This Day in White Sox History: Preparing for the World Series

This Day in White Sox History: Preparing for the World Series
The '59 White Sox pose for Sports Illustrated before the 1959 World Series. (Sports Illustrated)

This week's TDIWSH was delayed a bit, so enjoy an epic avalanche of Sunday content! - Daniel Shapiro

September 28, 1932 - J. Louis Comiskey, the new owner of the White Sox and son of Charles Comiskey tries to rebuild his franchise. He payed an unheard of sum (in those days) of $150,000 to the Philadelphia A’s for infielder Jimmy Dykes, outfielder Al Simmons and utility man George HaasSimmons would become a member of the Hall Of Fame in 1953.

September 28, 1953 - The Sox beat the St. Louis Browns 3-2 behind Billy Pierce. It was the last American League game ever played in St. Louis since the Browns would be moved to Baltimore during the off season.

September 28, 1959 - The White Sox team photo appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The caption read, “Chicago’s New Champions Sit For Their Portrait.”

September 28, 1997 Frank Thomas won the batting championship with a .347 average. He joined Luke Appling as the only Sox players to do this. Thomas is one of only 14 players in MLB history with a batting title and at least 450 home runs to their credit. Thomas was also the largest player (both in height and weight) to ever win a batting crown.

September 28, 2003 - Sox starter Esteban Loaiza recorded his 21st win of the season, beating the Royals 5-1. The 21 wins tied the MLB record for the most wins in a season by a pitcher born in Mexico. Loaiza tied the mark set by Fernando Valenzuela in 1986. 

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