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Today in White Sox History: January 12

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A double steal by Ron Schueler helped key an unexpected division championship

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox


On this day, Chicago White Sox GM Ron Schueler made amends for some of his worst moves by shipping disgruntled pitcherJamie Navarro to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of a four-player deal. In return, he got long ball-hitting shortstop José Valentín and pitcher Cal Eldred.

Both would play a large part in the unexpected divisional championship for the South Siders in 2000. Eldred went 10-2 in 20 starts for the team before an elbow injury in July basically ended his White Sox career. Valentín played five years with the White Sox, averaging 120 hits, 27 home runs and 76 RBIs — and he was a Cubs-killer.

One of the highlights in Jose’s White Sox stint was a very rare accomplishment, a “natural” cycle, against the Orioles on April 27, 2000. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the second, tripled in the third and homered in the eighth inning in a 13-4 win.