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Chicago White Sox

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June 24, 2017: James Shield became the 81st pitcher in history to strike out 2,000 batters.

November 1, 2016: Pitchers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana along with hitters Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu helped Chicago lead the AL Central for most of April and May. Unfortunately, a poor second half doomed the White Sox to a 78–84 finish. The team’s many experienced veterans just looked old and tired by the end of the summer. Even so, Sale matched his personal best with 17 wins, Frazier clubbed 40 homers, and closer David Robertson was solid with 37 saves.

2016 Season Preview: The White Sox have built a quality ball club, adding clutch players Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie to a team that already featured pitching stars Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, and slugger Jose Abreu. The AL Central is always up for grabs, but with the Sox in the mix, competition in 2016 should be extra-fierce.

October 6, 2015: The White Sox had an excellent leadoff man (Adam Eaton), cleanup hitter (Jose Abreu) and pitching ace (Chris Sale). Chicago’s major weakness was its supporting players. The team needed big years from Melky Cabrera, Alexei Ramirez, David Robertson, and Jeff Samardzija, but did not get them. The result was a 4th place finish.

October 4, 2015: Jose Abreu became the second player in history to finsh with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in each of his first two seasons. One day earlier, Chris Sale broke a 107-year-old team record with his 270the strikeout.

April 5, 2015: The White Sox added pitcher Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Adam LaRoche, and Melky Cabrera during the off-season. That gives them a great group of first-string players. If they stay healthy, they could run away with the division.

November 15, 2014: Jose Abreu capped off a spectacular season by winning the AL Rookie of the Year award.

November 1, 2014: Chicago fans enjoyed one of the great debut seasons, with Jose Abreu torching AL pitching for 36 homers 107 RBIs and a .317 average. He was named Rookie of the Month three times between April and July. Center fielder Adam Eaton also had a big season in his first year as a starter. The team's best player was All-Star pitcher Chris Sale, who finished 12–4 with a 2.17 ERA. Had he not mossed a month to injury in the spring, Chicago might have finished with a winning record.

August 1, 2014: Jose Arbeu was named AL Player of the Month for July. It was his second Player of the Month award in 2014. Abreu also was named Rookie of the Month for the third time in 2014.

April 30, 2014: Jose Abreu, who defected from Cuba in 2013, set new records for rookies in April with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. He was named Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month for April.

March 31, 2014: No one in the AL scored fewer runs than the White Sox in 2013. They hope to improve with help from Cuban star Jose Abreu and young newcomers Matt Davidson and Adam Eaton. Chris Sale is one of the best lefties in the game, but there are a lot of question marks on the Chicago pitching staff.

October 1, 2013: The White Sox had power, speed, and defense, but never quite put them together. The team's pitching fell short of expectations, too. The result was 99 losses and a last-place finish in the AL Central. Chris Sale had another solid season, with a 3.07 ERA and 226 strikeouts, and Alexei Ramirez was Chicago's offensive player.

March 30, 2013: The White Sox hope to avoid the late-season collapse that cost them the AL Central in 2012. They will need strong performances from their sluggers and another excellent year from pitching star Chris Sale to challenge the Tigers in 2013.

October 3, 2012: The White Sox spent all year in a thrilling duel for first place in the AL Central. They led the division until the season's final week. Pitcher Chris Sale turned out to be better than anyone imagined, and slugger Adam Dunn rebounded from a poor 2011 to hit 41 homers and lead the league in walks in 2012.

April 25, 2012: Paul Konerko cracked his 400th homer against the Oakland A's. Fewer than 50 players belong to baseball's 400 Club.

April 21, 2012: Philip Humber pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners. He retired all 27 batters he faced. It was the 21st perfect game in history. Two days later, Humber was congratulated by President (and Chisox fan) Barack Obama.

March, 2012: White Sox fans will be watching two pitchers very closely in 2012. Chris Sale could be a big part of their starting rotation this summer. The young lefty has all the pitches—he just needs some experience. In the bullpen, the closer's job will probably be up for grabs between Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton. But don't be surprised if Addison Reed gets a chance to finish some games before the year is out.

