1959 Chicago White Sox

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Record: 94-60-2, Finished 1st in American League (1959 AL)

Clinched Pennant: September 22, 1959, At Cleveland Indians

Managed by Al Lopez

Coaches: Ray Berres, John Cooney, Tony Cuccinello and Don Gutteridge

Ballpark: Comiskey Park

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

In 1959, the Chicago White Sox finally returned to the postseason after a 40 year absence. The "Go Go Sox", managed by Al Lopez, were built on speed, pitching, and defense. The team was led by the American League Most Valuable Player, second baseman Nellie Fox, and speedy Gold Glove shortstop Luis Aparicio. The Cy Young Award winner, pitcher Early Wynn, anchored a pitching staff that also included youngster Bob Shaw and veteran Billy Pierce. Despite winning the first game of the World Series 11-0, they ended up losing 4 games to 2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Awards and Honors[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

1959 Opening Day Lineup[edit]

Luis Aparicio, ss

Nellie Fox, 2b

Jim Landis, cf

Sherm Lollar, c

Norm Cash, 1b

Al Smith, rf

Johnny Callison, lf

Bubba Phillips, 3b

Billy Pierce, p

Further Reading[edit]

  • Charles N. Billington: Comiskey Park’s Last World Series: A History of the 1959 Chicago White Sox, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2019. ISBN 978-1-4766-7685-2
  • Lew Freedman: Early Wynn, the Go-Go White Sox and the 1959 World Series, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7864-4442-7
  • Bob Secter: "Chicago Days: 150 Defining Moments in the Life of a Great City", edited by Stevenson Swanson and Contemporary Books, Aug. 21, 1997
  • Don Zminda, ed.: Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox, SABR, ACTA Sports, Skokie, IL, 2009.

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