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Today in White Sox History: October 24

A new GM in town, ready to deliver a title.

Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics
Aggressive GM Ken Williams was hired on this day, 21 years ago.


Ken Williams was named the new White Sox GM, replacing the retiring Ron Schueler. Williams, a former Sox player, would bring passion and heart to the position. He also wasn’t afraid to take risks, and wasn’t afraid of failure. He eventually would create a World Series champion in 2005, his signature moment in the organization. He then moved upstairs as one of the team’s executive vice presidents.


The White Sox winning the pennant drew a small cover mention in Sports Illustrated. In the upper left corner was a photo of Paul Konerko swinging his bat, with the headline, “At Last! The White Sox Are In The World Series.”