     
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Bibb Falk
This postcard of Bibb Falk came out of a vending machine in the 1920s. It only cost a penny. (Exhibit Supply Co.)

 

Minnie Minoso

Minnie Minoso poses with teammate Larry Doby in an ad for Philco radios. I think this was probably given out in Chicago area stores. (Philco/Grove Furniture)

 

Jermaine Dye
Jermaine Dye waits for a pitch. He was the World Series MVP for the White Sox in 2005. (Black Book Partners)

 

 

Eddie Collins — Second Baseman
Born: 5/2/1887
Died: 3/25/1951
Played for Team: 1915 to 1926
Eddie Collins was known for his sportsmanship at a time when baseball was a rough and rowdy game. He was a daring baserunner and excellent bunter. The more competitive the situation, the better Collins played.


Bibb Falk — Outfielder
Born: 1/27/1899
Died: 6/8/1989
Played for Team: 1920 to 1928
Bibb Falk was a college football star who became one of the team's best hitters during the 1920s. He batted over .300 five years in a row. Falk later coached the University of Texas to two College World Series championships.


Minnie Minoso — Outfielder/Third Baseman
Born: 11/29/1922
Played for Team: 1951 to 1957, 1960 to 1961, 1964, 1976 & 1980
Minnie Minoso was a master at getting on base. Between hits, walks, and getting hit by pitched balls, he regularly reached base 250 or more times a year. Minoso led the AL in stolen bases his first three years with the White Sox and in being hit by pitch a total of seven times during his Chicago career.


Ted Lyons — Pitcher
Born: 12/28/1900
Died: 7/25/1986
Played for Team: 1923 to 1942 & 1946
Ted Lyons threw a fastball that moved as the batter started to swing. He mixed this pitch with a knuckleball to win 260 games for the White Sox. Late in his career, Lyons pitched only once a week, usually on the weekends. His nickname was "Sunday Teddy."


LaMarr Hoyt —  Pitcher
Born: 1/1/1955
Played for Team: 1979 to 1984
LaMarr Hoyt kept batters guessing by never throwing the same pitch in the same place twice. The team turned him from a relief pitcher into a starter in 1982, and he led the AL in victories two years in a row. In 1983, Hoyt won 13 straight games and also took home the AL Cy Young Award.


Jermaine Dye —  Outfielder
Born: 1/28/1974
Played for Team: 2005 to 2009
Jermaine Dye came to the White Sox in 2005 with a reputation as a clutch hitter and strong-armed outfielder. He also proved to be an important leader in the team's championship that season. In 2006, he finished second in the AL with 44 home runs. In five years with Chicago, Dye hit 164 home runs.


Alexei Ramirez —  Shortstop
Born: 9/22/1981
First Year with Team: 2008
Alexei Ramirez was a star for Cuba's national team for many years. He hit four grand slams in his first season with the White Sox—the most ever by a rookie.

     
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Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas poses for sports photographer John Klein at Yankee Stadium in New York. I wrote a children's book with Frank in 1995, and I am good friends with John. (Black Book Partners/John Klein)

 

 

SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER
Doc White pitched six shutouts at the end of the 1904 season. No one has ever thrown more shutouts in a single month.


HEY, NO DO-OVERS!
In 1991, Wilson Alvarez failed to get three outs in his first major-league start. In his second major-league start, he threw a no-hitter!


WINNING TRADITION
The White Sox won the first game in American League history on April 24, 1901.


FINALLY!
When Frank Thomas won the batting championship in 1997, it was the first time in 54 years a member of the White Sox finished as the AL's best hitter. No team had ever gone longer without a batting champion.


WIN SOME, LOSE SOME
In 1973, Wilbur Wood won 24 games and lost 20. No pitcher has had a "20–20" season since.


MR. CONSISTENCY
In 1942, Taft Wright drove in at least one run in 13 straight games. That is still an AL record.


PITCHER PERFECT
In 1922, a rookie named Charlie Robertson threw a perfect game for the White Sox. It took another 34 years before the next perfect game was pitched in the majors.

