Clark Calvin Griffith, nicknamed "The Old Fox", was an American Major League Baseball pitcher and team owner. He began his MLB playing career with the St. Louis Browns, Boston Reds, Chicago Colts/Orphans, he served as player-manager for the Chicago White Stockings and New York Highlanders. He retired as a player after the 1907 season, remaining manager of the Highlanders in 1908, he managed the Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators, making some appearances as a player with both teams. He owned the Senators from 1920 until his death in 1955. Sometimes known for being a thrifty executive, Griffith is remembered for attracting talented players from the National League to play for the Senators when the American League was in its infancy. Griffith was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. Griffith was born in Missouri, to Isaiah and Sarah Anne Griffith, his parents were of Welsh ancestry. They had lived in Illinois prior to Clark Griffith's birth; the family took a covered wagon west toward the Oklahoma Territory.
Along the way, the family encountered hungry and disenchanted people returning from the Oklahoma Territory, so they decided to settle in Missouri. Griffith grew up with five siblings, four of them older; when Griffith was a small child, his father was killed in a hunting accident when fellow hunters mistook him for a deer. Sarah Griffith struggled to raise her children as a widow, but Clark Griffith said that his neighbors in Missouri had been helpful to his mother, planting crops for her and the children. Fearing a malaria epidemic, sweeping through the area, the Griffith family moved to Bloomington, Illinois. A childhood incident taught him about the money side to baseball, Griffith recalled; when he was 13, he and a few other young boys had raised $1.25 to buy a baseball. They sent one of the boys 12 miles on horseback to make the purchase; the ball burst on the second time. Griffith found out that the boy who purchased the ball only spent a quarter, keeping the leftover dollar. At the age of seventeen, Griffith had made ten dollars pitching in a local baseball game in Hoopeston, Illinois.
Griffith entered the American Association in 1891, pitching 226 1⁄3 innings and winning 14 games for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Reds, he began the following season with the Chicago Colts. In 1893, the pitchers box was moved back. Following that change, offensive numbers increased across baseball and many pitchers had to adjust their approaches. Cap Anson was the player-manager of the Colts during Griffith's tenure and he utilized a rotation of only three starting pitchers. Just before Griffith's arrival on the team, pitcher Bill Hutchinson had thrown more than 600 innings in a single season for Anson, which may have contributed to a decline in Hutchinson's career. Griffith tried a new pitch to increase his longevity. By modifying the grip of a curveball, he threw a pitch similar to the screwball that Christy Mathewson had developed, he often scuffed balls with his spikes or rubbed them in the grass. In 1894, Griffith began a string of six consecutive seasons with 20 or more victories, compiling a 21–14 record and 4.92 earned run average.
Griffith lowered his ERA over the following years to a low of 1.88 in 1898, the lowest mark in the league. When Ban Johnson, a longtime friend, announced plans to form the American League, Griffith was one of the ringleaders in getting National League players to jump ship. Using the cover of his post as vice president of the League Protective Players' Association, Griffith persuaded 39 players to sign on with the new league for the 1901 season. Griffith himself signed on with the Chicago White Stockings as player-manager, he won 20 games for the final time in his career and led the White Stockings to the first AL pennant with an 83–53 record. At Johnson's suggestion, Griffith left Chicago in 1903 to take over as manager of the New York Highlanders; the Highlanders had just moved from Baltimore, Johnson knew that for the league to be successful, it needed a strong franchise in the nation's biggest city. Griffith retired as a player in 1907, though he made brief appearances as a player for the Reds and Senators.
After a falling-out with the Highlanders' ownership, Griffith was fired during the 1908 season. The team had started strong, but the team's pitching faltered as the season progressed and Griffith was criticized for trading away Jimmy Williams in exchange for a disappointing prospect. Griffith returned to the National League as manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1909. In 1912, again at Johnson's suggestion, he returned to the American League as manager of the Washington Senators; when Griffith took over as manager of the Senators, he bought a 10 percent interest in the team. At the time, the franchise had little going for it other than star pitcher Walter Johnson. In the American League's first 12 years, the Senators had never had a winning record or finished higher than sixth. To entertain the fans, Griffith hired Nick Altrock as a first base coach in his first season with Washington. Described as a "natural buffoon", Altrock engaged in lighthearted fun while coaching first base, he wrestled with himself, copied the motions of the pitcher and made the fans laugh with other antics.
