Chicago White Sox Home Run Hot Spots: Guaranteed Rate Field


The Chicago White Sox were established in 1901 as part of the brand-new American League. One of eight inaugural major league teams in the AL, the Chicago White Stockings (the team’s original moniker) won the very first AL game, and would go on to win the World Series in 1906.

From the Stockings to the Sox

Over their long history, the White Sox have fielded successful teams (they won the Series again in 1917 and for a third time in 2005), and many of their players have become household names. From Hall of Famers of yesteryear such as Luke Appling and Nellie Fox to more recent sluggers like Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko, Sox fans always have someone to root for.

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The Chicago White Sox still play ball on the South Side of Chicago, but their stadium underwent a name and sponsorship change after the 2016 season. No longer known as “The Cell,” the White Sox players, such as José Abreu and Todd Frazier, now jog out to their positions at Guaranteed Rate Field. While the name has changed, the park is still much the same, and there are plenty of places to up your chances of snagging a home run ball.

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So far in 2017, Guaranteed Rate Field has been home to at least 58 homers, and in 2016, U.S. Cellular Field saw 185 balls leave the park. For your best bet this season, grab seats out in left or right field where balls are more prone to leave the park.

More specifically, the outfield reserved section is where the action tends to be, so in left field, grab tickets for sections 157, 158, and 159. If you’re hoping for some opposite field homers from your favorite player who bats right, or there are a bunch of lefties in the lineup, check out sections 105, 104, and 103 to better your chances of catching a long ball.

Balls that leave the park definitely travel, as 2016’s farthest long ball traveled 451 feet off the bat of Baltimore’s Pedro Alvarez. As far as White Sox hitters go, the longest arch off the bat traveled 440 feet courtesy of José Abreu.

If you’re headed out to Guaranteed Rate Field this summer and hoping to catch a home run ball, keep these stadium locales in mind when you grab your tickets. Also, be sure to check out for some sweet White Sox duds, and don’t forget your glove before you go.


Home Run Tracker: June 12th to June 18th

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Diving deeper into last week’s home run tracker, major league sluggers took to the batter’s box with a long ball state of mind. Read on to see which fan-favorite players hit the highest fliers and blasted the most bombs into the bleachers.

Davidson’s Bringing the Boom

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The league was led by White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson, who cranked out five homers in two series against the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. The series marked the rising rookies team-leading 14th dinger of the season facing off against Chris Tillman on June 15, and securing a victory for the Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.


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Cody Bellinger, a slugger for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is breaking all sorts of records during his breakout season. Bellinger nailed four bombs last week, ranking him as the fastest rookie to reach 21 home runs at the start of an MLB career. He is only the fourth player age 21 or younger to hit 20 home runs before the all-star break, along with Eddie Mathews (27 in 1953), Albert Pujols (21 in 2001), and Miguel Cabrera (20 in 2004).” All things considered, Bellinger is one of the league’s most lethal hitters and is a prime contender for the upcoming home run derby.

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The Dodgers home run prodigy isn’t the only one smashing records, though. Keon Broxton, center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, clobbered a monstrous two-run scoring homer against the St. Louis Cardinals last Thursday. The bomb traveled a true distance of 442 feet – the longest recorded long ball at Busch Stadium.

Sixth Inning Long Balls

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One takeaway from last week’s home run stats is this: Home runs were a common occurrence in the sixth inning. Players at-bat in the sixth inning were the reason behind 41 of last week’s scoreboard-adding hits.

Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies had a historic day on June 18, hitting a walk-off, two-run home run to hit for the cycle at Coors Field. As Arenado approached home plate, he was swarmed by electrified teammates while being serenaded by a sellout crowd shouting “MVP! MVP! MVP!”

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It was quite the slugfest over at Miller Park on Saturday, June 17, as Cory Spangenberg and Chase d’Arnaud, sluggers for the San Diego Padres, each sliced solo homers during the 11th inning – lifting the SoCal-based squad over the Brewers (7-5).

