Southpaw is the mascot of the Chicago White Sox. He is a furry green creature donning a black cap, white jersey with pinwheel buttons, matching pants, and black shoes with pinwheel decorations. Southpaw was introduced to the club in 2004, one year before the Sox won the 2005 World Series.
The White Sox had some pretty sad mascots before Southpaw came. From 1960 to '90, Andrew Rozdilsky Jr., also known as Andy the Clown, performed at Comiskey Park. He was the youngest of seven children, served time in World War II, and in 1961, one year after his debut, he was the most famous clown in baseball. Andy The Clown died in 1995 at the age of 77.
From 1981 to 88, Ribbie and Roobarb performed. They were designed by Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn, the owners of the Chicago White Sox (and still are today) who gained popularity by The San Diego Chicken and Phillie Phanatic. The duo was hated by fans because they wanted to eliminate Andy The Clown. Ribbie is a slang for RBI and a Rhubarb is a long argument. One fan had to say this:
"For most of the 1980's, the patrons at Comiskey Park were asked to endure the 'antics' of baseball's least-appealing mascots, Ribbie and Roobarb. One looked like the dim-witted son of Oscar the Grouch, the other like a chartruese anteater with a genetic flaw."
After Ribbie and Roobarb were retired and Andy quit performing, the Sox spent thirten years mascot-less.
Southpaw's name can refer to two things: A left-handed pitcher (which is odd because the man who is Southpaw is left-handed) or the South Side of Chicago.