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Back in World Series, `Go-Go Sox’ of ’59 are revisited

first_img Now 46 years later, Daley’s son, Richard M., is running the city and finally the White Sox are back in the Fall Classic to face St. Louis or Houston beginning Saturday. There are plenty of differences, some similarities, too. The 1959 team, like the current one, was very good in one-run games, going 35-15. This year’s team is 37-20, including the playoffs. Wynn was the ace and won the Cy Young. Fox hit .306 and was the MVP. Jim Landis patrolled center field with grace, catcher Sherm Lollar hit 22 of the team’s 97 homers last in the AL and Aparicio had 56 of the league-best 113 stolen bases. They made a great late-season pickup by getting Ted Kluszewski, who had 10 RBI and three homers in a six-game World Series loss to the Dodgers. The White Sox won the opener 11-0 behind two homers from Kluszewski, lost the next three, and beat Sandy Koufax before 92,706 at the Coliseum 1-0 before the Dodgers defeated Wynn in the Game 6 clincher at Comiskey Park. In one of baseball’s most memorable pictures, left fielder Al Smith got a beer bath from a fan as he was chasing a home run by Charley Neal in a Game 2 loss at Comiskey. “I thought we had a very good team, player for player, against the Dodgers. When we won the first game 11-0, I figured, ‘Boy, this going to be it,” ‘ Pierce said. “It didn’t turn out that way, but I still think we had a great ballclub.” Landis and Pierce were watching Sunday when the current White Sox finished off the Angels in the AL championship series, thrilled that the long wait since they were in the spotlight is finally over. “What can you say? The Red Sox waited so many years. The White Sox waited so many years, and they’re there now,” Landis said. “You never know when. Some people think (1959) was a fluke. Well, I don’t feel that way. I always say the ’59 team was a great club, and three Hall of Famers came from that club so that’s a pretty good indication.” Even though the current White Sox had more power and hit 200 homers, they were restructured in the offseason to be better defensively and rely on pitching. That came through against the Angels when they strung together four consecutive complete games, something that hadn’t been done in the same series since the Yankees had five consecutive complete games in the 1956 World Series. “It proves a point as far as I’m concerned: A pitcher can go nine innings. … If you’ve got some good pitching, they can go all the way,” Landis said. Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko told him in spring training, “We are going to be so much better because our defense is so much better.” They lived up to that.” One of the major differences now is the media crush descending on the players. Pierce and Landis had to deal with some interview requests, but nothing like the current team. In fact, Pierce said he’s probably done as much talking in the two days since the current White Sox won than he did when he was actually a participant. “TV was there but nowhere like it is now,” Pierce said. And the clamor over the length of time it has taken the White Sox to get back to the World Series is non-stop, much moreso than when the “Go-Go Sox’ finally returned it to the Windy City. “I think we hear it much more now that it’s 46 years since we did it in ’59 than we did at that time about 1917 or 1919,” he said. “I hear a lot more now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was also the year current Chicago coaches Harold Baines and Greg Walker were born. Managed by Al Lopez, the White Sox featured the up-the-middle defense of shortstop Luis Aparicio and steady second baseman Nellie Fox and the pitching of 22-game winner Early Wynn all Hall of Famers. These White Sox sent a baseball-hungry town into a tizzy. CHICAGO — Those “Go-Go Sox’ stole more bases than they hit homers, were built for defense and speed, batted .250 as a team and had a 39-year-old as their ace. When the White Sox last ended a four-decade pennant drought, the year was 1959: Castro came to power in Cuba, Alaska and Hawaii came on board as states, the St. Lawrence Seaway opened and a first-class stamp cost four cents. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week When they beat the Cleveland Indians to win their first AL pennant since the scandal-scarred “Black Sox’ in 1919, air raid sirens went off in the city. “When we came back at 2 o’clock in the morning there are forty or fifty-thousand people at Midway Airport that was tremendous,” left-handed pitcher Billy Pierce recalled Tuesday. “Then, we were driving home in a taxicab. It was 2:30 by that time or 2:45, and the lawns had flares on them. People were sitting on their porches.” Earlier, people went rushing into the streets, not necessarily to celebrate but because there was a Cold War going on with the Soviet Union and not everyone was sure why the sirens were sounding at night. “After 40 years of waiting for a pennant in the American League, I assume that everyone who was watching the telecast was happy about the White Sox’s victory,” mayor Richard J. Daley said in the Chicago Tribune, adding that the sirens were sounded “in the hilarity and exuberance of the evening.” last_img read more

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700,000-year-old tools found

first_img Pakefield, a coastal village 120 miles northeast of London, is one of the few areas where glaciers preserved rather than destroyed the sediment that contained ancient artifacts, Rose said. Coastal erosion is now opening up cliffs around Pakefield, exposing fossils and artifacts. Before that discovery, the earliest traces of humans in Europe north of the Alps were dated to about 500,000 years ago, and included flint artifacts and even some human remains that were discovered in Bosgrove on the southern coast of England. The earliest traces of human presence in southern Europe are at least 800,000 years old and include materials that were discovered in Atapuerca, Spain. In a commentary in Nature, Wil Roebroeks of Leiden University in the Netherlands, who was not involved in the study, said the new evidence of human activity was “rock solid.” He said it showed that “early humans were evidently roaming the banks of these rivers … much earlier than hitherto thought for this part of Europe.” Roebroeks said the artifacts pointed not to large-scale colonization of northern Europe, “but more to a short-lived human expansion of range, in rhythm with climatic oscillations.” He said it was likely that “more significant occupation of the northern parts of Europe did not occur until later.” But Alison Brooks, an anthropologist at George Washington University in Washington who was not involved in the finding, urged caution. “One always has to be skeptical, given that previous claims of early human presence in northern Europe have had problems with the date or authenticity of the artifacts found. If subsequent findings support this discovery, it would be very exciting and would change our ideas about the adaptability of early humans,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Ancient tools found in Britain show that humans lived in northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than was previously known, at a time when England’s climate was warm enough to be the home of lions, elephants and saber-tooth tigers, scientists announced Wednesday. The 32 black flint artifacts, found in river sediments in Pakefield in eastern England, date back 700,000 years and represent the earliest unequivocal evidence for human presence north of the Alps, the scientists said. The finding dashes the long-held theory that humans did not migrate north from the relatively warm climates of the Mediterranean region until half a million years ago, the scientists said. “The discovery that early humans could have existed this far north this long ago was startling,” said Chris Stringer, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum and one of four British scientists who took part in the study and announced the finding at a news conference in London. Their discovery is detailed in the scientific journal Nature. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “Now that we know this, we can search for the remains of these people, knowing that we may find them,” he said. “Their arrival in northern Europe could have happened even earlier. We have a whole new area of research opening up to us.” Jim Rose, a professor at the University of London who also was involved in the study, said that 700,000 years ago England was still connected to the European mainland and enjoyed periods of balmy weather between the time that massive glaciers swept through the area, freezing and reforming the landscapes. During such thaws, he said, early humans would have been able to migrate from the Mediterranean to England, where there were mild winters, flat landscapes and major rivers. Rhinoceroses, elephants, saber-tooth tigers, lions, hippopotamuses and bears lived in the area at the time. The scientists said they don’t know whether the humans used the newly discovered tools to kill animals for food, or merely to scavenge from carcasses that predators left behind. The artifacts suggest the early humans didn’t colonize northern areas of Europe, but merely expanded their migratory patterns there when the weather permitted, the scientists said. last_img read more

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