1959 Chicago White Sox season

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1959 Chicago White Sox
1959 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
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[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Roster[edit]

1959 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Walker Cooper
A Charleston ChaSox Sally League Skeeter Scalzi
B Lincoln Chiefs Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Ira Hutchinson
C Duluth-Superior Dukes Northern League George Noga
D Clinton C-Sox Midwest League Johnny Hutchings
D Holdrege White Sox Nebraska State League Frank Parenti

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