Chicago White Sox: All-Time Team

Anonymous ChicagoanContributor IIIOctober 27, 2011

Chicago White Sox: All-Time Team

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    The Chicago White Sox have had a storied history. They've made five World Series trips and have come away with three championships.

    With the World Series coming to a close this week, an NBA Lockout and a Bears' bye week, what better way to keep Chicago entertained than an All-Time White Sox roster.

    This list will include position players, a designated hitter, a starting pitcher, a relief pitcher and a closer.

Manager Al Lopez

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    Al Lopez led the White Sox for 11 years as manager. Lopez won the 1959 American League Pennant, earning a trip to the World Series.

    Lopez' White Sox record is 840-650, giving him one of the best winning percentages of a manager in the history of the White Sox organization. Only Jimmy Dykes has more wins than Lopez, but Dykes also has 290 more losses.

    The White Sox skipper entered the Hall of Fame in 1977. 

SP Ed Walsh

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    Big Ed Walsh had a career ERA of 1.81 during his White Sox playing days. He whiffed 1,732 batters, threw 57 shutouts and his WHIP was .995.

    He played just 13 years for the Sox but, in 1908, he won 40 games en route to a career total of 195.

    He also led the majors in saves five times.

    Walsh was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.

RP Hoyt Wilhelm

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    The knuckleball hurler known as Hoyt Wilhelm spent six season in Chicago. He had an amazing WHIP of .93 and an ERA of 1.92 during that time.

    He picked up 41 wins and 98 saves and was elected to Cooperstown in 1985.

CP Bobby Thigpen

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    Bobby Thigpen was the White Sox fireman for eight seasons, including 1990, when he recorded 57 saves—an MLB record at the time.

    Thigpen recorded 201 saves in his career, still a White Sox record. He passed Hoyt Wilhelm's total of 98 back in 1990.

C Carlton Fisk

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    Carlton Fisk, the original "Pudge," was a four-time All-Star and won three Silver Slugger awards in his 13 years with the White Sox.

    Although Fisk and the Sox ended their relationship on the wrong foot, the olive branch was extended, and now there is a statue commemorating his accomplishments on the concourse of U.S. Cellular Field.

    Fisk hit 214 HRs and knocked in 762 RBI while wearing the Pale Hose.

1B Paul Konerko

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    Paul Konerko has cemented himself in White Sox lore as a true slugger and great fielder.

    Konerko is 11 HR shy of 400 in a Sox uniform (four more for his career). He has driven in 132 RBI and has made five trips to the MLB All-Star Game.

    Paulie also has a .995 fielding percentage.

    It is a safe bet his picture and No. 14 will be on the left field wall soon after he retires.

2B Eddie Collins

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    Hall of Famer Eddie Collins played 12 years with the Chicago White Sox. In that period, he batted an astounding .331 and stole 368 bases.

    In a Sox uniform, he led the league three times in stolen bases. 

SS Luke Appling

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    As a seven-time All-Star, Luke Appling was a staple on 35th and Wells for 20 years.

    During that period, he batted .310 and gathered 2,749 hits. He also led the majors in batting twice, in 1936 (.388) and again in 1943 (.328).

    Appling was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964, and his No. 4 is retired by the White Sox.

3B Robin Ventura

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    Robin Ventura was a defensive whiz, racking up five Gold Gloves in his 10 years on the South Side. He wasn't too shabby with the bat either, hitting 171 HRs and driving in 741 RBI.

    Ventura is back now as manager of the White Sox, and hopefully he'll be able to get a ring for himself and the team.

OF Minnie Minoso

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    Minnie Minoso was a vital part of the White Sox organization in the 1950s. He spent nine years with the White Sox until they started treating him like a side-show circus act. The White Sox let him appear in three games in 1976, which was 12 years after he retired. Four years later, in 1980, they let him appear in two games.

    He hit 135 dingers and stole 171 bases in his tenure with the Sox. Minoso also added five All-Star appearances and four Gold Gloves.

OF Shoeless Joe Jackson

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    Shoeless Joe Jackson owns the third-highest batting average in Major League Baseball history at .356.

    Jackson was acquired by the White Sox in 1915 from the Cleveland Indians. During his years with the White Sox, he hit .340 with 30 HR and, in the Dead Ball Era, he was considered a beast.

    Babe Ruth once said, "I copied Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I've ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter." That's quite an accolade from the greatest home run hitter ever.

OF Harold Baines

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    Cue the Nancy Faust two-keyed organ notes that led the White Sox Army in a chorus of "HAROLD!!! HAROLD!!!" 

    Harold Baines was instrumental to the 1983 Winnin' Ugly White Sox that claimed the best record in baseball.

    During his 14-year White Sox career, Baines batted .288, hit 221 homers and drove in 981 RBI.

DH Frank Thomas

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    Nothing made White Sox fans cheer louder than watching Frank Thomas' back foot lift off the ground and seeing the ball sail into the bleachers. The Big Hurt put a hurting on baseballs and on the pitchers who threw them.

    Thomas was the best hitter in White Sox history. He was a two-time Most Valuable Player, five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award recipient.

    The Big Hurt is the White Sox's all time HR (448) and RBI (1465) leader. Over his 16-year White Sox career, he hit .307 and drew 1,466 walks.

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