The White Sox are currently making noise as a team to beat in the AL Central division, especially since their World Series win in 2005 over the Houston Astros. The White Sox swept the Astros en route to their third World Series win largely in part to their brilliant pitching staff. The Sox have had quite a few great pitchers, but here are the top five White Sox pitchers of all time:
1. Ed Walsh – Walsh played on the White Sox from 1904 until 1916. He helped lead the Sox to their first World Series title in 1906, which was his breakout season. He finished 17-13 with an ERA of 1.88, and in the post season, he went 2-0 with an ERA of 0.60. For his career, Walsh compiled a record of 195-126 with an ERA of 1.82, which ranks number one all time. Walsh was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946.
2. Red Faber – Faber played for the Sox from 1914 until 1933. He amassed 254 wins over the course of his career, and had an ERA of 3.15. His best season came in 1921 as he finished with a record of 25-15 and an ERA of 2.48. Faber was also clutch: Helping the Sox win their second World Series, Faber went 3-1 in the 1917 post season with an ERA of 2.33. Faber played his entire career in Chicago, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.
3. Ted Lyons – Ted Lyons is the all time wins leader amongst Sox pitchers. His 260 wins over his 21 year career are quite impressive, as is his career ERA of 3.67. Lyons best year came in 1927, as he went 22-14 with an ERA of 2.84. Lyons was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1955.
4. Mark Buehrle – Buehrle is still very active for the Chi Sox, having just thrown a perfect game, which is his second no hitter. For his career which started in 2000, Buehrle is 133-92 with an ERA of 3.80. His 133 wins rank him 8th all time in White Sox history. The four time all star also has a 2-1 record in the post season.
5. Jack McDowell – “Black Jack” only pitched for the Sox for seven season, but those were some great years. The three time all star won the Cy Young award in 1993 after compiling a 22-10 record with an ERA of 3.37. For his career in Chicago, Black Jack finished with a 91-58 record and an ERA of 3.50. Even more impressive than those numbers are the complete games he would rack up over the course of the season. In his seven year career with Chicago, McDowell completed an impressive 49 games.