The Sox have won three championships in franchise history, with their latest one coming in 2005 over the Houston Astros. The Cubs have three titles as well. They won the 2016 World Series over the Cleveland Indians, ending the Curse of the Billy Goat.
Since the Cubs and Sox are two of the most storied baseball teams in MLB history, many stars have played for them, with several even playing for both teams.
192 players have batted for the White Sox and Cubs
Entering the 2021 MLB season, 192 players have batted for the White Sox and Cubs. The most notable names are Ron Santo, Sammy Sosa, Phil Cavarretta, Don Kessinger, Frank Isbell, Lance Johnson, and Juan Pierre.
Baseball fans sometimes forget that Sosa played for the White Sox before becoming a superstar with the Cubs. The seven-time All-Star appeared in 302 games with the White Sox and batted .227 with 28 home runs.
Once he joined the Cubs in 1992, Sosa took his game to another level by hitting 545 home runs and winning the 1998 NL MVP Award. He would likely be in the Hall of Fame if he didn’t take steroids.
One of the greatest hitters in MLB history, Santo carved out a Hall of Fame career with the Cubs from 1960 to 1973. He batted .279 and hit 337 home runs while making nine All-Star teams and winning five Gold Gloves. Santo played one season with the White Sox in 1974 before retiring from baseball.
Isbell had 4,060 at-bats with the White Sox, the most by a Sox player who played for the Cubs and South Siders. Meanwhile, Santo had 7,768 at-bats for the Cubs, the most by a Cubbies player who played for the North Siders and White Sox.
92 players have pitched for the Cubs and White Sox
A total of 92 players have pitched for the Cubs and White Sox. The most recent ones are Jose Quintana, Josh Osich, and Steve Cishek.
Bob Rush pitched in 339 games for the Cubbies from 1948 to 1957. He then appeared in nine games with the Sox in 1960. Meanwhile, Hoyt Wilhelm played in 361 games with the Sox and three with the Cubs in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Clark Griffith won 152 games with the Cubs and 39 with the Sox, while Juan Pizzaro racked up 75 wins with the White Sox and 11 with the Cubs.
Overall, some talented pitchers have played for both of the baseball teams in Chicago, which has helped the Cubs and Sox record many wins. Entering the 2021 season, the White Sox have won 9,318 games in the regular season, while the Cubs are at 11,016 wins.
Which franchise will have a better 2021 season?
The Cubs won 34 games during the shortened 2020 season and won the NL Central. However, the North Siders lost to the Miami Marlins in two games in the NL Wild Card Series.
Meanwhile, the White Sox made the playoffs in 2020 for the first time since 2008. They won 35 games and finished in second place in the AL Central.
The Oakland Athletics defeated the Sox in three games in the Al Wild Card Series.
It will be fascinating to see which Chicago team performs better in 2021. Windy City fans are still waiting for the day when the Cubbies and White Sox meet in the World Series.
Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.