History of the Chicago White Sox 1959-2020

History of the Chicago White Sox 1959-2020

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       Manager Al Lopez’ 1959 pennant-winning squad included 3 Hall of Famers, speed, pitching, and fielding. It was the first time in 40 years the franchise was World Series-bound. The 1960s brought exploding scoreboards, and razor-close finishes in 1964 and 1967. In the 1970s, a Sox finally had a HR champ; another  became the AL MVP after the Sox made a trade with the LA Dodgers; then for 1 day only, Sox uniforms included wide collar shirts and shorts. In 1977, Bill Veeck’s club “rented” 2 HR hitters; in 1979, future Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa took the helm.

       The 1980s included 1983 post season play, 2 Rookies of the Year, a Cy Young Award winner, and 2 future Hall of Famers - one a catcher, the other a pitcher who won his 300th career game in a Sox uniform. The Sox returned to post-season play in 1993, 2001, and 2008, but let’s not forget the long-awaited (88 years) 2005 World Series champs. During that span, Frank Thomas became a 2-time MVP winner and Jack McDowell won the Cy Young Award. Popular players were many: Raines, Belle, Rowand, Crede, Dye, Buehrle, Thome,  Pierzynski, Konerko, Quentin, Sale and Rich Renteria’s squad that includes the 2014 Rookie of the Year, 2019 AL batting champ and AL RBI leader, plenty of youth and promise.

  • Yearly Standings, including a comparison with those placing 1st in Batting, Pitching, and Fielding.
  • Top pitchers, top hitters, a list of rookies, and those obtained in a trade.
  • Club news and dozens of noteworthy games (the winning or losing pitcher and batting stars)
  • League news, listing of other league games, and year-end awards.