White Sox headed to World Series

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 17, 2005

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - These Chicago White Sox are a team from another age.

Perhaps from 1959, when Nellie Fox and the Go-Go Sox won the AL pennant.

Or maybe 1919, when Shoeless Joe Jackson's ‘‘Black Sox'' dumped the World Series.

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Jose Contreras pitched a five-hitter for Chicago's fourth straight complete game, and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Sunday night to win the AL championship series in five games.

Four straight complete games? In this era, when relievers parade to the mound at a record rate?

‘‘In the end, our pitching was amazing. I don't know if you'll ever see it again,'' said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who again wound up in the middle of a controversial call that went Chicago's way.

Four major league teams - Baltimore, Texas, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati - didn't even have four complete games all season.

Not since the 1956 New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers behind five straight complete games from Whitey Ford, Tom Sturdivant, Don Larsen (his perfect game), Bob Turley and Johnny Kucks had a staff thrown as many as four in a row in a postseason series.

The White Sox hadn't pitched four straight complete games since Sept. 21-26, 1974, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, when Wilbur Wood, Jim Kaat, Kaat again (following a three-day layoff) and Bart Johnson strung them together.