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Sky Sox history part II

Sox the Fox photo by Jon Adams
Sox the Fox photo by Jon Adams

The history of the Sky Sox baseball organization, like the history of baseball, is full of great moments and great baseball stars. The name Sky Sox came from a Class A ball club which played in Colorado Springs from 1950-58. At that time, the Sky Sox were part of the Western League as the affiliates for the Chicago White Sox. They played at Memorial Park.

In 1950, the Sky Sox had a veteran outfielder named Pat Seerey who had been a moderately successful Major League power hitter for the Cleveland Indians and later for the White Sox. Seerey was best known for a couple of amazing games he had with the Indians and the White Sox. In one game at Yankee Stadium in ’45, Seerey hit three home runs and a triple, leading the Indians to a 16-4 victory. Then in the ’48 season, with the White Sox, Seerey tied a Major League record for most home runs in a game by hitting four. At the time, only four other players had accomplished the feat—Bobby Lowe, Ed Delahanty, Lou Gehrig and Chuck Klein.

In 1950, Seerey hit .300 with 44 home runs for the Sky Sox. Seerey returned in ’51 for the Sky Sox, playing another 73 games and hitting .245 with 19 homers. Although Seerey displayed such power and overall ability with the Sky Sox, the ’51 season was his last playing professional ball of any kind.

The next several years were up and down for the Sky Sox. In ’53, the Sky Sox won the division, but lost in the playoffs to the Denver Bears. The Sky Sox won the division again in ’55, but lost to Des Moines in the playoffs.

1958 was the Sky Sox final year as affiliates for the White Sox. In ’58, the Sky Sox went out in style, winning the division, but there were no playoffs as the Western League was dissolved for a time.

The Sky Sox, as we know them today, are the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The Sky Sox started play in Colorado Springs in 1988. They won their last Triple-A Championship in 1995.


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