Baseball is a popular sport that has been around for centuries. Its fans are strong and its players as diverse in stature as they are in skill. Those that become the well-known, well-loved players go down in history because of style and personality as well as for knowledge and skill used in the game. For a pitcher, whether or not you throw a perfect game, you are critiqued by the types of balls you pitched, the speed at which they were pitched, the personality with which the balls were thrown, and whether or not most, all, or none of those balls thrown proved you worthy to continue on as a starting (or even a relief) pitcher for future games. All of the following pitchers have proved their worth at one time or another and many even have went on to inductions in the baseball hall of fame. Their pitching records hold their standing as one in the top 5 Chicago White Sox pitchers of all time.
We begin with Edward Augustine Walsh, known as Ed Walsh or Big Ed. He was born on May 4, 1881 and became a major league baseball player in the 1900’s. He debuted in 1904 with the Chicago White Sox and pitched his first full season with them in 1906. He was a right-handed pitcher who threw a fantastic game in 1908 with an ERA (earned run average) of 1.42. He damaged his arm in 1916 and pitched his last game in 1917. He was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1946.
Urban Clarence Faber, known as Red Faber, was born in 1888 and also pitched in the Major Leagues in the 1900’s. In fact, from 1914 to 1933, he pitched for the Chicago White Sox exclusively. He helped to win 254 games, had 1471 strikeouts, and a 3.15 ERA during his career. He holds the White Sox Franchise record for most games pitched. He was the last legal spittballer and, after his final game on September 20, 1933, he served as a White Sox coach for a few seasons. He was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1964.
Theodore Amar Lyons, or Ted Lyons, was born on December 28, 1900. He started Major League Baseball as a White Sox relief pitcher in 1923 and played 21 seasons with them. He pitched a no-hitter on August 21, 1926 and became the White Sox manager in 1946. he was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1955. To read more about Ted Lyons, visit the baseball library.
James Hoyt Wilhelm, known as Hoyt Wilhelm, was born on July 26, 1923. He debuted in 1952 but, it wasn’t until 1963 that he pitched for the White Sox and he only spent five years with the White Sox. He is well known for his knuckleball. He played his final game on July 10, 1972 and was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1985.
Walter William Pierce, Billy Pierce, was born on April 2, 1927. He was a left-handed pitcher known for his fastball, curve ball, and slider. He was the star pitcher from 1952 to 1961 and was named the American Leagues top pitcher in 1956 and 1957. He pitched his final game on October 3, 1964 and became a scout for the White Sox after his career as a pitcher ended. He is the only pitcher with his credentials never to have been a part of the baseball hall of fame.
I would like to leave you with information on an up and coming White Sox Pitcher. His name is Mark Buehrle and he was born March 23, 1979. He has been with the Chicago White Sox since 2000. he is a left-handed pitcher who throws the fastball, curve ball, change-up, slider, and cut fastball. He threw a no-hitter on April 18, 2007 and threw a perfect game on July 23, 2009, making him the 18th Major League baseball player to pitch a perfect game.
There you have it, the top 5 pitchers in Chicago White Sox history, and one with the promise to be a top pitcher. To view and read more about these pitchers and others, visit the Chicago White Sox website. To purchase autographed baseball items and other memorabilia, visit the collector website.