     
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Bill Melton

This Bill Melton photo was given to fans in Chicago in the early 1970s. It was a strange thing when Melton won the home run title. The older sluggers in the AL all slowed down at the same time, and some of the young sluggers just had off-years. (Chicago White Sox)

 

 

Luis Aparicio and Nellie Fox

Luis Aparicio and Nellie Fox share the cover of this 1960 baseball guide. Aparicio was the AL stolen base king in 1959, while Fox was the league MVP. (Street & Smith Publishing)

 

 

Jack McDowell

Jack McDowell signed this team-issued photo. He had his own rock band. It was called Stickfigure. (Author's Collection)

 

 

Ted Lyons

Ted Lyons was 41 when he won the AL ERA title. I met him when he was in his 70s, and he signed this picture for me. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955. (Author's Collection)

 

Home Runs
1915 — Braggo Roth — 7*
1951 — Gus Zernial — 33**
1971 — Bill Melton — 33
1972 — Dick Allen — 37
1974 — Dick Allen — 32

* Roth also played for the Cleveland Indians in 1915.
** Zernial also played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1951
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Batting Average
1938 — Luke Appling — .388
1943 — Luke Appling — .328
1997 — Frank Thomas — .347


Runs Batted In
1951 — Gus Zernial — 129*
1972 — Dick Allen — 113

* Zernial also played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1951.


Stolen Bases
1901 — Cecil Isbell — 52
1908 — Patsy Dougherty — 47
1917 — Eddie Collins — 33
1923 — Eddie Collins — 49
1924 — Eddie Collins — 42
1925 — Johnny Mostil — 43
1926 — Johnny Mostil — 35
1951 — Minnie Minoso — 31*
1952 — Minnie Minoso — 22
1953 — Minnie Minoso — 25
1955 — Jim Rivera — 25
1956 — Luis Aparicio — 21
1957 — Luis Aparicio — 28
1958 — Luis Aparicio — 29
1959 — Luis Aparicio — 56
1960 — Luis Aparicio — 51
1961 — Luis Aparicio — 53
1962 — Luis Aparicio — 31
2010 — Juan Pierre — 68

* Minoso also played for the ICleveland ndians in 1951.


Wins
1907 — Addie Joss — 27*
1908 — Ed Walsh — 40
1917 — Eddie Cicotte — 28
1919 — Eddie Cicotte — 29
1925 — Ted Lyons — 21 (tie)
1927 — Ted Lyons — 22 (tie)
1957 — Billy Pierce — 20 (tie)
1959 — Early Wynn — 22
1964 — Gary Peters — 20 (tie)
1972 — Wilbur Wood — 24 (tie)
1973 — Wilbur Wood — 24
1982 — LaMarr Hoyt — 19
1983 — LaMarr Hoyt — 21
1993 — Jack McDowell — 22

* Joss also played for the Cleveland Indians in 1907.


Strikeouts
1908 — Ed Walsh — 269
1909 — Frank Smith — 177
1911 — Ed Walsh — 225
1953 — Billy Pierce — 186
1958 — Early Wynn — 179
2003 — Esteban Loaiza — 207


Earned Run Average
1906 — Doc White — 1.52
1907 — Ed Walsh — 1.60
1910 — Ed Walsh — 1.27
1917 — Eddie Cicotte — 1.53
1921 — Red Faber — 2.48
1922 — Red Faber — 2.80
1941 — Bill Lee — 2.37
1942 — Ted Lyons — 2.10
1951 — Saul Rogovin — 2.78*
1955 — Billy Pierce — 1.97
1960 — Frank Baumann — 2.68
1963 — Gary Peters — 2.33
1966 — Gary Peters — 1.98
1967 — Joel Horlen — 2.06

* Rogovin also pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1951.

     
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Kid Gleason and Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Kid Gleason, the manager of the 1917 world champion White Sox, poses with Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who became Commissioner of Baseball in 1920. This is one of the best old photos in my collection. (Author's Collection)

 
YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
1906 Chicago Cubs Won 4–2
1917 New York Giants Won 4–2
1919 Cincinnati Reds Lost 5–3*
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers Lost 4–2
2005 Houston Astros Won 4–0


* The 1919 World Series was a best-of-9 format.

     
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