The White Sox and their fans sure knew how to celebrate in 1917.
100 years ago Tuesday (Oct. 17, 1917), the World Series champion White Sox returned to Chicago two days after winning the title in New York.
The trains carrying the Sox were greeted by ”brass bands, fluent orators, cheering bugs and various other incidentals” at the La Salle Street station, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The newspaper tabbed the event a “superroyal reception.”
It was quite a turnout for the Sox, who claimed the franchise’s second championship and first since 1906 in six games.
Per the Tribune, the train station was jampacked with the crowd pouring into the streets forcing the blocking of traffic on La Salle and Van Buren streets.
“The jam extended out into the street, where all kinds of transportation and vehicular traffic found difficulty in getting through,” the Tribune reported. “Even the L platform was loaded with people who could not get into the station.”
Unlike the 2005 celebration, there was no ceremony to honor the champs but two of the three bands on hand “began simultaneously to spiel ‘Hail, Hail the Gang’s All Here” in different tempos” when the train pulled in around 4 p.m., according to the Tribune. The music and the cheering “threatened to blow off the glass dome of the station, the paper said.
In fact, the Sox did their best to avoid the huge gathering because it may have been a bit out of control. Train company officials requested extra police but the reinforcements of 50 did not arrive in time to be of much service, according to the Tribune.
“So great was the crush that the White Sox themselves were fairly lost in it,” the paper wrote. “Many of the players managed to escape detection and reach their taxicabs without having their arms wrenched off by the frenzied throng of adherents who swarmed all over the place in utter defiance of the efforts of the railroad employees to control their movements.”
Manager Pants Rowland as well as a few of his players were recognized as they headed to their rides.
They were swarmed as the bands tried to give them an appropriate sendoff.
“Each of the champions who was recognized was pounced on by admirers and followed by a regular river of rooters through the mob, which had to give way or get trampled on,” said the Tribune. “As fast as a taxi load of champions reached the exit, it departed slowly through the masses of fans with all three bands tooting tumultuosly hail and farewell in unison.”
A quick @SoxNerd look at Thursday’s win in Houston …
*Chris Volstad 4.1 innings of relief for a win were the most by a White Sox pitcher since Tony Pena beat the Angels on July 6, 2010 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Like Volstad, Pena was called upon after an injury. Pena took over for Jake Peavy, who left the game after a muscle detached from the back of his right shoulder.
*The last time a Sox pitcher went longer than Volstad’s 4.1 in relief for a win was Dan Wright, who went 4.2 innings to beat the Angels on Aug. 12, 2003.
Wright relieved Neal Cotts, who lasted just 2.1 innings in his first big-league start.
*Volstad became the 526th pitcher to log a win for White Sox. The first? RoyPatterson in the Sox inaugural game on April 24, 1901.
The White Sox are enjoying their final scheduled off day of the season today.
The next time the Sox take a regular-season breather will be March 30, a day after the opener in Kansas City.
It will be the first regular-season off day on that day after the first game on March 29 before the first non-opener on March 31 in White Sox history.
To commemorate aaaaaaaaaaaalllllll of that, here’s a look at some memorable White Sox moments that occurred on this date:
*1908, GETTING CLOSER: Ed Walsh outdueled Walter Johnson as the White Sox closed to within 2.5-games of first place by beating Washington 1-0 at South Side Park. The Sox managed just three hits off Johnson but it was enough to win.
*1920, ROUTING THE YANKS: Buck Weaver, Hap Felsch and Shano Collins each had four hits as the Sox ripped the Yankees 15-9 before 38,000 at Comiskey Park. Collins had three doubles and drove in five in helping the Sox finish off a 3-game sweep of the Yanks. Ed Cicotte earned his 19th win as the Sox moved into second place.
*1922, GETTING THE MOST(IL) OUT OF JOHNNY: Johnny Mostil doubled, tripled and drove in three in the White Sox 7-0 win over Boston at Comiskey Park. Dixie Leverett fashioned a five hitter with one walk and one strikeout to improve to 12-9. Leverett was among four Sox starters who had two hits. Every Sox starter had at least one hit with Earl Sheely doubling and driving in two.
*1923, BESTING BOSTON: Johnny Mostil and Willie Kamm combined to go 5-for-8 with a double, triple and three RBIs in the White Sox 6-2 win at Boston. Ted Blankenship gave up one earned run in the complete game effort for his seventh win.
*1924, FABULOUS FIRST: Eddie Collins had five hits as the White Sox used a five-run first to whip Boston 7-3 at Comiskey Park. Boston starter Curt Fullerton did not retire a batter before being lifted. Earl Sheely drove in three in making things easy for Ted Lyons, who turned in a complete game for his 12th win.
