It was another banner day for baseball in the Windy City on Wednesday, as the Chicago White Sox continued their hot start with a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 at Wrigley Field.
The victories by the teams allowed them both to continue their red hot starts to the campaign. The White Sox are now 6-2 on the young season and are in a first place tie in the American League Central, and the Chicago Cubs now sit at 7-1 on the young season as they’ll look to sweep the Reds on Thursday.
The records for both teams are certainly great and worthy of celebrating, but if we’re looking at historical precedent, things are going to get even better for both teams.
According to Christopher Kamka of Comcast SportsNet Chicago (the undisputed wizard of crazy baseball statistics), there have only been two other instances in which the Cubs and White Sox both had a record of 6-2 or better through eight games.
In 1907, the White Sox were 6-2 and the Cubs were 7-1 through eight games, and the Cubs ended up winning their first World Series title in that season, beating the Tigers. The teams also had a dual great start in 1945, with both clubs racking up six wins in their first eight games that season. The Cubs ended up in the World Series again that year, but they lost in the Fall Classic as the Tigers triumphed in that instance.
On the White Sox side of things, their last 6-2 start came in what turned out to be a memorable year for the South Siders. The last time the team got off to this good of a start was in the 2005 season, and of course fans of the team will remember that season as the last time the Pale Hose won a World Series title.