Today in White Sox History: October 9

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1919 — The White Sox unexpectedly lost the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3. Sox fans, reporters and some players were totally shocked over the way some games were lost. The questions surrounding this series — one of the greatest upsets in baseball history — would linger for a year before exploding into the “Black Sox” scandal as eight players were put on trial for attempting to deliberately lose games.


1993 — In Game 4 of the 1993 ALCS the White Sox squared the best-of-seven series 2-2 with a 7-4 win in Toronto. Tim Belcher, who was acquired in a July trade, got the win in relief of Jason Bere. Unfortunately this was the last great moment for the “Good Guys Wear Black,” as Toronto closed out the series by winning Game 5 in Toronto and Game 6 at Comiskey Park.

A few years later, Toronto manager Cito Gaston revealed that the Blue Jays knew exactly what pitches were coming from both Sox aces (Jack McDowell and Alex Fernandez), something the Sox coaching staff never picked up on. In fact Toronto beat those pitchers four times, while losing all the other games.

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