Average Home Run of the Week

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It’s tough for the average baseball fan to keep up with the metrics of every long ball launched each week. That’s why we’ve got you covered with the details about last week’s average home run ball.

Sluggers stepped up to the plate last week with one goal in mind: to belt a long ball into the bleachers. After reviewing the stats from all homers hit by power batters last week, we found the average long ball had a launch angle of 28 degrees and a rocketed exit velocity of 104 mph, clearing a true distance of 402 feet.

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The Best Inaugural Seasons in MLB History


First Year Success in the Big Leagues

Late 19th-century baseball very clearly valued function over fashion, as deduced by the professional baseball monikers of the era. For example, the Los Angeles Dodgers of today were born from the: Brooklyn Atlantics (1884), Brooklyn Bridegrooms (1888), and Brooklyn Superbas (1899). After a stint as the Brooklyn Robins (1914) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1932), the franchise relocated to Los Angeles in 1958.

The beginnings of professional baseball are choppy with leagues forming and dissolving, but some original clubs are among the most heralded. Today’s Chicago Cubs were sculpted from an upstart 1876 inaugural season by the Chicago White Stockings as they went 52-14 in their first year, with a win/loss percentage of .788. This is the best win/loss percentage of any team – historical or current – during their inaugural season. The White Stockings carried this early success into the still-green National League, leading the league for six of their first 11 seasons.

In 1883, the Boston Beaneaters formed from the Boston Red Stockings. They had an outstanding inaugural season, going 63-35 with a win/loss percentage of .643 (sixth best in the history of baseball), which carried into a decent 24-year run for the team. They then became the: Boston Doves (1907), Boston Rustlers (1911), Boston Braves (1912), Boston Bees (1936), Boston Braves (1941), Milwaukee Braves (1953), and finally your present-day Atlanta Braves (since 1966). Yes, your storied Atlanta Braves were once the Beaneaters.

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Today’s Cubs had an excellent first season of their own in 1903, with a 59.4 win/loss percentage and an 82-56 record. They were World Series champions in back-to-back years (1907 and 1908), and have appeared in 11 championship series. Before becoming the reigning champions of MLB with their 2016 title, the Cubs didn’t appear in a World Series for 71 years (1945 World Series vs. the Detroit Tigers).

This was when the Cubbies’ curse was put in motion, as a local bar owner of The Billy Goat Tavern apparently attempted to bring his goat through the turnstiles with him. The 1940s were a simpler time, yes, but you still couldn’t bring goats into ballparks. As the gentleman and his goat were sensibly turned away, he bellowed a curse on the Cubs into the Wrigley Field gates, and the longest drought in sports then commenced.

Getting a Good Leadoff


Additional noteworthy historical MLB teams include the 1885 New York Giants (win/loss percentage of .759); the 1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings (win/loss percentage of 68.8); the 1899 Brooklyn Superbas (win/loss percentage of .682), and the 1883 St. Louis Browns (win/loss percentage of .663).

The Red Stockings were a charter member of the first National League before being excommunicated by the baseball saints in 1880 for refusing to stop selling beer during games and for refusing to stop renting out the stadium on Sundays. They went on to help establish the American Association (who had no quarrel with hoppy refreshments) in 1881 and shined throughout the third finest inaugural baseball season in history.

Superbas – because you’re wondering – is a reference to a successful Broadway act of the late 19th century. As was popular during this era, team names sprung from newspaper print into game day programs. The Dodgers, rumor has it, ultimately received their name as a derivation of the nickname, Trolley Dodgers – a reference to the winding mass of trolley tracks within the borough.

Vintage Winners


In 1901, MLB added the American League into the fold, introducing eight teams into play: the Chicago White Stockings, Boston Somersets, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Blues, and the Milwaukee Brewers. More than just an expansion experiment, this laid the groundwork for the next century of baseball in America.

