With Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle recently making history by pitching the 18th perfect game in the history of Major League Baseball, now is a perfect time to look at some of the best all time White Sox pitchers.
5. Mark Buehrle – At number five is none other than Mr. Perfect himself. Buehrle has pitched his entire career with the Chicago White Sox and this is the 10th year of his career. Mark Buehrle has never really been a dominant ace like Roy Halladay or Josh Beckett. however, he has still had quite a career. He has won at least 10 games in nine straight seasons. Buehrle has a career 133-92 record with a sparkling ERA of 3.80. In 2005 Buehrle helped the White Sox win their first World Championship since 1917. Buehrle went 2-0 in the 2005 postseason and in the American League Championship series pitched a complete game and allowed only one run. Mark Buehrle also has the distinction of pitching two no-hitters one of which was his perfect game of course.
4. Ted Lyons – Hall of Famer, Ted Lyons pitched in 21 seasons for the Chicago White Sox. Lyons holds the White Sox team record for wins at 260. He attained this record in spite of pitching for some terrible White Sox teams. Lyons is a 3 time 20 game winner.
3. Hoyt Wilhelm – Number three on this list is the Hall of Fame knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. Wilhelm played for nine different teams but the team he played for the longest period of time was the Chicago White Sox. He worked as a relief pitcher for the White Sox and was phenomenal. In his last five years with the White Sox his ERA was under 2.00 and in only one year of his White Sox career was his WHIP above 1.00.
2. Red Faber – Hall of Fame pitcher who has the distinction of being the last legal spitballer in Major League Baseball. Red Faber pitched his entire 20 year career with the Chicago White Sox. In his career Faber had a record of 254-213 with an ERA of 3.15. He was also a big reason why the White Sox won the World Series in 1917. In the postseason he went 3-1 with 2.33 ERA while pitching two complete games.
1. Ed Walsh – At number one is the fourth Hall of Famer on this list. Ed Walsh pitched 13 seasons for the Chicago White Sox and had one of the most impressive years in baseball history in 1908 in which he won 40 games. He won over 20 games four times in his career and he finished 2nd in the MVP voting twice. In the 1906 World Series he beat the Chicago Cubs twice.
Statistics come from baseball-reference.com.