2005 Chicago White Sox: Ending An 86-Year Championship Drought

The 2005 Chicago White Sox were an organization caught in the middle—they’d been consistently at .500 or better since their last division crown in 2000, but they’d never won 90. They were just good enough to give hope and just flawed enough to destroy it, while the small-market Minnesota Twins racked up three straight AL Central titles.
If we take the broader historical view, the South Side Sox hadn’t given their fans a World Series title since 1917 and had not even reached the Fall Classic since 1959.