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Today in White Sox History: January 19

Early Wynn wins immortality

First pitch in 1959 World Series
The honor of the first pitch in the 1959 World Series went to Early Wynn, who would take home the (still one MLB award, not both AL and NL winners) Cy Young in that season.


Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey purchased a piece of land on the corner of 35th and Shields from Roxanna Bowen. The site would be used to build Comiskey Park, starting in March 1910. In only four months, the steel-and-concrete stadium would be opened and ready for use.


Shoeless Joe Jackson, who had applied for reinstatement after being banned in the aftermath of the Black Sox scandal, had his request denied by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.


Early Wynn, who helped the White Sox to the 1959 pennant, was elected to the Hall of Fame with 76% of the vote. Sandy Koufax and Yogi Berra were elected along with him. Wynn made it on his fourth ballot, earning 27.9%, 46.7%, and 66.7% before crossing the 75% threshold.

Wynn won exactly 300 games in his long career, and for the 1959 White Sox pennant-winners he captured the Cy Young on the basis of 22 wins, a 3.17 ERA and more than 255 innings pitched. He played five years in Chicago, winning 64 games.