Griffith engineered one of the biggest turnarounds in major league history, leading the Senators to second place. In nine years, his Washington teams only twice finished below fifth in the eight-team league. In 1919, Griffith joined forces with Philadelphia grain broker William Rich
2005 World Series
The 2005 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2005 season. The 101st edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League champion Chicago White Sox and the National League champion Houston Astros. Although the series was a sweep, all four games were quite close, being decided by two runs or fewer; the series was played between October 22–26, 2005. Home-field advantage was awarded to Chicago by virtue of the AL's 7–5 victory over the NL in the 2005 MLB All-Star Game; the Astros were attempting to become the fourth consecutive wild card team to win the Series, following the Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox. Both teams were attempting to overcome decades of disappointment, with a combined 132 years between the two teams without a title; the Astros were making their first Series appearance in 44 years of play, while the White Sox had waited twice as long for a title, having last won the Series in 1917, had not been in the Series since 1959, three years before the Astros' inaugural season.
Like the 1982 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, the 2005 World Series is one of only two World Series in the modern era with no possibility for a rematch between the two opponents, because the Astros moved to the AL in 2013. However, the Brewers did meet the Cardinals in the 2011 NL Championship Series; the Astros would return to the World Series in 2017 as an AL franchise, where they would win in seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Chicago White Sox finished the regular season with the best record in the American League at 99–63. After starting the season on a tear, the White Sox began to fade in August, when a 15 1⁄2 game lead fell all the way to 1 1⁄2. However, the Sox were able to hold off the Cleveland Indians to win the American League Central Division by six games, sweeping Cleveland in three games on the season's final weekend. In the Division Series, the White Sox swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox; the League Championship Series began with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim winning Game 1, but a controversial uncaught third strike in Game 2 helped the Sox start a run and win Games 2–5, all on complete games pitched by starters Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy García, José Contreras, clinching their first American League pennant in 46 years.
Manager Ozzie Guillén led the White Sox to a World Series victory, their first in 88 years. Slugger Frank Thomas was not on the post-season roster because he was injured, but the team honored his perennial contributions to the franchise during Game 1 of the Division Series against the Boston Red Sox when he was chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. "What a feeling," Thomas said. "Standing O all around the place. People cheering me. I had tears in my eyes. To know the fans cared that much about me – it was a great feeling. One of my proudest moments in the game." The Houston Astros won the Wild Card for the second straight year, once again clinching it on the final day of the season. The Astros embarked on a memorable Division Series rematch against the Atlanta Braves. With the Astros in the lead two games to one, the teams played an eighteen-inning marathon in Game 4, the longest postseason game in history. In this game, Roger Clemens made only the second relief appearance of his career, the first in postseason play.
Chris Burke's walk-off home run ended the game in the bottom of the eighteenth. For the second straight year, the Astros played the St. Louis Cardinals in the League Championship Series. Like the White Sox, the Astros dropped Game 1, but were able to regroup and win Games 2–4. With the Astros on the verge of clinching their first National League pennant in Game 5, Albert Pujols hit a mammoth three-run home run off Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead, subsequently stave off elimination. However, behind NLCS MVP Roy Oswalt, the Astros were able to defeat the Cards 5–1 in Game 6 and earned a trip to the World Series; this was the Astros' first World Series appearance in franchise history. Playing in their first World Series home game since 1959, the White Sox took an early lead with a home run from Jermaine Dye in the first inning. After Mike Lamb's home run tied the game in the second, the Sox scored two more in the second when Juan Uribe doubled in A. J. Pierzynski after Carl Everett had scored on a groundout earlier in the inning.
The Astros responded in the next inning when Lance Berkman hit a double, driving in Adam Everett and Craig Biggio. In the White Sox half of the fourth, Joe Crede hit. In the bottom of the eighth, Scott Podsednik hit a triple with Pierzynski on second off of Russ Springer for an insurance run. Roger Clemens recorded his shortest World Series start, leaving after the second inning with 53 pitches, including 35 for strikes, due to a sore hamstring that he had injured as the loss went to Wandy Rodríguez. José Contreras pitched seven innings. Before exiting, Contreras allowed a leadoff double by Willie Taveras with no outs. Neal Cotts entered the game in the top of the eighth inning, it marked the first time in five games. Cotts pitched 2⁄3 innings before Bobby Jenks was called upon by manager Ozzie Guillén to relieve him. Guillen signaled for the large pitcher by holding his arms out wide and up high. In the postgame conference, the Sox manager joked that he wa
The Sarasota Reds were a professional minor league baseball team, located in Sarasota, Florida, as a member of the Florida State League. However team started play in Sarasota as the Sarasota White Sox in 1989, they remained in the city for the next 21 seasons, going through a series of name changes due to their affiliation changes. They were known as the White Sox from 1989–1993, as the Sarasota Red Sox from 1994–2004, the Reds from 2004–2009. In Sarasota, the team played in Payne Park and Ed Smith Stadium, they won two division championships, in 1989 and 1992, made playoff appearances in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2007. However the roots of the Reds can be traced back further, to the Tampa Tarpons. In the 1980s rumors arose that a major league team would come to Tampa, which would threaten the viability of the Tarpons and other minor league teams in the Tampa Bay Area. In 1988 the Chicago White Sox replaced Cincinnati as the Tarpons' affiliate, launching murmurs that the White Sox would themselves relocate to the area.
Fearing his team would soon be displaced, in 1989 Tarpons owner Mitchell Mick sold his franchise to the White Sox, who moved it to Sarasota, Florida as the Sarasota White Sox. The team's Sarasota era produced many notable player. Bo Jackson, Mike LaValliere, Dave Stieb, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and Bob Wickman all played for the Sarasota White Sox. Meanwhile, Stan Belinda, David Eckstein, Nomar Garciaparra, Byung-hyun Kim, Jeff Suppan, Dustin Pedroia, Jonathan Papelbon, Kevin Youkilis were alumni of the Sarasota Red Sox; the Sarasota Reds produced many notable major league players such as Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Joey Votto, Chris Heisey, Drew Stubbs. After the Reds' spring-training departure from Florida's Grapefruit League to Arizona's Cactus League in 2009, the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates did an "affiliate-swap"; the Pirates took over the Sarasota Reds, while the Reds became the parent club of the Pirates' former Class A-Advanced affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have had their spring training facilities based in Bradenton, Florida since in 1969, when the city met with Pirates' general manager Joe Brown and owner John W. Galbreath and both sides agreed to a lease of 40 years, with an option for another 40 years. On November 10, 2009, baseball officials voted to allow the Pirates to purchase and uproot the Sarasota Reds; the Pirates moved the team to Bradenton. The Marauders became the first Florida State League team located in Bradenton since the Bradenton Growers folded in 1926; the Sarasota teams' names and team colors were all associated with each's parent club. For example, the logos for Sarasota White Sox, Red Sox and Reds were just altered versions of the parent club logos. However, there were attempts to allow some of these teams to find their own unique identities. In 2000, the Sarasota Red Sox introduced their mascot Gordy the Gecko; the Red Sox front office felt that since the team was based in Florida, its mascot should be reflective to the area.
Soon Gordy found his way on to the team's caps as an alternate logo. Former White Sox players Former Red Sox players Former Reds players
Robin Mark Ventura is an American former professional baseball third baseman and manager. Ventura played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, he was the manager for the White Sox for five seasons. The White Sox selected Ventura with the tenth overall pick in the 1988 amateur draft from Oklahoma State University, he is a six-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, two-time MLB All-Star selection and a National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. While playing college baseball for the Cowboys at OSU, Ventura was a three-time All-American who authored a Division I-record 58-game hitting streak. In 1988, he won the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award and played for the gold medal-winning Olympic baseball team. In his MLB career, he hit 18 grand slams. In Game 5 of the 1999 National League Championship Series, Ventura hit the "Grand Slam Single" that won the game but did not become a home run because he was unable to complete the circuit around the base paths.
