4 Greatest Pitchers in Chicago White Sox History

Tristan Jung
Mark Buehrle's jersey number was retired by the White Sox in 2017.
Mark Buehrle's jersey number was retired by the White Sox in 2017. / Jon Durr/Getty Images

The Chicago White Sox are one of the most storied franchises in baseball. They were one of the original members that founded the American League in 1901 and have had plenty of famous names since then.

The White Sox have had a number of good pitchers over the years, though many of them came during the dead-ball era from 1901-1919. Here's who we ranked as the four best pitchers in White Sox history.

4. Mark Buehrle (2000-2011)

Mark Buehrle was the definition of a workhorse during his career. Over his 12 years with the White Sox, he led to team to a World Series in 2005 and had some of the most memorable individual performances in team history. His perfect game and no-hitter games are all-time classics. In a tough era for pitchers, he had a 3.83 ERA with the White Sox over 12 seasons, starting 30 games or more in every year.

3. Ted Lyons (1923-1946)

Ted Lyons makes this list from sheer longevity, having pitched in 21 seasons for some truly awful White Sox teams. Lyons even had four years missed due to military service at the end of his career. Lyons was active from 1923-1946 and was a player-manager, ending his career with a 3.67 ERA. With 356 complete games and 260 wins, he leads the White Sox in both categories.

2. Ed Walsh (1904-1916)

Hall of Famer Ed Walsh is the all-time career leader in ERA at 1.82. In 13 years with the White Sox, Walsh came to define the dead-ball era. Likely the first real spitballer, he threw 57 shutouts and routinely flirted with pitching 400 innings in a season. While his insane stats are helped by the era, he's still one of the best pitchers of all time.

1. Red Faber (1914-1933)

At the end of the day, Red Faber stands out as the White Sox's all-time best pitcher, even if that is largely due to the spitball. Faber's spitball was grandfathered in after the spitball was banned in 1920 after killing a player. Faber made good use of it, amassing a 3.15 career ERA over 20 years with the White Sox. Faber leads the franchise record book in WAR, starts, and strikeouts.

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