Here I was extolling the collective wisdom of the SSS bloggers, and then, by a plurality, you guys voted Black Jack McDowell as the greatest White Sox pitcher of all-time.
I suppose I am partly to blame because I put his name in the poll. Hell, I figured he'd get a loyalty vote or two. I remember Black Jack fondly, but the greatest of all time?
Hardly. Jack won a Cy Young in 93, his best year. He won a total of 127 games, only 91 with the Sox. Career ERA+ of 110. He only pitched for the Sox for 7 years, made it to the playoffs once and never won a playoff game. In 9 post-season innings with the Sox, he had an ERA of 10 and gave up 18 hits.
If you're going to go with someone from the modern era- and this has to be the rationale for voting for McDowell, as Walsh, Faber & Lyons blow him out of the water statistically- I think Buehrle has already surpassed Black Jack quite easily, both in terms of consistency and clutch performance. Buehrle has already won 85 games as a White Sox. Career ERA+ of 128 and two post-season wins with a playoff ERA of 3.42. Plus he was integral in bringing the first championship to Chicago in 88 years.
I mean you'd even have to put Wilbur Wood, with his 4 straight 20-win seasons, career ERA of 3.24 and 163 career Sox wins ahead of Mcdowell.
Now let's see you defend your votes.
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Yes, Spengler, you are correct. Black Jack Mcdowell is not the greatest Sox pitcher of all-time. It is someone else. (16 votes)
No, talk to the hand. I'm sticking to my guns and have justified my vote in a comment below. (3 votes)
19 total votes