1990 Chicago White Sox
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Location
Other information
Owner(s)Jerry Reinsdorf
General manager(s)Larry Himes
Manager(s)Jeff Torborg
Local televisionWGN-TV
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(Ken Harrelson, Tom Paciorek, Jim Durham)
Local radioWMAQ (AM)
(John Rooney, Wayne Hagin)
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(Frank Diaz, Chico Carrasquel)
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The 1990 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 91st season. They finished with a record 94-68, good enough for 2nd place in the American League West, 9 games behind of the 1st place Oakland Athletics, as the White Sox played their final season at Comiskey Park before moving to the new Comiskey Park the next season. In 2020, a documentary was made about the season titled “The 1990 White Sox: A Team Will Rise, A Palace Will Fall.”

Regular season

In the summer of 1990, Michael Jordan took batting practice at Comiskey Park.[1] The following year, Upper Deck created a baseball card of Michael Jordan and it was numbered SP1.[2]

Bobby Thigpen had the best season of his career in 1990, setting the major league record of 57 saves. He also maintained a 1.83 ERA and was named to the AL All-Star team. He also blew eight saves that season, including two three-run leads.

In anticipation of the move to new Comiskey Park, the White Sox adopted classic pinstriped uniforms late in the 1990 season along with the alternate black jerseys, instantly jumping to the top of the league in merchandise sales. Originally to be premiered in the 1991 season, the Sox sported the jerseys during their final days at the old ballpark.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 103 59 0.636 51–30 52–29
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 9 49–31 45–37
Texas Rangers 83 79 0.512 20 47–35 36–44
California Angels 80 82 0.494 23 42–39 38–43
Seattle Mariners 77 85 0.475 26 38–43 39–42
Kansas City Royals 75 86 0.466 27½ 45–36 30–50
Minnesota Twins 74 88 0.457 29 41–40 33–48

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 4–9 7–5 6–6 6–7 6–7 8–3 7–6 6–6 6–7 4–8 3–9 8–4 5–8
Boston 9–4 7–5 6–6 9–4 8–5 4–8 5–8 4–8 9–4 4–8 8–4 5–7 10–3
California 5–7 5–7 5–8 7–5 5–7 7–6 7–5 9–4 6–6 4–9 5–8 8–5 7–5
Chicago 6–6 6–6 8–5 5–7 5–7 9–4 10–2 7–6 10–2 8–5 8–5 7–6 5–7
Cleveland 7–6 4–9 5–7 7–5 5–8 6–6 9–4 7–5 5–8 4–8 7–5 7–5 4–9
Detroit 7–6 5–8 7–5 7–5 8–5 5–7 3–10 6–6 7–6 6–6 7–5 6–6 5–8
Kansas City 3–8 8–4 6–7 4–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 8–5 8–4 4–9 7–6 5–8 5–7
Milwaukee 6–7 8–5 5–7 2–10 4–9 10–3 8–4 4–8 6–7 5–7 4–8 5–7 7–6
Minnesota 6–6 8–4 4–9 6–7 5–7 6–6 5–8 8–4 6–6 6–7 6–7 5–8 3–9
New York 7–6 4–9 6–6 2–10 8–5 6–7 4–8 7–6 6–6 0–12 9–3 3–9 5–8
Oakland 8–4 8–4 9–4 5–8 8–4 6–6 9–4 7–5 7–6 12–0 9–4 8–5 7–5
Seattle 9–3 4–8 8–5 5–8 5–7 5–7 6–7 8–4 7–6 3–9 4–9 7–6 6–6
Texas 4–8 7–5 5–8 6–7 5–7 6–6 8–5 7–5 8–5 9–3 5–8 6–7 7–5
Toronto 8–5 3–10 5–7 7–5 9–4 8–5 7–5 6–7 9–3 8–5 5–7 6–6 5–7


