The White Sox, dubbed the "Hitless Wonders" because they had the poorest team batting average (.230) in the American League, defeated the Cubs in six games in one of the biggest Series upsets in history. This was the first World Series in which two teams from the same city competed. The White Sox's victory came after they scored only one run while their opponents hit three en route to a 3-1 series win over the Cincinnati Reds.
The 1906 Chicago White Sox are considered by many to be one of the best teams in baseball history. They won the pennant race with a 100-game schedule and were declared world champions by some sports writers before they played a game. The 1906 season is also famous for being the last year that the National League used a scheduled doubleheader on each day of the week except Sunday (the doubleheaders were dropped the following season). The White Sox finished with a record of 103-49, the most wins ever achieved by a major league team until the 1912 New York Giants repeated as champs with 105 victories.
In addition to having one of the greatest seasons in baseball history, the 1906 White Sox are also known for another reason: they are sometimes called the "Hitless Wonders" because they had the lowest batting average in the AL at.230.
Three perfect games for the White Sox From Nixey Callahan through Carlos Rodon, White Sox pitchers have thrown 20 no-hitters, the most of any AL team. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only the Los Angeles Dodgers have more, with 23. This contains the White Sox's three perfect games, more than any other club in MLB save the Yankees, who have three as well. The last time a Chicago pitcher threw a no-hitter was June 4, 2005, when Chris Sale no-hit the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
The last time the White Sox had two no-hitters in one season was in 1916, when Jack Quinn and George Bradley no-hit the Cleveland Indians both on May 30. From 1882 to 1915, there were nine no-hit games pitched by White Sox pitchers. Since 1920, there have been 34 no-hit games pitched by White Sox pitchers.
The White Sox have played in Chicago since 1901, when they entered the American League. They've never won the World Series, but they did win the 1917 AL Pennant under Joe McCarthy. In between, they've made the playoffs seven times and have finished second five times. Their overall record is 847-894 (average 10th place).
Their current manager is Rick Renteria, who has managed the White Sox since 2011. He first joined the team as their third-base coach in 2009 after three years managing the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A team in Memphis.
The White Sox have won 418 games in the previous five seasons, whereas the Cubs have won 406 games. Although both clubs have won division crowns since then, neither has advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The White Sox play in a more competitive AL Central than the Cubs play in an equally competitive NL Central.
On the other hand, the White Sox have three straight 100-loss seasons while the Cubs have never had a losing season. The White Sox also have four World Series titles compared to only one for the Cubs. The Chicago Cubs are the older club with Chris Gimenez as their manager and Joe Girardi behind the plate. The White Sox hired David Olson to manage in 2015 and he has them playing well again recently.
Both the Cubs and the White Sox are members of the American League but they compete against each other for a place in the upper half of the league's standings. The Cubs are always near the top of the league while the White Sox sometimes rise up from within the race to be considered contenders. However, both teams lack consistency and this makes it difficult for them to achieve success over a longer period of time.
This season, the White Sox have been one of the top teams in baseball. Even without two of baseball's top hitters, they have good pitching and a fantastic lineup. The White Sox have a record of 41-24 overall, 25-11 at home, and 15-5 in their past 20 games. They are currently first in the AL Central division.
The White Sox have four players who have hit over.300 this season: Adam Dunn (.408), Paul Konerko (.376), Jermaine Dye (.357), and Omar Vizquel (.333). Between them, these four players have hit 73 homers this year. No other team has more than 30.
In addition to having one of the best offenses in baseball, the White Sox also have one of the best defenses. They lead the league in both runs scored (929) and fewest errors (139). Second basemen Keith Hernandez is batting.443 with 2 home runs and 10 RBIs this season. He has played all over the field for the White Sox, but specializes in second base.
When it comes to pitching, the White Sox have some excellent arms. Jake Peavy has been one of the most reliable pitchers in baseball this season. He has a record of 14-3 with a 1.88 ERA. In his last ten starts, he has not given up a single run. Twenty-two of his 24 victories have come after the fifth inning.