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In , Charles Comiskey bought the Cornhuskers and moved them to St. Paul, Minnesota , where they became the St. Paul Saints. The first season in the American League ended with a White Stockings championship. Huge bets on the Reds fueled speculation that the series had been fixed. A criminal investigation went on in the season, and though all players were acquitted, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned eight of the White Sox players for life, in what was known as the Black Sox Scandal. The White Sox did not finish in the upper half of the American League again until after club founder Charles Comiskey died and passed ownership of the club to his son, J.
Louis Comiskey. Appling and Lyons have their numbers 4 and 16 retired. After J. Louis Comiskey died in , ownership of the club was passed down to his widow, Grace Comiskey. The club was later passed down to Grace's children Dorothy and Chuck in , with Dorothy selling a majority share to a group led by Bill Veeck after the season. In , Arthur Allyn, Jr. From to , the White Sox had their longest period of sustained success, scoring a winning record for 17 straight seasons.
The Sox finished in the upper half of the American League in eight of his nine seasons, including six years in the top two of the league. The late s and 70s were a tumultuous time for the Sox, as they struggled to win games and attract fans. Allyn and Bud Selig agreed to a handshake deal that would give Selig control of the club and move them to Milwaukee ; however, this was blocked by the American League.
However, Chicago had a renewed interest in the Sox after the season, and the American League instead added the expansion Seattle Mariners. Bill Veeck returned as owner of the Sox in , and despite not having much money, they managed to win 90 games in , a team known as the South Side Hitmen.
However, the team's fortunes plummeted after the season, plagued by loss teams and scarred by the notorious Disco Demolition Night promotion in He rejected offers from ownership groups intent on moving the club to Denver , eventually agreeing to sell the club to Ed DeBartolo , who was the only prospective owner who promised to keep the Sox in Chicago.
However, DeBartolo was rejected by the owners, and the club was then sold to a group headed by Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn.
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Louis Cardinals , ending up in the Hall of Fame as the third-winningest manager of all time. The White Sox struggled for the rest of the s, as Chicago fought to keep the Sox in town. Reinsdorf wanted to replace the aging Comiskey Park , and sought public funds to do so. When talks stalled, a strong offer was made to move the team to the Tampa, Florida , area. However, it was rendered obsolete a year later with the opening of the retro-inspired Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The park, now known as Guaranteed Rate Field , underwent many renovations in the early s to give it a more retro feel.
The White Sox were fairly successful in the s and early s, with 12 winning seasons from — First baseman Frank Thomas became the face of the franchise, ending his career as the White Sox's all-time leader in runs, doubles, home runs, total bases, and walks. The White Sox finished the season , their th in Chicago, with a record, a three-game improvement over Rick Renteria , the White Sox bench coach , was promoted to the role of manager.
This was the first trade between the White Sox and Cubs since the season. During the season, the White Sox faced a frightening situation when relief pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage while he was in the dugout between innings. The move was done in ordinance with the "Shedd the Straw" campaign by Shedd Aquarium. The White Sox broke the single-season strike out record in only a year after the Milwaukee Brewers broke the record in the season.
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Schneider's new role with the team will be as an advisor on medical issues pertaining to free agency, the amateur draft, and player acquisition. Schneider will also continue to be a resource for the White Sox training department, including both the major and minor league levels. In the late s, the franchise threatened to relocate to Tampa Bay as did the San Francisco Giants , but frantic  lobbying on the part of the Illinois governor James R.
Thompson and state legislature resulted in approval by one vote of public funding for a new stadium. Designed primarily as a baseball stadium as opposed to a "multipurpose" stadium New Comiskey Park redubbed U. It opened in to positive reviews; many praised its wide open concourses, excellent sight lines, and natural grass unlike other stadiums of the era such as Rogers Centre in Toronto. In recent years, money accrued from the sale of naming rights to the field has been allocated for renovations to make the park more aesthetically appealing and fan friendly. Notable renovations of early phases included: reorientation of the bullpens parallel to the field of play thus decreasing slightly the formerly symmetrical dimensions of the outfield ; filling seats in up to and shortening the outfield wall; ballooning foul-line seat sections out toward the field of play; creating a new multitiered batter's eye , allowing fans to see out through one-way screens from the center-field vantage point, and complete with concession stand and bar-style seating on its "fan deck"; and renovating all concourse areas with brick, historic murals, and new concession stand ornaments to establish a more friendly feel.
