The White Sox have been a staple in the American League since the start of the 20th century. Chicago had immediate success in the AL, winning 83 games their first season and making it all the way to the World Series in 1906, where they defeated cross-town rivals the Chicago Cubs in six games to secure the franchise’s first title. In 1917 the White Sox recorded their first 100-win season en route to another World Series championship. Following that second World Series victory things got worse for Chicago, who failed to reach postseason play again until 1959, when the White Sox came up short against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Another playoff drought then ensued, as Chicago didn’t return to postseason play until 1983. In the 1990s the White Sox had more success, even though they weren’t playoff mainstays. Led by Frank Thomas, Chicago finished no lower than third in the division from 1990 through 2006. In 2005 the White Sox reached the apex of the baseball world, winning their third World Series on the backs of Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye and Mark Buehrle. Chicago has retired the numbers of nine players through the franchise’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Chicago White Sox baseball tickets.
2016 White Sox Season Preview
The Chicago White Sox struggled again in 2014. The White Sox finished the season with a 73-89 record, marking the 4th time since 2008 that the club finished under .500. Despite the struggles last season, the White Sox did have a few bright spots that they will look to build on in 2015. First baseman Jose Abreu had a breakout season in 2014 and looks to be on one of the leagues up and coming stars.
To build around Abreu, the White Sox put forth one of the most successful offseasons in Major League Baseball. Chicago acquired ace pitcher Jeff Samardzija, giving the team one of the top shutdown pitchers in baseball. The White Sox also added Melk Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, and Adam LaRoche to their 2015 roster. The AL Central looks to be among the most competitive divisions in baseball in 2015. The White Sox won’t likely be the favorites coming into the 2015 MLB Season, but expect the Southsiders to be in the thick of the postseason race late in the season.
Check out our Chicago White Sox Season Preview History page for previews of previous White Sox seasons.
Chicago White Sox Baseball at U.S. Cellular Field Address: 333 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois, 60616
The White Sox play their home games at U.S. Cellular Field, located in Chicago, Illinois. When filled to capacity, U.S. Cellular holds more than 40,000 screaming fans. If you’re headed to the ballpark, get to the game early and stop by the Chicago Sports Depot, located next to the stadium. The Chicago Sports Depot features all of Chicago’s sports teams, as well as some teams from the Big Ten. The Chicago White Sox dugout is on the third-base line of US Cellular Field in front of sections 135-143. US Cellular parking information is covered in our White Sox event guide.
White Sox vs. Cubs
Known as the Crosstown Classic, this is one of the liveliest rivalries in baseball. Few sports rivalries have so completely divided a town like Cubs-White Sox. The first meeting between these teams dates back to the 1906 World Series, and the clubs have played over 90 times since. While all of Chicago may come together to cheer on the Bulls, Bear, or Blackhawks, when the Cubs and White Sox meet, Chicago is split in two, and the game is all the better for it.
White Sox vs. Tigers
Chicago and Detroit have their fair share of rivalries, but Cubs-White Sox is one of the best. Although both teams are over 100 years old, this rivalry really didn’t gain fire until the Tigers joined the AL Central in 1998. Since then the Tigers and White Sox have been incredibly evenly matched, combining for multiple World Series berths and countless playoff appearances in that time frame. With both history and competitiveness on its side, this is always one of the better divisional rivalries in the AL.
White Sox vs. Twins
While it is hard to argue against the Cubs as the White Sox arch-rival, if there was a 1b, it would be the Minnesota Twins. These two teams have been playing for over 100 years, and were rivals for almost 60 years before the Twins even moved to Minnesota. The rivalry has lasted over two divisions with the White Sox and Twins both moving from the AL West, to the AL Central in 1994. Since then they have combined for almost 10 division titles.
Chicago White Sox in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Chicago White Sox have built a strong history in their 110+ years of existence. During their first two decades, the White Sox won four AL pennants and two World Series titles. Chicago went through an 88-year drought before winning their third World Series in 2005. Overall, the White Sox have won more than 5 AL pennants and over four division titles and will only add to that total in the years to come.
Chicago White Sox Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a White Sox game?
Gates open 90 minutes before game time at U.S. Cellular Field.
Where are good places to eat before a White Sox game?
Some of the South Side’s best sports bars are within a few miles of U.S. Cellular. We recommend trying Rocky’s, Cobblestones Bar & Grill, or Mitchell’s Tap. If you enjoy eating classic American soul food, don’t miss out on Chicago’s Home of Chicken & Waffles, or Acadia. There are a few great Italian food places in the area. Ciao Amore Ristorante, Davanti Enoteca, and Three Aces are all worth checking out. If you are looking for something quick, try Jim’s Priginal Hot Dog. Jim’s is world renowned for some of the best hot dogs and sausages, and is perfect before a Sox game. Other good places in the area are Sweet Maple Café, Honky Tonk BBQ, and Simone’s Bar
Where is the best place to park at U.S. Cellular Field?
There are a few good parking options at U.S. Cellular Field. The most convenient area is immediately to the north of the stadium at parking lots E, and D. These two lots often fill up quickly so plan to arrive early if you want to find a spot. Another good area is to the east of the stadium. In between Wentworth and Normal on the east side of 36th Street are parking lots A, B, C, and G. This area offers the most available parking and is usually the easiest place to find a good spot. There are two smaller lots on the north side of Princeton in between 37th Street and Pershing. Chicago also has great public transportation. The CTA Red Line drops off close to U.S. Cellular and allows you to skip the hassle of finding a parking spot all together.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children under 36 inches tall are allowed to enter U.S. Cellular field without a ticket, but must sit on a parent or guardian’s lap for the duration of the game.