The Chicago White Sox were established back in 1901 as the Chicago White Stockings. Over the years, the club has made nine playoff appearances, won six pennant, and three MLB World Series titles. This team has a history of coming out of nowhere and surprising people. That is why they are a pretty popular choice with the free MLB picks released by the expert handicappers that I follow. The list of All-Time Chicago White Sox lineup taken from the most illustrious season a player has had reads as follows:
Carlton Fisk: Catcher
Season stats: .289, 86 RBI, 26 HR & .874 OPS
Backup: Sherm Lollar
Fisk played for the Chicago White Sox well into his 40’s, but his best years for the club was when he was in his mid 30’s. He is fondly remembered for his memorable homers in game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
Frank Thomas: First baseman
Season stats: .353, 101 RBI, 38 HR & 1.217 OPS
Backup: Dick Allen
Thomas had his based season with Chicago White Sox in 1994 when he hit 38 homers and 101 runs in 113 games. His accolades during the year included AL MVP.
Jermaine Terrell Dye: Right Fielder
Season stats: .315, 120 RBI, 44 HR & 1.006 OPS
Backup: Maggio Ordonez
Dye witnessed a meteoric rise in his game in 2006, thereafter ending up as one of the best right fielders in the club’s history. He was ranked 5th in the MVP voting of 2016, after leading the White Sox to the World Series in 2005.
Shoeless Joe Jackson: Left Fielder
Season stats: .382, 121 RBI, 12 HR & 1.033 OPS
Backup: Albert Belle (Hall of fame talent)
Jackson had his best season at Chicago White Sox in 1920 after the thrown World Series; however, his career was short-lived when he was banned for after implication in the infamous Black Sox scandal.
Robert Thomas Thigpen: Closer
Season stats: 4-6, 1.83 ERA, 88.2 IP, 57 saves, 70ks, 60H & 1.038 WHIP
Backup: Hoyt Wilhelm
During Thigpen’s high flying season in 1990, he held the single largest saves record for 18 years. His accomplishments also made him one of the top closers in the early 90’s
Carl Reynolds: Center Fielder
Season stats: .259; 104 RBI; 22 HR & .973 OPS
Backup: Chet Lemon (Top center fielder in the 70’s and 80’s and 3-time All Star fielder)
Reynolds achieved no mean feat during his years of play at the Chicago White Sox; he is best remembered for his over .300 hits and a .302 career average in 13 seasons. His career highs were all recorded in 1930’s
Luke Appling: Shortstop
Season stats: .388; 128 RBI; 6HR & .981 OPS
Backup Luis Aparicio (Hall of Famer and one of the greatest shortstops in history)
Appling is undoubtedly one of the top shortstops of all time and especially in the history of the Chicago White Sox. In 1936, his .388 season stood as the highest of any shortstop player in baseball history.
Robin Ventura: Third baseman
Season stats: .287; 105 RBI; 34 HR & .888 OPS
Backup: Al Smith (2 times All-Star)
Ventura was one of the best third baseman in the club’s history. His resourcefulness in the field of play led to his appointment as team manager before the start of the 2012 season. Ventura’s accolades include 6 Gold Glove at third base.
James Howard Thome: Designated hitter
Season stats: .288; 109 RBI, 42 HR and 1.014 OPS
Backup: Oscar Gamble
James was one of the most outstanding designated hitters at White Sox in 2006. His high ratings helped him appear in the All-Time lineups of both Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins.