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WHITE SOX HISTORY

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  • Nov. 20, 1893...At a meeting held in the Grand Hotel Indianapolis, the Western League is formally organized. Charles Comiskey nominates Ban Johnson for president of the league. The Sioux City franchise is awarded to a local businessman named H. H. Drale. A year later Comiskey's contract with the Cincinnati Redlegs expires. At the behest of Ban Johnson, Charles Comiskey purchases the Sioux City team and moves it to St. Paul.

  • Oct. 11, 1899...The American League is christened in Chicago, amid rumors that the St. Paul club will transfer to the south side.

  • March 21, 1900...An agreement is signed which lands the St. Paul Saints in Chicago.

  • April 2, 1900...Playing as the Chicago team for the first time, the White Stockings defeat the University of Illinois, 10-9, in Champaign. Roy Patterson is the victor.

  • April 21, 1900...The Chicago White Sox play their first game in a small wooden ballpark located at 39th and Princeton. The Sox lose to Milwaukee, 5-4.

  • April 22, 1900...The Sox defeat the Brewers, 5-3, behind Roger Denzer for the club's first victory.

  • Sept. 12, 1900...The White Sox clinch the 1900 pennant by defeating the Cleveland Blues, 12-4, in Chicago.

  • Jan. 28, 1901...Meeting in closed door sessions in Chicago, the American League drafts a 140-game schedule and declares itself to be a second Major League.

  • April 24, 1901...The first "official" American League game is played in Chicago with Roy Patterson defeating Cleveland, 8-2.

  • Sept. 21, 1901...Even though they lose in Philadelphia, the White Sox capture their second consecutive American League pennant.

  • Sept. 20, 1902...Nixey Callahan fires the first Sox no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers.

  • June 9, 1903...The White Sox are incorporated under Illinois law with $5,000 capital.

  • June 5, 1904...Fielder Jones replaces Nixey Callahan as manager.

  • Oct. 2, 1904...Doc White's streak of 45.0 consecutive scoreless innings is snapped by the New York Highlanders in Chicago.

  • August 23, 1906...The White Sox win their 19th successive game, downing the Washington Senators, 4-1, behind pitcher Roy Patterson.

  • Oct. 14, 1906...The Sox claim the only all-Chicago World Series, defeating the Cubs, 8-3, in the finale to win four of the six meetings.

  • Oct. 5, 1908...Ed Walsh wins his 40th game of the season, downing Detroit, 6-1. His win total remains a Chicago single-season record.

  • Jan. 19, 1909...Charles Comiskey purchases a tract of land near the corner of 35th and Shields from Roxanna Bowen, a descendant of former Chicago Mayor John Wentworth. Later that year, architect Zachary Taylor Davis is commissioned to design a spacious ballpark for the Sox on the site.

  • Oct. 6, 1909...Davis submits his proposed ballpark design to Comiskey for approval.

  • March 17, 1910...The cornerstone of Comiskey Park is laid on St. Patrick's Day.

  • June 27, 1910...The Sox play for the last time at the 39th St. Grounds, losing to Cleveland, 7-2.

  • July 1, 1910...Comiskey Park opens to a packed house but the Sox lose to St. Louis, 2-0.

  • Nov. 13, 1913...The White Sox and New York Giants begin a celebrated worldwide tour which is highlighted by a special exhibition game before King George of England.

  • June 1, 1914...Red Faber begins his 20-year career with the White Sox by losing, 2-1, in a 13-inning decision to the Tigers.

  • August 20, 1915...The contract of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson is purchased from Cleveland for $31,500.

  • Sept. 21, 1917...The Sox win the pennant when Red Faber defeats the Red Sox, 2-1, in Boston.

  • Sept. 29, 1917...The White Sox defeat the New York Yankees to win their 100th game of the season, a feat unmatched in club history.

  • Oct. 15, 1917...Chicago wins its second World Series title by defeating the New York Giants, 4-2.

  • Sept. 29, 1920...Eight White Sox players are suspended by Charles Comiskey for their part in the 1919 World Series fix.

  • August 2, 1921...After only two hours of deliberation, the jury in the "Black Sox" trial returns a verdict of not-guilty, but later the players were banned for life by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

  • April 30, 1922...Rookie pitcher Charlie Robertson hurls a perfect game at Detroit.

  • July 2, 1923...Future Hall-of-Fame pitcher Ted Lyons makes his White Sox pitching debut in relief.

