From SABR member Anthony Bush at Zenith City Online on February 20, 2014:
The Duluth White Sox found themselves on surprisingly terra firma going into the 1910 season. Not only did the reigning champions of the Class D Minnesota-Wisconsin League (aka the “Minny” League) have manager Thomas James “Darby” O’Brien returning for the second of his eight seasons as manager, but after several years of affiliation upheaval the Sox finally belonged to a financially successful league. The placidity was fleeting.
O’Brien became the club’s fifth skipper in three years when he was promoted from second baseman to player-manager in 1909. He provided stability and displayed a knack for recruiting talented players near his home town of Cleveland, Ohio, where he coached at Western Reserve University. That first year at the helm he won over the hearts and minds of the team’s management as well as its fans after leading the Sox a pennant-winning season.
Read the full article here: http://zenithcity.com/1910-white-sox-glory-fades-away/
Originally published: April 3, 2014. Last Updated: April 3, 2014.