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Today in White Sox History: October 11

The dawn of the franchise — and quick sunset for a great managerial run.

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Jeff Torborg piloted a meteoric rise into the 1990s for the White Sox.
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The new “American League” was formed in Chicago. The city didn’t have a team in the league at that point, but soon got the St. Paul, Minn. team with their player/manager, Charles Comiskey. They set up shop on the South Side at the 39th Street Grounds, at 39th and Princeton.


White Sox manager Jeff Torborg — who was named Manager of the Year for 1990 — resigned to take the job as manager of the New York Mets.

It was a strange move, and the real reason for it wasn’t made known until years later: Torborg told individuals that White Sox GM Ron Schueler forced him out, wanting to hire his own man, who turned out to be Gene Lamont.