3 Greatest Outfielders in White Sox History

Tristan Jung
The three greatest outfielders in Chicago White Sox history.
The three greatest outfielders in Chicago White Sox history. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Having spent many a night taking advantage of cheap tickets at Guaranteed Rate Field, I know the White Sox have retired many numbers throughout their 120 years in the majors. While recent players like Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, and Frank Thomas all come to mind, the great White Sox outfielders are lesser known to recent viewers.

With that in mind, here's a list highlighting three of the greatest White Sox outfielders of all time.

3. Harold Baines

Harold Baines had a distinguished 22-year career as a reliable outfielder, eventually collecting 2,866 hits and becoming well-liked by fans and teammates. His career numbers with the White Sox, a 118 OPS+ with only 24.7 WAR, per Baseball-Reference, wouldn't be enough to crack the top three for many teams, but landing in the Hall of Fame makes Baines an easy pick as one of the White Sox' all-time greatest outfielders.

2. Shoeless Joe Jackson

The story of Shoeless Joe Jackson is rife with controversy, conspiracy, and tragedy, but there's no denying that he was one of the greatest outfielders of all time. If Shoeless Joe had not gotten a lifetime ban from the 1919 Black Sox scandal, he'd likely be the top name on this list. As it stands, Jackson played 5.5 seasons with the White Sox and had an OPS+ of 159 (the second-highest in White Sox history) through his time, which was also interrupted by a stint serving at a shipyard during World War I. In the years since the scandal, considerable doubt has been raised regarding Jackson's involvement in fixing the 1919 World Series.

1. Minnie Miñoso

Minnie Miñoso became one of the best hitters in baseball with the White Sox during the 1950s and 1960s. After starting his career in the Cuban Negro Leagues and working his way up to the American Negro Leagues in Cleveland, he became the first black Cuban to play in the majors. Once he was traded to the White Sox in 1951, he became the first black player in White Sox history as well. The Miñoso trade was an absolute steal—Miñoso made the All-Star Game in his first season and continued to dominate after that. Miñoso was an on-base machine, putting up a .397 career on-base percentage in Chicago, ranking fifth in franchise history. "Mr. White Sox" had his number retired in 1983.

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