Top 5 White Sox Pitchers of All-Time
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Top 5 White Sox Pitchers of All-Time

The Chicago White Sox joined Major League Baseball in 1901 in the American League. Through this storied mid-west history lie some of baseballÂ’s best flamethrowers and most trusted closers. Here is a list of some of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history, who were proud to wear the uniforms of the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox joined Major League Baseball in 1901 in the American League. Through this storied mid-west history lie some of baseball’s best flamethrowers and most trusted closers. Here is a list of some of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history, who were proud to wear the uniforms of the Chicago White Sox.

5. Recently, White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle threw only the 17th no-hitter in Sox history. This recent achievement is a pin in a sash full of badges for this All-Star. Each step he takes not toward the Hall of Fame may bump this tosser further into the depths of all time greatness. For now, he is placed at number five on my list. It is hard to rank current players against the best in the game’s history because of frequent trades, steroid question marks, and the marring of millionaires against the purity of the original game. Not that Buehrle has been named or blamed, but the classic era of the pitchers about to be listed may never be bested again. Buehrle certainly deserves to be on this list having had a no hitter, a perfect game, an ALCS Complete Game, World Series victory, save, and championship, has hit a home run, and multiple all-star game appearances.

4. Red Faber (1914-1933) Red Faber has the second most wins in White Sox history with 254. He had stamina for days and often asked to pitch on short rest. He won over 20 games during four seasons for Chicago. He holds the franchise record for most games pitched with 669 and ranks second with 4086 2/3 innings pitched. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.

3. Billy Pierce (1949-1961) While playing 13 seasons with the White Sox, Billy Pierce won 186 games, fourth most in franchise history. He won 10 or more games in 11 of his 13 seasons with the White Sox including back to back 20 win seasons in 1956 and 1957. During these two years Pierce was dominant and struck out the side in several consecutive games. Billy Pierce is also the White Sox all-time leader with 1796 strikeouts.

2. Number two all-time is not without his own shadows, Eddie Cicotte (1912-1920) was banned from baseball for conspiring to throw the 1919 World Series. At that time Eddie was one of the top pitchers in all of major league baseball. He won 156 games with a 2.25 earned run average with the Chicago White Sox. He led the league in victories twice with the White Sox, 1917 when he won 28 games and 1919 when he won 29 games. Eddie’s 2.25 ERA is the fourth lowest in franchise history. He also pitched a no-hitter while with the White Sox in 1917.

1. Arguable one of the top five in all of baseball, Ted Lyons (1923-1942,1946) Ted Lyons pitched 21 seasons for the Chicago White Sox and is the team's all-time leader with 260 wins, 4161 innings pitched and 356 complete games. Ted Lyons was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, 44 years before current star Mark Buehrle completed the same feat. Ted won over 20 games three different times for the White Sox including 1925 and 1927 when he led Major League Baseball in victories. In 1926 he also pitched a no-hitter for the White Sox. Lyons is held highly by players and commentators alike and constantly referred to during White Sox games.

Stats from www.mlb.com

 

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