The White Sox win the World Series
Photo: Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune

October 26, 2005

Some saw the team’s 88-year world-championship hiatus as divine punishment for 1919, when Sox players threw the World Series. When the South Siders finally claimed the crown with a four-game sweep of the Astros, long-suffering fans ecstatically sang “Na Na Hey Hey.” “The Sox have been the stepchild for all these years,” Michael Mandelbaum, author of The Meaning of Sports, told the Sun-Times. “And suddenly the White Sox have been elected class president.”