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South Side Sox Podcast 20 — Looking Back at the Cooperstown Vote, Ahead to the White Sox Hall

Joe Resis and Chrystal O’Keefe hold court on the Halls of Fame, while Brett Ballantini smiles politely

South Side Sox Podcast 20 takes a look back the SSS Cooperstown vote, and ahead to the White Sox Hall of Fame results, which you can vote on right now. Brett Ballantini hosted Chrystal “OK” O’Keefe and “Pretty Good” Joe Resis for all sorts of Hall talk:

Chrystal roasts Brett rather well for his past Curt Schilling support; worth the price of admission alone Mark Buehrle safely...

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Today in White Sox History: January 25

Could Fergie Jenkins have won his 300th game with the White Sox due to a draft-compensation steal? It almost happened. | Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The White Sox outfoxed the Cubs, and forced a huge trade to their benefit

1983

The White Sox and GM Roland Hemond embarrassed the Cubs by hinting through the media that they might select pitcher Fergie Jenkins after the Cubs left him unprotected in the free agent draft. Jenkins, the future Hall-of-Famer, was getting close to the...

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Killer B’s Podcast 5: The Moral and Ethical Gray Area of Baseball Hall of Fame Voting

Tommy Barbee and Keelin Billue discuss Hank Aaron’s legacy of Black excellence and struggle, baseball’s Hall of Fame voting, and the lack of a DH for the White Sox

Episode 5 of the Killer B’s podcast takes a on a different tone than past Killer B’s podcasts: What is the place of character in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

The recent death of baseball legend Hank Aaron put a spotlight on how sports fans and society talk about our sports heroes who are also people of color. Tommy and...

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Vote for the 2021 South Side Sox White Sox Hall of Fame!

Ted Lyons has the highest returning vote percentage for the 2021 vote.

Our fourth annual vote to immortalize the best South Siders of all time

Once upon a time, the Chicago White Sox had a team Hall of Fame — until they decided to put it in mothballs, in favor of an extended gift shop. Now the Sox have a two-story team store, and they have yet to bring the team Hall of Fame back.

We were tired of waiting, so we established a virtual one. And after taking it to South Side Hit Pen for a year,...

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Today in White Sox History: January 24

American League starting pitcher Esteban Loaiza from the Chicago White Sox throws against the National League during the 74th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 15, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The American League won, 7-6. | Matthew Stockmanl/Getty Images

A massive free agent and trade win for Ken Williams

2003

Sometimes luck plays a part in things ... sometimes a very big part.

On this date, Chicago White Sox general manager Ken Williams signed free agent pitcher...

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North Side Sox Podcast 7: The Tim Anderson Episode, featuring Herb Lawrence!

Janice and Sam are joined by Herb Lawrence (670 the Score, Locked on Sox) for a lively conversation on the state of the White Sox

On this very special seventh episode of North Side Sox, Sam and Janice welcome the pod’s first-ever guest: Herb Lawrence!

Right about now, we would have been organizing our SoxFest schedules: Budgeting some time to wait in line for a Liam Hendriks photo op, then later hitting up the pop-up Sports Depot for some midwinter deals.

Though gatherings are not in our...

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Buona Beef, or Bueno Beefcake?

The definitive guide to the beefiest White Sox of modern and historic times

I know what you’re thinking: What in the fresh hell is this? Some sort of bizarre player ranking, according to looks? Not at all! We’ve simply created a system to determine the outright beefiness of our current and former Sox players.

What is a beefcake, you ask? It is many things. Sure, it could be that the player is a handsome devil. But it could also be about swagger. It could be about biceps. It could be...

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Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2021: [sad trombone]

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No one makes the cut — and no player comes particularly close

Well, just because it was anticipated doesn’t make it any fun.

For the first time in the 11 years of the South Side Sox Hall of Fame voting, we have elected zero candidates from our regular Cooperstown ballot. The fewest prior inductees was way back in 2012, when Barry Larkin was enshrined all by his lonesome.

SSS voters averaged 8.28 choices per ballot (up from 8.04...

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Home Run King Hank Aaron dies at 86

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One of baseball’s true gentlemen is gone

This is how I first came to know Hank Aaron, on a 1976 Topps baseball card.

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I was too young to have seen him play, or to have followed his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1973-74. But I was astute enough to understand how important he was to baseball.

And in case I wasn’t so “astute,” all I had to do was flip the card over:

How could this baseball card (from a 10-cent pack) be anything but a holy grail, and this...

