Chicago White Sox Tickets
Established in 1888, the Chicago White Sox are a professional baseball team, representing the city of Chicago in Major League Baseball (MLB). The team competes in the American League (AL) Central division and plays its home games at the Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL. Also, known as The Sox, the Chicago White Sox have won three World Series titles, six AL Pennants, three Central Division titles and two West Division titles. The franchise has not been to the playoffs since 2008 and it was also the year when they won their division title for the last time. However, fortunes can turn around for the White Sox, especially if they make smart trades.
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The Chicago White Sox started off as the Sioux Cornhuskers, a minor league baseball team. In 1894, they moved to St. Paul and were called the St. Paul Saints. The team then moved yet again to Chicago in 1900 and were renamed the White Stockings. The White Stockings were renamed once again and perhaps for the last time in 1901 as the Chicago White Sox. The team played its home games at South Side Park, before moving to Comiskey Park in 1910. They would play their home games at Comiskey Park till 1990.
In 1991, the team moved to its present home, Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Sox in the American League (AL)
The Chicago White Sox are one of the eight American League’s charter franchises. The Sox became American League champions in its debut season in 1901. They were called the White Stockings then. In 1906, the Chicago White Sox made it to their first World Series. They won their first title by beating the Cubs in six games.
More Wins, and the Black Sox Scandal
By the year 1917, the team had won two AL Pennants and one World Series title. Their second World Series title came in 1917 when The Sox beat the New York Giants in six games. The team’s second title win was largely due to the efforts of ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson and Eddie Cicotte.
In 1919, the Chicago White Sox were once again the favorites to win the World Series. However, they lost to the Cincinnati Reds in 8 games. Speculation was rife that the series was fixed and a criminal investigation was carried out by the MLB. While the accused were acquitted, the MLB, nevertheless, banned six White Sox players for life. This episode in White Sox’s history and the history of professional baseball is known as the Black Sox Scandal. The Sox would not win another Pennant for 40 years.
“Go-Go White Sox”
From 1951 to 1967, the Chicago White Sox were unstoppable. During the period which would come to be known as the Go-Go White Sox era, the team won 17 straight seasons. During this time, the team was managed by Al Lopez and the ball players that made it possible were Sherm Lollar, Billy Pierce, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox and Minnie Miñoso. These players were known for their speed and getting on base versus power hitting. In 1959, The Sox ended the New York Yankees dominance over the AL and won their first pennant since the Black Sox Scandal.
Ebb and Flow
From 1960 till 1982, the White Sox could not make it to the playoffs. In 1983, they made the playoffs, but lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the AL championship series. From 1984 till 1992, the White Sox went without a win however, they won their division title in 1993 and made it to the playoffs. They, however, lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL championship series.
Overall, the team did well in the 1990s and early 2000s, with 12 winning seasons. The players who helped the team shine during this period were Bobby Thigpen, Jack McDowell, Robin Ventura and Frank Thomas.
First World Championship in 88 Years
The Chicago White Sox kicked off their 2005 MLB season with star ball players Orlando Hernandez, Joe Crede, Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. After winning the Central Division, the White Sox entered the post-season and squared off against the Boston Red Sox. After defeating the Red Sox, they defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to win their first pennant in 46 years. In the World Series, the White Sox faced the Houston Astros, whom they defeated 4-0 to win their first World Series since 1917.
Post-2005 White Sox
With the exception of 2008, the White Sox have been unable to book a place in the playoffs. Since 2014, they have consecutively finished 4th in their division. However, looking at their past record, the White Sox have the habit of making the playoffs unexpectedly after years of staying dormant. Would 2017 be that year again?
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