The “Chicago White Sox” is a professional American baseball team situated in the south area of Chicago, Illinois. The team is part of the Central Division, which plays in the American League (AL) of the Major League Baseball (MLB Tickets). The White Sox have been playing their home games in the U.S Cellular Field (originally called as the New Comiskey Park) since the year 1991.
Originally, the team came from the Western League owned by Ban Johnson and was first named as the Sioux City Cornhuskers. Western League is a minor league under the National Agreement with the National League (NL). In the year 1894, the team was purchased by Charles Comiskey and was moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they renamed itself as the ‘St. Paul Saints’.
In the year 1900, Comiskey brought his team into his hometown in Amour Square, Chicago, and changed its name to ‘White Stockings’. The team’s relocation was permitted by the Western League president Ban Johnson. The name ‘White Stockings’ was inspired from the former Chicago’s National team, the Chicago Cubs. Originally, the team was known as the ‘Chicago White Stockings’ but after some time, the name was shortened to ‘Chicago White Sox’.
The Chicago White Sox first appeared in a World Series championship dated back in 1906. Their first World Series appearance was a victory after defeating the Crosstown Cubs in six games. In 1917, the White Sox achieved their second World Series victory and their third Pennant, winning against the New York Giants in six games.
The early years of the White Sox in the league were a record-breaking, with the help of the defense-oriented team ‘the Hitless Wonders’ and three of the team’s most notable players Eddie Cicotte, Eddie Collins and Shoeless Joe Jackson.
However, in the 1919 World Series, the Sox lost against the Cincinnati Reds in 8 games. Although the team was highly favored at that time, the team was still not able to end the game with a victory. Because of that, the 1919 World Series was fueled with speculations, which resulted in a criminal investigation in 1920. After acquitting all players, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned eight players from the White Sox (known as the Black Sox Scandal), including two of the team’s most prominent players Jackson and Cicotte.
In 1939, the ownership was transferred to Comiskey’s wife, Grace Comiskey after he died. Later on, the club’s ownership was passed down to his children Chuck and Dorothy. From there, the White Sox began to regain success in between the years 1957 and 1967, winning 17 consecutive seasons.
The team failed to win more pennants after the 1959 season. In 2005, the achieved another pennant and won another World Series Championship after 88 years of fighting the ups and downs of their MBL career.
During their early years, the most heated rivalry of the White Sox was the St. Louis Browns, the rivalry was observed all throughout the 1953 season. In the 1990s, the rivalry between the White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers occurred, the rivalry stopped after the Brewers moved to the National League (NL) in 1998.