The stadium's steel and concrete were repainted dark gray and black. More recently, the top quarter of the upper deck was removed in and a black wrought-metal roof was placed over it, covering all but the first eight rows of seats. This decreased seating capacity from 47, to 40,; also had the introduction of the Scout Seats, redesignating and reupholstering lower-deck seats behind home plate as an exclusive area, with seat-side waitstaff and a complete restaurant located underneath the concourse.
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Designed as a seven-phase plan, the renovations were completed before the season with the seventh and final phase. The most visible renovation in this final phase was replacing the original blue seats with green seats. The upper deck already had new green seats, put in before the beginning of the season. Beginning with the season, a new luxury-seating section was added in the former press box.
This section has amenities similar to those of the Scout Seats section. After the season, the ballpark continued renovation projects despite the phases bring complete. In July , the White Sox extended the netting to the foul pole. This construction lasted over the All-Star Game. The St. Paul Saints first played their games at Lexington Park. Previously a cricket ground, the park was located on the north side of 39th Street now called Pershing Road between South Wentworth and South Princeton Avenues. After the season, the Sox moved five blocks to the north to play in the new Comiskey Park, while the 39th Street grounds became the home of the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues.
Billed as the Baseball Palace of the World, it originally held 28, seats and eventually grew to hold over 50, When it closed after the season , it was the oldest ballpark still in Major League Baseball. The White Sox have held spring training in: . On November 19, , the cities of Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona , broke ground on the Cactus League's newest spring-training facility.
Aside from state-of-the-art baseball facilities at the 10,seat stadium, the location includes residential, restaurant, and retail development, a four-star hotel, and an hole golf course. Over the years, the White Sox have become noted for many of their uniform innovations and changes. In , they became the first team in the major sports to put players' last names on jerseys for identification purposes.
In the White Sox debuted a large "S" in a Roman-style font , with a small "O" inside the top loop of the "S" and a small "X" inside the bottom loop. This is the logo associated with the World Series championship team and the Black Sox. With a couple of brief interruptions, the dark-blue logo with the large "S" lasted through but continued in a modified block style into the s. Through the s, the White Sox team colors were primarily navy blue trimmed with red. The White Sox logo in the s and s actually beginning in the season was the word "SOX" in an Old English font, diagonally arranged, with the "S" larger than the other two letters.
From through , the primary color was black trimmed with red after In , the primary color went back to navy blue, and the road uniforms changed from gray to pale blue. In , the team's primary color changed from royal blue to red, with the color of their pinstripes and caps changing to red. The — uniform included red socks.
In , the team's uniforms changed again. The team's primary color changed back from red to navy. The team based their uniforms on a style worn in the early days of the franchise, with white jerseys worn at home, and blue on the road. The team brought back white socks for the last time in team history. The socks featured a different stripe pattern every year. The team also had the option to wear blue or white pants with either jersey. Finally, the team's logo featured a silhouette of a batter over the words "SOX". Yet by far, the most unusual wrinkle was the option to wear shorts, which the White Sox did for the first game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals in The Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League had previously tried the same concept, but it was also poorly received.
Apart from aesthetic issues, as a practical matter, shorts are not conducive to sliding, due to the likelihood of significant abrasions.
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Upon taking over the team in , new owners Eddie Einhorn and Jerry Reinsdorf announced a contest where fans were invited to create new uniforms for the White Sox. The winning entries submitted by a fan, had the word "SOX" was written across the front of the jersey, in the same font as a cap, inside of a large blue stripe trimmed with red. The red and blue stripes were also on the sleeves, and the road jerseys were gray to the home whites. In those jerseys, the White Sox won 99 games and the AL West championship in , the best record in the majors.
After five years, those uniforms were retired and replaced with a more basic uniform that had "White Sox" written across the front in script, with "Chicago" on the front of the road jersey. The cap logo was also changed to a cursive "C", although the batter logo was retained for several years. For a midseason game at Comiskey Park, the White Sox appeared once in a uniform based on that of the White Sox. They then switched their regular uniform style once more.
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In September, for the final series at Old Comiskey Park, the old English "SOX" logo a slightly simplified version of the —63 logo was restored, and the new uniform also had the black pinstripes restored.