Chicago White Sox All Time Starting Lineup

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The Chicago White Sox can trace their roots back to 1901. They were originally known as the Chicago White Stockings but changed to the shorter more headline friendly Chicago White Sox. The organization has made 9 playoff appearances, won 6 pennants, and 3 world championship. They have retired 10 numbers. Nellie Fox (2), Harold Baines (3), Luke Appling (4), Minnie Minoso (9), Luis Aparicio (11), Paul Konerko (14), Ted Lyons (16), Billy Pierce (19), Frank Thomas (35), and Carlton Fisk (72).

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

Carlton Fisk, 1983

Key Stats: 4.3 WAR, .289/.355/.518, 85 R, 141 H, 26 2B, 4 3B, 26 HR, 86 RBI, 9 SB, .874 OPS

Awards: 3rd in MVP

 

First Base

Dick Allen

Dick Allen, 1972

Key Stats: 8.6 WAR (1st AL), .308/.420 (1st AL)/.603 (1st AL), 90 R, 156 H, 28 2B, 5 3B, 37 HR (1st AL), 113 RBI (1st AL), 19 SB, 99 BB (1st AL), 1.023 OPS (1st AL), 305 TB, 16 IBB

Awards: AL All-Star, AL MVP

 

Second Base

Eddie Collins, 1920

Key Stats: 7.9 WAR, .372/.438/.493, 117 R, 224 H, 38 2B, 13 3B, 3 HR, 76 RBI, 20 SB, 69 BB, .932 OPS, 33 SH

 

Third Base

Robin Ventura, 1996

Key Stats: 4.8 WAR, .287/.368/.520, 96 R, 168 H, 31 2B, 2 3B, 34 HR, 105 RBI, 78 BB, .888 OPS, 305 TB, 10 IBB

Awards: Gold Glove

 

Shortstop

Luke Appling

 

Luke Appling, 1936

Key Stats: 6.9 WAR, .388 (1st AL)/.474/.508, 111 R, 204 H, 31 2B, 7 3B, 6 HR, 128 RBI, 10 SB, 85 BB, .981 OPS, 1.3 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, 2nd in MVP

 

Left Field

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson, 1920

Key Stats: 7.6 WAR, .382/.444/.589, 105 R, 218 H, 42 2B, 20 3B (1st AL), 12 HR, 121 RBI, 56 BB, 1.033 OPS, 336 TB, 16 SH

 

Center Field

Tommie Agee, 1966

Key Stats: 6.4 WAR, .273/.326/.447, 98 R, 172 H, 27 2B, 8 3B, 22 HR, 86 RBI, 44 SB, .773 OPS, 1.7 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, Gold Glove, AL Rookie of the Year, 8th in MVP

 

Right Field

Magglio Ordonez

Magglio Ordonez, 2002

Key Stats: 5.1 WAR, .320/.381/.597, 116 R, 189 H, 47 2B, 1 3B, 38 HR, 135 RBI, .978 OPS

Awards: Silver Slugger, 8th in MVP

 

Designated Hitter

Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas, 2000

Key Stats: 6.0 WAR, .328/.436/.625, 115 R, 191 H, 44 2B, 43 HR, 143 RBI, 112 BB, 1.061 OPS, 364 TB, 18 IBB

Awards: Silver Slugger, 2nd in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Eddie Cicotte, 1917

Key Stats: 11.4 WAR (1st AL), 28 Wins (1st AL), 1.53 ERA (1st AL), 2.10 FIP, 29 CG, 7 SHO, 346 2/3 IP (1st AL), 150 K, 0.912 WHIP (1st AL), 4 SV

 

Starting Pitcher

Ed Walsh, 1908

Key Stats: 10.1 WAR (1st AL), 40 Wins (1st AL), 1.42 ERA, 1.42 FIP (1st AL), 42 CG (1st AL), 11 SHO (1st AL), 464 IP (1st AL), 269 K (1st AL), 0.860 WHIP, 4.80 K/BB (1st AL), 6 SV (1st AL)

 

Starting Pitcher

Wilbur Wood, 1971

Key Stats: 11.7 WAR (1st AL), 22 Wins, 1.91 ERA, 2.63 FIP, 22 CG, 7 SHO, 334 IP, 210 K, 1.000 WHIP, .222 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 3rd in CY Young, 9th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Chris Sale

Chris Sale, 2014

Key Stats: 6.6 WAR, 12 Wins, 2.17 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 26 GS, 2 CG, 174 IP, 208 K, 0.966 WHIP, 10.8 K/9 (1st AL), 5.33 K/BB, .205 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 3rd in CY Young

 

Starting Pitcher

Esteban Loaiza, 2003

Key Stats: 7.2 WAR, 21 Wins, 2.90 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 34 GS, 1 CG, 226 1/3 IP, 207 K (1st AL), 1.113 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, .233 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star,  2nd in CY Young

 

Closer

Bobby Thigpen

Bobby Thigpen, 1990

Key Stats: 3.4 WAR, 57 SV (1st AL), 1.83 ERA, 3.08 FIP, 77 G (1st AL), 88 2/3 IP, 70 K, 1.038 WHIP, 6.1 H/9, 7.1 K/9, .195 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 4th in CY Young, 5th in MVP

 

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3 thoughts on “Chicago White Sox All Time Starting Lineup

  1. Lamar Hoyt in 1983 has one of the best seasons for a starting pitcher. He never walked anyone, and was a losing streak stopper

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    • Nellie Fox was great. The fact that he struck out 216 times in over 10,000 plate appearances and never more than 18 times in a season is amazing. But Eddie Collins was a great player in his own right. Both Hall of Famers and both deserving but only one spot.

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