Episode Ten, Wherein the City Series Concludes

During the 1930’s, the White Sox rediscovered American League relevance and then lost it again, the Cubs won three pennants but ended the decade wandering through the desert, and through it all, the south siders continued their reign of city supremacy. By the early 1940’s the steam had run out of the crosstown rivalry. This episode will take you through the final decade of the fabled city series before it all ended in 1942.

Extra Notes

  • The radio helped make the world of baseball a little smaller in the 1920’s and 30’s, allowing fans to follow the World Series from anywhere. In 1936, for the first time, Chicago’s teams let their fans follow the World Series from inside their ballparks. They had inning-by-inning score updates announced over the PA system.
  • In 1941, the Cubs became the first Major League team to install a ballpark organ.
  • In 1937, White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes had retired from playing, but decided to return to the playing field for the city series when third baseman Merv Conners was ruled ineligible.
  • Final records (including ’06 World Series):
    • Series – White Sox 19-6-1
    • Games – White Sox 95-62-3

Featured Songs

“Isn’t it Heavenly?” by Eddy Duchin
“What’ll I Do” by Irving Berlin
“Lazybones” by Ted Lewis and His Band
“Isle of Capri” by Ray Noble
“Minor Swing” by Django Reinhardt
“Begin the Beguine” by Artie Shaw
“Goodbye” by Benny Goodman

Photos

White Sox aces Red Faber and Ted Lyons (with special appearances by Faber’s mother and wife):

Baseball players, Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb, Bill Hunnefield, White Sox, and sportscaster, Hal Totten, of WMAQ radio with microphone in front of grandstands on the field at Comiskey Park

Broadcaster Hal Totten conducting interviews on Comiskey Park’s field