CHICAGO WHITE SOX IN THE POSTSEASON
After spending time in the Western League during the early 19th century, the Chicago White Sox, then known as the White Stockings, entered the American League in 1901 and quickly would become one of the most vaunted teams in all of baseball. In 1906, the team would ironically be dubbed "The Hitless Wonders" by Chicago newspapers, but behind the strength of their fabulous pitching staff, the team was able to overcome its woes in the batter's box to win the American League pennant and be matched up against their crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cubs. The team would go onto win the series in six games for their first championship, and at the time, it seemed that a golden age of White Sox baseball was just beginning.
In 1917, the White Sox returned to the World Series thanks to the stellar pitching from Eddie Cicotte, who would post a 28-12 record during the regular season and an astounding 1.53 ERA. Along with Red Farber and Reb Russell, White Sox pitching overwhelmed their opponents and would win 100 games, the most in franchise history. In the World Series the White Sox were matched up against the New York Giants, and they made quick work of the team in a six game series. The White Sox would return to the World Series in 1919, but were plagued by the Black Sox Scandal, in which eight members of the team were paid to throw games and were subsequently banned for life from baseball. Unfortunately for White Sox fans, little did they know that their recent triumph in 1917 would be the last time the team's faithful would experience a championship for several decades.
Although the White Sox made an appearance in the 1959 World Series and would lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team suffered one of the longest championship droughts in sports until 2005 when 88 years of prayers were answered. The 2005 White Sox finished with a 99-63 record and made quick work of their playoff opponents in the American League Divisional and Championship Series. In the World Series, the stellar pitching of Mark Buerle and Jose Contreras stifled the Houston Astros' hitters and allowed the White Sox to sweep the series in four games. In recent years, the White Sox have been among the top teams in the American League Central, and have continued to build a competitive roster that could recapture some of the magic from 2005 all over again.
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