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2023 Season

April 5, 2023: Elvis Andrus singled against the Giants for the 2,000th hit of his career. Fewer than 300 major leaguers have reached 2,000 hits. He is the hits leader among all active shortstops.

Season Preview:  The White Sox surprised many with their poor showing in 2022. In 2023, they are focused on returning to the top of the AL Central. They have the talent to do so, including Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal, Andrew Benintendi, and Eloy Jimenez. Dylan Cease and  Lucas Giolito will lead the pitching staff again, with Mike Clevinger and Joe Kelly expected to contribute after recovering from their 2022 injuries.

2022 Season

Season Recap: Everyone thought the White Sox would run away with the AL Central, but that is why you put on your uniform and play the games. At season’s end, they were 81–81 and out of the playoff picture after a late-September sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Guardians. Injuries nipped at Chicago’s hitters and pitchers all season long, and the team often looked shaky on defense. One thing that gave fans reason to cheer was the remarkable performance of pitcher Dylan Cease. He went 14–8 with a 2.20 ERA and 227 strikeouts—and came within one out of no-hitting the Minnesota Twins.

August 2, 2022: Dylan Cease was named AL Pitcher of the Month for the second month in a row. He went 5–1 with 40 strikeouts in six starts.

Season Preview: No one wants to pitch to the White Sox. Tim Anderson, Yoan Mancada, Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez are nightmare hitters who are only getting better—with Jose Abreu and Yasmani Grandal holding down the number-four and -five spots between them. No one wants to hit against the Chisox, either. Lucas Giolito is nasty, Lance Lynn and Dallas Keuchel are crafty veterans, and Liam Hendricks leads a hard-throwing bullpen. There seems little doubt that Chicago will make the playoffs. But can they win the pennant where they have failed in the past? That will be one of baseball’s biggest questions come the fall.

2021 Season

Season Recap: The White Sox blew away their AL Central rivals in the first half of the season and cruised to a final record of 93–69. Jose Abreu had another monster season and young Luis Robert overcame an injury to lead the club with a .338 average. Tim Anderson batted over .300 for the third year in a row and led the club in hits and runs. Pitching was a big part of Chicago’s success, with Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, and Dylan Cease making up a tough starting staff and Liam Hendricks saving 38 games. The team’s easy second half may have hurt them in the playoffs, however, as they lost to the Astros 3 games to 1 in the Division Series.

April 3, 2021: Catcher Yermin Mercedes became the first player in history to begin his career with eight hits in his first eight at bats.

Season Preview: A spring training injury to rising star Eloy Jimenez will hurt the White Sox, but may not slow them down. Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, and 2020 MVP Jose Abreu make Chicago tough to beat, while a pitching staff led by Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Dallas Keuchel should boost the club to 90 wins.

April 3, 2021: Yermin Mercedes collected hits in each of his first 8 at bats. He is the first player since 1900 to go 8-for-8 to start the season.

2020 Season

November 12, 2020: Jose Abreu was named American League Most Valuable Player. He joined Nellie Fox (1959), Dick Allen (1972), and Frank Thomas (1994) as the team’s only MVPs.

Season Recap: Chicago made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 thanks to great seasons from Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito, and Dallas Keuchel. The most exciting member of the team might have been rookie Luis Robert, who made highlight-reel plays day after day. The White Sox began their playoff series against the Athletics with a big victory, but lost the next two games to end their season.

August 26, 2020: Lucas Giolito hurled a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the 19th “no-no” in team history but the first against a National League team.

August 23, 2020: Jose Abreu slammed a 449-foot home run in a game against the Cubs. It was his fourth home run in four at bats, starting the previous game, tying a major-league record.

August 14, 2020: Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu, and Eloy Jimenez hit four homers in a row. It was just the tenth time in history that a team hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs.

Season Preview: Is this the year for an all-Chicago World Series? The Cubs look good and the White Sox have some exciting stars, including 2019 batting champion Tim Anderson, veteran slugger Jose Abreu, and an outfield starring newcomer Nomar Mazara, power-hitting Eloy Jimenez, and rookie sensation Luis Robert. Luis Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, and Alex Colome top a deep pitching staff.

2019 Season

Season Recap: Chicago finished below .500 but the team has a core of exciting young players, including sluggers Eloy Jimenez and Yoan Moncada, pitchers Lucas Giolito and Dylan Cease, and AL batting champ Tim Anderson. Veteran Jose Abreu bounced back from an off-year to lead the team in home runs and the AL in RBIs.

