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.
The greatest White Sox Pitcher of All Time is
Eddie Cicotte (4 votes)
Bobby Thigpen (0 votes)
Red Faber (0 votes)
Ed Walsh (7 votes)
Somebody Else (0 votes)
LaMarr Hoyt (1 vote)
Black Jack McDowell (7 votes)
Ted Lyons (2 votes)
Mark Buehrle (2 votes)
23 total votes