The first baseball event from 1959 that I wanted to celebrate with a 20th anniversary 1979 card is the phenomena of the “Go-Go” Chicago White Sox who stormed to a 1st place finish in the American League that was dominated by the New York Yankees in the 1950’s:
Led by eventual Cy Young winner Early Wynn and eventual Most Valuable
Player winner Nellie Fox, the White Sox finished 94-60, 5-games ahead of
the Cleveland Indians.
Ironically, the last A.L. team aside from the Yankees to finish in first
place was the 1954 Indians, led by none-other than the manager of the
‘59 White Sox, Al Lopez.
Besides the guys like Wynn, Fox and another future Hall of Fame member,
Luis Aparicio, the Sox had strong contributions from slugger Ted
Kluszewski, catcher Sherm Lollar, Al Smith and pitcher Bob Shaw.
Sadly for them however, the team ran into a strong Los Angeles Dodger
team, who would end up the World Champs, beating Chicago 4 games to 2,
with guys like Koufax, Drysdale, Hodges and Snider leading the way.