Season Preview: Chicago was hoping to sign Manny Machado during the off-season, but came up empty. They go into 2019 with good young talent in the starting lineup and coming up from the minors—but not enough depth to survive the injuries and slumps that occur during a 162-game season. The fans hope they get another big year from Daniel Palka, as well as Yonder Alonso, who joins the team as its main DH. Starting pitchers Reynaldo Lopez, Carlos Rondon, and Ivan Nova should keep the White Sox in most games.

2018 Season

Season Recap: Chicago lost 100 games for the first time since 1970, despite an impressive young pitching staff that included Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Carlos Rodon. Thought it struggled to win, the team did not lack for power. Four White Sox clubbed 20 or more homers—Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Matt Davidson and rookie Daniel Palk, who led the team with 27.

Season Preview: The White Sox are quietly assembling a very good team. Young pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Carson Fulmer, and Reynaldo Lopez seem ready to reach the next level, while second baseman Yoan Moncada looks like an All-Star. With veterans Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu anchoring the batting order, Chicago has a chance to play .500 ball in 2018.

2017 Season

Season Recap: The White Sox focused on rebuilding with young players in 2017, and lost 95 games. Trades with the Yankees and Cubs brought top prospects to Chicago. Fans hope the new players will be ready to join stars Jose Abreu, matt Davidson, and Jose Abreu while they are still at the top of their games.

June 24, 2017: James Shield became the 81st pitcher in history to strike out 2,000 batters.

2016 Season

November 1, 2016: Pitchers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana along with hitters Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu helped Chicago lead the AL Central for most of April and May. Unfortunately, a poor second half doomed the White Sox to a 78–84 finish. The team’s many experienced veterans just looked old and tired by the end of the summer. Even so, Sale matched his personal best with 17 wins, Frazier clubbed 40 homers, and closer David Robertson was solid with 37 saves.

2015 Season

October 6, 2015: The White Sox had an excellent leadoff man (Adam Eaton), cleanup hitter (Jose Abreu) and pitching ace (Chris Sale). Chicago’s major weakness was its supporting players. The team needed big years from Melky Cabrera, Alexei Ramirez, David Robertson, and Jeff Samardzija, but did not get them. The result was a 4th place finish.

October 4, 2015: Jose Abreu became the second player in history to finsh with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in each of his first two seasons. One day earlier, Chris Sale broke a 107-year-old team record with his 270the strikeout.

April 5, 2015: The White Sox added pitcher Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson, Adam LaRoche, and Melky Cabrera during the off-season. That gives them a great group of first-string players. If they stay healthy, they could run away with the division.

2014 Season

November 15, 2014: Jose Abreu capped off a spectacular season by winning the AL Rookie of the Year award.

November 1, 2014: Chicago fans enjoyed one of the great debut seasons, with Jose Abreu torching AL pitching for 36 homers 107 RBIs and a .317 average. He was named Rookie of the Month three times between April and July. Center fielder Adam Eaton also had a big season in his first year as a starter. The team’s best player was All-Star pitcher Chris Sale, who finished 12–4 with a 2.17 ERA. Had he not mossed a month to injury in the spring, Chicago might have finished with a winning record.

August 1, 2014: Jose Arbeu was named AL Player of the Month for July. It was his second Player of the Month award in 2014. Abreu also was named Rookie of the Month for the third time in 2014.

April 30, 2014: Jose Abreu, who defected from Cuba in 2013, set new records for rookies in April with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. He was named Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month for April.

March 31, 2014: No one in the AL scored fewer runs than the White Sox in 2013. They hope to improve with help from Cuban star Jose Abreu and young newcomers Matt Davidson and Adam Eaton. Chris Sale is one of the best lefties in the game, but there are a lot of question marks on the Chicago pitching staff.

2013 Season

October 1, 2013: The White Sox had power, speed, and defense, but never quite put them together. The team’s pitching fell short of expectations, too. The result was 99 losses and a last-place finish in the AL Central. Chris Sale had another solid season, with a 3.07 ERA and 226 strikeouts, and Alexei Ramirez was Chicago’s offensive player.

March 30, 2013: The White Sox hope to avoid the late-season collapse that cost them the AL Central in 2012. They will need strong performances from their sluggers and another excellent year from pitching star Chris Sale to challenge the Tigers in 2013.

2012 Season

October 3, 2012: The White Sox spent all year in a thrilling duel for first place in the AL Central. They led the division until the season’s final week. Pitcher Chris Sale turned out to be better than anyone imagined, and slugger Adam Dunn rebounded from a poor 2011 to hit 41 homers and lead the league in walks in 2012.

April 25, 2012: Paul Konerko cracked his 400th homer against the Oakland A’s. Fewer than 50 players belong to baseball’s 400 Club.

