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with a side of deceptive marketing.  Perhaps you've heard of, or seen the commercial for Wheat Thins in which a Wheat Thins fan posts a twitter comment about Wheat Thins, and receives a pallet load of Wheat Thins in her driveway.  (I guess she can use them to re-shingle her roof).  Well, Teahenny Penny mentioned liking my BACON stat in yesterday's Links column, which means I shall now drop a pallet load of White Sox BACON stats on this website.

For those (most) of you unfamiliar with BACON, it is my attempt to come up with a simple way to measure batting consistency.  The notion is that a player who goes 1 for 4 in four straight games is more helpful than a player who goes 4 for 4 in one game, and then 0 for 4 in the next 3.  Both players have a .250 batting average over that span, but one is more consistent.  So I take total batting average and divide it by batting average in games in which the player got a hit - and then give it the delicious sounding name BACON, for batting consistency.

Below are the career BACON numbers for every White Sox player since 1919 (which is as far back as Retrosheet has the day by day stats to allow me to do this), who had at least 1000 ABs with the team.

Players in italics are those for whom the data is incomplete - they started before 1919, and the number of missing seasons from their career BACON calculation is in parenthesis.
Rank Batter BACON Hits BACONxH
1 Joe Jackson 1919-1920 (11) .818 398 325.4
2 Eddie Collins 1919-1926 (13) .807 1410 1138
3 Al Simmons 1933-1935 .791 532 420.7
4 Happy Felsch 1919-1920 (4) .789 326 257.3
5 Rip Radcliff 1934-1939 .785 861 675.5
6 Zeke Bonura 1934-1937 .781 664 518.8
7 Gee Walker 1938-1939 .773 309 238.9
8 Mike Kreevich 1935-1941 .771 930 716.9
9 Carl Reynolds 1927-1931 .767 603 462.5
10 Magglio Ordonez 1997-2004 .765 1167 892.6
11 Dick Allen 1972-1974 .764 374 285.9
12 Harry Hooper 1921-1925 (10) .761 757 576.2
13 Ralph Garr 1976-1979 .759 529 401.7
14 Buck Weaver 1919-1920 (7) .755 380 287
15 Taffy Wright 1940-1948 .754 834 628.6
16 Minnie Minoso 1951-1976 .754 1525 1149.5
17 Alex Metzler 1927-1930 .750 484 362.9
18 Luke Appling 1930-1950 .749 2749 2059.3
19 Eddie Robinson 1950-1952 .748 472 352.9
20 Evar Swanson 1932-1934 .747 307 229.4
21 Lance Johnson 1988-1995 .746 1018 759.4
22 Nellie Fox 1950-1963 .746 2475 1845.9
23 Frank Thomas 1990-2005 .746 2136 1592.8
24 Earl Sheely 1921-1927 .746 1051 783.7
25 Scott Podsednik 2005-2009 .744 499 371
26 Mike Caruso 1998-1999 .743 292 217.1
27 Albert Belle 1997-1998 .741 374 277.1
28 Dave Martinez 1995-1997 .739 377 278.7
29 Johnny Mostil 1921-1929 (1) .739 1045 772.3
30 Bibb Falk 1920-1928 .739 1219 900.6
31 Dave Gallagher 1988-1990 .733 286 209.7
32 Bill Barrett 1923-1929 .732 581 425.6
33 Chet Lemon 1975-1981 .729 804 586.2
34 Carlos Lee 1999-2004 .728 957 697
35 Wally Moses 1942-1946 .727 667 484.7
36 Tadahito Iguchi 2005-2007 .726 380 276.1
37 Tony Bernazard 1981-1983 .723 305 220.6
38 Mule Haas 1933-1937 .723 496 358.4
39 Jorge Orta 1972-1979 .721 1002 722.9
40 Ray Durham 1995-2002 .720 1246 897.7
41 Lamar Johnson 1974-1981 .720 671 483.4
42 Ivan Calderon 1986-1993 .720 572 411.9
43 Alexei Ramirez 2008-2010 .720 454 326.9
44 Jermaine Dye 2005-2009 .720 742 534.1
45 Ernie Johnson 1921-1923 (5) .719 344 247.5
46 Jackie Hayes 1932-1940 .718 820 588.9
47 Johnny Watwood 1929-1932 .718 333 239
48 Harold Baines 1980-2001 .717 1773 1270.7
49 Dave Philley 1941-1957 .716 755 540.4
50 Guy Curtright 1943-1946 .714 294 209.8
51 Jimmie Dykes 1933-1939 (1) .713 551 393
52 Al Smith 1958-1962 .712 699 497.9
53 A.J. Pierzynski 2005-2010 .712 821 584.7
54 Bill Cissell 1928-1932 .712 541 385.2
55 Aaron Rowand 2001-2005 .712 466 331.6
56 Tim Raines 1991-1995 .711 697 495.6
57 Bill Hunnefield 1926-1930 .710 376 267.1
