On October 26, 2005, the Chicago White Sox defeat the Astros, 1-0, to earn their first World Series title since 1917. The victory gives the Sox a four-game sweep of Houston, whose making their first trip to the Fall Classic. Jermaine Dye, the SeriesMVP, delivers the game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth
The Chicago White Sox become the second team in Major League history to never relinquish first place during the regular season (to the New York Yankees of 1927) and then steamroll their way through the post season by dropping just one game, concluding on this day, holding the Houston Astros scoreless on the arms of starter Freddy Garcia and relievers Cliff Politte, Neal Cotts and Bobby Jenks 1-0.
The four game sweep over Houston had a 6 run scoring differential, the lowest in World Series history, indicating that pitching was at a premium in this series. The only run scored in Game 4 came on a Jermaine Dye single to center field to score Willie Harris who had singled earlier in the inning, moving to second on a Scott Podsednik sacrifice bunt and moved to third base on a Carl Everett groundout, setting up the heroics from Dye and an 88 year championship drought was over as the “Curse of the Black Sox” was finally lifted.