The Crosstown Classic
Courtesy of Wrigley Field
The Cubs and White Sox rivalry dates back more than 100 years.
The Cubs reside in north Chicago at Wrigley Field. The White Sox claim the south side of the city at Comiskey Park, or what is now called U.S. Cellular Field. The Cubs represent the National League, and the White Sox belong to the American League. Although these two teams reside only eight miles apart, their rivalry separates them much farther.
More than 100 years ago, back in 1906, the Cubs and the White Sox went head-to-head for six games in the World Series. Although the White Sox came out the victors, the match-up created a friendly rivalry between the two teams of Chicago that still lasts today.
Chicagoans are loyal to one team or another. President Barack Obama is a White Sox fan, as are Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and the late Bernie Mac. Cubs fans include Bill Murray, Vince Vaughn and Jim Belushi.
The Crosstown Classic occurs twice a year during regular season, once at each ballpark. Since 1997, the year that Interleague play began, the teams are tied for wins at 33 each. This year, the first series will be at Wrigley Field on June 16-18, followed by a rematch at U.S. Cellular Field on June 26-28.