Today in White Sox History: October 4

Bud man: By 1981, Harry had ditched the Falstaff for Budweiser. By 1982, he’d ditched the Sox. Here he is, broadcasting his last game, from Comiskey Park’s center field bleachers.


1948Chuck Comiskey III was named vice president of the White Sox. He refused to see the team continue to be the laughingstock of the American League and immediately began to take steps to change things on and off the field. Those changes started to bear fruit during the 1951 season.


1981Jerry Hairston’s grand slam helped beat the Minnesota Twins, 13-12, setting off Bill Veeck’s original exploding scoreboard for the last time. The blast came off of future White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. The Sox trailed in the game 12-5 before scoring eight runs in the final two innings. The win gave the Sox their first “winning” year since 1977. The game also marked the end of broadcaster Harry Caray’s association with the Sox after 11 seasons.

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North Portland Mark
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The 1950s to mid 60s White Sox teams are way under rated. While I, like many, have fond memories of the 1969 Cubs, I don’t understand why they get so much love compared to the many Sox teams that were better but couldn’t get past the Yankees.

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Agree completely, those mid-60’s teams that had three straight seasons of 90+ wins were as good as you could get and statistically in many ways were actually better than the team’s of the 1950’s.

Brett Ballantini
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1963 to 1965 is the best three-season stretch in White Sox history.

WIN05
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15, 16, and 17 as well as 04, 05, and 06 were better 3 year stretches. Plus, both ended with world series wins.

Brett Ballantini
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Wait, maybe I meant most total three-year wins? Or maybe I’m just making crap up.

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I think it was wins. It was the old 154 game schedule.

North Portland Mark
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With 287 wins, ’63 to ’65, they are best in total wins. If they had division play, the Sox are certainly in the playoffs many years from 1951 to 1967. Once you get in, who knows? It’s clear that the best team doesn’t always win. Despite this, I do think that all of these playoffs, cheapen the regular season. A better bounce, here or there, and White Sox get in more than just ’59.

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I love that the old scoreboard’s last gasp came at the expense of Coop. Thanks, I didn’t know this!

WIN05
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As we get deeper into October, there will be almost no White Sox baseball games from past years to remember.

Mark Liptak
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True but that doesn’t mean there won’t be historical entries

WIN05
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I like the historical entries. Thanks for the research.

North Portland Mark
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Thank you for your work Mark!

Mark Liptak
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Your welcome thank you