Cellular Field, which was originally called New Comiskey Park and nicknamed The Cell by local fans. The White Sox are one of two major league clubs based in Chicago, the other being the Chicago Cubs of the National League. The White Sox last won the World Series in 2005 when they played the Houston Astros and swept them in four games.
One of the American League’s eight charter franchises, the Chicago team was established as a major league baseball club in 1900. The club was originally called the Chicago White Stockings, after the nickname abandoned by the Cubs, and the name was soon shortened to Chicago White Sox, believed to have been because the paper would shorten it to Sox in the headlines. At this time, the team played their home games at South Side Park. In 1910, the team moved into historic Comiskey Park, which they would inhabit for more than eight decades.
The White Sox were a strong team during their first two decades, winning the 1906 World Series with a defense-oriented team dubbed “the Hitless Wonders”, and the 1917 World Series led by Eddie Cicotte, Eddie Collins, and Shoeless Joe Jackson. The 1919 World Series, however, was marred by the Black Sox Scandal, in which several prominent members of the White Sox (including Cicotte and Jackson) were accused of conspiring with gamblers to purposefully lose games.
Baseball’s new commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis took decisive action, banning the tainted players from Major League Baseball for life.
Decades of mediocrity followed for the White Sox until the 1950s, when perennially competitive teams were blocked from the playoffs by the dynastic New York Yankees, with the exception of the 1959 pennant winners led by Early Wynn, Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio, and manager Al Lopez. Another pennant winner did not come until their championship season of 2005, when the White Sox won their first World Series championship in 88 years, breaking their epochal drought only a year after the Boston Red Sox had broken their slightly shorter but more celebrated “curse.”
The Chicago White Sox are most prominently nicknamed “the South Siders”, based on their particular district within Chicago. Other nicknames include “the Pale Hose”, “the ChiSox”, a combination of “Chicago” and “Sox” (as opposed to the BoSox), mostly just used by the national media, “the Go-Go Sox”, a reference to 1959 AL champions, who got that nickname; “the Good Guys”, a reference to the team’s one-time motto “Good guys wear black”, coined by Ken “Hawk” Harrelson; and “the Black Sox,” referring specifically to the scandal-tainted 1919 team. Most fans and Chicago media refer to the team as simply “the Sox”. The Spanish language media sometimes refer to the team as Medias Blancas for “White Socks.”
As of 2006, the White Sox’ flagship radio station was WSCR, 670 AM, known to Chicago listeners as The Score (the station had also served as the White Sox flagship for most of the time between the 1970s and 1990s as WMAQ radio). Starting in 2009, Ed Farmer (play-by-play) and Darrin “DJ” Jackson (color commentator) will be calling every White Sox game, with Jackson moving from TV to radio, and Steve Stone moving from radio to TV. Chris Rongey remains in the Chicago studios during broadcasts, where he hosts the pre- and post-game shows.
Television broadcasts are split three ways: WGN (both the local feed and WGN America), WCIU-TV (a local independent station) and Comcast SportsNet Chicago. The announcers are the same wherever the game is televised: Ken “The Hawk” Harrelson on play-by-play and Steve Stone on color. Occasionally, well-known former White Sox players such as “Black Jack” McDowell, Robin Ventura and Moose Skowron fill in as substitutes in the broadcast booth. Since 1990, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson has done play-by-play commentary for the White Sox TV broadcasts.
Games shown on WCIU are produced by WGN under the branding of SoxNet with all WGN logo elements removed, as the WCIU telecasts are distributed on a network of stations across the state of Illinois.In May 2009, a DVD of Chicago White Sox Memories was released, via Shout! Factory. It includes a complete history of the team, as well as interviews with some of the greatest White Sox players.