James “Death Valley Jim” Scott (1888-1957) suffered through some difficult years with the Chicago White Sox, playing his entire career with the Southsiders (1909-1917) and missed out on the club’s only 20th Century titles in 1906 and 1917. The White Sox team during Scott’s tenure in Chicago failed to play to their potential and ran head-on into the powerful Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics. Jim began his pitching career as a third baseman, but was converted to a pitcher after filling in for a spent starter for his local team in Lander, Wyoming. He eventually signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1909 and derived his nickname (almost mistakenly) in part due to his upbringing near Deadwood, South Dakota and the fact that he shared a train to Chicago with notorious con man and prospector Death Valley Scott. Jim pitched his entire career in a White Sox uniform (1909-1917), but only enjoyed two winning seasons, going 14-11 in 1911 and 24-11 in 1915. In 1913, Scott led the American League in losses going 20-21 in 38 starts, but posted a miniscule 1.90 ERA to become the only player in Major League history to lose 20 games and post an ERA below 2.00. In 1914, pitching against the Washington Senators, Jim threw a 9-inning no-hitter, but lost in the tenth. His best year came in 1915 when he finished second in wins with a 24-11 record and tied Washington’s Walter Johnson with a league-high seven shutouts. Unfortunately, as the White Sox began to improve, the very patriotic Jim Scott enlisted in the United States Army during World War I and missed the end of the 1917 season when Chicago captured their second and final World Series title of the 20th Century. Jim Scott finished his Major League career with a 107-114 record, 945 strikeouts, 123 complete games, 26 shutouts and a 2.30 ERA in 317 games appearances. He would go on to win minor league championships the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association. His minor league record was 140-95 with a 3.04 ERA. Following his playing career, Scott stepped behind the plate and the catcher and served as a Major League umpire until 1953.