Of the best win/loss percentages for MLB inaugural seasons, three of the teams still exist today: the White Sox, Tigers, and Athletics.

The Chicago White Sox played the first official game of the American League in 1901. They won their first game and 82 more en route to a current MLB best of .61. 1901 was a strong year for inaugural season records, but Chicago claims top honors. The Motor City owns the sixth best current win/loss percentage (.548) for the Tigers’ 1901 debut season, going 74-61. Being ever so slightly edged out, the 1901 Athletics (74-62 with a .544 win/loss percentage) take seventh for active teams.

Of these three American League strongholds, Detroit has appeared in 11 World Series. They’ve won four championships; however, the last was in 1984. The White Sox have appeared in less than half as many World Series, but claimed victory in 2005 against the Houston Astros.

Two late-model teams to crack the top five active teams with the best inaugural seasons are the Tampa Bay Rays (2008) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005). The Rays went 97-68 in their debut season, finishing with a 59.9 win/loss percentage – the second highest among active teams. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have the fifth best active win/loss percentage (.586). While somewhat successful, neither team has managed to find success in the postseason.

Ball Game

In the nonstop thrill ride of MLB, there’s no telling the success a future expansion team or relocated ballclub may find. Will anyone ever top the White Stockings’ debut? Well, it’s been over 140 years, and no team has managed to top them. We’ll have to tune in and see.

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The Evolution of the Chicago White Sox Logo


Established in 1901, the Chicago White Sox made their debut in the American League just one year after arriving in Chi-town. The Sox are considered to be one of Major League Baseball’s oldest teams; they are also apart of the original eight franchises in the league.

Since their inception into the league, the Sox have found a place to call home in a total of three different stadiums residing in the South Side of Chicago. A few blocks south of the current Comiskey Park lies 39th street and Princeton – the team’s initial playing grounds. Charles Comiskey, team manager, built a wooden grandstand allowing a capacity of 7,500 to root for the Sox at home. A decade later, the “Baseball Palace of the World” would serve as the team’s new stomping grounds, and would do so for the next eighty years. Fast-forward to present day and the Sox currently reside in U.S. Cellular Park – built across from the old Comiskey Park, and features over forty thousand unobstructed-view seats.   

Up until the current season, the Sox have brought home the Commissioner’s Trophy a total of three times. The first championship was won in 1906 – defeating their crosstown rivals, the National League’s Chicago Cubs. The two subsequent victories were achieved during their 1917 and 2005 seasons. The team celebrated the 1917 championship by introducing an intricate new logo that would reign as the team’s emblem for the following thirteen years.  

Read on to see how the White Sox have transformed their logo throughout their journey in the MLB.

Notable Logo Changes

Entering the Major League in 1901– the Chicago White Sox have transitioned through many primary logos. The Sox utilized three different versions of their classic logo that features the letters “O” and “X” entangled in a large “S” – serving as the focal point for the piece. The team’s current primary colors are black, white and silver – versions of their logo have been seen utilizing a red, white and blue colorway over the years.



For their inaugural logo, Chicago uses a simple red block-style “C.”


Modifications are made to the font of the “C” – deviating from their original logo. The color changes to a navy blue.


The color remains the same, but the “C” becomes elongated. A triangle shape protrudes from the center of the letter.


Changes are made to the bottom of the letter – making the edge round. The design now features an open diamond in the center of the “C.”


Reverting back to an earlier font style, the “C” shortens in length  – becoming more wide.


Similar to the previous years fonts, the triangles make their return on the center of the letter.


The team removes the triangles, but maintains the navy blue color used for the past several seasons. This is the last time the team makes use of a simple “C” for their logo.


For the first time since their inception into the league, Chicago’s logo undergoes major changes. Ditching the “C” logo, the team features the word “Sox.” The “S” serves as the the focal point with “O” and “X” tangled within.


