Sun, Feb. 23

The Sox and the World Series

For the first time in 88 years, the Chicago White Sox are World Series Champions.

When I think about 88 years, I think about how so much has changed. Computers weren't in every home, actually televisions weren't in every home. Some people still lived without electricity in the United States, heck my grandparents weren't going to be born for another five years.

Eighty-eight years has been a long time for America to see the White Sox as world champions. Just think what we have accomplished as human beings in 88 years.

While the White Sox lay dormant, unsuccessful in chasing the dream, America went through a few wars including World Wars I and II, ratified the constitution to allow women to vote and sent a man to the moon among many other memorable events.

The White Sox made history in 1917 and they did it again on Wednesday, beating the Houston Astros in a four game sweep, a team that wasn't even part of the Major League Baseball organization in 1917.

Times have changed and so has baseball over the years. This year the White Sox had a record of 99-63 going into post season play. In 1917 their record was 100-54-2. Yes that's right, they played nine innings and called it a tied game. Nowadays that's not the case; games can go for well over nine innings, sometimes into the next morning, in order to settle who is the winner.

The roster of the 1917 White Sox's lineup included the great "Shoeless" Joe Jackson; pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude "Lefty" Williams; infielders Buck Weaver, Arnold "Chick" Gandil, Fred McMullin, and Charles "Swede" Risberg; and outfielder Oscar "Happy" Felsch. The eight men thrown out of the league due to the 1919 World Series scandal.

After that scandal, the ball club could never get it done. The club itself didn't see another World Series for 40 years, only to lose to Los Angeles in 1959, four games to two. After that, the Sox had not been in a World Series until this year, this win.

We are in modern times now, with modern baseball, new technology, new scandals, but some things remains the same.

Baseball will forever be America's favorite pastime, especially when teams like the Red Sox and White Sox come alive after an extended period of dormancy during the playoffs to shock and add excitement to the game and make those faithful fans, most of which weren't alive for the last World Series win, jump for joy, stand up and be proud of their ball club.

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