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The Fleer World Series card on the Sox upset of the Cubs in 1906
Here’s a look at what happened on this date in White Sox history … @SoxNerd style!
1906, WORLD CHAMPIONS! The White Sox pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history by claiming the 1906 World Series title with an 8-3 Game 5 win over the Cubs at South Side Park. Few had given Charles Comiskey’s “Hitless Wonders” a shot at winning the first and only All-Chicago Fall Classic against the powerhouse Cubs, who won a big league record 116 games, but timely hitting a sterling pitching netted the Sox their first crown. The White Sox settled this one early by scoring seven runs in the first two innings off Cubs’ ace Mordecai Brown, who was pitching on one days rest. George Davis and Jiggs Donahue drove in six of those seven runs as the Sox totaled 14 hits. Doc White, who earned the save the day before with three shutout innings, went the distance. He gave up three runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts. For their triumph, Sox players each received a winner’s share of $1,874 while each Cub player received a loser’s share of $440. The next time the White Sox and Cubs would meet in a game of consequence would be for a 1997 interleague game at Comiskey Park. Subbing at shortstop for Lee Tannehill, George Davis has three RBI for the second straight game.  Jiggs Donahue also adds three RBI and Edgar Hahn has four hits for the Sox.  Strangely, it is the only game won by the home team in the All-City Series.
1922, SOX STAY ALIVE: Ray Schalk’s squeeze bunt with one out in the ninth scored Earl Sheely gave the White Sox a 1-0 win over the Cubs before 14,677 in Game 6 of the City Series at Comiskey Park. Red Faber fired a three-hitter as the Sox staved off elimination which is something they could not do the next day.
1923, WALKOFF HR! Earl Sheely’s two-run allowed the White Sox to walkoff with a 5-3 win over the Cubs in Game 4 of the City Series before a record crowd of 41,825 at Comiskey Park. Sheely’s blast came with Harry Hooper on base and evened the series, which the Sox would eventually win, at 2.
2005, THE GREAT GAR: The excuses were waiting for Jon Garland on this night: It was his first postseason start … He had the pressure of pitching near his home … He hadn’t pitched in two weeks … Showing that his spectacular regular-season was no fluke, Garland parlayed used his “California cool” to his advantage in pitching the White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Angels in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series at Anaheim as the Sox took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven showdown. Garland, who won 18 games during the season, gave up four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a virtuoso performance. His only blip came in the sixth when he gave up a two-run homer to Orlando Cabrera. Garland was not fazed by that. He finished the game by retiring 10 in a row as the Sox moved two games closer to the pennant. The Sox gave Garland a cushion and took the suspense out of this one early by scoring three times in the first on a Jermaine Dye RBI double and a two-run homer by Paul Konerko. The Sox added a  run in the third on Carl Everett’s single and a run in the fifth on a Paul Konerko RBI.


On this date in 1939, the Sox finished off the City Series with a win over the Cubs.Here’s what transpired on this date in White Sox history … @SoxNerd style:
1906, SERIES AT 1-1: The Cubs pulled even with the White Sox by winning Game 2 of the 1906 World Series 7-1 in chilled South Side Park. The Cubs, who won a Major League record 116 games during the regular season, scored four runs in the first three innings off Doc White to take the lead for good. Ed Reulbach limited the Sox to one hit, a single to center by Jiggs Donahue in the seventh inning. Patsy Dougherty scored the Sox lone run in the fifth with the help of a Cubs’ defensive lapse.
1915, CITY SERIES CLINCHED: The White Sox used a pair of five-run innings to blast the Cubs 11-3 in clinching Game 5 of the City Series before 33,666 at Comiskey Park. The Collins boys — Eddie and Shano — each drove in two as the Sox totaled 12 hits. Reb Russell cruised with the cushion in picking up his second win of the series.
1917, NY ON THE BOARD: The New York Giants made a two-run fourth stand up in Game 3 of the 1917 World Series in a 2-0 win over the White Sox before 33,616 at the Polo Grounds. The victory enabled the Giants to pull to within 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Ed Cicotte was the tough-luck loser, giving up just eight hits in eight innings. Buck Weaver and Eddie Collins combined for four of the Sox five hits.
1921, HOW SWEEP IT IS! Earl Sheely’s three-run homer capped a five-run fifth as the ripped the Cubs 9-5 to complete the sweep in the City Series before 7,172 at Cubs Park. Earlier in the inning, Amos Strunk’s two-run triple fronted the Sox for good as the Sox took the best-of-nine series in five games. Reb Russell got the win but was bailed out by Dicky Kerr, who threw four scoreless innings for the save.
1924, BON VOYAGE: Charles Comiskey and John McGraw kicked off a second European barnstorming tour. The Old Roman took his White Sox and McGraw took his New York Giants their to London, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Paris and Rome.
1939, A LYONS-SIZED EFFORT: The White Sox and Ted Lyons finished off the Cubs with a 7-1 victory in the decisive game of the annual City Series before 14,781 at Comiskey Park. Lyons, who went 14-6 in the regular season, fired his second five-hitter of the showdown as the Sox took the series for the fifth year in a row and for the 16th time in the last 21 meetings. The Sox were down 3 games to 1 and trailing 5-0 in Game 5 before they staged a huge comeback which culminated with the victory in the final contest.
1993, TROUBLE IN TORONTO: The White Sox fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at SkyDome. The Blue Jays scored single runs each of the first four innings off Jack McDowell in holding off the White Sox. The White Sox pulled to within two in the ninth on Robin Ventura’s home run and had the tying run at the plate but Duane Ward fanned Bo Jackson to end it in giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-the seven series.