Maintaining their new logo, the team modifies the font to become thinner. Slight changes are made to the “S.”


To celebrate the team’s world championship – the Sox opt for an intricate logo. A white sock is placed over a blue and gold globe with an eagle perched at the top and two bats crossed at the bottom. The words “Worlds Champions” appear around the globe, and the entire image sits on a patriotic-themed badge.


The team abandons their intricate logo, and reverts back to the word “Sox.” This logo comes in a red format with the letters sloping diagonally over a yellow bat. A minimalist-styled baseball sits inside the letter “O.”


The Sox revisit an earlier logo, featuring the letter “S” with an “O” and “X” entangled within.


To switch things up a bit  – the team uses a cartoon boy holding a bat over his shoulder that hosts the team name on it. An outline of a red baseball is utilized as the background.


The team sticks with the cartoon theme, and features a winged-white sock outlined in blue as their new logo. The city name appears in red, and is placed over the flying sock.


The Sox offer a simplistic logo – placing a transparent baseball player over the outline of a sock centered in a red bubble.


Displaying loyalty to their red, white and blue colorway – a new cartoon baseball player is depicted on top of the team’s name.


Sticking to their guns, the team maintains the same logo as the previous year and changes the shade of blue for the 1982 season.


A slight modification is made once again to the shade of blue – opting for a darker hue for the 1987 season.


The team goes for a classic design by featuring “Sox” calligraphed in black on a slant with white and silver outlines.

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The Evolution of the Chicago White Sox Uniform


The Chicago White Sox, established in 1901, are one of Major League Baseball’s oldest teams; they’re also one of the American League’s eight original franchises.

Originally known as the Sioux City Cornhuskers, the team would move to Chicago under the direction of manager Charles Comiskey. The team immediately adopted the “White Stockings” name after it was rejected by Chicago’s current National League team – the Cubs. The Chicago Tribune shortened the last part of the team’s name to “Sox” for headlines. This change saw a majority favor the nickname, resulting in a permanent name swap.

The Sox have a total of three World Series championships – winning the first in 1906 against their crosstown rivals, followed by two subsequent victories in 1917 and 2005. The White Sox are responsible for many uniform innovations: They were the first team in sports to have players’ last names on uniforms in 1960.

Read on to see how White Sox branding has changed throughout history.

Logo History

1901–1902: Chicago uses a red block-letter “C” for its first logo.

1903: The logo changes to blue and receives a modification to its appearance.

1904–1911: Various modifications are made to the block-letter “C.”

1912–1916: For the first time, the Sox make a significant change; they move away from the “C” logo and feature the word “Sox.” The “S” serves as the focal point with the “O” and “X” entangled within.

1917: The font becomes thinner and minor detailing on the letter “S” is changed.

1918–1931: In celebration of a world championship, the Sox go for an intricate logo. A white sock appears over a blue and gold globe with an eagle on top and two bats crossing underneath. The words “world champions” appear over top, and the image is placed over a red, white, and blue badge.

1932–1935: The intricate logo is ditched for the word “Sox,” which now appears in a new red format in a diagonal layout. A baseball is inside the letter “O” and a yellow bat appears in the background.

1936–1938: The Sox return to a previous resemblance of the mainstay “S” with the “O” and “X” entangled within.

1939–1948: The club switches to a cartoon baseball player with a bat, which bears the team name. In the background is a large red outline of a baseball.

1949–1959: A new cartoon of a winged-sock appears in white with a blue shading around it and the city name in red.

1960–1975: The club switches to a more simplistic logo of a sock outline with a baseball player on it.

1976–1981: The club sticks to red and blue coloring. A new logo of a cartoon baseball player is depicted over the city and team name.

1982–1990: The shade of blue changes slightly.

1991–Present: They revert to a classic look with the team name displayed in a simple black, diagonal layout.


