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Greatest White Sox team of All Time

Posted 04-20-2009 at 01:09 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 05-22-2010 at 10:00 AM by TommyJohn

I am at work and bored silly. I don't do much, but that doesn't mean I will do this all day. I just want to post a few thoughts.

I was reading a book on Yankee myths, legends and such. The dude who wrote it compared the teams considered the 3 greatest in team history-1927, 1961 and 1998 to determine which one was the best of the bunch. He used a bunch of statistics that I don't recall right now, but his conclusion was that it was a toss up. All three dominated in one category or other in their respective years.

I got to thinking-what was the greatest White Sox team of all time? Now I will grant you, finding the greatest pale hose team isn't like taking those three Yankee teams and comparing. There is little to chose from-three World Series winners and seven other league or division winners for a total of ten. I thought-how can I possibly compare to see who was the best? After all, if we are only going to compare World Series winners, our choices are few. Plus, there is the emotional hangover from 2005. What they did in the regular season and postseason should solidify them as the greatest White Sox team of all time on a purely emotional basis. If I were ranking them on that alone, 2005 would be first, always. Also, you cannot judge by who would beat who in a best-of-seven. Would the 2005 White Sox beat the 1917 Sox if they were to be dropped on the same field together? Of course they would. The game and the players have evolved so much during those 88 years that that isn't a good point of comparison, either. I wanted a little something more than that.

I took all WS, AL, and division champions and decided to try and rank them statistically. A dicey proposition I know. Three of those teams won it all, seven did not. So how could you possibly rank them all together? How great could a team possibly be if it didn't win it all?

I decided then to take the postseason out of the equation for now and rank their regular season performances. Perhaps I could come up with a way to measure the postseason performances of all the teams and add that to what I have done already. For now, I went with the regular season.

My formula was simple-I felt the best way to rank the teams was to see how they stacked up against the competition. In other words, just how good and dominant were all 1st place White Sox against their AL opponents in that particular year?
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    Did you come to a conclusion after your ranking exercise?
    Posted 04-20-2009 at 01:20 PM by tebman tebman is offline
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    Did you come to a conclusion after your ranking exercise?
    Yes I did, I will post them later. Right now I am at work and was taking too long to write my entry.
    Posted 04-20-2009 at 02:45 PM by TommyJohn TommyJohn is online now
 



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