SEPT. 21: A GREAT DAY IN SOX HISTORY TO CLINCH

These White Sox won’t be the first in the franchise history to clinch on this date should that happen today.

The Sox enter their matinee in Detroit with their magic number at two to clinch the American League Central Division title.

If the Sox prevail in today’s “pop-up“ contest and Cleveland falls at home to Kansas City this evening, the Sox will secure their first division title since winning the “Black Out” game in 2008.

This would be the third Sox clincher on this date:

The Chicago Tribune’s headline on the Sox clinching the 1901 pennant.

Here’s a look at the others:

*1901: Even though they lost 10-4 in Philadelphia, the White Sox clinched their second consecutive American League pennant under Clark Griffith. Second-place Boston lost to Detroit, leaving the Sox with an insurmountable 7.5-game lead. 1901 was the first year the American League was recognized as a “major” league.

The Chicago Tribune headline trumpeting the Sox clinching of the 1917 pennant.

*1917: Red Faber got Babe Ruth to hit into a game-ending double play as the White Sox clinched the pennant with a 2-1 win in 10 innings at Boston. The Sox took the lead in the 10th when Ray Schalk doubled and scored one out later on a single by Shano Collins. The franchise’s second pennant (and first since 1906) led to the franchise’s second World Series title.

Here’s hoping we add to this list at about 9 tonight!

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