1990 Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

No Hitter

Line Score

July 1, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 x 4 0 2
W: Barry Jones (10-1)  L: Andy Hawkins (1-5)  
Attendance: 30,642 Time: 2:34

Batting

New York Yankees AB R H RBI Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI
Kelly, cf 4 0 0 0 Johnson, cf 3 1 0 0
Sax, 2b 4 0 0 0 Ventura, 3b 4 1 0 0
Mattingly, 1b 4 0 0 0 Calderon, dh 3 0 0 0
Balboni, dh 4 0 0 0 Pasqua, lf 4 0 0 0
Tolleson, pr, dh 0 0 0 0 Gallagher, lf 0 0 0 0
Barfield, rf 4 0 1 0 Kittle, 1b 3 0 0 0
Leyritz, lf 3 0 1 0 Lyons, 1b 0 0 0 0
Blowers, 3b 3 0 0 0 Karkovice, c 2 0 0 0
Geren, c 3 0 1 0 Fletcher, 2b 2 0 0 0
Espinoza, ss 2 0 1 0 Sosa, rf 3 1 0 0
NONE 0 0 0 0 Guillen, ss 2 1 0 0
Totals 31 0 4 0 Totals 26 4 0 0

Pitching

New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Hawkins, L (1-5) 8.0 0 4 0 5 3
Chicago White Sox IP H R ER BB SO
Hibbard 7.0 4 0 0 0 4
Jones W (10-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
Radinsky 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

Turn Back the Clock Day

On July 11, 1990, as part of the celebration of Comiskey Park, the White Sox played a Turn Back the Clock game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The White Sox wore their 1917 home uniforms. This was the first Turn Back the Clock game in the major leagues and started what has become a popular promotion. The club turned off the electronic scoreboards and public address system. They constructed a special manually operated scoreboard in center field for the day and even the grounds-crew wore period costume. General admission tickets were sold for $0.50, popcorn was a nickel, and the stadium organ was shut down for the game.

Line Score

July 11, Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 3 12 15 1
Chicago 4 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 13 0
W: Dan Plesac (1-3)  L: Donn Pall (0-3)  
Home Runs: Yount (8) Attendance: 40,666 Time: 4:44

Batting

Milwaukee Brewers AB R H RBI Chicago White Sox AB R H RBI
Gantner, 2b 7 1 3 2 Johnson, cf 7 1 2 0
Sheffield, 3b 5 2 3 0 Ventura, 3b 5 0 0 0
Yount, cf 4 2 2 3 Gallagher, ph 1 0 0 0
Parker,dh 5 1 1 0 Grebeck, 3b 0 0 0 0
Brock, 1b 3 0 0 0 Calderon, dh 6 1 2 1
Deer, ph, 1b 2 1 0 1 Kittle, 1b 6 1 1 0
Vaughn, lf 4 1 2 2 Fisk, c 4 2 1 0
Felder, lf 2 1 1 0 Lyons, lf 6 0 1 1
Surhoff, c 5 2 1 2 Fletcher, 2b 6 2 3 2
Hamilton, rf 6 1 2 2 Sosa, rf 6 2 2 3
Spiers, ss 4 0 0 0 Guillen, ss 6 0 1 1
Sveum, ph, ss 2 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Diaz, ss 0 0 0 0 NONE 0 0 0 0
Totals 49 12 15 12 Totals 53 9 13 8

