The 2022 World Series kicks off Friday when the Philadelphia Phillies visit the Houston Astros. The 2022 Chicago White Sox were the preseason pick by many national pundits to be playing in the Fall Classic. Nevertheless, it’s the 17th year without the Sox in the World Series, and only memories of that magical season can comfort us right now.
The 2005 White Sox won the World Series on October 26, 2005 over the then-National League champion Astros. Chicago swept Houston in four games, winning the decisive Game 4 by a score of 1-0. The White Sox technically won two games (Game 3 and Game 4) on October 26. If you recall, Game 3 was a 14-inning thriller that wasn’t decided until well after midnight Central Time on the 25th.
Thank you, Geoff Blum and a drunken Mark Buerhle.
It was a wild night and a victory that was celebrated in Chicago for a few days. The culmination was the parade that ended with a rally downtown. Roughly 1.75 million people attended the White Sox 2005 World Series parade on October 28.
An Epic Run
ESPN has forgotten about the 2005 World Series champions a couple of times, but the team will be remembered by the South Sider faithful. Chicago White Sox fans were treated to a dominant performance over the course of the 2005 season, and it only ramped up in October.
The White Sox planted themselves in first place from the first day of the season until the last. They held off a surging Cleveland team to win the division by six games and finish the regular season with a 99-63 record.
The Sox' postseason run began with a three-game sweep of the reigning champion Boston Red Sox, who had ended their championship curse the prior year.
The White Sox had an incredible 11-1 record in the 2005 playoffs. Their lone loss came in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Angels. But the Pale Hose followed that 3-2 defeat with four straight wins to clinch the franchise's first pennant since 1959.
The cinematic run through the AL playoffs was propelled by four complete games by White Sox starters Mark Buerhle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia, and Jose Contreras. That's a feat that we will likely never see again.
The World Series was highlighted by Paul Konerko's Game 2 grand slam, the most iconic moment in franchise history. However, that game was decided in the ninth inning by Scott Podsednik’s walk-off home run.
The aforementioned Game 3 was, at the time, the longest game in World Series history. Sox starting pitcher recorded the save after 5 hours and 41 minutes of baseball.
2005 White Sox Heroes
Game 4 was at a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and the stage was set for late-inning heroics.
White Sox starter Freddy Garcia provided another herculean performance by the pitching staff. He surrendered just four hits and three walks over seven innings. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen pinch-hit for his pitcher in the eighth. Remember, this was played in a National League park before the implementation of the DH in that league.
Willie Harris entered the game and singled to left field. Harris would reach third base after a sacrifice bunt by Scott Podsednik and a pinch-hit groundout by Carl Everett. Eventual World Series MVP Jermaine Dye came through with a ground ball single up the middle to score Harris for the game’s only run.
It was a fitting end for the “Grinder Ball” White Sox, who were effective at manufacturing runs when they weren’t hitting the long ball.
It Was Cinematic
The Houston Astros threatened in the ninth with a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt to put a runner in scoring position. However, Juan Uribe made a spectacular diving catch into the seats behind third base to record the second out. Bobby Jenks then induced a weak groundout to Uribe at short to put the game away.
The Chicago White Sox became World Series Champions for the first time since 1917 ending an 88-year drought. Happy Anniversary.