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The 1916-20 Chicago White Sox vs. The 1920-24 New York Yankees: But For the Greed, They Might Have Delayed the Yankees' Dynasty

bos nyy By 1919, the team best positioned to replace the Boston Red Sox - winners of three of the last four pennants (and World Series) - as best in the American League were the Chicago White Sox. With two of the very best players in baseball - second baseman Eddie Collins (the first of his stars cast off by Connie Mack in 1915) and left fielder Shoeless Joe Jackson (acquired from Cleveland in mid-1915) - the league's best catcher in Ray Schalk, and a pitching staff featuring Eddie Cicotte (one of the AL's five best pitchers from 1913 to 1920) and Red Faber (one of the better pitchers in the league, even if not among the five best), Chicago had already won a pennant in convincing fashion with 100 wins and a nine-game margin over second-place Boston in 1917, winning 28 of their final 38 games of the regular season to blow the race open, and then went on to beat the New York Giants in the World Series in six games. The White Sox set the stage for that pennant by finishing fast in 1916 to nearly overtake the Red Sox, winning 24 of their last 33 games to pull themselves up from fourth, 6½ behind on August 25, to second by only two games at season's end.

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