The 20 Greatest Chicago White Sox of All-Time

An organization as old as the American League may be more famous for what eight players didn’t do on the field as they are for what all the other players in the organization’s history did on the field. The team that threw the series seems to be all that most people think of when they hear the Chicago White Sox. Hopefully, this list will shine a light on the many bright spots the organization has in it’s 100 plus years of existence.

Eligibility for position players requires 1,500 plate appearances, starting pitchers require 100 games started, and relief pitchers require 300 innings pitched.

  1. Frank Thomas
    • Age: 22 – 37
    • Years: 1990 – 2005
    • Position(s): 1B, DH

    Frank Thomas
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    68.16 159 1959 8602 6956 1327 2136 447 11 448 1465 32 1466 1165 .307 .426 .567 .994

  2. Ed Walsh
    • Age: 23 – 35
    • Years: 1904 – 1916
    • Position(s): SP

    Ed Walsh
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    63.39 68 426 312 195 125 1.81 2946.1 249 57 34 868 591 608 1732 17.7% 1.00

  3. Eddie Collins
    • Age: 28 – 39
    • Years: 1915 – 1926
    • Position(s): 2B

    Eddie Collins
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    66.6 136 1670 7405 6065 1065 2007 266 102 31 804 368 965 205 .331 .405 .423 .829

  4. Luke Appling
    • Age: 23 – 36, 38 – 43
    • Years: 1930 – 1943, 1945 – 1950
    • Position(s): SS, 3B

    Luke Appling
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    74.45 115 2422 10243 8856 1319 2749 440 102 45 1116 179 1302 528 .310 .396 .398 .794

  5. Red Faber
    • Age: 25 – 44
    • Years: 1914 – 1933
    • Position(s): SP

    Red Faber
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    68.35 84 669 483 254 213 3.15 4086.2 273 29 28 1813 1430 1213 1471 7.8% 1.30

  6. Eddie Cicotte
    • Age: 28 – 36
    • Years: 1912 – 1920
    • Position(s): SP

    Eddie Cicotte
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    49.65 75 353 258 156 102 2.25 2322.1 183 28 21 764 581 533 961 9.9% 1.11

  7. Ted Lyons
    • Age: 22 – 41, 45
    • Years: 1923 – 1942, 1946
    • Position(s): SP

    Ted Lyons
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    67.15 85 594 484 260 230 3.67 4161 356 27 23 2056 1696 1121 1073 6.% 1.35

  8. Minnie Minoso
    • Age: 25 – 31, 34 – 35, 38, 50, 54
    • Years: 1951 – 1957, 1960 – 1961, 1964, 1976, 1980
    • Position(s): LF, 3B, RF, CF

    Minnie Minoso
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    41.33 136 1373 5914 5011 893 1523 260 79 135 808 171 658 427 .304 .393 .468 .861

  9. Shoeless Joe Jackson
    • Age: 27 – 32
    • Years: 1915 – 1920
    • Position(s): LF, RF

    Shoeless Joe Jackson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    27.81 156 648 2797 2439 396 829 139 79 30 426 64 251 87 .340 .395 .498 .893

  10. Billy Pierce
    • Age: 22 – 34
    • Years: 1949 – 1961
    • Position(s): SP

    Billy Pierce
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    49.13 82 456 390 186 152 3.19 2931 183 35 19 1153 1038 1052 1796 14.6% 1.26

  11. Mark Buehrle
    • Age: 21 – 32
    • Years: 2000 – 2011
    • Position(s): SP

    Mark Buehrle
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    48.96 84 390 365 161 119 3.83 2476.2 27 8 0 1171 1053 564 1396 13.5% 1.28

  12. Wilbur Wood
    • Age: 25 – 36
    • Years: 1967 – 1978
    • Position(s): SP / RP

    Wilbur Wood
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    51.78 87 578 286 163 148 3.18 2524.1 113 24 57 1044 891 671 1332 12.7% 1.23

  13. Chris Sale
    • Age: 21 – 27
    • Years: 2010 – 2016
    • Position(s): SP

    Chris Sale
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    31.09 74 228 148 74 50 3.00 1110 14 2 12 398 370 260 1244 27.9% 1.06

  14. Robin Ventura
    • Age: 21 – 30
    • Years: 1989 – 1998
    • Position(s): 3B, 1B

    Robin Ventura
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    39.29 115 1254 5310 4542 658 1244 219 12 171 741 15 668 659 .274 .362 .440 .803

  15. Nellie Fox
    • Age: 22 – 35
    • Years: 1950 – 1963
    • Position(s): 2B

    Nellie Fox
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    46.88 97 2115 9491 8486 1187 2470 335 104 35 740 73 658 192 .291 .342 .367 .710

  16. George Davis
    • Age: 31, 33 – 38
    • Years: 1902, 1904 – 1909
    • Position(s): SS, 2B

    George Davis
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    32.98 112 856 3502 3035 393 785 140 32 6 377 162 307 .259 .320 .331 .651

  17. Thornton Lee
    • Age: 30 – 40
    • Years: 1937 – 1947
    • Position(s): SP

    Thornton Lee
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    30.29 83 261 232 104 104 3.33 1888 142 13 6 843 699 633 742 9.3% 1.32

  18. Magglio Ordonez
    • Age: 23 – 30
    • Years: 1997 – 2004
    • Position(s): RF

    Magglio Ordonez
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    25.16 128 1001 4212 3807 624 1167 240 15 187 703 82 333 431 .307 .364 .524 .889

  19. Chet Lemon
    • Age: 20 – 26
    • Years: 1975 – 1981
    • Position(s): CF

    Chet Lemon
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    24.86 127 785 3197 2794 403 804 178 29 73 348 45 281 377 .288 .359 .450 .810

  20. Doc White
    • Age: 24 – 34
    • Years: 1903 – 1913
    • Position(s): SP

    Doc White
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO % WHIP
    34.7 88 360 301 159 123 2.30 2498.1 206 42 4 867 638 542 1067 1.11

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