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The White Sox are an  original American League team dating back to 1901. The had a good amount of success early on, winning the World Series in both 1906 and 1917. Then came the infamous 1919 World Series, which they lost ostensibly because several players were paid to tank. The team then entered a long dry spell, without a 1st-place finish from 1920 to 1958. In 1959, they lost another World Series (presumably played on fair terms). The team experienced another long drought until a first-place finish in 1983, when they lost the ALCS to the eventually-champ Baltimore Orioles. From 1990 to 2006, the team never finished lower than 3rd, including a World Series win in 2005. Since then, they’ve been about a .500 team.

Let’s take a look at the best personnel this team has had.

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Luke Appling 69.9 1930 1950
2 Frank Thomas 65.0 1990 2005
3 Eddie Collins 63.4 1915 1926
4 Nellie Fox 44.5 1950 1963
5 Minnie Minoso 39.3 1951 1980
6 Robin Ventura 36.9 1989 1998
7 Luis Aparicio 32.6 1956 1970
8 George Davis 31.3 1902 1909
9 Fielder Jones 30.0 1901 1908
10 Paul Konerko 27.7 1999 2012
11 Shoeless Joe Jackson 26.5 1915 1920
12 Carlton Fisk 26.5 1981 1993
13 Ray Schalk 25.0 1912 1928
14 Sherm Lollar 24.3 1952 1963
15 Willie Kamm 23.6 1923 1931
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Generated 6/20/2012.

Lots of great players here. Seven of them are already in the Hall of Fame (Appling, Collins, Fox, Aparicio, Davis, Fisk, and Schalk) with Frank Thomas as a shoo-in one day soon, and another player in Jackson who is Hall-worthy based on numbers but is banned.

Let’s look at pitchers:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Red Faber 61.9 1914 1933
2 Ted Lyons 60.7 1923 1946
3 Ed Walsh 59.6 1904 1916
4 Wilbur Wood 49.1 1967 1978
5 Eddie Cicotte 47.2 1912 1920
6 Billy Pierce 46.5 1949 1961
7 Mark Buehrle 45.7 2000 2011
8 Doc White 31.6 1903 1913
9 Thornton Lee 27.1 1937 1947
10 Jim Scott 26.1 1909 1917
11 Joe Horlen 22.8 1961 1971
12 Tommy John 22.0 1965 1971
13 Jack McDowell 20.1 1987 1994
14 Tommy Thomas 20.0 1926 1932
15 Reb Russell 19.9 1913 1919
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Generated 6/20/2012.

This is a much weaker group. For starters, there are only two pitchers on here who pitched as recently as 1980s. Only Faber, Lyons, and Walsh are in the Hall of Fame, and only Mark Buehrle has any chance from the rest of the guys.

Here’s the poll. Please pick 4:

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