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1959 Chicago White Sox season

1959 Chicago White Sox
1959 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Comiskey Park (since 1910)
  • Chicago, Illinois (since 1900)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, Bill Veeck
    Manager(s) Al Lopez
    Local television WGN-TV
    (Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd)
    Local radio WCFL
    (Bob Elson, Don Wells)
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    The 1959 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 59th season in the major leagues, and its 60th season overall. They finished with a record 94–60, good enough to win the American League (AL) championship, five games ahead of the second place Cleveland Indians. It was the team's first pennant since 1919 and would be its last until their championship season of 2005.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    In 1959, the team won its first pennant in 40 years, thanks to the efforts of several eventual Hall of Famers – manager Al Lopez, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox (the league MVP), and pitcher Early Wynn, who won the Cy Young Award at a time when only one award was presented for both leagues. Veteran catcher Sherm Lollar provided quiet leadership on and off the field, leading the team in home runs and RBIs.[3] The White Sox also acquired slugger Ted Kluszewski in August, a local area native, from the Pittsburgh Pirates for the final pennant push. Kluszewski gave the team the needed power-hitting for the stretch run and hit nearly .300 in the final month of play for the White Sox. Lopez had also managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series in 1954, making him the only manager to interrupt the New York Yankees pennant run between 1949 and 1964.

    After the pennant-clinching victory, Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, a lifelong White Sox fan, ordered his fire chief to set off the city's air raid sirens. Many Chicagoans became fearful and confused since 1959 was the height of the Cold War; however, they relaxed somewhat upon realizing it was part of the White Sox' celebration.[citation needed] The Sox won Game 1 of the World Series 11–0 on the strength of Kluszewski's two home runs, their last postseason home win until 2005. The Los Angeles Dodgers, however, won three of the next four games and captured their first World Series championship since moving to the west coast in 1958. 92,706 fans witnessed Game 5 of the World Series at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the most ever to attend a World Series game, or for that matter any non-exhibition major league baseball game. The White Sox won that game 1–0 over the Dodgers' 23-year-old pitcher Sandy Koufax, but the Dodgers clinched the series by beating the Sox 9–3 two days later at Comiskey Park.

    Fox became the last player in the 20th century to have five hits on Opening Day.[4]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610 --
    Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 5
    New York Yankees 79 75 .513 15
    Detroit Tigers 76 78 .494 18
    Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 19
    Baltimore Orioles 74 80 .481 20
    Kansas City Athletics 66 88 .429 28
    Washington Senators 63 91 .409 31

    Notable transactions

    Opening Day lineup

    Roster

    1959 Chicago White Sox
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

    Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
    Luis Aparicio, SS 152 612 98 157 18 5 6 51 53 40 .257 56
    Earl Battey, C 26 64 9 14 1 2 2 7 8 13 .219 0
    Ray Boone, 1B 9 21 3 5 0 0 1 5 7 5 .238 1
    Johnny Callison, LF 49 104 12 18 3 0 3 12 13 20 .173 0
    Cam Carreon, C 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
    Norm Cash, 1B 58 104 16 25 0 1 4 16 18 9 .240 1
    Larry Doby, OF,1B 21 58 1 14 1 1 0 9 2 13 .241 1
    Del Ennis, LF 26 96 10 21 6 0 2 7 4 10 .219 0
    Sammy Esposito, 3B,SS 69 66 12 11 1 0 1 5 11 16 .167 0
    Nellie Fox, 2B 156 624 84 191 34 6 2 70 71 13 .306 5
    Billy Goodman, 3B 104 268 21 67 14 1 1 28 19 20 .250 3
    Joe Hicks, CF 6 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .429 0
    Ron Jackson, 1B 10 14 3 3 1 0 1 2 1 0 .214 0
    Ted Kluszewski, 1B 31 101 11 30 2 1 2 10 9 10 .297 0
    Jim Landis, CF 149 515 78 140 26 7 5 60 78 68 .272 20
    Sherm Lollar, C 140 505 63 134 22 3 22 84 55 49 .269 4
    J.C. Martin, 3B 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .250 0
    Jim McAnany, RF 67 210 22 58 9 3 0 27 19 26 .276 2
    Don Mueller, PH 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 0
    Bubba Phillips, 3B,OF 117 379 43 100 27 1 5 40 27 28 .264 1
    Jim Rivera, RF,LF 80 177 18 39 9 4 4 19 11 19 .220 5
    John Romano, C 53 126 20 37 5 1 5 25 23 18 .294 0
    Harry Simpson, RF 38 75 5 14 5 1 2 13 4 14 .187 0
    Lou Skizas, LF 8 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 .077 0
    Al Smith, LF,RF 129 472 65 112 16 4 17 55 46 74 .237 7
    Earl Torgeson, 1B 127 277 40 61 5 3 9 45 62 55 .220 7
    Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
    Rudy Arias, P 34 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0
    Dick Donovan, P 31 61 4 8 4 0 1 5 5 32 .131 0
    Barry Latman, P 37 47 3 6 1 0 0 6 4 4 .128 0
    Turk Lown, P 60 12 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 .250 0
    Ken McBride, P 11 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .167 0
    Ray Moore, P 29 23 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 11 .087 0
    Billy Pierce, P 34 68 3 13 1 2 0 7 7 13 .191 0
    Bob Shaw, P 47 73 7 9 1 0 0 2 5 19 .123 0
    Gerry Staley, P 67 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 5 .154 0
    Joe Stanka, P 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .333 0
    Early Wynn, P 37 90 11 22 7 0 2 8 9 18 .244 0
    Team totals
    156 5297 669 1325 220 46 97 620 580 634 .250 113

    Pitching

    Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

    Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
    Rudy Arias 2 0 4.09 34 0 2 44.0 49 23 20 7 27 28
    Dick Donovan 9 10 3.66 31 29 0 179.2 171 84 73 15 61 71
    Barry Latman 8 5 3.75 37 21 0 156.0 138 71 65 15 75 97
    Turk Lown 9 2 2.89 60 0 15 93.1 73 32 30 12 46 63
    Ken McBride 0 1 3.18 11 2 1 22.2 20 11 8 1 17 12
    Ray Moore 3 6 4.12 29 8 0 89.2 86 46 41 10 49 50
    Gary Peters 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Billy Pierce 14 15 3.62 34 33 0 224.0 217 98 90 26 66 114
    Claude Raymond 0 0 9.00 3 0 0 4.0 5 4 4 2 2 1
    Don Rudolph 0 0 0.00 4 0 1 3.0 4 0 0 0 3 0
    Bob Shaw 18 6 2.69 47 26 3 230.2 217 72 69 15 59 89
    Gerry Staley 8 5 2.24 67 0 14 116.1 111 39 29 5 34 54
    Joe Stanka 1 0 3.38 2 0 0 5.1 2 2 2 1 5 3
    Early Wynn 22 10 3.17 37 37 0 255.2 202 106 90 20 124 179
    Team totals
    94 60 3.29 156 156 36 1425.1 1297 588 521 129 570 761

    1959 World Series

    Main article: 1959 World Series

    NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs. AL Chicago White Sox (2)

    Game Score Date Location Attendance
    1 Dodgers – 0, White Sox – 11 October 1 Comiskey Park 48,013
    2 Dodgers – 4, White Sox – 3 October 2 Comiskey Park 47,368
    3 White Sox – 1, Dodgers – 3 October 4 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 92,394
    4 White Sox – 4, Dodgers – 5 October 5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 92,650
    5 White Sox – 1, Dodgers – 0 October 6 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 92,706
    6 Dodgers – 9, White Sox – 3 October 8 Comiskey Park 47,653

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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