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.
|11||Shoeless Joe Jackson||26.5||1915||1920|
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:
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: