Saunders: Infamous 1919 White Sox season started in Mineral Wells for spring training

From SABR member Leman Saunders at the Mineral Wells Index on March 24, 2019:

Next time you find yourself standing around Roy’s Wash-N-Dry waiting for what seems to be a century’s worth of dirt and grime to wash out of your clothes, look to the south and think instead about magically washing away 100 years of time, and you could be staring at the great Shoeless Joe Jackson and the rest of the 1919 White Sox take their cuts at the plate before embarking on the most infamous season in American sports history.

The 1919 White Sox are best known for having lost the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, and later it was revealed that eight members of the White Sox conspired to throw the series, including Joe Jackson.

It is one of the most written about sporting events in American history with two popular movies to its credit – Eight Men Out and Field of Dreams.

But almost forgotten is the City of Mineral Wells’ own history having played host to the Chicago White Sox spring training camps in 1911 and again from 1916 to 1919.

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Originally published: March 25, 2019. Last Updated: March 25, 2019.