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Notable Uniform Changes


1906: One of Chicago’s earliest uniforms was a simple black and white design with the city name displayed in the front.

1910: The Sox unveil a new design for the home uniform with the team name spelled in a vertical layout along the buttons. The uniforms keep the black and white color scheme.

1912: The team debuts the “S-O-X” logo that would become iconic in sports.

1914: The Sox add pinstripes to the home uniform and cap.


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1917: The team modifies the uniform to celebrate America’s patriotism during World War I. Stars appear on the “S-O-X” logo, and an American flag is added to the sleeves.

1918: The stars and flags are removed; the uniforms return to a plain look.

1925: The team changes the road uniform from a simple gray to an eye-popping, all-blue display with white pinstripes. These uniforms would last only one year.

1929: The team switches up the “S-O-X” logo on the road uniform to show the full city name.

1932: For one season, the team unveils a third uniform with a new logo that consisted of a “C” engraved into a letter “S” with a baseball and crossing bats. The team also unveils a new primary logo, which is the team name in a block-style, diagonal font with orange-red coloring (instead of the traditional blue/black.)

1940: The team reverts to the classic “S-O-X” logo, but as a change, it appears much bolder and blockier so that the letter “S” stands out.

1942: For a short time, the White Sox change the look to a simple cursive font that displays the team name in red. The blue trim is also thickened, and a patch on the left sleeve is added.

1950: The White Sox debut the logo that mostly resembles the team’s present-day look with the addition of pinstripes.

1957: The team modifies the logo to feature red and dark blue as primary colors. The other design elements remain the same.

1964: The team debuts powder blue road uniforms with the city’s name on the front in block print. The White Sox became the first team in sports to have players’ last names on uniforms in the early 1960s.

1967: Chicago modifies the font on the powder blue road uniform for a fancy cursive look. The team name is also added below the city name in white.

1971: Chicago keeps the previous designs but switches things up to replace the dark blue font with vibrant red.

1976: Chicago ditches the button-down style and opts for a simple white and navy color scheme. The team uses a combination of white and blue to create four different uniforms, with the city name appearing on all of them.

1982: The Sox make another drastic change, opting for a red, white, and blue color scheme. The team name is placed on both the home and road uniform, along with player numbers on the pants. The hats change to combinations of red, white, and blue and horizontal stripe designs are added to the center of the uniform and sleeves.

1987: Chicago scraps the colorful uniforms but keeps the team colors the same. Instead of the vibrant design, the Sox opt for a classic look with a cursive font that displays the team name at home and the city name on the road uniform. The white hats are replaced by simple blue hats with red brims, and player numbers are displayed in navy blue instead of red on the pants.

1990: The Sox lead the league with a famous throwback uniform that inspires other teams to partake in similar traditions of wearing old but modified uniforms. The Sox were the first team to start the trend.

1991: The team goes back to a simple black and white coloring with the previous logo, and player numbers are now placed on the chest of the uniform instead of the pants. These uniforms have seen little to no change since.


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2013: The team wears retro ’80s throwback uniforms with the vibrant red, white, and blue coloring.

2016: The uniforms closely resemble the style that was introduced in the early 1990s, with the black and white as staple colors.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Throughout history, the White Sox have worked their way up to the World Series a total of five times – emerging as the champions for three of them (1906, 1917, and 2005). For a team that’s been around for over century, they have been quite particular about the uniform numbers they retire. It appears that they give credit where it’s truly due.

Since their inception into the league, the White Sox have only retired 11 uniform numbers:

No. 2 – Nellie Fox

No. 3 – Harold Baines

No. 4 – Luke Appling

No. 9 – Minnie Miñoso

No. 11 – Luis Aparicio

No. 14 – Paul Konerko

No. 16 – Ted Lyons

No. 19 – Billy Pierce

No. 35 – Frank Thomas

No. 42 – Jackie Robinson

No. 72 – Carlton Fisk

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