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1991 Chicago White Sox season

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Owner(s)  Jerry Reinsdorf
Manager(s)  Jeff Torborg
General manager(s)  Ron Schueler
1991 Chicago White Sox season
Local television  WGN-TV SportsChannel Chicago (Ken Harrelson, Tom Paciorek)
Local radio  WMAQ (AM) (John Rooney, Wayne Hagin) WTAQ (Frank Diaz, Chico Carrasquel)

The 1991 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 93rd season. They finished with a record 87-75, good enough for 2nd place in the American League West, 8 games behind of the 1st place Minnesota Twins, as the club opened the new Comiskey Park on April 18.

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Offseason

  • November 30, 1990: Jerry Willard was released by the White Sox.
  • December 3, 1990: Buddy Groom was drafted from the White Sox by the Detroit Tigers in the 1990 minor league draft.
  • December 4, 1990: Shawn Hillegas and Eric King were traded by the White Sox to the Cleveland Indians for Cory Snyder and Lindsay Foster (minors).
  • December 12, 1990: Charlie Hough was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
  • December 23, 1990: Iván Calderón and Barry Jones were traded by the White Sox to the Montreal Expos for Tim Raines, Jeff Carter and a player to be named later. The Expos completed the deal by sending Mario Brito (minors) to the White Sox on February 15.
  • March 18, 1991: Ron Coomer was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
  • March 31, 1991: Joe Borowski was traded by the White Sox to the Baltimore Orioles for Pete Rose, Jr..
  • Regular season

  • Frank Thomas led the Major Leagues in On-Base Percentage with .457. He became the 38th player in history to reach base at least 300 times in one season.
  • New Comiskey Park

  • The White Sox started the season in new Comiskey Park. The park opened for the 1991 season, after the White Sox had spent 81 years at Comiskey Park. The new park was completed at a cost of US$167 million.
  • The stadium was the first new sports venue built in Chicago since 1929 (The United Center opened in 1995). It was also the first baseball-only park since Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium) opened in 1973, and the last built before the recent wave of new "retro-classic" stadiums. However, a few design features from the old park were retained. Most notable among them is the "exploding scoreboard", which is a replica of the one installed by Bill Veeck at the old park in 1960.
  • At the beginning of all games, after a White Sox player hits a home run, and after a White Sox victory, the scoreboard lights up in color and fireworks explode in the sky. The entrance has several arched windows. The Sox Shower, located in left-center field, is a place where fans can cool off during hot gamedays.
  • The first game at New Comiskey was on April 18, 1991, against the Detroit Tigers. Despite starting the season on the road with a 6-1 record, the White Sox lost the game by a score of 16-0.
  • First Game at New Comiskey

    Scorecard

    April 18, New Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

    Batting
    Pitching

    1991 Opening Day Lineup

  • Tim Raines, DH
  • Lance Johnson, CF
  • Robin Ventura, 3B
  • Frank Thomas, 1B
  • Carlton Fisk, C
  • Cory Snyder, LF
  • Sammy Sosa, RF
  • Ozzie Guillén, SS
  • Scott Fletcher, 2B
  • Jack McDowell, P
  • Notable transactions

  • April 3, 1991: Bo Jackson was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
  • April 12, 1991: Danny Heep was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
  • April 13, 1991: Steve Lyons was released by the White Sox.
  • May 18, 1991: Magglio Ordóñez was signed as an amateur free agent by the White Sox.
  • July 12, 1991: Mike Huff was selected off waivers by the White Sox from the Cleveland Indians.
  • July 14, 1991: Cory Snyder was traded by the White Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays for Shawn Jeter and a player to be named later. The Blue Jays completed the deal by sending Steve Wapnick to the White Sox on September 4.
  • Batting

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

    Pitching

    Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

    Awards and honors

  • Frank Thomas – Major League Baseball Leader, On-Base Percentage (.457)
  • All-Star Game

  • Jack McDowell, Pitcher, Reserve
  • Carlton Fisk, Catcher, Reserve
  • Ozzie Guillén, Shortstop, Reserve
  • References

    1991 Chicago White Sox season Wikipedia


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