  • Oct. 10, 1924...Charles Comiskey and John McGraw kick off a second European barnstorming tour, taking their clubs to London, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Paris and Rome.

  • April 20, 1927...The newly-expanded Comiskey Park reopens but the Sox lose to Cleveland, 5-4. The new outfield upper deck accommodates 23,200 additional fans.

  • August 20, 1929,...Red Faber Day is celebrated at Comiskey Park.

  • Sept. 10, 1930...Rookie shortstop Luke Appling, destined for the Hall of Fame, makes his Major League debut.

  • Oct. 26, 1931...Charles Comiskey dies at his summer resort in Eagle River, Wisconsin, leaving an estate valued at $1,529,707 to his son J. Louis.

  • Sept. 28, 1932...J. Louis Comiskey attempts to rebuild the White Sox by purchasing Jimmy Dykes, Al Simmons, and Mule Haas from the A's for $150,000.

  • July 6, 1933...The first All-Star Game is played in Comiskey Park. The American League prevails behind Lefty Gomez.

  • May 15, 1934...Jimmy Dykes replaces Lew Fonseca as Sox manager.

  • Sept. 3, 1936...Luke Appling's club-record 27-game hitting streak is ended by Boston's Wes Farrell.

  • July 18, 1939...J. Louis Comiskey dies at the age of 56 at the family's Eagle River resort.

  • August 14, 1939...The first night game is played in Chicago at Comiskey Park before a crowd of 30,000. The Sox prevail over the Browns by a 5-2 score.

  • Feb. 29, 1940...A federal judge awards Grace Comiskey, J. Lou's widow, her dower rights and denies the First National Bank of Chicago a petition to seek outside bids to sell the Sox.

  • Sept. 15, 1940...Ted Lyons Day is celebrated in Comiskey Park.

  • March 4, 1941...Grace Comiskey is elected team president and her daughter, Dorothy Rigney, is appointed secretary.

  • August 13, 1943...Luke Appling collects his 2,000th hit against the Red Sox.

  • April 28, 1946...Ted Lyons wins the 260th and final game of his Major League career, a 4-3 decision over the Browns.

  • May 24, 1946...After a club-record 12 years at the helm, Jimmy Dykes resigns as manager. Ted Lyons is appointed to replace him.

  • June 8, 1947...Luke Appling Day is celebrated in Comiskey Park.

  • July 5, 1947...The American League color barrier is broken in Comiskey Park when 22-year old Larry Doby is sent to pinch-hit for the Cleveland Indians.

  • July 18, 1948...Pat Seerey slugs four home runs in one game at Philadelphia.

  • Oct. 4, 1948...Chuck Comiskey is appointed vice president of the Sox.

  • Oct. 8, 1948...Frank Lane is recruited from the Big Ten Conference to replace Les O'Connor as general manager.

  • July 11, 1950...The All-Star Game returns to Comiskey Park and the National League wins a 4-3, 13-inning decision. Ewell Blackwell is the winning pitcher.

  • Oct. 1, 1950...Luke Appling collects his final hit in an illustrious career that spans 20 seasons and 2,422 games, all in a White Sox uniform.

  • 1951 Season...The "Go-Go" era of White Sox baseball dawns as the club draws over 1 million customers for the first time. In May, the team wins 14 consecutive games.

  • May 1, 1951...Minnie Minoso makes his White Sox debut, becoming the first black to play for the team. In his first plate appearance, Minoso hits a home run against Vic Raschi of the Yankees.

  • Sept. 10, 1954...Manager Paul Richards resigns to accept a position with the Orioles.

  • Dec. 16, 1955...Following the announcement of Frank Lane's resignation, Chuck Comiskey, grandson of the "Old Roman," and John Dungan Rigney are elevated to co-general managers.

  • Oct. 29, 1956...Al Lopez replaces Marty Marion as manager.

  • Dec. 10, 1956...The "grand lady of baseball," Grace Comiskey, dies. Controlling interest in the White Sox is retained by her daughter, Dorothy.

  • Dec. 20, 1958...Bill Veeck and his partners gain majority control of the White Sox after a lengthy court battle with the Comiskey heirs.

  • April 22, 1959...In one of the strangest games in Sox annals, the club scores 11 runs on one hit in the seventh inning against the A's.

