The Championship Series 1993 was lost again (against the eventual World Series winner Toronto Blue Jays with 2-4), pitcher Jack McDowell won the Cy Young Award.

In the tripartite AL from 1994, the White Sox had repeatedly the Cleveland Indians beaten in the Central Division. From 1998, they increased with Aaron Rowand , pitcher Mark Buehrle and Paul Konerko as a first baseman.
World Series 2005
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The regular season of the Central Division of the White Sox won with 6 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians in a total of 99 victories and 63 defeats. The ensuing AL Division Series was clear with 3 wins against the Boston Red Sox won.

The first game of the AL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim was the only defeat of the entire postseason. The following 4 games were won. Thus, the Sox won the first AL Pennant since 1959.
Opening of the 2005 World Series at U.S. Cellular Field

On 26 October 2005, the White Sox won the fourth game of the 2005 World Series with 1-0 against the Houston Astros and so the World Series with a sweep (or CleanSweep). [3] This was the third title of the Chicago White Sox, 88 years after their last triumph in the World Series in 1917. [4]

After the White Sox in 2006 most of the time the season leading the wildcard table, they get to the end of the season to waver. The Sox lost 15 of 24 games and again by winning their playoff berth and the chance of the World Series. It succeeded the last time the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000. The White Sox finished the season with 90 wins and 72 defeats. The best season record of a non-playoff teams in 2006.

In addition to manager Ozzie Guillen , who also cites as manager of last year’s AL champions the AL All-Star team, 6 other players in the White Sox were the 77th All-Star Game called. That was pitcher Mark Buehrle, Bobby Jenks, catcher AJ Pierzynski, First Basemen Paul Konerko and Jim Thome, and right fielder Jermaine Dye.

Pierzynski was the last of the 32 players overall player field. He got the most votes from the fans, who can determine the last of the squad in a public election.

On 18 April 2007 Mark Buehrle pitched a no-hitter in the 6-0 victory for the White Sox against the Texas Rangers . Bührle only fault was the walk of Sammy Sosa in the 5th Inning. But Buehrle Sosa could make the next batsman with a pick-off “off”. Rounds was the historic night in front of 25,390 fans at U.S. Cellular Field from a grand slam home run by Jermaine Dye and single solo homers by Jim Thome. [5]

On 12 August 2007 at the game against the Seattle Mariners turned Closer Bobby Jenks to a record, with 41 consecutive batters do not hit allow. [6] The previous record was set Jim Barr of the San Francisco Giants in two games on 23 and 29 August 1972 for. On 20 August 2007 but ended the series with a base hit by Kansas City Royals outfielder Joey Gathright . His teammate Mark Buehrle broke this record on 28 July 2009 with 45 consecutive batters.

On 16 September hit Jim Thome ‘s 500th Home run in the 9th Inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim . Thome is the first player in a White Sox uniform of his 500th Home Run hit. [7]

The season included the White Sox with a record of 72-90 on the 4th Place from the Central Division.

On 14 August beating Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe in 4 consecutive at-bats (German: be on strike) each homers. This was the sixth Time in the history of Major League Baseball. [8]

On 29 Alexei Ramirez hit his 4th September Grand slam home run of the season, when the White Sox 8-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. [9] He set a new major league record for a rookie on. And there was also a new White Sox record with 12 grand slam home runs in one season. [10]
The White Sox celebrate their victory after the game against the decision Twins

But the winner of the American League Central in 2008 was only 30 am September in a tie-breaker game against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field are determined, as both teams finished the regular season with the same result of 88-74. The Chicago White Sox called on all fans to appear at the game dressed all in black. [11] Since almost 100% of the fans involved in the action, the game was called “The Blackout” game in history. [12 ]

The game ends with a very tight 1-0 for the White Sox, thanks to a Homesruns of Jim Thome in the seventh inning. [13] This was the game to the tie-breaker with the fewest points in the MLB history.

This decision provided a further special game it was also the first time in the long history of the MLB, a team that played on three consecutive days against three different teams. On 28 September, the last regular game of the season against the Cleveland Indians (the White Sox won 5-1), [14] 29 September with a game against the Detroit Tigers (8-2 for the White Sox) and 30 September, the tie-breaker against the Minnesota Twins.

On 23 July 2009 pitcher Mark Buehrle threw a Perfect Game against the Tampa Bay Rays . It was the second no-hitter of his career, both of which he threw for the White Sox. During the press conference after the game, he received a phone call from President Barack Obama , who congratulated him on his game. [15]

On the opening day of the 2010 season, on 5 April against the Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mark Buehrle took a spectacular turn. In the 5th Inning hit Lou Marson the ball towards Pitchers Mound. There Buehrle hit the ball on the foot and then rolled into foul territory. While running, he took the ball with his glove, threw him without looking back, between his legs to first base. Paul Konerko caught the ball with his bare hands and Marson met for the second “Off”. The White Sox won the game 6-0. [16]

Paul Konerko broke in April 2010, the White Sox record of 11 home runs in a month.

On 29 August prior to the game against the New York Yankees, was Frank Thomas with his portrait and, since then no longer assigned back number 35 honored at the Outfieldwand the Left Fields at U.S. Cellular Field. [17]

The 2010 season ended the White Sox behind the Minnesota Twins as runners-up, with a record of 88-74.

On 21 April 2012 threw Philip Humber third Perfect Game in the history of the Chicago White Sox against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle . It was the 21 Perfect Game in MLB history. [18]

In the 2012 season, the White Sox were 10 games left until the end of 126 days at the top of the table in the AL Central Division. They finished the season with three games behind the 2nd Course (85-77) and thus missed the part in the post-season.

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