SOX CLINCH ON THIS DATE IN 1959 … TODAY: RAIN DELAYS CLINCHING

The baseball gods did not want the White Sox to add a third clinching on Sept. 21.

With the help of Kansas City, the Sox could have secured the American League Central crown with a win at Detroit on Monday.

The Sox got no help from Kansas City in Cleveland and they lost in Detroit so the magic number held at two. In addition, the Sox were not able to join their forerunners of 1901 and 1917 to clinch on Sept. 21.

Today, the Sox chance to celebrate a clinching anniversary with a clinching was rained out.

Now it’s on to Cleveland where the Sox can secure their first division title since 2008 with a win tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking of Cleveland, it was 62 years ago today, the Sox clinched their first pennant in 40 seasons in that city. The Sox did it with a 4-2 victory before 54,923 at Cleveland Stadium.

The Sox scored two in the second and two in the sixth on back-to-back home runs by Al Smith and Jungle Jim Rivera.

The Indians loaded the bases in the ninth but Al Lopez brought on Gerry Staley, who got Vic Power to hit his only pitch to Luis Aparicio, who turned it into a game-ending double play.

The victory set off a wild celebration in Chicago which included some surprise sirens in a jittery city during the Cold War and culminated with a throng of 100,000 greeting the team at Midway Airport at 1:30 a.m.

Hopefully tomorrow there will be similar frivolity!

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