58 Don Kolloway 1940-1949 .710 708 502.6
59 Bud Clancy 1924-1930 .709 432 306.5
60 Chris Singleton 1999-2001 .709 396 280.8
61 Carlos May 1968-1976 .709 1000 708.8
62 John Kerr 1929-1931 .709 304 215.4
63 Luis Aparicio 1956-1970 .708 1576 1116.3
64 Floyd Robinson 1960-1966 .705 875 617
65 Paul Konerko 1999-2010 .704 1813 1277.1
66 Pat Kelly 1971-1976 .702 648 454.8
67 Tom Paciorek 1982-1985 .699 371 259.2
68 Rudy Law 1982-1985 .697 472 328.8
69 Alan Bannister 1976-1980 .695 383 266.4
70 Ralph Hodgin 1943-1948 .695 471 327.2
71 Ken Henderson 1973-1975 .693 373 258.4
72 Willie Kamm 1923-1931 .692 1136 786.1
73 Mike Hershberger 1961-1971 .691 412 284.8
74 Joe Kuhel 1938-1947 .689 874 602.6
75 Bill Skowron 1964-1966 .689 317 218.6
76 Robin Ventura 1989-1998 .687 1244 854.5
77 Chico Carrasquel 1950-1955 .687 830 569.9
78 Joey Cora 1991-1994 .683 326 222.8
79 Bill Melton 1968-1975 .682 901 614.2
80 Bucky Dent 1973-1976 .681 462 314.6
81 Carlton Fisk 1981-1993 .679 1259 855
82 Walt Williams 1967-1972 .678 481 326.1
83 Don Buford 1963-1967 .678 571 386.9
84 Wayne Nordhagen 1976-1981 .677 344 233
85 Ozzie Guillen 1985-1997 .675 1608 1085.6
86 Jose Valentin 2000-2004 .674 602 405.8
87 Jim Morrison 1979-1982 .673 342 230.2
88 Steve Lyons 1986-1990 .672 351 236
89 Thurman Tucker 1942-1947 .672 441 296.4
90 Greg Walker 1982-1990 .670 741 496.2
91 Luke Sewell 1935-1938 .670 389 260.5
92 Pete Ward 1963-1969 .668 753 503.4
93 Greg Luzinski 1981-1984 .668 496 331.5
94 Eric Soderholm 1977-1979 .667 300 200.2
95 Cass Michaels 1943-1954 .666 705 469.7
96 Duane Josephson 1965-1970 .666 291 193.8
97 Tommie Agee 1965-1967 .664 299 198.7
98 Bubba Phillips 1956-1959 .662 304 201.3
99 Jim Rivera 1952-1960 .658 810 532.9
100 Sherm Lollar 1952-1963 .656 1122 736.2
101 Vance Law 1982-1984 .655 321 210.1
102 Jim Thome 2006-2009 .653 469 306.3
103 Walt Dropo 1955-1958 .649 290 188.3
104 Ken Berry 1962-1970 .649 679 440.7
105 Roy Schalk 1944-1945 .648 256 165.9
106 Jim Landis 1957-1964 .647 892 577
107 Joe Crede 2000-2008 .646 712 459.7
108 Bob Kennedy 1939-1956 .644 615 395.9
109 George Bell 1992-1993 .641 249 159.7
110 Juan Uribe 2004-2008 .640 572 366.3
111 Carlos Quentin 2008-2010 .640 331 211.9
112 Larry Rosenthal 1936-1941 .638 330 210.7
113 Buck Crouse 1923-1930 .637 342 218
114 Ray Schalk 1919-1928 (7) .637 749 477
115 Harvey McClellan 1919-1924 .633 256 162.2
116 Mike Squires 1975-1984 .630 411 259.1
117 Scott Fletcher 1983-1991 .629 490 308.2
118 Tim Hulett 1983-1987 .625 279 174.4
119 Mike Tresh 1938-1948 .625 780 487.4
120 Skeeter Webb 1940-1944 .619 269 166.4
121 Greg Pryor 1978-1981 .618 287 177.3
122 Tommy McCraw 1963-1970 .617 675 416.6
123 Ron Kittle 1982-1991 .615 517 318.1
124 Floyd Baker 1945-1951 .615 423 260
125 Daryl Boston 1984-1989 .610 323 197.1
126 Brian Downing 1973-1977 .607 309 187.5
127 Ron Hansen 1963-1969 .605 594 359.6
128 Dan Pasqua 1988-1994 .594 451 268.1
129 Buddy Bradford 1966-1976 .594 283 168.1
130 Ed Herrmann 1967-1974 .593 484 286.9
131 Craig Grebeck 1990-1995 .589 273 160.8
132 Jerry Hairston 1973-1989 .575 428 246.1
133 Julio Cruz 1983-1986 .568 267 151.6
134 Ron Karkovice 1986-1997 .562 574 322.7
135 J.C. Martin 1959-1967 .553 338 186.9
136 Ted Lyons 1923-1946 .545 363 198
The post-1919 single season BACON record for the White Sox (500 AB minimum) is held by Frank Thomas, who posted an .867 BACON in 1996. That broke Happy Felsh's 76 year old record of .853, recorded in 1920. And by recorded, I mean retroactively made up last month when I did the math. Disclaimer: Most of the information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by Retrosheet, although the chance remains that I somehow screwed it up between their site and here. I claim no copyright on my mistakes. Interested parties may contact Retrosheet at "www.retrosheet.org".

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