The 1917 Chicago White Sox had its roots in terrible frustration over eleventh hour pennant losses as far back as 1907 and 1908. Charles Comiskey, one of the founding fathers of the American League and a man who dealt poorly with mediocrity and losing, had fussed and fumed for nearly a decade until he finally put together a team that would take him back to the World Series and win it all. This work chronicles the 1917 White Sox - the team that took Comiskey back to the World Series and restored the White Sox to the status as one of the game's elite. It covers Comiskey's buildup of quality players beginning in 1914 and continuing through the 1917 season; the players, including Red Faber, Hap Felsch, Eddie Cicotte, Joe Jackson and Eddie Collins; the events of the extraordinary season on and off the field, including the three series that the White Sox had with the Boston Braves and the United States' involvement in World War I; and the team's victory over John McGraw's Giants in the World Series.
Warren N. Wilbert, a veteran baseball historian and SABR member, is the author of numerous books about baseball. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. William C. Hageman is an editor and writer for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in Aurora, Illinois.