In his playing career and arthritis issues in his ankle hampered his abilities in the field. After the 2011 season, the White Sox hired him to be their manager, making him the 17th former White Sox player to manage the club. Born to parents John and Darlene Ventura on July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, Ventura is of Italian and Portuguese descent. After attending Righetti High School in Orcutt, Ventura was a 3-time All-American at Oklahoma State University, he led the nation in runs, RBI and total bases in 69 games as a freshman in 1986. In 1987, he had a NCAA-record 58-game hitting streak, breaking the previous record of 47, his hitting streak remains the Division I record, though his mark was surpassed in 2003 by Damian Costantino of Division III Salve Regina University, who had a 60-game streak. Ventura helped OSU reach the finals of the 1987 College World Series, although they lost the championship game to a Stanford University team that included future teammate Jack McDowell. Ventura collected four hits – including a pair of doubles – in the final game and batted.364 for the series.
That summer, he played for the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod Baseball League, hitting.370 and led the league in runs batted in with 37. On January 19, 2002, Ventura was inducted into the Cape League Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2001. In 1988 he earned a spot on the gold medal-winning Olympic baseball team, batting.409 during the tournament. He won both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy for outstanding collegiate play, concluding his 3-year OSU career with a.428 batting average, a.792 slugging percentage, 302 RBIs. On July 4, 2006, Ventura was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of its inaugural class. After being picked tenth in the 1988 Major League Baseball draft by the White Sox, Ventura spent much of 1989 at AA Birmingham before joining the Sox that September. While in Birmingham, he earned a spot in the Southern League All-Star Game and was voted the league's top defensive third baseman, he was named to the 1990 Topps All-Star Rookie Roster and earned the starting third base role with the White Sox the next spring.
While his 1990 rookie year was marred by an 0-for-41 slump and 25 errors, his 123 hits were the most by a White Sox rookie since Ozzie Guillén in 1985. The next year he won his first Gold Glove Award for fielding excellence, set a team record for RBIs at third base, led the AL in putouts. In 1992, Ventura earned a spot on the All-Star team. In 1993, Ventura saw his batting average drop 20 points to.262, though both his slugging and on-base percentages rose slightly. He collected his 500th hit that May and won his third straight Gold Glove, while becoming the first AL third baseman with three consecutive 90-RBI campaigns since Graig Nettles. On August 4, 1993, during a game against the Texas Rangers, Ventura was hit by a pitch thrown by Nolan Ryan. Ventura charged the mound, where Ryan, 20 years Ventura's senior, placed Ventura in a headlock and punched him several times, causing a bench-clearing brawl; this brawl was voted the top baseball brawl of all time by ESPN's SportCenter. The White Sox won the AL West that year, which resulted in Ventura's only playoff trip while in Chicago.
They would lose in the ALCS to the Toronto Blue Jays. When play resumed in 1995 following the 1994 strike, Ventura had ten errors in the first ten games, he spent some time at first base that year amid trade rumors, but ended the year with a career-high.295 average, on September 4 hit two grand slams in one game, the eighth player in history to do so and the first since Frank Robinson in 1970. The next season, he won his fourth Gold Glove, reached new highs in fielding percentage, homers and RBIs, set team records in career homers by a third baseman and grand slams; when spring training began in 1997 the White Sox were picked by many to win their division. In a spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium, Ventura slid into home plate and caught his foot in the mud, suffering a broken and dislocated right ankle; the initial prognosis was. However, Ventura returned on July 24, more than a week ahead of the most optimistic predictions, he collected the game-winning hit that night, homered in his first at-bat the next evening.