*1925, LAST HURRAH FOR DICKIE: Dickie Kerr absorbed the loss in the White Sox 10-5 defeat at Washington in what would be the final start of his short and short-circuited career. Kerr, a left-hander, won 13 games as a rookie for the 1919 White Sox and was untouched by the scandal that befell team in the World Series that year. In two starts in that fixed Fall Classic, Kerr was 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA and one shutout. The St. Louis native won 21 games in 1920 and 19 games in 1921 before a contract squabble essentially ended his career. Following the 1921 season, Kerr asked Charles Comiskey for a $500 raise but was turned down. Kerr then left the Sox to play “outlaw ball” and for that he was suspended by Commissioner Kensaw Landis. The suspension was lifted after four years and after Kerr had played one season with an “accredited” minor league team, he returned to the White Sox on Aug. 15, 1925. The loss on this day was part of 12 mostly ineffective appearances. After the season, Kerr was sold to a minor league career and then embarked on a coaching career where he crossed paths with Stan Musial.
*1926, PITCHERS A HIT: Pitchers Sarge Connally and Sloppy Thurston combined to go 2-for-3 with a run, a double and an RBI in the White Sox 6-3 win over Boston at Comiskey Park. Thurston threw 5.2 innings of scoreless relief for his eighth win.
*1933, LES IS MORE: Making his big league debut, starter Les Tietje earned the win in the White Sox 4-3 win in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Tietje joined Leo Mangum as the only Sox pitchers to debut with a start at Yankee Stadium. The feat would not be duplicated until Erik Johnson debuted on Sept. 43, 2013.
*1951, NICE WORK, BUD: Bud Stewart’s homer in the fourth and lead-providing two-run single in the eighth got the White Sox past the Yankees 7-1 in New York. Billy Pierce went the distance for his 14th win.
*1954, NO. 1 FOR MARTY: Marty Marion earned his first victory as White Sox manager in a 6-2 win over Baltimore before 2,529 at Comiskey Park. Marion succeeded Paul Richards as Sox manager four days earlier when Richards took a promotion with the Baltimore Orioles.
*1957, THAT’S RON, NOT REGGIE, JACKSON: Ron Jackson’s three-run homer in the fifth gave the White Sox some breathing room in a 7-5 win at Baltimore. Jim Landis’ two-run single in the first gave the Sox the lead for good as the team posted their 85th win.
*1958, A BARRY GOOD RELIEF OUTING: Barry Latman fired 7.2 innings of scoreless relief for the victory in the White Sox 6-2 win over Baltimore before 734 in a Thursday afternoon get-away day affair at Comiskey Park. Latman took over for starter Ray Moore with one out in the first and the Sox trailing 2-0. He held the O’s scoreless while his offense got him the lead with three in the fifth in a rally which started when Latman walked. Ray Boone led the Sox offense with a home run an RBI in the decisive fifth.
*1959, THE SHERM AND SHAW SHOW: Sherm Lollar’s fifth inning home run off future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning catapulted the first-place White Sox to a 1-0 win over Detroit before 37,352 at Comiskey Park. Bob Shaw threw a five-hitter with one walk and two strikeouts for his 17th win as the Sox held their 5.5-game lead atop the American League.
*1963: A “SWEEP” VICTORY IN GAME 2: Joe Cunningham’s walkoff single delivered the White Sox a 4-3 win in Game 2 and a doubleheader sweep of the Red Sox before 6,677 at Comiskey Park. Pete Ward hit a three-run homer in an 8-3 victory Game 1 as the Sox stretched their winning streak to six.
1965, MARV-ELOUS: Marv Staehle’s two-run pinch-single in the eighth fronted the White Sox for good in an 8-6 win at Cleveland. Eddie Fisher picked up his 15th win as the Sox won for the second straight day.
*1966, MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE: Moose Skowron’s two-run double in the fifth enabled the White Sox to overcome the Orioles 4-3 in Baltimore. Hoyt Wilhelm earned the save with 2.2 innings of shutout work as the Sox finished off a three-game sweep.
*1971, A LAST FOR CARLOS: Carlos May recorded the final inside-the-park grand slam by a White Sox player at Comiskey Park in a 5-1 win over the Angels before 4,612 at 35th and Shields. May victimized the Angels’ Tom Murphy in the first inning for the fourth in-the-park grand slam by a Sox player at Comiskey Park. He joined Bill Barrett (Aug. 4, 1926), Bud Clancy (July 15, 1927) and Ferris Fain (June 16, 1954) as the Sox players to accomplish the feat at home.
