Chicago’s White Sox: 1983

Chicago’s White Sox: 1983
Chicago’s White Sox: 1983

Chicago’s White Sox: 1983

Chicago baseball has seen better days. Both the Cubs and the White Sox enter the All-Star break with sub .500 records. Both are double-digit games back and are at the bottom of their divisions. But for the South Side squad, history gives them hope. 30 years ago this season, the 1983 White Sox went 45-15 in the second half of the season to post 99 wins and win the American League West Division. It was the first time in 24 years that Chicago baseball was in the playoffs. And it also set the stage for a Chicago resurgence of sports glory. WBEZ sports contributor Cheryl Raye Stout joins the conversation along with Sox players: Ron Kittle, 1983 left fielder (and Rookie of the Year) and Floyd Bannister, 1983 starting pitcher. Then, we’ll talk to Crain’s Business Chicago’s Danny Ecker about the business of filling seats during dismal seasons. (Photo: Flickr/Craigin Spring)