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The 2005 White Sox have something in common with the Golden State Warriors

The 2005 White Sox have something in common with the Golden State Warriors

For obvious reasons the Golden State Warriors have been compared to Michael Jordan’s championship-winning Bulls teams of the 1990s.

However, after the Warriors just wrapped up a 16-1 postseason by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, another Chicago sports team has something in common with the Warriors.

The 2005 White Sox went 11-1 in the postseason and were the last team to go through a postseason with just one loss. The White Sox swept the ALDS and lost Game 1 of the ALCS to the Angels before winning the final eight games that postseason.

Since the Divisional Series were introduced in baseball in 1995 only one other team can make the claim, the 1999 Yankees. The Yankees also suffered their only loss that postseason in the ALCS, coming in Game 3 in Boston.

The three American leagues with playoff series (NBA, MLB, NHL) have had other teams go through the playoffs with just one loss.

The 2001 Lakers went 15-1 and the 1983 76ers went 12-1, the only NBA teams to go through a three-round postseason with just one loss. The conference semifinals weren’t played by all playoff teams until 1967.

Only one NHL franchise has gone through a three-round postseason with one loss. The Montreal Canadiens did it twice, in 1968 and 1976. Since adding a fourth round to the NHL Playoffs, the 1988 Edmonton Oilers' 16-2 run is the best ever.

For reference, the best record the Bulls had in their six title-winning seasons was the very first championship in 1991. The Bulls went 15-2. The 1996 Bulls, which went 72-10 in the regular season, went 15-3 in the playoffs. The best record the Blackhawks had in any of the three recent title winning postseasons came in 2010 (16-6).

No team from these three leagues has gone undefeated in the playoffs while playing at least three rounds in the postseason. 

One-loss postseasons (having played at least three series):

2017 Warriors: 16-1

2005 White Sox: 11-1

2001 Lakers: 15-1

1999 Yankees: 11-1

1983 76ers: 12-1

1976 Canadiens: 12-1

1968 Canadiens: 12-1

Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

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Danny Farquhar to throw out the first pitch before White Sox game on June 1

In another example of how amazing Danny Farquhar’s recovery has been, the pitcher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the White Sox game on June 1.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm during the sixth inning of the team’s April 20 game against the Houston Astros. But his recovery has been astounding, and he was discharged from the hospital on May 7. Farquhar’s neurosurgeon expects him to be able to pitch again in future seasons.

Farquhar has been back to visit his teammates at Guaranteed Rate Field a couple times since leaving the hospital. June 1 will mark his return to a big league mound, even if it’s only for a ceremonial first pitch with his wife and three children. Doctors, nurses and staff from RUSH University Medical Center will be on hand for Farquhar’s pitch on June 1.

The White Sox announced that in celebration of Farquhar’s recovery, they will donate proceeds from all fundraising efforts on June 1 to the Joe Niekro Foundation, an organization committed to supporting patients and families, research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms.

White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The fallout from Welington Castillo's suspension

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the shocking news that Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enchancing drug, putting the White Sox catching position in quite the precarious position.  You’ll hear reaction from Rick Hahn and Ricky Renteria, Castillo’s apology, the options the White Sox have at catcher both inside and outside the organization, and what it means not only for Castillo’s future with the White Sox but what the team might do at catcher going forward.