Chicago White Sox Baseball Gambling history

The Chicago White Sox have had both a colorful and tumultuous baseball gambling history since their inaugural baseball bet season of 1901.

In the early years, the White Sox fielded strong teams and were the first American League champion in that 1901 baseball gambling season. The White Sox took the World Series baseball gambling title in both 1906 and 1917 with the 1906 baseball bet title coming in a stunning upset over the cross town rival Cubs.

Overall from 1901-1919 baseball gambling seasons the White Sox captured four AL pennants along with those two baseball betting world titles. Unfortunately, the 1919 Black Sox scandal took place in which eight White Sox players were involved in a “fix” of the baseball gambling World Series.

The fix was due in no small part because many of the players were fed up with management’s penny pinching and the underworld was only too glad to pick up the tab in exchange for a fix. Unfortunately, the scandal blew up in the player’s faces and many were never paid a dime, despite the Sox losing the series. In addition, all eight were banned for life in 1921 by hard-nosed commissioner Landis, as he tried to repair baseball’s lost credibility. It took the White Sox forty years to recover from this baseball gambling scandal.

In 1959, led by Cy Young and 22-game winner Early Wynn, AL MVP Nelson Fox, Sherman Lollar, and slick fielding Luis Aparicio, the famous and exciting Go-Go Sox took the American League pennant, thus erasing the emptiness of the Black Sox scandal. Chicago succumbed to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the six-game baseball gambling World Series.

It would not be until 1983 before the White Sox would return to post season under their young manager Tony LaRussa. Pitchers LaMarr Hoyt, (the ‘83 Cy Young winner), and Rich Dotson both cleared the 20-win mark and Ron Kittle took Rookie of the Year honors. Chicago fell to Baltimore in the ALCS.

The Sox moved from old to new Comiskey Park in 1991 and won a division title in 1993 baseball gambling season. But owner Jerry Reinsdorf began pinching pennies after the labor dispute of 1994 and the Sox would not return to the post season until 2005, despite having a superstar hitter in their lineup during this time named Frank Thomas. Just as the Boston Red Sox did the year prior; the White Sox ended years of frustration and heartbreak by winning the baseball gambling World Series against Houston in 2005 season. As baseball bet fan know, that was their first baseball gambling title since 1917.