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FloridaSox
09-23-2005, 01:45 PM
According to the Elias Sports Bureau:

1. 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, 10-game lead on Aug. 5, 1942.
2. 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers, 13-game lead on Aug. 11, 1951.
3. 1978 Boston Red Sox, 10-game lead on July 8, 1978.
4. 1979 Houston Astros, 10-game lead on July 4, 1979.
5. 1993 San Francisco Giants, 10-game lead on July 22, 1993.
6. 1995 California Angels, 11-game lead on Aug. 9, 1995.

Just for some historical perspective.

Hangar18
09-23-2005, 01:49 PM
According to the Elias Sports Bureau:

1. 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, 10-game lead on Aug. 5, 1942.
2. 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers, 13-game lead on Aug. 11, 1951.
3. 1978 Boston Red Sox, 10-game lead on July 8, 1978.
4. 1979 Houston Astros, 10-game lead on July 4, 1979.
5. 1993 San Francisco Giants, 10-game lead on July 22, 1993.
6. 1995 California Angels, 11-game lead on Aug. 9, 1995.

Just for some historical perspective.

Im sickened to know the SOX are about to be #1 on this list shortly ........

ChiSoxGirl
09-23-2005, 01:56 PM
According to the Elias Sports Bureau:

1. 1942 Brooklyn Dodgers, 10-game lead on Aug. 5, 1942.
2. 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers, 13-game lead on Aug. 11, 1951.
3. 1978 Boston Red Sox, 10-game lead on July 8, 1978.
4. 1979 Houston Astros, 10-game lead on July 4, 1979.
5. 1993 San Francisco Giants, 10-game lead on July 22, 1993.
6. 1995 California Angels, 11-game lead on Aug. 9, 1995.

Just for some historical perspective.

It makes me sick to think we're on the verge of placing ourselves atop that list. I just keep asking myself, "why??" :(:

Lip Man 1
09-23-2005, 02:10 PM
Jayson Stark ESPN.com:

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the White Sox have now become just the third team in history to take a 15-game lead and shrink it down to a lead of under 5 games at any point in any season. The others were the 1976 Phillies (went from 15 to 3 before hanging on) and the 1912 Giants (from a size 16 to a size 4).

But even more ominously, the White Sox also were in danger of becoming the first team ever to spit out a lead of more than 13 games over the team in second place. The current record-holders are the 1951 Dodgers, who made a 13-gamer on Aug. 11 disappear (against the Giants). And their very special co-stars in the record books are the 1928 Yankees, who also blew a 13-gamer (over the Athletics) -- but then won the pennant anyway. (What about the 1914 Braves, you ask? Yes, they were once 15 games back. But they were actually in last place at the time. And the first-place Giants led the second-place Cubs by only four.)

So meanwhile, back in the present, whatever you want to call this White Sox plunge back toward their AL Central neighbors from Ohio, a couple of things are indisputable:

(1) It's on the verge of being downright massively historic.

And (2) it doesn't happen a whole lot, either.

Lip

Medford Bobby
09-23-2005, 02:27 PM
2005 White Sox baseball: "Were downright massively historic":(:

Hangar18
09-23-2005, 02:30 PM
if anything "good" can come of this, its that the SOX are going to finally have to take a good long hard look at themselves in the Financial Mirror and realize that cutting corners, financially and otherwise ......doesnt work.

Brian26
09-23-2005, 02:51 PM
Just a quick question: Was our official lead on Aug 1 actually 15 games, or was it 15 games over Cleveland and like 12.5 games over Minnesota? Didn't Cleveland leap-frog Minnesota at some point? I'm just trying to figure out what the actual biggest lead over a 2nd place team was this year for the Sox.

mbwhitesox
09-23-2005, 02:55 PM
I always knew this team would make history :rolleyes:

eriqjaffe
09-23-2005, 03:05 PM
Just a quick question: Was our official lead on Aug 1 actually 15 games, or was it 15 games over Cleveland and like 12.5 games over Minnesota? Didn't Cleveland leap-frog Minnesota at some point? I'm just trying to figure out what the actual biggest lead over a 2nd place team was this year for the Sox.Actually, on August 1, Cleveland was 15 games back, and Minnesota was in third, 15.5 games back.

HotelWhiteSox
09-23-2005, 03:17 PM
I don't even care if they blow it, as long as they regain it or get the Wild Card, who cares as long as they make the playoffs? Sure the media hates the Sox so they'd love to talk about it, but they were still dead wrong with their 4th place predictions, and all that matters is getting in the playoffs. There are no bonus points for finishing with a bigger lead and honestly, I don't think home field advantage is as big a deal with this team as it was in the past. Sure, idiot Cub fans and the media would rub blowing the lead in your face, to which you can respond 'Who's in the playoffs?', but of course, work still would have to be gone to get in the playoffs, and I think that's the main focus.

Brian26
09-23-2005, 04:03 PM
Actually, on August 1, Cleveland was 15 games back, and Minnesota was in third, 15.5 games back.

un****ingbelievable.

skobabe8
09-23-2005, 04:16 PM
un****ingbelievable.

That pretty much says it.

jdm2662
09-23-2005, 04:17 PM
The White Sox were 74-39 at that time. Cleveland was 59-54. Since then, the Sox are five games under .500 and Clev is 24 games OVER. The worst has happened.

oeo
09-23-2005, 04:34 PM
Im sickened to know the SOX are about to be #1 on this list shortly ........

See, I don't understand this...why does this bother so many people? I'll be more pissed that we didn't make the playoffs then I ever will be about a lousy record. That isn't going to change how I'm a fan of the Sox, it never will. I'll still get overly excited 2 months before the season starts, I'll be back. Who cares about a lousy record, that, when is the next time you will hear it? Screw Cubs fans...they are the definition of choke artists. Screw ESPN, we already know they don't know what they're talking about. No one ever liked the Sox and it's not going to change.

I'm probably the only one to say it, but:
:whocares

MRKARNO
09-23-2005, 04:39 PM
Just a quick question: Was our official lead on Aug 1 actually 15 games, or was it 15 games over Cleveland and like 12.5 games over Minnesota? Didn't Cleveland leap-frog Minnesota at some point? I'm just trying to figure out what the actual biggest lead over a 2nd place team was this year for the Sox.

I've found it's a lot easier to think of things in terms of the team not being "us" or "we" lately. It's their choke. We didn't choke. We were with them all the way. They are the ones who should be ashamed and we should be the ones who are dissapointed.

Madvora
09-23-2005, 04:44 PM
And who ever thought that we'd be dealing with Cleveland anyway? So much for the Twins.