The White Sox did not make the playoffs, in part due to the "White Flag Trade". In 1998, Ventura's final season with the Sox, he won his fifth Gold Glove, but only hit.263. His homer and RBI totals were close to his career averages, but the Sox attempted to trade hi
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs are a U. S. Class A minor league baseball team, based in South Bend, that plays in the Midwest League. Known for more than two decades as the "'Silver Hawks"', they ended their 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks in September 2014, signed a 4-year player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs, changed their name to the South Bend Cubs. South Bend, was awarded a Midwest League franchise in 1988. Affiliated with the Chicago White Sox and bearing the name of the parent club, the team was renamed in 1994; the name "Silver Hawks" was chosen as an homage to the once popular Studebaker Silver Hawk automobile, manufactured in South Bend. Notable former players include Brandon Webb, Justin Upton, the #1 overall draft pick in 2005; the team's home park is Four Winds Field. The stadium was built in 1987 and named for Stanley Coveleski, the Hall of Fame pitcher who retired to South Bend after a career in major league baseball that included pitching an amazing three complete games to help the Cleveland Indians win the 1920 World Series.
On September 5, 2013, the South Bend Silver Hawks announced an agreement with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owners of Four Winds Resorts, for naming rights to the field. The field is now known as Four Winds Field; as part of the agreement, a permanent bronze memorial bearing the name and likeness of Stanley Coveleski will be installed at the main entrance in his honor. Despite playing through rumors of sale and relocation in the near future to Marion, the Silver Hawks managed a championship season in 2005, beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and winning the 2005 Midwest League Championship; the team won league titles in 1989 and 1993. Former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan formed an investment group to purchase the Silver Hawks in 2005. At the time, Kernan made it clear that a principal objective of the group was to keep the team from leaving South Bend. In November 2011, Andrew T. Berlin of Chicago, a limited partner of the Chicago White Sox and Chairman/CEO of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging and the new owner of the team, ensured his commitment to the city of South Bend by signing a 20-year cumulative lease agreement for the use of Coveleski Stadium.
He added a public commitment to the citizens of the region that he would invest $2.5 million of his own money to make upgrades to the city-owned stadium. On September 18, 2014, the Silver Hawks and Chicago Cubs signed a four-year player-development contract through 2018. Owner of the team Berlin said in a statement. "Today is a turning point. I made a promise to the local community and government officials who welcomed me with open arms three years ago. I promised, and I promised that I’d do everything I could to bring people back to South Bend and prove that this is a wonderful place to invest in. Now one of the best and most beloved brands in the history of Major League Baseball is making a bold statement about this place too." After setting attendance records during the 2015 season, the South Bend Cubs won the 42nd John H. Johnson President's Award as the minor league's "most complete franchise"; the award requires a team to succeed in financial stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community and promotion of the baseball industry.
The president of the team, Joe Hart, said, "To be selected for this prestigious award over some of the best franchises across the nation is humbling". The team has two mascots. One is Stu the Cub, selected following an online fan vote prior to Opening Day; the other is Swoop the Silverhawk, the mascot when the team was known as the Silverhawks, was kept after the name change. South Bend Cubs website FutureBacks - In-depth Silver Hawks coverage
James Joseph "Nixey" Callahan was an American pitcher and left fielder in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Colts/Orphans, Chicago White Sox. He managed the White Sox, as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates. Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, he died at age 60 in Boston. On September 20, 1902, Callahan pitched the first no-hitter in American League history, he is the only pitcher to have collected five hits in a game three times.. Only two years earlier, in the other extreme of his career, he gave up 48 hits in two consecutive starts in 1900, yielding 23 on September 11 and 25 in the game before. List of Major League Baseball no-hitters List of Major League Baseball player-managers Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Warning: Template:Baseballstats cube= parameter should be updated to a numeric value. Nixey Callahan at Find a Grave
Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios is a Venezuelan former professional baseball player and manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a shortstop for 16 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, from 1985 to 2000, he managed the White Sox from 2004 to 2011 and the Miami Marlins in 2012. As a player, Guillén was respected for his passion, hustle and defensive abilities and his ebullient love for the game. In 2005, Guillen became the first Latino manager in major league history to win a World Series. Guillén was a light-hitting, quick-handed shortstop, emerging from a line of Venezuelan shortstops that included Chico Carrasquel, Luis Aparicio, Dave Concepción, Omar Vizquel, he was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Padres in 1980. In December 1984, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox as part of an eight-player trade, with Tim Lollar, Bill Long and Luis Salazar in exchange for LaMarr Hoyt. In 1985, Guillén received both the American League Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards, becoming only the third rookie shortstop in major league history to win a fielding title.
