Chicago White Sox: 7 Biggest Knuckleheads in Team History

Alex RostowskyContributor IAugust 29, 2011

Chicago White Sox: 7 Biggest Knuckleheads in Team History

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    What exactly is a knucklehead?

    Don't search Merriam-Webster's, because you won't find it there.

    Urban Dictionary defines a "knucklehead" as a "person of questionable intelligence" or a "stubborn dunce."

    With that vivid description in mind, I took a look at the biggest knuckleheads in the history of the Chicago White Sox, from the front office to the field.

    Arrogance, stupidity and questionable quotes define this list, here are the "winners".  

Shoeless Joe Jackson

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    As one of the greatest players in White Sox history, Shoeless Joe Jackson might have been one of the biggest knuckleheads too. 

    The nickname "Shoeless" was adorned upon him after playing a game barefoot after his spikes gave him blisters on his feet, but unfortunately, that wasn't the most bone-headed thing Jackson ever did. 

    He was the biggest name on the 1919 Black Sox roster that rocked the baseball and changed the organization forever. 

    His innocence has been speculated, especially considering his .375 batting average during the 1919 World Series, but Jackson later admitted to taking a cash bribe to help hand the series to the Cincinnati Reds

    Say it ain't so, Joe. 

Charles Comiskey

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    Yes, the first owner of the White Sox has had two ballparks named after him and has a bronze statue at U.S. Cellular Field, but he doesn't get off so easily on this list. 

    His stubborn cheapness may have kept the White Sox from winning many more World Series, notably, the infamous 1919 World Series featuring his Black Sox. 

    Players on that team, like many other squads before and after them, were upset with how little Comiskey would shell out for their services. Legend has it that even the players had to clean their own uniforms. 

    He would never dole out the bonuses he promised, which made anyone who worked under Comiskey despise him. 

    Charles Comiskey's name is all over the White Sox franchise. He had an integral part in this team coming to Chicago, but we probably give him a little too much credit. 

Luke Appling

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    Perhaps the most dedicated White Sox player in history, Luke Appling makes the cut for his showmanship. 

    "Old Aches and Pains" got the moniker for complaining about regular soreness, sprained fingers or small cuts. 

    As legend goes, Appling once fouled off ten pitches in a row on purpose to show up management. The cheap White Sox front office had refused to give him baseballs to autograph for fans because of price. 

    Apparently afterwards, management had no trouble giving Appling all the balls he needed to sign for his adoring fans. 

    His No. 4 is retired and will never be worn again by a White Sox player, but Luke Appling may be remembered more for his nickname and antics rather than by his Hall-of-Fame career. 

Hawk Harrleson, the General Manager

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    For those of you who think the Hawk should be on the list for his broadcasting, you better grab some bench. 

    Harrelson is on this list for his lack of judgment during his tenure as White Sox GM in 1985.

    Often reported as being on the golf course more than the office, the Hawk made some questionable decisions such as firing Tony LaRussa as manager and trading a young, talented Bobby Bonilla away for practically nothing.

    He left the season after to join the Yankees in the broadcast booth, but he has been back with the White Sox since 1990.

    The Hawk may make some knucklheaded statements in his broadcasts, but nothing compares to his time in the White Sox front office.   

Ron Schueler

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    Though credited with the upbringing of White Sox All-Stars Frank Thomas and Jack McDowell, former GM Ron Schueler is on this list for the infamous White Flag Trade. 

    In 1997, the White Sox were in a tight division race with the Cleveland Indians. At only 3.5 games back at the trading deadline, Chicago, under Schueler and Jerry Reinsdorf's command, traded away important pitchers.

    Wilson Alvarez, Danny Darwin and Roberto Hernandez all left town for San Francisco. The White Sox finished a mediocre 80-81 and the Cleveland Indians owned the AL Central for the next few years after that.  

Carl Everett

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    The Designated Hitter for your 2005 World Series Champion is more noted for his mouth than for his bat.

    Everett, ever outspoken, has denied the existence of dinosaurs because no human has ever seen them. Another gem from Everett came in an interview when he denied the landing of man on the moon some thirty years after it happened.

    He has also said he would retire if he had a homosexual teammate, amongst other controversial statements involving same-sex relations.

    The most recent question of Everett's character came this year when he reportedly held a gun to his wife's head while she was wearing a Barney costume.

    There is no possible way that I can make that up. If that isn't knuckleheaded enough for you, I don't know what is.  

Ozzie Guillen

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    Ozzie Guillen is the resident knucklehead of the Chicago White Sox. 

    We love him for his aggressiveness. We adore him for his desire. We laugh at him when we hear him talk. 

    Whenever Ozzie has something to say, you better make note of it. It's surely to be something special. 

    From his post game conferences to his on the field raving and ranting, Guillen is always interesting to listen to. 

    He always has something to say. Most of the time, it leaves us scratching our heads. Don't believe me? Try taking a look at his twitter and see if anything he says makes sense to you.