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Chicago White Sox All-Time Roster

This is the Chicago White Sox all-time roster. The roster consists of one starter and one bench player for each infield position and one starter and one bench player for each outfield position. Hitters had to have a minimum of 1,500 plate appearances. For pitching, I selected five starting pitchers and three relief pitchers. Starting pitchers had to start at least 75 games during their time with the franchise to qualify. Relief pitchers had to accumulate a minimum of 150 innings pitched to be eligible.


  • Catcher – Carlton Fisk
    • Age: 33 – 45
    • Years: 1981 – 1993


    Carlton Fisk
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    28.9 108 1421 5500 4896 649 1259 214 14 214 762 67 32 460 798 .257 .329 .438 .767

  • First Base – Frank Thomas
    • Age: 22 – 37
    • Years: 1990 – 2005


    Frank Thomas
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    68.3 159 1959 8603 6956 1327 2136 447 11 448 1465 32 23 1466 1165 .307 .427 .568 .995

  • Second Base – Eddie Collins
    • Age: 28 – 39
    • Years: 1915 – 1926


    Eddie Collins
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    67 136 1670 7405 6065 1065 2007 266 102 31 804 368 141 965 205 .331 .426 .424 .850

  • Third Base – Robin Ventura
    • Age: 21 – 30
    • Years: 1989 – 1998


    Robin Ventura
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    39.4 115 1254 5310 4542 658 1244 219 12 171 741 15 26 668 659 .274 .365 .440 .805

  • Shortstop – Luke Appling
    • Age: 23 – 36, 38 – 43
    • Years: 1930 – 1943, 1945 – 1950


    Luke Appling
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    77.6 115 2422 10243 8856 1319 2749 440 102 45 1116 179 108 1302 528 .310 .399 .398 .797

  • Outfield – Joe Jackson
    • Age: 27 – 32
    • Years: 1915 – 1920


    Joe Jackson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    27.8 156 648 2797 2439 396 829 139 79 30 426 64 36 251 87 .340 .407 .499 .906

  • Outfield – Minnie Minoso
    • Age: 25 – 31, 34 – 35, 38, 50, 54
    • Years: 1951 – 1957, 1960 – 1961, 1964, 1976, 1980


    Minnie Minoso
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    41.5 136 1373 5914 5011 893 1523 260 79 135 808 171 99 658 427 .304 .397 .468 .865

  • Outfield – Magglio Ordonez
    • Age: 23 – 30
    • Years: 1997 – 2004


    Magglio Ordonez
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    25.3 128 1001 4214 3807 624 1167 240 15 187 703 82 38 333 431 .307 .364 .525 .889

  • Starting Pitcher – Ed Walsh
    • Age: 23 – 35
    • Years: 1904 – 1916


    Ed Walsh
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    63.9 68 426 312 195 125 1.81 2946.3 249 57 34 868 591 608 1732 1.00

  • Starting Pitcher – Wilbur Wood
    • Age: 25 – 36
    • Years: 1967 – 1978


    Wilbur Wood
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    51.7 87 578 286 163 148 3.18 2524.3 113 24 57 1044 891 671 1332 12.7% 1.23

  • Starting Pitcher – Eddie Cicotte
    • Age: 29 – 36
    • Years: 1912 – 1920


    Eddie Cicotte
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    50 75 353 258 156 102 2.25 2322.3 183 28 21 764 581 533 961 17.6% 1.11

  • Starting Pitcher – Red Faber
    • Age: 25 – 44
    • Years: 1914 – 1933


    Red Faber
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    67.7 84 669 483 254 213 3.15 4086.7 273 29 28 1813 1430 1213 1471 9.6% 1.30

  • Starting Pitcher – Billy Pierce
    • Age: 22 – 34
    • Years: 1949 – 1961


    Billy Pierce
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    49.4 82 456 390 186 152 3.19 2931 183 35 19 1153 1038 1052 1796 14.6% 1.26

  • Relief Pitcher – Hoyt Wilhelm
    • Age: 40 – 45
    • Years: 1963 – 1968


    Hoyt Wilhelm
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    16.3 58 361 3 41 33 1.92 675.7 0 0 98 178 144 167 521 19.8% 0.94

  • Relief Pitcher – Keith Foulke
    • Age: 24 – 29
    • Years: 1997 – 2002


    Keith Foulke
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    14.4 61 346 0 18 19 2.87 446 0 0 100 148 142 103 425 24.0% 0.99

  • Relief Pitcher – Roberto Hernandez
    • Age: 26 – 32
    • Years: 1991 – 1997


    Roberto Hernandez
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    10.8 65 345 3 29 24 2.87 404.7 0 0 161 146 129 156 411 24.2% 1.22

Bench

  • Catcher – Sherm Lollar, 1952 – 1963
  • First Base – Jose Abreu, 2014 – 2021
  • Second Base – Nellie Fox, 1950 – 1963
  • Third Base – Pete Ward, 1963 – 1969
  • Shortstop – George Davis, 1902, 1904 – 1909
  • Outfield – Chet Lemon, 191975 – 1981 – 1920
  • Right Field – Fielder Jones, 1901 – 1908
  • Center Field – Johnny Mostil, 1918, 1921 – 1929
  • Starting Pitcher – Ted Lyons, 1923 – 1942, 1946
  • Starting Pitcher – Mark Buehrle, 2000 – 2011
  • Starting Pitcher – Chris Sale, 2010 – 2016
  • Relief Pitcher – Jesse Crain, 2011 – 2013

4 Comments »

  1. To not include Nellie Fox as at worst the backup second baseman is absurd. There also are some wonderful modern age pitchers such as Tommy John, Wilbur Wood and others and how about Paul Konerko and Harold Baines.

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  2. I’m wondering what measure(s) you view Nellie Fox through?

    The others you mentioned were all good Sox and could swap for others on this list without argument.

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  3. The Chicago White Sox greatest team list isn’t as strong as most other teams that have been around since 1901. It seems the most successful ChiSox teams were made for small ball, platoons and superb pitching. Although the 1919 Black Sox were considered a great team, the 1920 team was one of the greatest teams ever. I suspect that MLB conspired to not allow them to win the pennant that year.

    C Ray Schalk, Carlton Fisk
    1B Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko, Richie Allen
    2B Nellie Fox, Eddie Collins
    3B Robin Ventura, Buck Weaver, Willie Kamm
    SS Luke Appling, Luis Aparicio

    LF Joe Jackson
    CF Happy Felsch, Fielder Jones
    RF Minnie Minoso, Magglio Ordonez, Harold Baines

    SUB Frank Isbell

    SPR Ed Walsh, Ted Lyons, Red Faber
    SPL Doc White, Billy Pierce, Wilbur Wood, Jim Kaat, Chris Sale, Gary Peters, Mark Buehrle

    RPR Hoyt Wilhelm, Goose Gossage, Bobby Thigpen

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  4. I’m very happy to see one of my All-time favorite players Robin Ventura made the team of the greatest White Sox. Ventura was a tremendous 3rd Baseman. He had excellent range, a very good arm and he was extremely productive at the plate. Congratulations to #23 Robin Ventura

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