April 21, 2012: Philip Humber pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners. He retired all 27 batters he faced. It was the 21st perfect game in history. Two days later, Humber was congratulated by President (and Chisox fan) Barack Obama.

March, 2012: White Sox fans will be watching two pitchers very closely in 2012. Chris Sale could be a big part of their starting rotation this summer. The young lefty has all the pitches—he just needs some experience. In the bullpen, the closer’s job will probably be up for grabs between Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton. But don’t be surprised if Addison Reed gets a chance to finish some games before the year is out.

More Go-To Guys

This postcard of Bibb Falk came out of a vending machine in the 1920s. It only cost a penny. (Exhibit Supply Co.)

Minnie Minoso poses with teammate Larry Doby in an ad for Philco radios. I think this was probably given out in Chicago area stores. (Philco/Grove Furniture)

Jermaine Dye waits for a pitch. He was the World Series MVP for the White Sox in 2005. (Black Book Partners)

  • Eddie Collins — Second Baseman
    Born: 5/2/1887
    Died: 3/25/1951
    Played for Team: 1915 to 1926
    Eddie Collins was known for his sportsmanship at a time when baseball was a rough and rowdy game. He was a daring baserunner and excellent bunter. The more competitive the situation, the better Collins played.

  • Bibb Falk — Outfielder
    Born: 1/27/1899
    Died: 6/8/1989
    Played for Team: 1920 to 1928
    Bibb Falk was a college football star who became one of the team’s best hitters during the 1920s. He batted over .300 five years in a row. Falk later coached the University of Texas to two College World Series championships.

  • Minnie Minoso — Outfielder/Third Baseman
    Born: 11/29/1922
    Played for Team: 1951 to 1957, 1960 to 1961, 1964, 1976 & 1980
    Minnie Minoso was a master at getting on base. Between hits, walks, and getting hit by pitched balls, he regularly reached base 250 or more times a year. Minoso led the AL in stolen bases his first three years with the White Sox and in being hit by pitch a total of seven times during his Chicago career.

  • Ted Lyons — Pitcher
    Born: 12/28/1900
    Died: 7/25/1986
    Played for Team: 1923 to 1942 & 1946
    Ted Lyons threw a fastball that moved as the batter started to swing. He mixed this pitch with a knuckleball to win 260 games for the White Sox. Late in his career, Lyons pitched only once a week, usually on the weekends. His nickname was “Sunday Teddy.”

  • LaMarr Hoyt —  Pitcher
    Born: 1/1/1955
    Played for Team: 1979 to 1984
    LaMarr Hoyt kept batters guessing by never throwing the same pitch in the same place twice. The team turned him from a relief pitcher into a starter in 1982, and he led the AL in victories two years in a row. In 1983, Hoyt won 13 straight games and also took home the AL Cy Young Award.

  • Jermaine Dye —  Outfielder
    Born: 1/28/1974
    Played for Team: 2005 to 2009
    Jermaine Dye came to the White Sox in 2005 with a reputation as a clutch hitter and strong-armed outfielder. He also proved to be an important leader in the team’s championship that season. In 2006, he finished second in the AL with 44 home runs. In five years with Chicago, Dye hit 164 home runs.

  • Alexei Ramirez —  Shortstop
    Born: 9/22/1981
    Played for Team: Team: 2008 to 2015
    Alexei Ramirez was a star for Cuba’s national team for many years. He hit four grand slams in his first season with the White Sox—the most ever by a rookie.

  • Jose Abreu — First Baseman
    Born: 1/29/1987
    First Season with Team: 2014
    Jose Abreu was a star in Cuba before coming to the US and joining the White Sox. He was Rookie of the Year in 2014 and won the AL MVP award in 2020.

More Fun Facts

Frank Thomas poses for sports photographer John Klein at Yankee Stadium in New York. I wrote a children’s book with Frank in 1995, and I am good friends with John. (Black Book Partners/John Klein)

    Doc White pitched six shutouts at the end of the 1904 season. No one has ever thrown more shutouts in a single month.

    In 1991, Wilson Alvarez failed to get three outs in his first major-league start. In his second major-league start, he threw a no-hitter!

    The White Sox won the first game in American League history on April 24, 1901.

    When Frank Thomas won the batting championship in 1997, it was the first time in 54 years a member of the White Sox finished as the AL’s best hitter. No team had ever gone longer without a batting champion.

    In 1973, Wilbur Wood won 24 games and lost 20. No pitcher has had a “20–20” season since.

    In 1942, Taft Wright drove in at least one run in 13 straight games. That is still an AL record.

