Today in White Sox History: October 16

Four of a kind: Paul Konerko‘s unassisted out at first clinched a fourth straight win, fourth straight complete game, and World Series berth in 2005. (@RonVesely)


1952 — The White Sox sent infielder Willie Miranda to the St. Louis Browns in a trade. So what? Well consider this: It marked the third time in four months that Miranda was dealt between the two clubs! Miranda was traded to the Browns on June 15, 13 days later the Sox reacquired him and finally on this date they sent him back.


2005 — The White Sox won their sixth league championship, beating the Angels, 6-3. Jose Contreras fired the fourth consecutive complete game by the staff. The four consecutive postseason complete games hadn’t been seen in major league baseball since the 1956 New York Yankees pulled it off. After losing the first game of the ALCS, the Sox swept away Los Angeles.

Paul Konerko was named the ALCS MVP. The city of Chicago, especially on the South Side and in the South suburbs, went wild as the “nuclear scenario” happened for Cub fans … the Sox were in the World Series!

Today in White Sox History: October 12

The dropped third strike heard ’round the world: A.J. Pierzynski remains forever a folk hero on the South Side for this ALCS Game 2 stunt. (YouTube)


1966 — Another one of White Sox GM Ed Short’s best moves came on this day: He sent two-time All-Star pitcher Juan Pizarro, nursing a bad arm, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Wilbur Wood. Wood would blossom in Chicago thanks to his knuckleball, first as a record-setting relief pitcher, then as a four-time 20-game winner (1971-74). Wood would also make three All-Star teams.


2005 — In one of the strangest endings to a postseason game in history, the White Sox beat the Angels 2-1, in Game 2 of the ALCS. With the game tied in the ninth inning, catcher A.J. Pierzynski ran to first on a third strike that possibly bounced in the dirt (replays were definitely unclear, seeming to indicate that Angels catcher Josh Paul both caught the ball on the fly and held on to it). Paul, a former Sox player, heard home plate umpire call Pierzynski out on strikes (also captured on camera) and rolled the ball back to the mound, not bothering to throw to first base, as required by the rules for a dropped third strike.

After much delay and arguing by Angels manager Mike Scioscia, pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna stole second and Joe Credes double brought home the game-winner.