White Sox’ attendance woes nearing historic levels
SUN-TIMES STAFF September 25, 2012 6:22PM
Updated: October 27, 2012 6:22AM
After drawing a crowd of 13,797 for a rare Tuesday afternoon game, the White Sox are on pace for a season-total home attendance of 1,970,082, falling short of their 2011 total of 2,001,117.
According to White Sox fan and historian Mark Liptak, such a drop would mark the sixth consecutive season in which Sox home attendance has dipped from the previous season. Liptak notes that has happened just two other times in team history — from 1926 to 1932 and from 1965 to 1970.
‘‘The explanations for the first two are pretty obvious,’’ Liptak said. ‘‘The Great Depression, along with some bad teams, and then the second time, the social unrest/race riots that gave the perception Comiskey Park was a ‘dangerous’ place and some of the worst teams in history.’’
The reasons behind the current drop are harder to figure out for a team that has spent most of the season in first place.
Entering play Tuesday, the Sox were averaging 24,462 fans for each home game, putting them 24th among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.
For comparison, the Cubs were 10th, averaging 35,766 fans. (The Philadelphia Phillies were tops in the majors, averaging 44,075, and the Tampa Bay Rays were at the bottom, averaging 19,418.)