    In 1922, a rookie named Charlie Robertson threw a perfect game for the White Sox. It took another 34 years before the next perfect game was pitched in the majors.

League Leaders

This Bill Melton photo was given to fans in Chicago in the early 1970s. It was a strange thing when Melton won the home run title. The older sluggers in the AL all slowed down at the same time, and some of the young sluggers just had off-years. (Chicago White Sox)

Luis Aparicio and Nellie Fox share the cover of this 1960 baseball guide. Aparicio was the AL stolen base king in 1959, while Fox was the league MVP. (Street & Smith Publishing)

Jack McDowell signed this team-issued photo. He had his own rock band. It was called Stickfigure. (Author’s Collection)

Ted Lyons was 41 when he won the AL ERA title. I met him when he was in his 70s, and he signed this picture for me. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955. (Author’s Collection)

  • Home Runs
    1915 — Braggo Roth — 7*
    1951 — Gus Zernial — 33**
    1971 — Bill Melton — 33
    1972 — Dick Allen — 37
    1974 — Dick Allen — 32

    * Roth also played for the Cleveland Indians in 1915.
    ** Zernial also played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1951

  • Batting Average
    1938 — Luke Appling — .388
    1943 — Luke Appling — .328
    1997 — Frank Thomas — .347
    2019 — Tim Anderson — .335

  • Runs Batted In
    1951 — Gus Zernial — 129*
    1972 — Dick Allen — 113
    2019 — Jose Abreu — 123
    2020 — Jose Abreu — 60

    * Zernial also played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1951.

  • Stolen Bases
    1901 — Cecil Isbell — 52
    1908 — Patsy Dougherty — 47
    1917 — Eddie Collins — 33
    1923 — Eddie Collins — 49
    1924 — Eddie Collins — 42
    1925 — Johnny Mostil — 43
    1926 — Johnny Mostil — 35
    1951 — Minnie Minoso — 31*
    1952 — Minnie Minoso — 22
    1953 — Minnie Minoso — 25
    1955 — Jim Rivera — 25
    1956 — Luis Aparicio — 21
    1957 — Luis Aparicio — 28
    1958 — Luis Aparicio — 29
    1959 — Luis Aparicio — 56
    1960 — Luis Aparicio — 51
    1961 — Luis Aparicio — 53
    1962 — Luis Aparicio — 31
    2010 — Juan Pierre — 68

    * Minoso also played for the ICleveland ndians in 1951.

  • Wins
    1907 — Addie Joss — 27*
    1908 — Ed Walsh — 40
    1917 — Eddie Cicotte — 28
    1919 — Eddie Cicotte — 29
    1925 — Ted Lyons — 21 (tie)
    1927 — Ted Lyons — 22 (tie)
    1957 — Billy Pierce — 20 (tie)
    1959 — Early Wynn — 22
    1964 — Gary Peters — 20 (tie)
    1972 — Wilbur Wood — 24 (tie)
    1973 — Wilbur Wood — 24
    1982 — LaMarr Hoyt — 19
    1983 — LaMarr Hoyt — 21
    1993 — Jack McDowell — 22

    * Joss also played for the Cleveland Indians in 1907.

  • Strikeouts
    1908 — Ed Walsh — 269
    1909 — Frank Smith — 177
    1911 — Ed Walsh — 225
    1953 — Billy Pierce — 186
    1958 — Early Wynn — 179
    2003 — Esteban Loaiza — 207
    2015 — Chris Sale — 274

  • Earned Run Average
    1906 — Doc White — 1.52
    1907 — Ed Walsh — 1.60
    1910 — Ed Walsh — 1.27
    1917 — Eddie Cicotte — 1.53
    1921 — Red Faber — 2.48
    1922 — Red Faber — 2.80
    1941 — Bill Lee — 2.37
    1942 — Ted Lyons — 2.10
    1951 — Saul Rogovin — 2.78*
    1955 — Billy Pierce — 1.97
    1960 — Frank Baumann — 2.68
    1963 — Gary Peters — 2.33
    1966 — Gary Peters — 1.98
    1967 — Joel Horlen — 2.06

    * Rogovin also pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1951.

Playing for the Championship

Kid Gleason, the manager of the 1917 world champion White Sox, poses with Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who became Commissioner of Baseball in 1920. This is one of the best old photos in my collection. (Author’s Collection)

1906 Chicago Cubs Won 4–2
1917 New York Giants Won 4–2
1919 Cincinnati Reds Lost 5–3*
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers Lost 4–2
2005 Houston Astros Won 4–0

* The 1919 World Series was a best-of-9 format.

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