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We’ve reached the point in the summer where baseball is in full swing, the time of year when it’s determined whether most Major League clubs will be playoff contenders, or a better-luck-next-year teams.

In Chicago, there are not one — but two — MLB teams to rally behind with hopes of making the playoffs. And this is the week where they square off against each other in a tradition known as the Crosstown Classic.

Monday through Thursday of this week, the Cubs and White Sox will play against each other each night, alternating between each team’s home turf. In addition to offering some good baseball, these games also give fans bragging rights for the rest of the summer.

On the North Side, you’ve got the Cubs playing at at historic Wrigley Field. So far, the team’s tossed out a better-than-average season, and it appears they may be playoff contenders in the fall.

On the South Side, you’ll find U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. While the Sox started off the season strong, their playoff chances appear to be gradually falling away.

The rivalry dates back to the early 1900s, although most of the games they’ve played against each other didn’t start counting toward their records until the 1997 season, when interleague play was introduced.

Overall, the White Sox have the all-time series lead 55-49. And over the years, the rivalry has produced some crazy, memorable moments.

For one, the 1906 season was the first and only time the Cubs and Sox met during the post-season. Some say it’s what sparked the rivalry that still stands more than 100 years later. The Sox ended up winning the series in six games, and some fans still gloat about it to Cubs supporters today.

Years later, during the centennial season of the 1906 World Series, players from the two teams got into a massive brawl that changed the rivalry forever. On May 20, 2006, White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski collided with Cubs catcher Michael Barrett during a play at home plate.

As the two were on the ground, Pierzynski smacked his hand on home plate. Barrett immediately walked toward grabbed Pierzynski and threw a punch to the face. The benches cleared from the dugout, and later, ejections were given. The feud made the rivalry grow even stronger.

So, what will happen this week? Will the Cubs gain some ground on the all-time record, or will the Sox continue to dominate in the rivalry?

Click on each day for a preview and ticket information of this week’s games, then watch each one to find out.


Cubs @ White Sox

7:05 p.m.

Pitching:  Jake Arrieta versus Miguel Gonzalez

White Sox: 5, Cubs: 4



Cubs @ White Sox

6:10 p.m.

Pitching: Kyle Hendricks versus James Shields



White Sox @ Cubs

7:05 p.m.

Pitching: Anthony Ranaudo versus Jason Hammel



White Sox @ Cubs

7:05 p.m.

Pitching: Chris Sale versus John Lackey