On October 14, 1906, the Chicago White Sox beat their crosstown rivals, Chicago Cubs, four games to two, giving the American League their first World Series.
The White Sox, also known as the “Hitless Wonders” for their .230 batting average, won the sixth and final game of the series 8-3 in South Side Park III.
The Cubs got on the board in the top of the first when Frank Schulte hit a ground rule double, allowing Solly Hofman to pass home plate. Johnny Kling scored the Cubs’ second run in the fifth and Hofman scored in the top of the ninth.
The Sox answered back in the bottom of the first with runs scored by Fielder Jones, George Davis and George Rohe. They followed up by scoring four more runs in the second. Frank Isbell drove Ed Hahn with a single, giving the Sox their eighth and final run of the game.
While the rivalry’s intensity has been on a decline recently and fans don’t hate each other as much, the Crosstown Classic reminds players and fans how divided the city can be.
Years have passed and unlike many other teams in baseball, both of them can still be found on their designated side of the same city. Each team also gets to host half of the Crosstown Classic where fans bicker, banter and occasionally fight. At the end of the day it is nothing more than a game but it represents so much more to Chicago.