White Sox Wednesday: A Pit Stop on Their Way to Cooperstownby Joe Heller June 3, 2020 0 comments
Some White Sox players who have found themselves in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., spent all or most of their careers playing on the Southside of Chicago. (Do Harold Baines, Frank Thomas, or Luis Aparicio ring a bell?)
Others only passed through, either already possessing a Hall of Fame resume or further solidifying their enshrinement.
The Hall of Fame catcher was a seven-time All Star in 11 seasons with the Red Sox. He was almost a lock for Cooperstown before joining the White Sox, with whom he spent 13 seasons, earning four more All-Star selections. He retired a White Sox at the age of 45.
The Hall of Fame third baseman spent his final Major League season with the pale hose. He spent his first 14 with Northside rival, the Cubs.
More affectionately known as Goose, he drafted by the White Sox in the ninth round of the 1970 MLB Draft. He spent his first five seasons in Chicago and garnered a pair of All-Star selections, but his success and stats that led him to Cooperstown happened elsewhere. He mainly thrived in Yankees pinstripes, of which he donned for seven years, including the 1978 World Series Champion team. He also was selected to four more All-Star teams while with the Yankees.
The first baseman and designated hitter spent three-and-a-half of his 22 seasons with the Sox. He hit 134 of his 612 career home runs while in Chicago and drove in 369 runs. He was already a four-time All-Star selection before landing his fifth with the White Sox.
The Hall of Fame pitcher was already a lock for Cooperstown as a 12-time All-Star and a three-time Cy Young Award winner. He was 39 years old with 18 years in the Majors when he joined Chicago. In three seasons, he won 33 games.
Raines spent five of his 23 Major League seasons with the White Sox. As a member of the pale hose, he posted a .283 batting average, scored 440 runs, and compiled 697 hits.
Ken Griffey Jr., Roberto Alomar, Steve Carlton
All three Hall of Fame enshrinees spent some time with the White Sox, albeit brief. (Griffey only played 41 games and clubbed just three home runs in a White Sox uniform.)
The White Sox as a team have 36 Hall of Fame members who played for them at one time or another in their Major League careers, cementing their spot as one of the league’s most storied franchises.