  • August 21, 1959...Nellie Fox Day is celebrated at Comiskey Park.

  • Sept. 22, 1959...The Sox end a 40-year pennant drought by clinching the American League title at Cleveland.

  • May 1, 1960...The new scoreboard explodes for the first time when Al Smith hits a two-run home run off Jim Bunning in the first game of a doubleheader.

  • June 10, 1961...Due to failing health and other considerations, Bill Veeck sells his White Sox holdings to his former business associate, Arthur Allyn Jr. A year later, Chuck Comiskey sells his minority interest in the team to Allyn.

  • July 22, 1962...Floyd Robinson collects six singles in six at-bats against Boston.

  • Nov. 11, 1965...Al Lopez resigns as manager.

  • 1968-69...To bolster sagging attendance, the White Sox play "home" games at County Stadium in Milwaukee against each AL opponent, going 1-8 in 1968 and 7-4 in 1969.

  • 1969 Season...AstroTurf is installed in the Comiskey Park infield. In 1976 it is replaced with natural grass. Sept. 24, 1969...Arthur Allyn Jr. sells the White Sox to his brother, John, ending speculation that the Sox will depart for Milwaukee.

  • July 19, 1970...Luis Aparicio Day is celebrated in Comiskey Park.

  • Sept. 2, 1970...Following the club's worst season in history, General Manager Stu Holcomb hires Roland Hemond to rebuild the franchise.

  • Sept. 30, 1971...Bill Melton becomes the first Sox player to win the American League home run title when he connects against Milwaukee's Bill Parsons on the last day of the season.

  • May 20, 1973...A Sunday doubleheader against the Twins attracts 55,555, a Comiskey Park attendance record.

  • Dec. 10, 1975...The American League owners reverse their former position and accept Bill Veeck's bid to purchase the White Sox from John Allyn.

  • July 3, 1976...The Sox lose to Texas, 3-0, in the first morning game in Comiskey Park history. The first pitch is at 10:30 a.m.

  • 1977 Season...With nine players in double figures for homers, the '77 White Sox affectionately are dubbed the "South Side Hitmen." Their club record for home runs (192) stands until 1996 (195).

  • June 30, 1978...Larry Doby replaces Bob Lemon as manager, becoming the first African-American manager in club history and the second in American League history.

  • July 12, 1979...Bill Veeck's celebrated "Disco Demolition Night" results in a forfeit to the Detroit Tigers.

  • August 2, 1979...Tony La Russa replaces Don Kessinger as manager.

  • August 22, 1980...Bill Veeck agrees to sell the White Sox to Edward DeBartolo of Youngstown, Ohio, but the league denies the sale because of DeBartolo's racing holdings.

  • Jan. 29, 1981...Jerry Reinsdorf, in concert with Eddie Einhorn, heads a group that purchases the club from Bill Veeck.

  • July 6, 1983...Comiskey Park plays host to the golden anniversary All-Star Game, 50 years to the day after the initial mid-summer classic also was held at Comiskey Park. The American League prevails, 13-3.

  • Sept. 17, 1983...The Sox clinch the American League West title at Comiskey Park against Seattle, winning the division by 20 games, a Major League record.

  • May 9, 1984...The Sox win the longest game in American League history, 7-6, against Milwaukee at Comiskey Park. Harold Baines ends the two-day, 25-inning marathon with a home run.

  • Sept. 26, 1984...Despite a losing season, the Sox close out the year with an attendance of 2,136,988, becoming the first Chicago team to surpass the 2 million mark in consecutive years.

  • July 1, 1985...The 75th anniversary of Comiskey Park, the nation's oldest ballpark, is celebrated.

  • August 4, 1985...Tom Seaver wins his 300th game before a packed house in Yankee Stadium.

  • June 20, 1986...Tony La Russa is fired as Sox manager.

  • Oct. 29, 1986...Larry Himes replaces Ken Harrelson as general manager.

  • Dec. 5, 1986...The Illinois General Assembly passes funding legislation to build a new home for the White Sox across the street from Comiskey Park.

  • July 22, 1987...Harold Baines belts a home run off of Baltimore's Mike Boddicker to break Bill Melton's team record of 154.

  • Oct., 1987...The Illinois State Senate confirms four gubernatorial appointees to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. The vote, in concert with the three previous mayoral appointments, finalizes formation of the body charged with the development of the new White Sox stadium.

