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Today in White Sox History: September 24

Two clinches, a cycle, and a farewell.

GENERAL INFORMATION: jubilation following White Sox / Twins - - - - - - IN THIS PHOTO: Sunday_09/24/00_Minneapolis - - - - - - - The White Sox celebrate after clinching the American League Central Division Championship despite losing to the Minneso
Similar to 2021’s division-win celebration after a doubleheader split, James Baldwin and the White Sox celebrated their surprise division title after a loss in Minnesota on this day, 21 years ago.


A 6-5 win over the St. Louis Browns clinched the pennant for the White Sox. Eddie Cicotte got the win. Shoeless Joe Jackson’s double in the ninth drove in the game- and pennant-clinching run. The Sox would beat out Cleveland by 3 12 games for the title, and finish with a record of 88-52 in the war-shortened season.


White Sox star pitcher Billy Pierce won his 186th and final game with the team, as he threw 6 23 innings in relief in an 8-7 win over Baltimore. Pierce would be traded to the Giants the following offseason, after 13 years on the South Side. He represented the Sox in seven All-Star games and started three of them for the American League — a White Sox record for pitchers.


White Sox owner Art Allyn sold the club to his brother John Allyn, thwarting moves made by Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and Milwaukee’s Bud Selig to buy the team. Hunt wanted to move the White Sox to Dallas, Selig to Milwaukee.


White Sox infielder Jack Brohamer had the game of his life, as he became just the second player in franchise history to hit for the cycle in a game. Brohamer went 5-for-5 at Seattle, with two runs scored and four RBIs in the 8-3 win.


Despite losing to the Twins at the Metrodome, the White Sox clinched the Central Division, beating out Cleveland by five games with a record of 95-67. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf showed up in the locker room and said that “I’m sure all Sox fans are now happy the team made the White Flag deal.”

Because of injuries to the pitching staff, primarily the starters, the Sox were not in good shape heading into the playoffs, and were swept out in three by the Mariners.