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Record: 93-58, Finished 1st in American League (1906 AL)

World Series Champs

Managed by Fielder Jones

Ballpark: South Side Park

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The 1906 American League champion Chicago White Sox earned the nickname the "Hitless Wonders" because the team's batting average was only .230. No regular player hit anywhere near .300, with second baseman Frank Isbell leading the way with a .279 average and 11 triples. The Sox made up for their lack of hitting with speed and defense. In addition, their pitching staff had an earned run average of 2.13. Pitchers Nick Altrock and Frank Owen each won 20 games, and Ed Walsh and Doc White both had ERAs under 2.00.

Team photo.

At the beginning of June, the Sox were five games below .500, and in early August, they were in fourth place in the American League, but the club put together a 19 game winning streak to take first place. Throughout September, the AL lead went back and forth between the Sox and the New York Highlanders, with Chicago ultimately winning by three games. The White Sox advanced to the World Series against the Chicago Cubs, setting up the only crosstown Series in Chicago history. The "Hitless Wonders" lived up to their name in the Series, hitting only .198 but defeating the favored Cubs four games to two.

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It would be 101 years before another team had the best record in their league and the lowest batting average - the 2007 Arizona Diamondbacks would accomplish the feat over a century after the White Sox had.

[edit] 1906 Opening Day Lineup

Bill O'Neill, rf

Frank Isbell, 2b

George Davis, ss

Jiggs Donahue, 1b

Fielder Jones, cf

Rube Vinson, lf

George Rohe, 3b

Billy Sullivan, c

Frank Owen, p


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