*1974, QUICK AS A KAAT: Jim Kaat picked up his 18th win in a snappy 1 hour and 49 minutes in the White Sox 3-1 victory at Minnesota. The left-hander gave up seven hits and one walk while fanning eight in going the distance in victimizing the team he pitched for from 1959 to 1973.
*1977, A WINNING SEASON: The White Sox clinched their first winning season since 1972 by sweeping a doubleheader from California for their 82nd and 83rd triumphs of the season before 22,215 at Comiskey Park. With Oscar Gamble hitting his 31st homer, the Sox took the first game 6-3 followed by a 7-3 win in the nightcap.
*1979, A GEM BY KEN: Ken Kravec pitched 10 shutout innings and was rewarded with a win when Thad Bosley’s single scored Alan Bannister to give the White Sox a 1-0 victory before 5,196 at Comiskey Park. Kravec took a no-hitter into the eighth and wound up giving up just three hits for his 13th win.
*1983, CHAMPS KEEP ROLLLING: A day after they clinched their first American League West title, Richard Dotson earned his 20th win as the Sox whitewashed Seattle 6-0 before a crowd of 40,984 at Comiskey Park. Prior to the game, White Sox veteran Mike Squires helped hoist the American League West title flag above Comiskey Park. The victory made the 24-year-old Dotson the second youngest pitcher in Sox history to win 20 games in a season and the youngest to reach that plateau in 70 years.
*1986, HAROLD 5-FOR-5: Harold Baines went 5-for-5 with a double, a run and three RBIs in the White Sox 6-4 win at Seattle. The five hits tied Baines’ career high, first set on Aug. 17, 1985.
*1988, POWERFUL PASQUA 4-FOR-4: Dan Pasqua was 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs in the White Sox 8-5 win at Minnesota. Dave Gallagher doubled and homered as Bobby Thipgen earned his 31st save, one behind Bob James’ 1985 club record.
*1990, EXCELLENCE IN OAKLAND: Rookie Alex Fernandez earned his fourth win with seven strong innings in the White Sox 8-2 win at Oakland. Sammy Sosa broke a 2-2 tie with a homer in the fourth Scott Fletcher and Ivan Calderon also homered in the win.
*1991, BLACK JACK BACK-TO-BACK: Jack McDowell fired his second consecutive shutout in the White Sox 6-0 win over Oakland before 32,998 at Comiskey Park. McDowell became the first Sox pitcher to twirl consecutive shutouts since Neil Allen accomplished the feat in 1986. The complete game was McDowell’s league-leading 15th of the year.
*1997, A DANDY BY DRABEK: Winning pitcher Doug Drabek held the Royals hitless for six innings in the White Sox 9-2 victory at Kansas City. Robin Ventura hit his 150th career home run and drove in four runs and Ray Durham was 4-for-5 as the Sox completed first season sweep at Kansas City.
*1998, A LOT GOING ON: Frank Thomas’ two-run homer in the fourth inning fronted the White Sox for good in an 11-9 win over the Red Sox before 17,767 at Comiskey Park. Thomas’ blast gave him 101 RBI and enabled Thomas to reach the century mark in ribbies, walks and runs for the eighth consecutive season. Albert Belle went 3-for-3 and posted his 46th double in the fourth inning which tied Thomas’ 1992 club record. … After the game, the Sox traded catcher Chad Kreuter to the Angels for cash considerations.
*1999, MR. LEE!: Carlos Lee’s three-run homer in the ninth muscled the White Sox past the Blue Jays 7-4 in Toronto. Lee finished with a career-best five RBI.
*2001, AN EMOTIONAL GATHERING: In the first game after the Sept. 11 attacks, the White Sox fell to the New York Yankees 11-3 before an emotional gathering of 22,785 at Comiskey Park. Many of the fans on hand carried or displayed American flags and they were treated to a pregame ceremony that included members of the Chicago Fire Department and a color guard with representatives from each wing of the Armed Forces. The attacks forced postponement of the Sox three game series in New York (Sept. 11-13) and Minnesota (Sept. 14-16).
*2002, GAR THE STAR: Jon Garland pitched into the sixth inning for his 12th win in the White Sox 3-1 victory over the Royals before 10,246 at Comiskey Park. Garland got relief help from Mike Porzio, Antonio Osuna and Damaso Marte, who combined to throw 2.2 shutout frames with Marte earning his his 10th save.
*2004, WORKING OT: Aaron Rowand and Joe Borchard each hit two-run homers in the 10th to keep the Sox alive in a 9-8 win over Detroit before 23,533 at U.S. Cellular Field. Two innings later, Rowand’s infield single scored Borchard with the game-winner.