He became known for his daring, aggressive style of play, as was demonstrated on August 2, 1985 in a game against the New York Yankees. With the game tied 5–5 in the 11th inning, Guillén hit a two-out single and proceeded to steal second base; when the next batter hit an infield single, Guillén never hesitated as he rounded third base, catching the Yankees defense off guard and scored the game-winning run. In 1989, Guillén was the victim of a hidden ball trick twice. First on June 23 when Greg Brock tagged him out when Guillén, the runner at first base, took his lead, had to dive back to the base on a pick off throw from the pitcher. Brock held the ball instead of throwing it back to the pitcher, when Guillén took his hand off the base to stand up, Brock tagged him out. On August 5, Dave Bergman made the same play. Guillén again dove to the base to beat the throw, when he took his hand off the base to stand up, Bergman tagged him on top of the batting helmet without looking at him. On April 21, 1992, Guillén suffered a severe knee injury in a collision with outfielder Tim Raines.
The injury caused him to miss the entire season, subsequently diminished his defensive range as well as his stolen base output for the remainder of his career. Guillén recovered in 1993 with his most productive season offensively, posting a.280 batting average, career highs with 4 home runs and 50 runs batted in, as the White Sox won the American League Western Division title. He hit.273 and scored 4 runs in a losing effort, as the White Sox were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 American League Championship Series. In October 1997, after 13 seasons with the White Sox, Guillén was granted free agency status and signed a contract to play for the Baltimore Orioles. In May 1998, the Orioles released he signed with the Atlanta Braves as a utility infielder, he helped the Braves win the 1999 National League Championship Series against the New York Mets with a 10th inning, pinch hit single in Game 6 of the series that tied the score at nine runs apiece, as the Braves went on to win the game and the series.
The Braves would lose to the New York Yankees in Guillén's only World Series appearance as a player. After playing one year with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000, he retired as a player at the end of the season at the age of 36. In a sixteen-year major league career, Guillén played in 1,993 games, accumulating 1,764 hits in 6,686 at bats for a.264 career batting average along with 28 home runs, 619 runs batted in, an on-base percentage of.287. Guillén was an All-Star in 1988, 1990–1991, won the Gold Glove Award in 1990, he led American League shortstops twice in range factor, once in assists and once in fielding percentage. Guillén's.974 career fielding percentage ranks him 40th overall among major league shortstops, ahead of both Luis Aparicio and Dave Concepcion. While he was considered one of the best fielding shortstops in the American League, Guillén was overlooked in post-season awards because his playing career coincided with that of Cal Ripken, Jr. Guillén ranks among the White Sox all-time leaders in games played, at-bats.
As a hitter, he was known as a free swinger, posting one of the highest at bats per walk ratios in major league history. Guillén played his entire Venezuelan Winter League career with Tiburones de La Guaira. Following his playing career, Guillén coached for the Montreal Expos in 2001 and 2002 and the World Champion Florida Marlins in 2003 before he was hired in the offseason to replace Jerry Manuel as the White Sox manager, he received a standing ovation from the crowd of 37,706 Chicagoans when introduced before his first game as a manager at U. S. Cellular Field on April 13, 2004. On May 30, 2005, the White Sox extended Guillén's contract, making the move while the team had the best record in the majors. In 2005, he led the White Sox to their first American League pennant since 1959, their first World Series win since 1917 with a 4-game sweep of the Houston Astros. Guillén claimed that he might retire after the 2005 season should the White Sox win the World Series, but at the parade celebrating the World Champions he received cheers from the fans when he announced he would indeed return to manage the next season.
The White Sox picked up the 2006 option on his contract, added two more years and included an option for the 2009 season. In November, Guillén was voted the 2005 American League Manager of the Year Award by the