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Rip Radcliff, with teammate Zeke Bonura, was born on this day, 118 years ago.

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Today in White Sox History: January 19

A future All-Star outfielder rips onto the scene


Rip Radcliff, who wouldn’t make his MLB debut until age 28 but ended up with MVP votes in three subsequent season, was born in Kiowa, Okla.

The left fielder played his first six seasons for the White Sox, finishing 16th in MVP voting in 1936 and 15th in 1937.


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. Koufax, at 36, became the youngest player ever enshrined.

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.

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