*2005, A LITTLE HELP FROM TWINS: Pinch-runner Ross Gload scored on an error in the eighth to hand the first-place White Sox a much-needed 2-1 win at Minnesota. Jose Contreras earned his 13th win with eight strong innings and Bobby Jenks notched his third save as the Sox held their 3.5-game lead in the A.L. Central. A little over a month later, the White Sox would win the World Series.
*2011, ATTA WAY, A.J.: A.J. Pierzynski was 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBI as the White Sox halted a seven-game losing streak with a 10-5 win at Kansas City. Paul Konerko also homered as part of a 15-hit outburst.
*2012, ONE AT A TIME: The first-place White Sox used solo home runs from Alejandro De Aza, Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios in winning 3-2 at Kansas City. Rios’ blast in the seventh fronted the Sox for good as the team held its three-game lead atop the A.L. Central.
A @SoxNerd look at the White Sox 2018 schedule, which was released on Tuesday (sans start times):
*FOR STARTERS: The bad news is that the White Sox regular season is coming to an end.
The good news is that we are in for the one of the shortest off-seasons in the 118-year history of the White Sox.
The White Sox will open 2018 on March 29 in Kansas City for the earliest opener in team annals, according to the schedule which was released on Tuesday.
When the Sox go their separate ways after the 2016 season-finale in Cleveland on Oct. 2 — which will be the Indians 37th win in a row, by the way — they will commence an off-season that will last just 176 days.
My digging shows that only the Sox 2005-06 (156 days), 1993-94 (172 days), 2000-01 (174 days) and 193-84 (175 days) off-seasons were shorter than the projected winter that awaits us.
*MORE STARTERS: 2018 will be the Sox sixth Opening Day in March (1996 at Seattle, 1998 at Texas, 2003 at Kansas City, 2008 at Cleveland and 2014 vs. Minnesota).
*MARCHING ON: All those openers were on March 31 so the Sox curtain-raiser on March 29 in Kansas City will be the first regular-season game on that date in franchise history.
*O CANADA! After playing three in KC, the Sox will head to Toronto for April 2-4 games for their earliest foray into Canada since opening the season there in 1997.
*HOME SWEET HOME! The Sox will be opening at home against the Detroit Tigers for the 25th time in history on April 5, 2018. … The Sox are 13-11 in home starters vs. Detroit (2-3 at New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field).
*APRIL 5TH: 2018 will mark just the third time the Sox will christen the home campaign of April 5.
2018 will have to produce one heckuva game to rival the previous Sox April 4 home openers.
In 1974, Nolan Ryan bested Wilbur Wood before 30,041 on Opening Day at Comiskey Park. Ryan got the win in the Angels’ 8-2 victory.
Ryan, coming of his record-setting 383-strikeout campaign of 1973, fanned just four and walked 10.
The Angels broke the game open with a five-run eighth off Terry Forster.The Opener’s sideshows may have been more interesting than the game.
In the stands, there was a strolling stripper, many streakers and a bevy of fights.
“Did all that really happen?” Sox manager Chuck Tanner asked afterwards. “I didn’t see any of it. … What causes people to act like that?”
In 2010 home (and season) opener, the Sox and Mark Buehrle dumped the Indians 6-0 thanks to one of the most spectacular web gems in baseball history.
Here’s a link to the kick-chase-and-between-the-legs-glovehand-flip ground out that defined Buehrle’s career as a defender:
*THE RIVALS: The Cubs trip to the south side Sept. 21-23 will be their latest in the interleague era.
Those will be the latest Chicago showdown games on 35th Street since Oct. 6, 1942 when the Sox closed out the City Series with a 4-1 win at Comiskey Park.
The Sox visit to Wrigley Field May 11-13 is their second-earliest in the interleague era and the earliest since a two-game sweep May 5-6, 2014.
*HELLO, HOUSTON: The Houston Astros will make their first April appearance at New Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field/Guaranteed Rate Field from April 20-23.
Houston’s last April trip to Chicago was in 2008 (April 4-6) when it took two of three from the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
*FREE PASS: You can watch one White Sox game for free next season.
If you want to head to Oakland.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their first game at the facility, the A’s won’t charge admission to the April 17 game against the Sox at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
The A’s are promoting that as one of the first of its kind in major league history.
Note: I will update this occasionally with more nuggets and other gems!
*LIRIANO FILE: Rymer Liriano became the 635th player to homer for the Sox on Monday. Frank Shugart hit the Sox inaugural home run on April 29, 1901. … Liriano is the first player wearing No. 48 to homer for the Sox since Nelson Santovenia went deep at Fenway Park on July 11, 1992 in his first at bat with the club. … The last Sox player to go deep in a home game wearing 48 was Ralph “The Roadrunner” Garr on July 14, 1979 — two days after “Disco Demolition Night” — off the Tigers Milt Wilcox in a 12-4 win at Comiskey Park.