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Today in White Sox History: October 16

The South Siders ignore the bullpen en route to the 2005 pennant.

Los Angeles Angels v Chicago White Sox
In a feat that may never be duplicated, José Contreras’ complete-game win on this day in 2005 clinched the pennant for the White Sox, and marked the rotation’s fourth straight complete game. (Pictured: Jon Garland, Mark Buehrle, Contreras, pitching coach Don Cooper, and Freddy García.)
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The White Sox sent infielder Willie Miranda to the St. Louis Browns in a trade.

So what?

Well, consider this: It marked the third time in four months that Miranda was dealt between the two clubs! He was traded to the Browns on June 15 … 13 days later the Sox reacquired him. Finally, on this date, they sent him back.

The entire situation developed like this: Miranda was traded along with Al Zarilla to the Browns for Tom Wright and Leo Thomas on June 15. The Browns then waived Miranda on June 28, the Sox claimed him, and he returned. Then, on October 16, he was sent back to St. Louis, along with Hank Edwards, for Joe DeMaestri and Tommy Byrne.


The White Sox won their sixth AL pennant, beating the Angels, 6-3. José Contreras fired the fourth consecutive complete game by the staff. The four consecutive postseason complete games hadn’t been seen in Major League Baseball since the 1956 Yankees pulled it off. After losing the first game of the ALCS, the White Sox swept away Los Angeles.

Paul Konerko was named the ALCS MVP, as he hit .286 with two home runs and seven RBIs in the five-game series. The city of Chicago, especially on the South Side and in the South suburbs, went wild as the nuclear scenario happened for Cubs fans …. the White Sox were in the World Series!