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Charles Comiskey and the White Sox

Charles Comiskey originally named his team the Chicago White Stockings.  The name was changed to the White Sox in 1902.

Charles Comiskey originally named his
team the Chicago White Stockings. The
name was changed to the White Sox in
1902. (CHS SDN 115)

The White Sox team was formed in 1900 as a franchise of the American league, under the ownership of Charles Comiskey. The Sox were originally called The White Stockings. They shortened the name to White Sox in 1902. In its first year, the team won the league championship. By 1903, the American and National Leagues had agreed to meet in an end-of-the-year playoff, or a "World Series." In 1906, the White Sox won this national championship by defeating the Chicago Cubs four games to two. The next eight years brought a dry spell for the Sox. In many of those years they lost more often than they won.

Fans line up outside of Comiskey Park in 1913.

Fans line up outside of Comiskey Park in 1913.
(CHS SDN 57726)

In 1910, Comiskey built a new ballpark on Chicago's South Side and dedicated himself to building a strong ball club. In 1915, he purchased three star players: outfielder Joe Jackson, second baseman Eddie Collins, and center fielder Happy Felsch. Comiskey, a former first baseman, is also credited with being the first person to train his players to adjust their field positions according to a batter's hitting habits. In 1917, the Sox won the World Series and, managed by William "Kid" Gleason, the 1919 Chicago White Sox had the best record in the American League. Comiskey had succeeded in building one of the most powerful teams in baseball.

World Series fans watching game at Comiskey Park from 7th Regimental Armory roof, Oct. 7, 1917.

World Series fans watching game at Comiskey Park
from 7th Regimental Armory roof, Oct. 7, 1917.
(CHS SDN 10,037)




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