  • June 30, 1988...At the stroke of midnight, the Illinois General Assembly approves an amended stadium bill ensuring that the club will remain in Chicago. The new stadium is scheduled for a 1991 opening.

  • Nov. 3, 1988...Jeff Torborg is named manager of the White Sox.

  • May 7, 1989...Mayor Richard M. Daley and Governor James Thompson are among the celebrities who participate in ground-breaking ceremonies for the New Comiskey Park.

  • July 17, 1989...Catcher Carlton Fisk notches his 2,000th career hit against New York at Comiskey Park.

  • August 20, 1989...Following his trade to Texas, the team retires Harold Baines' uniform No. 3. Baines joins Frank Robinson and Phil Niekro as the only active players to have their uniform numbers retired.

  • April 9, 1990...The final opening day takes place at old Comiskey Park with the White Sox edging the Brewers, 2-1.

  • July 1, 1990...Comiskey Park celebrates its 80th birthday and New York pitcher Andy Hawkins hurls a no-hitter, only to lose to the White Sox, 4-0.

  • July 11, 1990...The White Sox celebrate "Turn Back the Clock Day" at Comiskey Park in honor of the 1917 World Series Champion White Sox.

  • August 17, 1990...Carlton Fisk sets the Major League record for home runs by a catcher, cracking No. 328 off Charlie Hough at Texas. Fisk surpasses Johnny Bench's previous mark of 327 and also becomes the Sox's all-time leader with No. 187.

  • Sept. 3, 1990...Bobby Thigpen sets a Major League record for saves with his 47th vs. the Royals at Comiskey Park. Thigpen increases his record total to 57 by season's end.

  • Sept. 29, 1990...The last night game at old Comiskey Park is played with the White Sox downing Seattle, 5-2.

  • Sept. 30, 1990...The final game at old Comiskey Park takes place and the White Sox edge Seattle, 2-1. The final regular-season won-loss record at old Comiskey Park is 3,024-2,926 (.508).

  • Nov. 5, 1990...Ron Schueler is hired as senior vice president of Major League operations.

  • April 18, 1991...New Comiskey Park opens before a sellout crowd of 42,191 as the Tigers cruise past the White Sox, 16-0.

  • April 22, 1991...Frank Thomas hits the first White Sox home run in new Comiskey Park as the Sox defeat Baltimore, 8-7, in the first night contest in the new ballpark.

  • July 22, 1991...Former White Sox owner Bill Veeck is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

  • August 11, 1991...Left-hander Wilson Alvarez throws a no-hitter in his first start with the White Sox and second as a Major Leaguer. The Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-0, at Memorial Stadium.

  • 1991 Season...The White Sox break the franchise's all-time attendance record by attracting 2,934,154 fans to new Comiskey Park.

  • Oct. 11, 1991...Jeff Torborg resigns as manager.

  • Nov. 26, 1991...Gene Lamont is named White Sox manager.

  • April 9, 1993...Bo Jackson homers with his first swing of the bat in the club's home opener as he becomes the first Major Leaguer in history to play with an artificial hip.

  • June 22, 1993...Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game, breaking Bob Boone's record for games caught in a career.

  • August 31, 1993...Tim Raines steals his 744th career base, taking over sole possession of fourth on the all-time list. In the same game at New York, Raines becomes the second player in Sox history to homer from both sides of the plate.

  • Sept. 27, 1993...Bo Jackson hits a three-run home run as the Sox beat Seattle, 4-2, to clinch their first American League West title in 10 seasons.

  • August 12, 1994...The Sox lead the American League Central by 1.0 game over Cleveland when the season is postponed due to a strike by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

  • June 2, 1995...Gene Lamont is dismissed as manager and replaced by third base coach Terry Bevington.

  • July 11, 1995...Frank Thomas becomes the first White Sox player to homer in an All-Star Game when he connects off Cincinnati's John Smiley in the fourth inning.

  • Sept. 2, 1995...Tim Raines has his American League-record streak of 40 consecutive stolen bases stopped when he is caught stealing in the third inning.

  • Sept. 4, 1995...Third baseman Robin Ventura ties a Major League record as he becomes only the eighth player to hit two grand slams in one game (fourth and fifth innings). Ventura ties the franchise record with eight RBIs at Texas.

  • Sept. 23, 1995...Lance Johnson matches a Major League and White Sox record with six hits in a nine-inning game. Johnson also sets a club record with three triples in the game at Minnesota's Metrodome.

