The Chicago White Sox Five Greatest Postseason Performances Ever
110 years, nine playoff appearances, seven American League pennants, three World Series titles all wrapped into five performances.
The games are different, the stadiums are different, the uniforms are different, but the performances remain impressive.
These are the performances that, although may not have always brought a winner to the city of Chicago and, in one case, is a reminder of a black day for baseball, raised eyebrows.
It is easy to pick the stars among winners, but there are stars in those who are on the smaller end of the score as well.
5. Shoeless Joe Jackson in the 1919 World Series
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson batted .375 with one home run, six RBI, and five runs with an OBP of .394 in the best-of-nine series the White Sox lost 5-3 to the Cincinnati Reds.
The White Sox had 16 runs in eight games, Jackson had six RBI.
This series was best known for the Black Sox Scandal, in which players of the Chicago franchise were said to have dealt with gamblers to throw the World Series, Jackson being one of those players.
Jackson led all players with his .375 average. It is believed that his offense came in games that were not rigged or when other games were far out of reach.
His lone home run, the only of the series, came in the eighth game with the Reds up 5-0.
His five hits with runners in scoring position were:
In the sixth inning of Game 6, which was not fixed.
In the first and third innings of Game 7, which the "dishonest" players rebelled.
In eighth inning of Game 8, which he had two hits with runners in scoring position, when the Reds were winning 10-1.
Jackson had 12 hits overall; a World Series record at the time.
4. Frank Thomas in the 1993 ALCS
The Toronto Blue Jays found a way around the Chicago White Sox in the 1993 ALCS and that was to let Frank Thomas walk to first base.
The Blue Jays won the series 4-2.
Thomas hit .353 with an astounding OBP of .593, but with only one home run and three RBI. The Big Hurt walked 10 times in the series with only six hits.
Thomas may have won the battles, but the Blue Jays won the war.
3. Ted Kluszewski in the 1959 World Series
Ted Kluszewski batted .391 with a .440 OBP while hitting three home runs, 10 RBI, and scoring five runs in the White Sox 4-2 series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The White Sox scored 19 runs in the series and Kluszewski drove in 10 of them.
2. Ed Walsh in the 1906 World Series
Ed Walsh pitched two games in the 1906 World Series against the Chicago Cubs and he went 15 innings, striking out 17 and walking 6 for an ERA of 0.60 and a WHIP of .867 winning both games, including one of which he went all nine innings.
The 93-58 Chicago White Sox upset the 116-36 Chicago Cubs in six games.
1. The White Sox Pitching Staff in the Entire 2005 Postseason
Pitching wins championships and the 2005 White Sox pitching staff from top to bottom was incredible during the 2005 postseason.
ALDS - 27.0 IP, 3.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 14 Ks, 8 BB, 24 Hits. 3-0
ALCS - 45.0 IP, 2.20 ERA, .689 WHIP, 22 Ks, 4 BB, 27 Hits. 4-1
WS - 41.0 IP, 2.63 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 36 Ks, 17 BB, 29 Hits. 4-0
ALDS Memorable Pitching Moments
Game 1 - Jose Contreras goes 7.2 innings, giving up two earned runs with six strikeouts and no walks.
Game 3 - With the White Sox clinging to a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Orlando Hernandez comes in with the bases loaded and gets two lazy pop outs and Johnny Damon to strikeout. No runs scored.
ALDS Memorable Pitching Moments
The entire thing: The only game the White Sox lost was 2-1. The entire pitching staff walked four batters in the five-game series.
Four complete game wins in a row by Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia, and Jose Contreras.
The bullpen pitched two-thirds of an inning the entire series.
WS Memorable Pitching Moments
Game 1 - With the White Sox clinging to a one-run lead and after a Willy Taveras lead-off double, Neil Cotts replaces Contreras.
After a single to Berkman, putting men on the corners with no outs, Cotts strikes out Morgan Ensberg and Mike Lamb.
Bobby Jenks is called in and after Chris Burke steals second, putting men on second and third, Jenks strikes out Jeff Bagwell to end the inning.
Game 3 - The White Sox had three errors allowing two unearned runs. After tying the game in the bottom of the eighth, the Astros would not get a hit in the ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, or 14th inning.
Hernandez, however, did walk a man, throw the ball past Konerko, allowing the runner to second on a pick-off and then allowed the runner to steal third with one out in the bottom of the ninth. He then proceeded to strike out two batters, with two walks in between. Of course.
After 14 innings, Mark Buehrle picked up the save becoming the only pitcher with a save and win in the World Series...along with a perfect game, a no-hitter, and a home run in his career.
Game 4 - Between Freddy Garcia, Cliff Politte, Neil Cotts, and Bobby Jenks, the White Sox pitched nine innings of shutout baseball for the 1-0 series clincher.