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Here’s a look back at what happened on this date in Sox history to spark the old memory bank:

1907, CHAMPS MAKE IT TWO OF THREE: The defending World Champion White Sox defeated the Browns 2-1 before an overflow crowd of 17,000 in St. Louis. Fielder Jones gave the White Sox the lead for good with a two-run single in the in the second in a game where thousands more fans were turned away.

1908, BIG BEGINNING: The Sox opened their eighth A.L. campaign by blasting Detroit 15-8 before a record and overflow crowd of 20,000 at South Side Park. Billy SullivanZ homered and Doc White got the win as the Sox set a club Opening Day scoring record which would stand until the 1951 team christened their season with a 17-3 triumph at St. Louis. This was one of those games where the overflow crowd was allowed on the field and balls hit into the throng were ruled doubles of which there were eight in this game.

1910, LAST OPENER AT SOUTH SIDE PARK: Frank Smith commemorated the final Opening Day at South Side Park with a one-hitter in the White Sox 3-0 win over St. Louis. 20,000 watched as Smith gave up a single in the third while walking two and fanning five. Less than three months later, the White Sox opened Comiskey Park – their home until Sept. 30, 1990.

1914: DEATH VALLEY FOR NAPS: In his second big league game and fourth at bat, Tom Daly delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh in the White Sox 5-2 win over Cleveland before 23,000 in the opener at Comiskey Park. Jim “Death Valley” Scott was the winning pitcher as the Sox began a club-record five-game season-starting win streak, which stood as the best in team history until the 1920 Sox started 6-0.

1915, DEATH VALLEY DOES IT AGAIN: Jack Fournier’s two-run pinch triple highlighted a three-run 13th as the White Sox prevailed 7-6 in the season-opener at St. Louis. The big hit came two innings after Bunny Brief launched a home run. Ed Cicotte got the win in relief of starter Jim “Death Valley” Scott.

1917, A NO-NO FOR CICOTTE: Ed Cicotte no-hit St. Louis in an 11-0 Sox win at St. Louis. Cicotte gave up three walks, hit a batter and struck out five in the fifth no-hitter in club history. The Sox gave Cicotte a lead right away with one in the first and added seven more in the second inning.

1920, CHAMPS START WITH A WIN: Thanks to Eddie Collins’ walkoff single in the 11th, the White Sox opened defense of their A.L. pennant with a 3-2 win over Detroit before 25,000 fans at Comiskey Park. Buck Weaver scored the winning run and Lefty Williams went the distance for the win, which was the first in a six-game winning streak.

1936, HEY BABE!: Reliever Babe Phelps doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth and got the win in the White Sox 7-6 Opening Day win over St. Louis before 12,000 at Comiskey Park. Phelps capped his four inning stint by fanning Jim Bottomley to end the game.

1955, WELCOME A’S: Bob Nieman homered with three RBIs as the White Sox topped the A’s 7-1 before 14,067 in the Comiskey Park opener. Sandy Consuegra got the win as the Sox played the A’s for the first time since their move from Philadelphia to Kansas City.

