1991 Chicago White Sox season

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1991 Chicago White Sox
First Season at New Comiskey Park
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Manager(s) Jeff Torborg
Local television WGN-TV
SportsChannel Chicago
(Ken Harrelson, Tom Paciorek)
Local radio WMAQ (AM)
(John Rooney, Wayne Hagin)
WTAQ
(Frank Diaz, Chico Carrasquel)
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The 1991 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 93rd season. They finished with a record 87-75, good enough for 2nd place in the American League West, 8 games behind of the 1st place Minnesota Twins, as the club opened the new Comiskey Park on April 18.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • Frank Thomas led the Major Leagues in On-Base Percentage with .457. He became the 38th player in history to reach base at least 300 times in one season.

New Comiskey Park[edit]

View from the upper deck of new Comiskey Park
  • The White Sox started the season in new Comiskey Park. The park opened for the 1991 season, after the White Sox had spent 81 years at Comiskey Park. The new park was completed at a cost of $167 million.
  • The stadium was the first new sports venue built in Chicago since 1929 (The United Center opened in 1995). It was also the first baseball-only park since Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium) opened in 1973, and the last built before the recent wave of new "retro-classic" stadiums. However, a few design features from the old park were retained. Most notable among them is the "exploding scoreboard," which is a replica of the one installed by Bill Veeck at the old park in 1960.
  • At the beginning of all games, after a White Sox player hits a home run, and after a White Sox victory, the scoreboard lights up in color and fireworks explode in the sky. The entrance has several arched windows. The Sox Shower, located in left-center field, is a place where fans can cool off during hot gamedays.
  • The first game at New Comiskey was on April 18, 1991 against the Detroit Tigers. Despite starting the season on the road with a 6-1 record, the White Sox lost the game by a score of 16-0.

First Game at New Comiskey[edit]

Scorecard[edit]

April 18, New Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 0 0 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 16 19 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
W: Frank Tanana (1-1)  L: Jack McDowell (2-1)  
HRs: Cecil Fielder (1), Rob Deer 2 (1, 2), Tony Phillips (2), Umpires: HP–Steve Palermo, 1B–Mike Reilly, 2B–Larry Young, 3B–Rich Garcia. Time 3:11. Attendance 42,191.
Batting[edit]
Detroit Tigers AB R H RBI Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI
Phillips, dh,ss 6 2 4 3 Raines, dh 4 0 1 0
Trammell, ss 5 3 4 2 Johnson, cf 4 0 1 0
Tanana, p 1 0 0 0 Ventura, 3b 4 0 2 0
Whitaker, 2b 3 2 3 0 Thomas, 1b 4 0 1 0
Bernazard, 2b 2 0 1 0 Fisk, c 2 0 1 0
Fielder, 1b 3 2 2 4 Merullo, c 2 0 0 0
Bergman, 1b 2 0 0 0 Sosa, rf 4 0 0 0
Incaviglia, lf 3 0 0 1 Snyder, lf 3 0 0 0
Cuyler, cf 2 0 1 0 Guillen, ss 1 0 0 0
Tettleton c,rf 6 2 1 2 Grebeck, ph,ss 2 0 0 0
Deer, rf 5 2 2 4 Fletcher 2b 1 0 0 0
Allanson, c 0 0 0 0 Cora, ph,2b 2 0 1 0
Shelby, cf,lf 5 1 1 0 McDowell, p 0 0 0 0
Fryman, 3b 1 2 0 0 Drahman, p 0 0 0 0
de los Santos, 3b 2 0 0 0 Patterson, p 0 0 0 0
Radinsky, p 0 0 0 0
Pall, p 0 0 0 0
Thigpen, p 0 0 0 0
Totals 46 16 19 16 Totals 33 0 7 0
Pitching[edit]
Chicago White Sox IP H R ER BB SO
McDowell, L (2-1) 2.2 5 6 6 3 0
Drahman 0.2 5 5 5 1 0
Patterson 2.2 7 5 4 1 2
Radinsky 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
Pall 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
Thigpen 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 8.0 16 9 9 3 7
Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO
Tanana, W (1-1) 9.0 7 0 0 0 3
Totals 9.0 7 0 0 0 3

