On October 26, 2005, the Chicago White Sox took a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros in game four of the World Series, claiming their first title since 1917.
The White Sox totaled eight hits while the Astros stranded five opportunities on base. Pinch hitter Willie Harris scored the only run of the game when right fielder Jermaine Dye hit a single off of Astro’s relief pitcher Brad Lidge. Freddy Garcia started on the mound for the White Sox and was awarded with the win.
The White Sox took games one (5-3) and two (7-6) at their south side home, U.S. Celular Field. Game three was held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, the Sox won 7-5 after Geoff Blum and Chris Widger scored in the top of the 14th inning. They swept the series after winning game four.
The series MVP award went to White Sox right fielder, Jermaine Dye who had seven hits and three in both the runs and RBI columns.
Chicago’s north side contingent has been in a World Series drought as they failed to appear in the championship round since 1945 and have not won since 1908. As I watched the Red Sox win it all in ’04 and the White Sox in ’05 I hoped my home town team would pull through. Hopefully the franchise moves forward as they fill the missing pieces and prepares for the high expectations of next year.