  • Sept. 15, 1996...Frank Thomas hits his 215th career home run to pass Carlton Fisk as the franchise's all-time leader. Thomas homers three times off Boston's Tim Wakefield (his first career three-homer game) at Fenway Park.

  • Sept. 27, 1996...Danny Tartabull hits the Sox 193rd home run to surpass the club mark set by the 1977 "South Side Hitmen."

  • April 15, 1997...Exactly 50 years after breaking baseball's color barrier, Jackie Robinson's uniform No. 42 is retired by Major League Baseball in a ceromony prior to the Mets-Dodgers game at New York's Shea Stadium.

  • June 16, 1997...The White Sox and Cubs meet for the first time ever during the regular season in the first of three games at Comiskey Park. The Cubs win the opener, 8-3, but the Sox rebound to win the final two games, 5-3 and 3-0. The series attracts the top two regular-season crowds in new Comiskey Park history, with 44,249 attending the game on 6/17 and 44,204 turning out for the series finale on 6/18. The Sox opened interleague play on 6/13 at Cincinnati's Cinergy Field with a 2-0 victory as Ray Durham leads off the game with a home run.

  • August 3, 1997...Nellie Fox is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Fox, who played with the Sox from 1950-63, batted .288 with 35 home runs and 790 RBIs over his 19-year career. He is further honored when the White Sox hold "Nellie Fox Day" at Comiskey Park on 8/16.

  • Sept. 14, 1997...Carlton Fisk's uniform No. 72 is retired in a ceremony prior to the White Sox game vs. Cleveland. Fisk, who played with Chicago from 1981-93, becomes the eighth Sox player to have his number retired, joining Nellie Fox (No. 2), Harold Baines (3), Luke Appling (4), Minnie Minoso (9), Luis Aparicio (11), Ted Lyons (16) and Billy Pierce (19).

  • Sept. 28, 1997...Frank Thomas finishes with a .347 average to become the second player (third time) in club history to capture the American League batting title. Thomas wins by .017 over Seattle's Edgar Martinez as he joins Luke Appling (1936 and 1944) as the only Sox players to win the crown.

  • Dec. 4, 1997...Jerry Manuel is named the club's 36th manager. Manuel becomes the second minority manager in Sox history (Larry Doby served as interim manager for 87 games in 1978) and the first African-American hired as manager or head coach in Chicago sports history.

  • July 31, 1998...Albert Belle establishes a Major League record by hitting his 16th home run in July, breaking the previous mark of 15 shared by Joe DiMaggio (1937), Hank Greenberg (1938), Joe Adcock (1956) and Juan Gonzalez (1996).

  • Sept. 1, 1998...Albert Belle hits his 42nd home run and records his 337th total base at Baltimore to set franchise single-season records in both categories. Belle eclipses the existing home run mark held by Frank Thomas (1993) and total bases mark held by Joe Jackson (1920).

  • Sept. 26, 1998...The White Sox hit their 196th home run to break the franchise record of 195 set by the 1996 club. Brian Simmons homers from both sides of the plate to become the third player in franchise history to accomplish that feat.

  • May 4, 1999...Ray Durham hits his ninth career leadoff home run at Baltimore, tying Tim Raines' club record.

  • May 29, 1999...Greg Norton hits two home runs for the second straight game, becoming the first Sox player since Zeke Bonura in May 1935 to accomplish that feat.

  • July 6, 1999...Chris Singleton becomes the fourth player in franchise history (first rookie) to hit for the cycle when he goes 5-6 with four RBIs vs. Kansas City.

  • April 27, 2000...Jose Valentin becomes the fifth player in club history and second in two years (Chris Singleton) to hit for the cycle ... Valentin produces a "natural" cycle when he singled in the first inning, doubled in the second, tripled in the third and homered in the eighth .

  • April 30, 2000...The White Sox set a Major League record by scoring 181 runs in April, breaking the mark of 180 set by Texas in 1998.

  • July 4, 2000...Ray Durham and Jose Valentin lead off the game at Kansas City with back-to-back home runs, marking the first time the Sox have accomplished that feat since Boze Berger and Mike Kreevich did it on 9/2/37 vs. Boston ... the White Sox 12-game road winning streak, the longest in baseball since Detroit won 17 straight to open the 1984 season, ends at Kansas City ... the Sox last 10 road wins come vs. teams who were .500 or above at the time of the game ... according to Elias Sports Bureau, the Sox are the only team in baseball since 1900 to accomplish that feat.

