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Today in White Sox History: October 27

Time to salute a Hitless Wonder

Patsy Dougherty Baseball Card
Happy birthday to a Hitless Wonder.
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Some 24 years before the White Sox were even founded, a key member of the later-1900s Pale Hose was born on this day.

Patrick “Patsy” Doughtery of Andover, N.Y. came to the White Sox during their 1906 World Series-winning season. The club purchased Doughterty from the New York Highlanders on June 6, when the White Sox sat at 19-21. With Doughtery on the roster (he’d play in 75 of 124 remaining games), the Hitless Wonders went 74-37-3 the rest of the way, storming to the AL pennant and an upset win over the vaunted Cubs in the 1906 World Series.

That’s not to say that Dougherty brought the oomph he showed in an earlier World Series, with Boston — Doughtery in fact helped put the Hitless in the Wonders, with a .607 OPS and 92 OPS+ with the White Sox in 1906. But in the final five seasons of his career from there (all with Chicago), Doughtery was never again a below-average hitter. He led the AL with 47 stolen bases in 1908, and put up an outstanding 3.4 rWAR in 1909.

In the 1906 World Series, Doughtery didn’t produce much, with just two hits and a .317 OPS. But he played every inning of the Series, and went 1-for-3 with a walk in the deciding home triumph of Game 6.

The left fielder accumulated 9.8 WAR over six seasons (703 games) on the South Side. While that doesn’t sound like much — and it isn’t, really — that’s a per-game production rate roughly equal to Eloy Jiménez or Josh Harrison in their careers, and double that of Adam Engel.