Landfill started us off with an argument that Frank Thomas is the greatest Sox of all time.
It's pretty hard to disagree. Frank's career numbers are ridiculous. He is No. 1 or in the top few of almost every offensive category. He has more than twice as many home runs as the next best guy (Baines). To see his staggering cumulative & single-season statistics compared to other White Sox, visit http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/leaders_bat.shtml.
Now, for a more interesting question: who is the best all-time White Sox pitcher?
My nominee: Ed Walsh
Walsh posted a record of 40-15 in 1908, had a career winning percentage of .609, a career ERA of 1.82, a career WHIP of .995. He won two games during the '06 WS, which the White Sox won.
From his HOF Bio:
"Ed Walsh used a dominating spitball to average 24 victories a season over a seven-year span (1906-`12) for the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander, who twice hurled over 400 frames in a season, is best remembered for his 1908 campaign, when he finished with a 40-15 record, 42 complete games in 49 starts, 464 innings pitched, 11 shutouts, and 269 strikeouts. "Big Ed" finished his career with a 195-126 record and also coached, managed and umpired." http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_bios/walsh_ed.htm
I know he was a spitballer from a different era, but what the hell, that's why we debate these things. BTW, I think that the one guy the Sox currently have that has a chance to post monumental career numbers is Buehrle. Here's to hoping that one day he can be considered the Sox' all-time best pitcher.