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The Chicago White Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago. The White Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division.

Sioux City Cornhuskers, a team in the Western League that operated under the National Agreement’s rules, were renamed to Chicago White Sox in 1903.

Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox

When Charles Comiskey purchased the Cornhuskers in 1894, he relocated them to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they became known as the Saints of St. Paul.

Charles Comiskey moved the Saints to Armour Square in Chicago’s National League area in 1900 with the agreement of Western League president Ban Johnson, becoming the Chicago White Stockings, the former name of Chicago’s National League team, the Orphans (now the Chicago Cubs).

Why Are Teams Named Sox?

These nicknames were commonly abbreviated to “Sox” by newspapers like the Chicago Tribune. After the Chicago White Stockings were created in 1901 by Charlie Comiskey, the Tribune dubbed them the White Sox.

The Boston Red Sox’s American League team appears to have been without a moniker during the first few years of its existence.

They were referred to as the Americans, the Bostons, the Plymouth Rocks, and the Beaneaters by various media outlets on separate days. The club’s owner finally decided on Red Sox at the end of 1907.