January 13, 1922
Buck Weaver applies unsuccessfully for reinstatement in professional baseball, one of six attempts to clear his name. The Black Sox infielder remained banned for life due to allegations of throwing the 1919 World Series to the Reds, although he batted .324 played errorless ball in the Fall Classic.
December 28, 1957
In a swap of first basemen, the Reds deal fan-favorite Ted Kluszewski to the Pirates for Dee Fondy, who will retire at the end of the season after hitting just .218 for Cincinnati. Big Klu’ will play a season-and-a-half for his new team, before being traded to the White Sox during the 1959 pennant stretch, where he will play a pivotal role for the eventual World Champions.
December 15, 2014
The Cubs and Jon Lester agree to a six-year contract reportedly worth $155 million with a seventh year option worth $15 million, making him one of the highest paid players in baseball history. The multiyear deal, valued at about $25.8 million annually, is the richest ever given to a pitcher in free agency.
December 3, 2010
Former major league third baseman Ron Santo dies in an Arizona hospital from complications of bladder cancer and diabetes. The 70-year-old, considered one of the best players in Cubs history, rejoined the team in 1990 as the team’s WGN radio announcer, enamoring his listeners with his devotion to the lovable losers and gaining their admiration for his continued failure to gain induction into the Hall of Fame, an honor he will receive posthumously in 2012.
November 10, 2008
The Cubs’ Geovany Soto (.285, 23, 86), garnering 31 of 32 first-place votes, wins the National League Rookie of the Year award. The 25-year-old becomes the first catcher since Dodger Mike Piazza in 1993 to be selected for the honor.
October 12, 1907
At Detroit’s Bennett Park, right-hander Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown throws a 2-0 shutout, beating the Tigers to capture the World Championship for the Cubs. Although Game 1 ended in a 3-3, 12-inning tie, Chicago becomes the first club to sweep a Fall Classic when the team wins the next four games.
October 9, 1907
In Game 2 of the World Series played at Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Tigers third baseman Bill Coughlin tags out Jimmy Slagle, who is leading off the base, using the hidden ball trick. The Cubs center fielder is the first victim ever to be deceived about the location of the ball during the Fall Classic.
October 5, 1908
Beating Detroit 6-1, Ed Walsh wins his 40th game of the season, a win total that remains a White Sox single-season record. ‘Big Ed’, a right-hander from Meriden, CT, will finish his 14-year Hall of Fame career with a 195-126 record, and sets the all-time ERA mark with an earned run average of 1.82.
October 3, 2012
Adam Dunn, having struck out 222 times, doesn’t play in the team’s finale to avoid the dubious distinction of breaking the major league mark for strikeouts in a season. The White Sox All-Star finishes with one less whiff than Mark Reynolds’ record, established by the first baseman in 2009 when he played for the Diamondbacks.
September 27, 1920
At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, 33-year-old Joe Jackson’s sixth inning double off Tiger pitcher Hooks Dauss breaks a scoreless tie, putting the White Sox ahead, 2-0. Shoeless Joe’s game-winning hit will be the last of his 13-year career when the players on the grand jury list are indefinitely suspended for the rest of the season as the probe of the 1919 World Series fix is investigated.