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Kicking the Can, Part 1: Catchers

Zack Collins, who’s yet to get a fair look from the Sox, faces enormous pressure to perform in 2021. | Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

An early look at the effects of Rick Hahn’s pursuit of short-term solutions for the White Sox

Entering the 2018-19 offseason, it was conceded that the White Sox, in a year where they weren’t expected to be highly competitive, had holes at DH, right field (after Avisaíl García proved not worth entering arbitration with), and a shortage of...

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Today in White Sox History: January 22

White Sox public relations director Ed Short shows off the team’s new road uniform on Jan. 22, 1960.

Yep, another groundbreaking move by Bill Veeck

1960

The White Sox introduced the first Major League Baseball jersey that had a player’s name on the back. It was the brainchild of owner Bill Veeck. At first the name was only on the road jersey, but over time, teams would have names on the backs of both road and home uniforms.

1996

The White Sox dealt minor leaguers Charles Poe and Andrew...

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SSS Cryptosoxery #4

This week’s word quiz comes from an actually self-effacing new guy

This week, we wander into White Sox baseball by way of hockey.

But first, the answer to last week’s quiz, which came by way of stupidity:

Adam and Drake are probably the most respected people I’ve ever played with — Adam Eaton

No White Sox fan needs the last name of Adam and Drake, which is unfortunately impossible to forget, even if this quote isn’t the most notorious of Eaton’s idiocies about them. That would be...

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TA7 Snags RBI2021 Cover Glory

There is no one better to represent the excitement of the game in 2021 than our very own Tim Anderson

As an avid player (for better or worse) of the RBI Baseball franchise, I've experienced the many ups and downs of the series since its 2014 reboot. But this year ... they got it right. There is no one better to represent the excitement of the game in 2021 than our very own Tim Anderson.

The series took a big step forward in 2020 in terms of gameplay as well as keeping the player abilities...

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White Sox star Tim Anderson to grace cover of ‘R.B.I. Baseball 21’

Tim Anderson has been enjoying a meteoric rise to superstardom over the past few seasons, and the Chicago White Sox slugger’s profile will receive a significant bump thanks to being named the cover athlete for “R.B.I.

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2021 South Side Sox Prospect Vote: Round 15

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Who is the 15th-best prospect in the White Sox system?

If you’re unsure of what this is, read our Top Prospect Vote primer.

Heir apparent Blake Rutherford was leapfrogged by fellow outfielder Benyamin Bailey, who jumped from third to take the No. 14 slot, with 28% (54 of 196 votes). Bailey finished 15th in last year’s poll, so SSS readers have been hip to him for two years now.

In the 2020 poll, Yermín Mercedes finished as our No. 14 prospect in the vote.

Tyler...

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Today in White Sox History: January 20

On this day 37 years ago, the White Sox picked up a Hall-of-Famer ... for free.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a day sporting two better transactions than this one

1965

Another big deal was pulled off by White Sox GM Ed Short to keep the franchise’s streak of winning seasons going. Chicago was part of a three-team trade with Cleveland and the Athletics. When all was said and done, the Sox parted with outfielders Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger, pitcher Fred Talbot and catcher Cam Carreon....

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South Side Sox Reacts: DH is A-OK

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In the battle of offense vs. “strategy,” the choice appears clear

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Chicago White Sox fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Despite the baseball season being just a few months away, there are still major decisions left to be made.

Last season, among the many other changes to the shortened season, every team in baseball...

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Today in White Sox History: January 19

Construction of Comiskey Park (1910).

The longtime South Side home site was secured on this day, 112 years ago

1909

Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey purchased a piece of land on the corner of 35th and Shields from Roxanna Bowen. The site would be used to build the Comiskey Park on, starting in March 1910.

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How to Choose Your Second Favorite Team

Our friendly guide to choosing a rooting interest that falls outside the South Side. It just can’t be the Yankees

We all know that the White Sox are the be-all, end-all of great teams. But heck, they do have days off, and everyone needs a second favorite team to keep the baseball blood flowing during those painful times in which the Sox aren’t currently playing.

I, for one, have fond memories visiting my grandparents in Texas and attending games at the Astrodome and Minute Maid Park...

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South Side Sox Podcast 19 — Hall of Fame Voting

Brett Ballantini hosts Chrystal O’Keefe for a discussion of the good, bad and ugly of this year’s Cooperstown ballot

South Side Sox Podcast 19 takes on Cooperstown and the 2021 Hall of Fame contenders. Brett Ballantini and Chrystal O’Keefe discuss the ins and outs of this year’s election, including the possibility that no candidates reach immortality.

Topics tackled by the duo:

Exactly how identical are Brett’s and Chrystal’s ballots, anyhow? Support for Sammy Sosa Separation...

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