Roster

1990 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Daryl Boston, RF 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1
Phil Bradley, OF,DH 45 133 20 30 5 1 0 5 20 26 .226 7
Iván Calderón, LF 158 607 85 166 44 2 14 74 51 79 .273 32
Carlton Fisk, C 137 452 65 129 21 0 18 65 61 73 .285 7
Scott Fletcher, 2B 151 509 54 123 18 3 4 56 45 63 .242 1
Dave Gallagher, OF 45 75 5 21 3 1 0 5 3 9 .280 0
Craig Grebeck, 3B,SS,2B 59 119 7 20 3 1 1 9 8 24 .168 0
Ozzie Guillén, SS 160 516 61 144 21 4 1 58 26 37 .279 13
Lance Johnson, CF 151 541 76 154 18 9 1 51 33 45 .285 36
Ron Karkovice, C 68 183 30 45 10 0 6 20 16 52 .246 2
Ron Kittle, DH,1B 83 277 29 68 14 0 16 43 24 77 .245 0
Steve Lyons, 1B,2B,OF 94 146 22 28 6 1 1 11 10 41 .192 1
Carlos Martinez, 1B 92 272 18 61 6 5 4 24 10 40 .224 0
Rodney McCray, OF 32 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 .000 6
Dan Pasqua, DH,OF 112 325 43 89 27 3 13 58 37 66 .274 1
Sammy Sosa, RF 153 532 72 124 26 10 15 70 33 150 .233 32
Matt Stark, DH 8 16 0 4 1 0 0 3 1 6 .250 0
Frank Thomas, 1B,DH 60 191 39 63 11 3 7 31 44 54 .330 1
Robin Ventura, 3B 150 493 48 123 17 1 5 54 55 53 .249 1
Greg Walker, 1B,DH 2 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200 0
Jerry Willard, C 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0
Team totals
162 5402 682 1393 251 44 106 637 478 903 .258 140

Pitching

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Wayne Edwards 5 3 3.22 42 5 2 95.0 81 39 34 6 43 63
Alex Fernandez 5 5 3.80 13 13 0 87.2 89 40 37 6 34 61
Greg Hibbard 14 9 3.16 33 33 0 211.0 202 80 74 11 57 92
Shawn Hillegas 0 0 0.79 7 0 0 11.1 4 1 1 0 6 5
Barry Jones 11 4 2.31 65 0 1 74.0 62 20 19 2 40 45
Eric King 12 4 3.28 25 25 0 151.0 135 59 55 10 40 70
Jerry Kutzler 2 1 6.03 7 7 0 31.1 38 23 21 2 15 21
Bill Long 0 1 6.35 4 0 0 5.2 6 5 4 2 2 2
Steve Lyons 0 0 4.50 1 0 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 4 1
Jack McDowell 14 9 3.82 33 33 0 205.0 189 93 87 20 77 165
Donn Pall 3 5 3.32 56 0 2 76.0 63 33 28 7 30 39
Ken Patterson 2 1 3.39 43 0 2 66.1 58 27 25 6 35 40
Mélido Pérez 13 14 4.61 35 35 0 197.0 177 111 101 14 87 161
Adam Peterson 2 5 4.55 20 11 0 85.0 90 46 43 12 26 29
Scott Radinsky 6 1 4.82 62 0 4 52.1 47 29 28 1 37 46
Steve Rosenberg 1 0 5.40 6 0 0 10.0 10 6 6 2 5 4
Bobby Thigpen 4 6 1.83 77 0 57 88.2 60 20 18 5 35 70
Team totals
94 68 3.61 162 162 68 1449.1 1313 633 581 106 575 914

Awards and honors

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League Marv Foley
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Ken Berry
A Sarasota White Sox Florida State League Tony Franklin
A South Bend White Sox Midwest League Rick Patterson
A-Short Season Utica Blue Sox New York–Penn League Tommy Thompson
Rookie GCL White Sox Gulf Coast League Mike Gellinger

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References

  1. ^ 20th Century Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Voices By Chicago Sun-Times, p.119, Chicago sun-times, Adrienne Drell, Published 2000, Sports Publishing LLC, ISBN 1-58261-239-0
  2. ^ 1991 Upper Deck #SP1 – Michael Jordan Archived March 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine CheckOutMyCards.com
  3. ^ Baseball Draft: 1st Round of the 1990 June Draft Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Bob Wickman Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ "Ray Durham Stats".
  6. ^ "Jason Bere Stats".
  7. ^ Phil Bradley Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997