Flashback #66: White Sox Win World Series (2005)
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October 26, 2005 – White Sox win the World Series
It was a day the city of Chicago will never forget.
For the first time in 88 years, the White Sox were World Series champions.
Heading into Game 4 of the 2005 World Series, the White Sox owned a 3-0 advantage over the Astros. After Games 2 and 3 were won with dramatic home runs, Game 4 featured a pitcher’s duel between Freddy Garcia and Astros starter Brandon Backe.
Both pitchers were on point, neither allowing a single run until the eighth inning.
In the eighth, the White Sox had their chance to draw blood off embattled closer Brad Lidge. That’s when Willie Harris hit a pinch-hit single. Scott Podsednik then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Harris to second. Next up Carl Everett, who pinch-hit for Tadahito Iguchi, grounded to first base, allowing Harris to move over to third. Jermaine Dye then drove in Harris on an RBI single — the only run of the ball game.
A 24-year-old Bobby Jenks came out in the ninth inning to earn the save and the first title for the city of Chicago since the Bulls won the NBA championship in 1998.
The White Sox finished the 2005 playoffs with an 11-1 record, including a four-game sweep of the Astros in the World Series.
“It means we get to take that thing over there (the World Series trophy) home with us to Chicago, and that’s what we came here for,” general manager Kenny Williams said after the game. “That’s exactly what we worked so hard for in the offseason, agonizing over each and every move.”
Dye was named the World Series MVP after he batted .438 (7-for-16) with one home run and three RBIs.
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