The five appearances our Sox have made in the Fall Classic pales in comparison to, let’s say, the Yankees, who will be making their 40th beginning tonight in The Bronx.
That said, we are who we are and should be proud of the Series accomplishments we do have.
Here are 10 great Sox World Series moments to remember, in chronological order:
* Lefty Doc White pitched a complete game seven-hitter in the Sox’ 8-3 victory over the Cubs in the deciding Game 6 of the 1906 Series. Called the Trolley Car Series, The Sox upset their crosstown rivals who won 116 games during the regular season and were heavily favored.
* Future Hall of Famer Red Faber hurled a six-hit, complete game masterpiece as the Sox beat the New York Giants, 4-2, and clinched the world title in Game 6 of the 1917 Classic.
* The 1919 World Series was the darkest moment in White Sox history as the South Siders were the culprits in the “Black Sox Scandal.” There was one major positive, however, when Dickie Kerr, one of the Sox players not in on the fix, pitched the Sox to a 3-0 triumph in Game 3.
* Even though they eventually lost to the LA Dodgers, the Sox started off the 1959 Series at Comiskey with an 11-0 whitewash of their NL foes. Recently acquired Ted Kluszewski led the offense with two homers and Early Wynn and Gerry Staley combined for the shutout.
* The Sox won Game 5 of the ’59 Series behind Bob Shaw and Dick Donovan, who combined for a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers and Sandy Koufax.
* Ah, Game 2 of the 2005 Series. How can we forget Paul Konerko slamming the 18th grand slam in the history of the Fall Classic to put the Sox ahead 6-4 in the seventh inning.
* And, of course, Scott Podsednik‘s game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth of Game 2 in ’05 to give the Sox a thrilling 7-6 victory and a 2-0 lead in the Series.
* A mid-season acquisition with only one prior postseason at bat, Geoff Blum was the unlikely hero in Game 3 in ’05 with a solo homer in the 14th inning to put the Sox ahead. The South Siders eventually won 7-5 in the longest World Series game every played.
* Jermaine Dye’s 8th inning single off of Brad Lidge scoring Willie Harris in the deciding Game 4, gave the Sox the exciting 1-0 win and their first Series title since 1917.
* If there was an unsung hero in Game 4 of the ’05 World Series for the Sox it undoubtedly was Juan Uribe, who made two great plays in the ninth to preserve the win. He jumped into the stands to record one out and ran in to field the now legendary ground ball off of the bat of Orlando Palmiero for the last out of the game and the Series.