It is said that the sins of our fathers can be revisited upon us. The Chicago White Sox may be the proof of that adage. While much baseball lore has centered on those curses dealing with the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, rarely is the futility of the Chicago White Sox mentioned. Only the Cubs can exceed the White Sox for ineffectiveness when it comes to winning the last game of the season.
While the Cubs curse is based on denying some poor ticket-holder the right to bring in his pet goat and the Red Sox sin was to trade Bath Ruth, the White Sox committed the worse sin of all - they threw a World Series and got caught. The 1919 White Sox team, as a means of getting even with their skinflint owner Charles Comiskey, schemed to fix the World Series.
Heavily favorite going into the Series, eight members of the White Sox conspired with gamblers to ensure their own defeat. Interesting enough, all eight ball-players would be acquitted of charges by a jury of their peers, but baseball's new commissioner, Judge Landis, banned all of these players for life. Baseball's own brand of justice imposed the ultimate punishment and in the process derailed several Hall of Fame careers, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, one of the top hitters of his era. To this day, Shoeless Joe is still denied access to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Baseball survived this scandal as the emergence of Babe Ruth's slugging prowess gave fans new reasons to flock to the ballpark. As the roaring twenties raged on, Babe Ruth became a larger-than-life figure and baseball found its saviour.
As for the White Sox, they would never win another World Series and only once since 1919 have the White Sox been to a World Series. The 1959 go-go Sox lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games and since then, they hadn’t even come close. Even the Red Sox came perilously close to ending their curse in 1967 and 1986, before the 2004 edition finally put an end to the Bambino curse. And the Cubs have been in more World Series since 1919 than the White Sox.