  • July 14, 2000...Frank Thomas breaks Luke Appling's 50-year-old club record of 1,116 RBIs vs. St. Louis, reaching the mark in 1,459 games ... Appling set the mark in 2,422.

  • Sept. 15, 2000...The White Sox hit their 200th home run of the season, breaking the franchise record of 198 set in 1998.

  • Sept. 20, 2000...The White Sox score their 925th run breaking the club record of 920 set in 1936.

  • Sept. 24, 2000...Chicago clinches the American League Central Division title at Minnesota, securing its first playoff berth since 1993.

  • July 10, 2001...Magglio Ordonez goes 2-for-3 with a home run at the All-Star Game in Seattle, becoming the second player in Sox history to homer in the Midsummer Classic ... his solo home run off the Cubs Jon Lieber follows a solo shot by New York's Derek Jeter as they become the fifth teammates in All-Star Game history to hit back-to-back homers.

  • September 3, 2001...Jose Canseco collects his 200th career stolen base vs. Cleveland, becoming the ninth player in Major League history with 400 home runs and 200 steals.

  • October 7, 2001...Magglio Ordonez hits his 40th double on the season's final day at Minnesota to become just the seventh player in Major League history (first in the American League) to hit .300 with 40 doubles, 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in one season.

  • July 9, 2002...Paul Konerko ties an All-Star Game record with two doubles in Milwaukee.

  • Jan. 31, 2003...U.S. Cellular and the White Sox sign a 23-year, $68-million naming rights agreement as the former Comiskey Park, opened in 1991, becomes U.S. Cellular Field. Revenue from the agreement allows the White Sox and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority to undertake significant structural renovations to the ballpark by Opening Day 2005.

  • July 15, 2003...The White Sox and U.S. Cellular Field host Major League Baseball’s 74th All-Star Game. The American League rallies for a 7-6 victory before a crowd of 47,609. Pitcher Esteban Loaiza and outfielders Carl Everett and Magglio Ordonez represent the White Sox. Loaiza becomes the first Sox pitcher since Early Wynn in 1959 to start the game, throwing 2.0 scoreless IP.

  • Nov. 4, 2003...Ozzie Guillen, who played for the White Sox from 1985-97, is named the club’s 37th manager. Guillen, 40, becomes the first native Venezuelan to manage a major-league club.

  • June 15, 2004...Carlos Lee hits safely in his 28th consecutive game with a 10th-inning double at Florida, breaking the club record shared by Albert Belle and Luke Appling (27).

  • Sept. 13-14, 2004...Due to Hurricane Ivan, U.S. Cellular Field becomes the site of the first two games of the Florida-Montreal series. It marks the first time that a National League team has hosted a regularseason game in an American League park since 1946. The Marlins win both games before crowds of 4,003 and 5,457.

  • Sept. 21, 2004...The White Sox hit their 133rd home run at home vs. Minnesota, breaking the club mark of 132 set in 2002.

  • Sept. 24, 2004 ...The White Sox hit their 221st home run vs. Kansas City, breaking the club mark of 220 set in 2003.

  • Sept. 6, 2005...In a 6-5 victory vs. Kansas City, the White Sox reach the 2 million mark in attendance for just the seventh time in franchise history and first since 1993. The Sox finish the season with 2,342,833 fans, the fourth-largest total in club history.

  • Sept. 29, 2005...Bobby Jenks retires Placido Polanco on a lineout to first baseman Paul Konerko as the White Sox capture their second American League Central division crown and advance to the postseason for the eighth time in franchise history.

  • Oct. 22, 2005...U.S. Cellular Field is the site the first World Series game in Chicago since Game 6 of the 1959 Fall Classic when the White Sox lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-3. The White Sox defeat the Houston Astros, 5-3, behind solo home runs by Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede and 7.0 IP from Jose Contreras.

  • Oct. 26, 2005...The White Sox defeat Houston, 1-0, in Game 4 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park, completing a four-game sweep for their first World Championship since 1917. Freddy Garcia combines with three relievers on a five-hitter, with rookie Bobby Jenks retiring Orlando Palmeiro on a groundout to shortstop Juan Uribe to end the Sox 88-year championship drought.