1959, 4-0 IN 1959: Billy Pierce fired a six-hitter for the win as the White Sox improved to 4-0 with a 2-0 win over Kansas City before 19,303 in the Comiskey Park where all in attendance received a free beer and a soda. Pierce struck out three with no walks in helping the Sox move to 4-0 in the 1 hour and 55 minute affair. The Sox scored both of their runs in the fifth when Luis Aparicio’s single scored Johnny Callison and Bubba Phillips.

1969, FIRST SAVE: Bob Locker earned the White Sox first official save in a 4-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Locker fashioned two shutout innings to preserve Tommy John’s victory. Pete Ward’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth gave the Sox the lead for good.

1970, NO. 1 FOR HORLEN: Joel Horlen pitched into the eighth for his first win in the White Sox 3-1 triumph in Anaheim. The Sox scored their first run when Ken Berry scored on a passed ball. The Sox padded their lead on a Bill Melton double and a Duane Josephson single. Wilbur Wood tossed 1.1 perfect frames for his second save as the Sox halted a three-game losing streak.

1981, FISK SLAMS BREWERS: Carlton Fisk’s grand slam in his home debut with the White Sox sparked a 9-3 win over Milwaukee before an Opening Day record crowd of 51,560 at Comiskey Park. Greg Luzinski logged two RBI in his Comiskey Park debut in support of Ross Baumgarten, who went eight innings for the win.

1982, GOOD WORK, WIMPY: Behind Tom Paciorek’s three-run homer in the seventh, the White Sox notched their first 4-0 start since 1959 with a 5-4 win at Boston. Steve Trout got the win while Salome Barojas fired three perfect innings with two strikeouts for his third save.

1983, THE BULL, KITTY LEAD THE WAY: Ron Kittle drove in six and Greg Luzinski’s sacrifice fly in the eighth gave the Sox the lead for good in a 12-11 win over the Orioles before 13,622 at Comiskey Park. Carlton Fisk doubled twice as the Sox improved to 3-4.

1985, FISK HAUNTS RED SOX: Carlton Fisk victimized his old team with four RBIs in the White Sox 11-6 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Fisk’s hit a three-run home run in a seven-run fourth that gave the Sox the lead for good.

1989, MERULLO LEAVES HIS MARK: Matt Merullo hit the last Opening Day homer at Old Comiskey Park in the White Sox 7-4 loss to Oakland in the home opener before 37,950 fans. Merullo homered off Rick Honeycutt during an Old Comiskey Park power outage so there were no fireworks to celebrate the milestone. Merullo collected his first Major League hit off Dave Stewart earlier in the game.

1990, SOSA TRIPLES HIS PLEASURE: Sammy Sosa tied a team record by banging out two triples in the White Sox 9-4 win vs. Cleveland before 12,125 at Comiskey Park. The Sox took the lead for good with two in the first thanks to a sac fly by Ivan Calderon and a single by Carlton Fisk. The win improved the surprising Sox to 3-1.

2000, NEW MILLENIUM OPENER AT COMISKEY: Frank Thomas celebrated the White Sox first home game of the 21st Century with a lead-providing homer in the first in the White Sox 9-4 win over Anaheim before 38,912 at Comiskey Park. Ray Durham treated the sellout crowd to a spectacular catch in the first to keep the Angels off the board. Paul Konerko also homered to help Mike Sirotka improve to 2-1 in the fourth nocturnal home opener in franchise history.

2004, NINTH INNING HEROICS: Joe Crede’s ninth-inning single plated Willie Harris with the winning run in the White Sox 10-9 win over Kansas City before 11,765 at US Cellular Field. Paul Konerko’s single earlier in the frame scored Magglio Ordonez with the tying run. The big ninth allowed reliever Jon Adkins to earn his first big league victory.

2010, THANKS, DANKS: John Danks allowed two hits over seven innings for the victory in the White Sox 11-1 win at Toronto. Danks walked three and fanned six for his first win of the season. Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and drove in a career-best six runs and Andruw Jones also homered as the Sox avoided losing a series in Toronto for the first time since 2006.

2017, THE TRES GARCIAS GAME: Starting an All-Garcia outfield, the White Sox tipped the Twins 2-1 at Target Field. With Willy in left, Leury in center and Avisail in right, the Sox became the first team in baseball to start an outfield of three players with the same surname, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Leury Garcia scored the Sox first run in the third but it was Matt Davidson’s homer in the seventh that was the difference.