The White Sox, who were originally based in Sioux City, Iowa, were established as one of the American League’s eight charter franchises in 1894. In 1895, they would move to St. Paul, Minnesota before settling in Chicago in 1900.
The Sox, who have won seven American League Pennants, have won the World Series three times, the most recent of which being in 2005.
They have played in four different stadiums and they currently call U.S. Cellular Field, which was previously called the (new) Comisky Park, home.
The current ownership group, which is lead by Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn, purchased the club in 1980. Under Reinsdorf and Einhorn, the Sox have won five Division Championships and they snapped their 88-year World Series Championship drought.
Ozzie Guillen has coached the White Sox since 2004. The highlight of the always outspoken Guillen’s career came in 2005 when he lead the White Sox to their first AL pennant since 1959. Chicago would also go on to sweep the Houston Astros to win the World Series and Guillen would be named the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The White Sox minor league affiliates are the Charlotte Knights (AAA), Birmingham Barons (AA), Winston-Salem Dash (A-Advanced), Kannapolis Intimidators (A), Bristol Sox (Rookie-Advanced), Great Falls Voyagers (Rookie-Advanced), DSL White Sox (Rookie).
While preparing for 2011, the White Sox will be looking to bolster their pitching staff. Not only do they currently have the 13th best ERA in the league, but they’re pitching struggles have come from their most established veterans.
Mark Buehrle, in particular, has a horrendous rate of 4.18 strikeouts per nine innings and, as a result, he has a 3.99 ERA. That ERA is actually much improved since earlier in the season. Just a few months ago, his ERA was over 4.50.
Additionally, the White Sox trade for Jake Peavy looks like it may be a bust. Though Peavy has had a successful career thus far, he had a whopping 4.63 ERA and a 7-6 record in 17 starts this season before going down with a season-ending back injury.
The Sox need a solid number one pitcher if they want to contend with the Minnesota Twins, who have one of the better offenses in the league.
Did You Know?
The first Crosstown World Series between the Cubs and White Sox took place in 1906. The Cubs were heavily favored to win the matchup, but the Sox prevailed in six games.
In 1919, the Black Sox scandal rocked Chicago when eight members of the team, including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, were banned from the league after it was deemedthat they intentionally lost the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
From 1910 to 1990, the Sox played at Comiskey Park, which was named after Charles Comiskey, who helped to form the American League and owned the team for thirty years.
8/28/2010- Erick Threets(LHP): 60-day DL, torn ligament in left elbow, out for season
8/25/2010- J.J. Putz(RHP): 15-day DL, right knee patella tendonitis
8/18/2010- Matt Thornton(LHP): 15-day DL, inflammation in left elbow
7/31/2010- Erick Threets(LHP): 15-day DL, turf toe on left foot
7/7/2010- Jake Peavy(RHP): 60-day DL, detached muscle in right shoulder, out for season
5/31/2010- Mark Teahen(3B): 15-day DL, fractured finger on right hand
3/29/2010- Ramon Castro (C): 15-day DL, bruised right heel and calf
Mark Buehrle (LHP)
Edwin Jackson (RHP)
Lucas Harrell (RHP)
John Danks (LHP)
Gavin Floyd (RHP)
Freddy Garcia (RHP)
Carlos Torres (RHP)
Gregory Infante (RHP)
Bobby Jenks (RHP)
Scott Linebrick (RHP)
Tony Pena (RHP)
J.J. Putz (RHP)
Chris Sale (LHP)
Sergio Santos (RHP)
Matt Thornton (LHP)
Gordon Beckham (2B)
Paul Konerko (1B)
Brent Lillibridge (2B)
Brent Morel (3B)
Alexei Ramirez (SS)
Mark Teahan (3B)
Dayan Viciedo (3B)
Omar Vizquel (3B)
Alejandro De Aza (RF)
Andruw Jones (RF)
Juan Pierre (LF)
Carlos Quentin (RF)
Alex Rios (CF)