One of the American league’s six charter franchises, the White Sox have been playing ball since 1900. However, despite 3 World Series Championships and 7 American League Pennants, few people outside of Chicago can name five Hall of Famers who called Comiskey Park home. This article presents five legendary “Southsiders” worth remembering.
1. Luis Aparicio. This talented shortstop played two stints for the White Sox, from 1956-1962 and from 1968 to 1970. A 13-time All Star, Aparacio was awarded this honor six times as a member of the Sox. A 9-time Gold Glove winner, Aparacio was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
2. Ed Walsh. Walsh, who pitched for the Sox from 1904 to 1916, remains baseball’s all-time leader in career ERA (1.82). In 1908, Walsh posted a record of 40-15 with 269 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.42, and finished his career with a 195-126 record and 1736 strikeouts. Walsh pitched four 20-win seasons, and led the Sox to a World Series Championship in 1906. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946.
3. Red Faber. Legendary spitballer Red faber played for Chicago his entire career, compiling a career win-loss record of 254-214, with 1471 career strikeouts. Despite never winning the World Series or being named an All-Star, Faber was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1964. Faber is one of only six pitchers to win 100 games during the “dead ball era” and 100 games during the “live ball era”.
3. Carlton Fisk. An 11-time All-Star, Fisk played for the Sox from 1981 to 1993. He finished his career with 376 home runs (66th all-time), 421 doubles , and 1330 runs-batted-in. His 2,356 hits ranks 122 all-time. Fisk is only one of sixteen catchers to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
4. Luke Appling. Appling, a 7-time All Star shortstop, played for the Sox his entire career, from 1930 to 1950. Appling remains the Sox’s all-time leader in hits (2,749), singles (2,164), and games played (2,422). He finished his career with a .310 batting average and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964.
5. Frank Thomas. No list of White Sox legends would be complete without “The Big Hurt”. Thomas spent 15 seasons in the White Sox uniform (1990-2005), and was named to the All-Star team in 5 of them. Thomas holds nearly every White Sox career batting record: runs, total bases, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, doubles, runs batted in, extra-base hits, and of course, home runs.
These five players are among the best to ever play the game, and they played most of their careers in Chicago. Although 4 of the 5 players listed are enshrined in the Hall of Fame, it is only a matter of time until Frank “The Big Hurt” Thomas joins Luke, Red, Ed, Luis, and Carlton in Cooperstown.
(Sources: MLB.com, ESPN.com)