Who were the best players ever to wear a Chicago White Sox uniform? Here's my list, and please note that players had to have a minimum of four good years with the White Sox to be considered.
Name your picks for Best Chicago White Sox Player
- Ed Walsh Hall of Famer credited with six saves in 1908, the year he also won 40 games. Beat the Cubs twice in delivering 1906 World Series Championship.
- Ted Lyons Hall of Famer pitched 21 years for some woeful White Sox teams, won team record 260 games including 22 in 1927 for a White Sox team that won only 70.
- Red Faber Hall of Famer was the last (legal) spitballer. Had a rubber arm -- 39 starts, 25 wins and league leading ERA for the decimated 1921 White Sox team that won only 62 games. Led team to 1917 World Series win, winning three times, including games 5 and 6.
- Billy Pierce Should be a Hall of Famer -- 7 time all-star, 51 consecutive scoreless innings and seven shut-outs in 1953. More career wins than Hall of Famers Don Drysdale and Bob Lemon. He delivered the dominant performance in 1962 World Series for the San Francisco Giants that he might have delivered for the 1959 White Sox but for blundering White Sox manager Al Lopez, who did not use him.
- Hoyt Wilhelm Hall of Fame knuckleballer delivered five consecutive seasons with an ERA under 2.00 as a reliever. 12 wins and 27 saves for an unappreciated 1964 White Sox team that won 98, and finished 1 game behind the Yankees.
- Ray Schalk Hall of Famer led the league in fielding percentage eight times and put outs nine times and stole 30 bases in 1916.
- Honorable mention to AJ Pierzynski, the only catcher in history to steal first base.
- Frank Thomas This future Hall of Famer dominates the all-time White Sox hitting statistics. He was the greatest clean hitter in a tainted era, had a .487 on base percentage and a .729 slugging percentage in 1994, winning second consecutive MVP. An offensive machine -- seven consecutive years hitting .300 with 100 walks, 100 runs, 100 RBIs, and 20 HRs. He would have extended his dominance had MLB not invented, in my opinion, the outside strike.
- Eddie Collins Hall of Famer with ten seasons batting over .300 for the Sox, including 4 straight over .340 from 1923 to 1926.
- Luke Appling Hall of Famer, hit at least .300 in 16 of his 20 seasons with the Sox, including .388 in 1936.
- Luis Aparicio Hall of Famer and six time White Sox All-Star defines the position. Defense and speed -- stole 50 bases for three straight years.
- Joe Crede Robin Ventura and Bill Melton notwithstanding, Crede is immortal for the clutch defense and hitting that helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series. Against the Angels and the Astros, he hit four homers and three doubles in nine post-season games.
- Magglio Ordonez Future Hall of Famer with five consecutive seasons, 1999-2003, batting over .300, four of those with over 30 homers, and three of those with 40 doubles. Good fielder.
- Harold Baines Sensational clutch hitter, good combination of average and power during his best years in the mid-1980's.
- Joe Jackson He was famously simple-minded. He hit .375 while he was supposed to be throwing the 1919 World Series. Hit .382 in 1920, his last year before being banned from baseball.
- Only three have delivered a title:
- Fielder Jones in 1906 vs. the Chicago Cubs
- Pants Rowland in 1917 vs. the New York Giants
- Ozzie Guillen in 2005 vs. the Houston Astros