From the Annals of World Series – In 2005, the first World Series game ever to be played in Texas started. The Houston Astros played the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Field losing 7-5 in 14 innings. The game was also the longest in World Series history lasting 5 hours and 41 minutes and actually ended on October 26. The long game produced many all-time World Series records. The teams combined to use 17 pitchers (9 White Sox and 8 Astros), throwing a total of 482 pitches, and walking 21 batters (12 by the WS, 9 by the Stros); 43 players were used (the White Sox used 22 and the Astros used 21), and 30 men were left on base (15 for each team). Scott Podsednik set an all-time record with eight at-bats in the game.
The Series itself was remarkable as the teams had combined for 132 years of championship frustration. The Astros had not won in their 44 year history and the Pale Hose last championship had been in 1917. The White Sox would go on to sweep the Astros in 4 games and break their long drought.
From the Annals of the Fall Classic – In 2005, the Houston Astros faced the Chicago White Sox in the first World Series game ever to be held in Texas. The game was also notable for being the longest in World Series history at 5 hours and 41 minutes and actually ended the next day on October 26th. Many other records were set or tied in this marathon. The teams combined to use 17 pitchers (nine for the White Sox, eight for the Astros), throwing a total of 482 pitches, and walking 21 batters (a dozen by Chicago, nine by Houston); 43 players were used (the White Sox used 22 and the Astros used 21), and 30 men were left on base (15 for each team) – all of which were WS records. One tied record was total double plays, with six (four by the Astros, two by the White Sox). Scott Podsednik set a new all-time record with eight official at-bats.
The Pale Hose defeated the Astros 7-5 on their way to a series sweep. All four games were close with two 1-run and two 2-run wins for the Sox. As it stands, it will be the only World Series to be played between these franchises as the Astros have since moved to the American League.