The originals: On this day, the White Sox scratched their way into the record books for the first time.
The White Sox played their first ever game. It would be an exhibition win over the University of Illinois baseball team. The final score was 10-9.
Seeds of Sox: Charles Comiskey purchased the Sioux City Huskers and, eventually, brought them to Chicago.
After a meeting with the Chicago Cubs, the way was cleared for Charles Comiskey to bring his team from St. Paul, Minn. to Chicago. He would set up shop of the South Side of the city. However, Comiskey was bringing the team to town regardless of whether the Cubs approved or not — the meeting was set up merely to try to avoid any conflicts.
The White Sox suffered a major blow to their hopes for a championship when star third baseman Robin Ventura destroyed his ankle and lower leg on a slide at home plate in a spring game against the Red Sox. The injury was so horrific that a woman sitting in the stands passed out when she saw the result. Ventura’s spikes caught in the ground, grotesquely twisting his foot 180 degrees in the opposite direction.
The injury took place only 10 days before the season opener, and the Sox were left in a state of shock. GM Ron Schueler announced to the media the team would be looking for a replacement, and then did nothing to fill the void. The Sox stumbled out of the gate with an 8-18 start. Thankfully after a rigorous rehabilitation process, Robin would come back to play in 54 games in 1997 and continue to have an outstanding major league career.
Scoring frenzy: Avisaíl García collected four hits in an 11-run attack in 2016, the White Sox scoring in every inning. (Wikipedia)
Sept. 12, 1900 — The White Sox beat the Cleveland Blues 12-4 in Chicago to clinch the franchise’s first pennant. However the American League wasn’t recognized as an “official” major league at the time. Roy Patterson got the win in the game.
Sept. 12, 2016 — The White Sox tied an unusual franchise record, as they beat Cleveland, 11-4, at U.S. Cellular Field: The Sox scored at least one run in every inning. It was only the 20th time in major league history that a team had accomplished this.
Chicago banged out 16 hits, Avisaíl García getting four of them. Six of the 16 hits went for extra bases. The first time the franchise accomplished this was May 11, 1949, beating the Boston Red Sox at Comiskey Park.