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DarkHorse35
05-24-2007, 11:24 AM
Am I the only one who is slightly confused by the banner on the light pole in Right Field that indicates the Sox were AL Champions in 1900. Correct me if I'm wrong but the inaugural year of the American League was 1901. I know the Sox moved here in 1900 but I can't see how they won the pennant that year if no league existed.

gobears1987
05-24-2007, 11:29 AM
Am I the only one who is slightly confused by the banner on the light pole in Right Field that indicates the Sox were AL Champions in 1900. Correct me if I'm wrong but the inaugural year of the American League was 1901. I know the Sox moved here in 1900 but I can't see how they won the pennant that year if no league existed.
It existed in 1900 as the Western League, which was then renamed the American League.

mcg
05-24-2007, 11:33 AM
The Western League was renamed the American League in 1899 but the A.L. was considered minor league until 1901 when it declared itself a second major league.

More info here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_league#League_history)

PalehosePlanet
05-24-2007, 11:35 AM
The league did exist and the White Sox finished with the best record in the league (no post-season.) I believe it was called the American Association in 1900, but I could be wrong.The NL treated the upstart AL as a minor league at first because they feared the competition. In 1901 the league we had won in 1900 changed its name to the American League and basically told the NL and its owners to shove it (spearheaded by Charles Comiskey and Ban Johnson). The NL had apparently only agreed to let the other league form if they were not a proffesional/major league.

TDog
05-24-2007, 11:37 AM
The Western League was renamed the American League in 1899 but the A.L. was considered minor league until 1901 when it declared itself a second major league.


When I was a kid, I had a records book that listed the American League champions since 1900. There was an asterisk next to 1900, noting that it was not a major league.

anewman35
05-24-2007, 06:01 PM
The league did exist and the White Sox finished with the best record in the league (no post-season.) I believe it was called the American Association in 1900, but I could be wrong.

You're wrong - the American Association was a different league.

dllrbll7
05-24-2007, 07:18 PM
sorta on a side note, the sox site is selling the World Series champions banner that hung on the light poles last year. The opening bid is $1000.... They did sell the 2005 banner earlier in the year but I dont know what the ending bid was.

soxfanreggie
05-25-2007, 01:31 AM
Do most people have room for a 14' by 46' banner? I know it would be cool to have, but where would you put it?

StillMissOzzie
05-25-2007, 02:22 AM
Do most people have room for a 14' by 46' banner? I know it would be cool to have, but where would you put it?

That would be pretty cool wrapped around 2 sides of my garage but I think it's out of my price range.

SMO
:D:

dllrbll7
05-25-2007, 08:54 AM
Do most people have room for a 14' by 46' banner? I know it would be cool to have, but where would you put it?

Ya if I had a 46' vaulted basement ceiling it would be the perfect wall covering... Could do what the bears did with their astro turf and chop it up into small pieces and sell it on plaques....

Foulke You
05-25-2007, 12:04 PM
Chop it up and make spaghetti sauce out of it! That way, it will help the Sox win another World Series in 07 by harnessing the non-cursed bits of banner!