1991 Opening Day Lineup[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Away
Minnesota Twins 95 67 .586 -- 51-30 44-37
Chicago White Sox 87 75 .537 8 46-35 41-40
Texas Rangers 85 77 .525 10 46-35 39-42
Oakland Athletics 84 78 .519 11 47-34 37-44
Seattle Mariners 83 79 .512 12 45-36 38-43
Kansas City Royals 82 80 .506 13 40-41 42-39
California Angels 81 81 .500 14 40-41 41-40

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1991 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
Esteban Beltre, SS 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167 1
Joey Cora, 2B 100 228 37 55 2 3 0 18 20 21 .241 18
Carlton Fisk, C 134 460 42 111 25 0 18 74 32 86 .241 1
Scott Fletcher, 2B 90 248 14 51 10 1 1 28 17 26 .206 0
Craig Grebeck, 2B,3B,SS 107 224 37 63 16 3 6 31 38 40 .281 1
Ozzie Guillen, SS 154 524 52 143 20 3 3 49 11 38 .273 21
Mike Huff, OF 51 97 14 26 4 1 1 15 12 18 .268 3
Bo Jackson, DH 23 71 8 16 4 0 3 14 12 25 .225 0
Lance Johnson, CF 159 588 72 161 14 13 0 49 26 58 .274 26
Ron Karkovice, C 75 167 25 41 13 0 5 22 15 42 .246 0
Ron Kittle, 1B 17 47 7 9 0 0 2 7 5 9 .191 0
Rodney McCray, OF 17 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .286 1
Matt Merullo, C,1B,DH 80 140 8 32 1 0 5 21 9 18 .229 0
Warren Newson, OF 71 132 20 39 5 0 4 25 28 34 .295 2
Dan Pasqua, 1B,OF,DH 134 417 71 108 22 5 18 66 62 86 .259 0
Tim Raines, LF 155 609 102 163 20 6 5 50 83 68 .268 51
Sammy Sosa, RF,CF 116 316 39 64 10 1 10 33 14 98 .203 13
Cory Snyder, OF,1B 50 117 10 22 4 0 3 11 6 41 .188 0
Frank Thomas, DH,1B 158 559 104 178 31 2 32 109 138 112 .318 1
Robin Ventura, 3B,1B 157 606 92 172 25 1 23 100 80 67 .284 2
Don Wakamatsu, C 18 31 2 7 0 0 0 0 1 6 .226 0
Team totals
162 5594 758 1464 226 39 139 722 610 896 .262 134

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
Wilson Alvarez 3 2 3.51 10 9 0 56.1 47 26 22 9 29 32
Jeff Carter 0 1 5.25 5 2 0 12.0 8 8 7 1 5 2
Brian Drahman 3 2 3.23 28 0 0 30.2 21 12 11 4 14 18
Tom Drees 0 0 12.27 4 0 0 7.1 10 10 10 4 6 2
Wayne Edwards 0 2 3.86 13 0 0 23.1 22 14 10 2 20 12
Alex Fernandez 9 13 4.51 34 32 0 191.2 186 100 96 16 90 145
Ramon Garcia 4 4 5.40 16 15 0 78.1 79 50 47 13 33 40
Roberto Hernandez 1 0 7.80 9 3 0 15.0 18 15 13 1 7 6
Greg Hibbard 11 11 4.31 32 29 0 194.0 196 107 93 23 58 71
Charlie Hough 9 10 4.02 31 29 0 199.1 167 98 89 21 94 107
Jack McDowell 17 10 3.41 35 35 0 253.2 212 97 96 19 84 191
Donn Pall 7 2 2.41 51 0 0 71.0 59 22 19 7 23 40
Ken Patterson 3 0 2.83 43 0 1 63.2 48 22 20 5 36 32
Melido Perez 8 7 5.25 49 8 1 135.2 111 49 47 15 52 128
Scott Radinsky 5 5 2.02 67 0 8 71.1 53 18 16 4 25 49
Bobby Thigpen 7 5 3.49 67 0 30 69.2 63 32 27 10 46 47
Steve Wapnick 0 1 1.80 6 0 0 5.0 2 1 1 0 4 1
Team totals
87 75 3.79 162 162 40 1478.0 1302 681 622 154 626 923

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Frank Thomas – Major League Baseball Leader, On-Base Percentage (.457)

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League Marv Foley and Rick Renick
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Tony Franklin
A Sarasota White Sox Florida State League Rick Patterson
A South Bend White Sox Midwest League Tommy Thompson
Short-Season A Utica Blue Sox New York-Penn League Mike Gellinger
Rookie GCL White Sox Gulf Coast League Jaime Garcia

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