Mark Buehrle

These four legends make up the White Sox Mount Rushmore


These four legends make up the White Sox Mount Rushmore

Who is the Greatest of All Time? Inspired by Sunday Night Football's promo featuring Bulls legend Michael Jordan, we've put together a Mount Rushmore of the greatest players in the history of all five of Chicago's teams. These are Chicago's GOATs.

Crafting a White Sox Mount Rushmore is no easy task. With more than 100 years of history, it's tough to narrow the field down to four. In this case, the franchise leader in games played, Luke Appling, was left off the list, as were fan favorites Nellie Fox and Harold Baines. Also left off was perhaps the most dominant pitcher in franchise history: Chris Sale. Regardless, here are the four players we deem most worthy of the honors. Let's get out our chisels and get to work.

Ed Walsh

A legendary Deadball Era hurler, Walsh posted a 1.82 career ERA which remains the best in major league history. His prized pitch was his devastating spitball, which was legal at the time. He helped pitch the 1906 Hitless Wonder White Sox to a World Series title over the heavily favored Cubs. Walsh's 1908 season is the stuff of legend. He won 40 games — something nobody has done since — while logging an unfathomable 464 innings. His 269 strikeouts stood as a White Sox record until Sale topped it in 2015. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946.

Minnie Miñoso

Known as the "Cuban Comet," as well as "Mr. White Sox," Miñoso in 1951 became the first black player in White Sox history and was a trailblazer for black Latinos in Major League Baseball. He was a dynamic performer, combining power, speed and plate discipline with excellent defense in the outfield. He had seven All-Star seasons, six of them with White Sox, and won three Gold Gloves, two of them with White Sox (the award was introduced in 1957, midway through his major league career). Minnie played big league baseball in five decades, including cameo appearances with the White Sox in 1976 — he had a hit at age 50 — and 1980. Miñoso's No. 9 was retired by the White Sox in 1983, and he remained a team ambassador until his death in 2015.

Frank Thomas

Thomas was the Big Hurt, one of the greatest right-handed hitters in major league history. He hit 521 career home runs, including 448 with the White Sox, a franchise record. He is the only player in White Sox history to win multiple MVP awards (in 1993 and 1994). His .419 career on-base percentage is the highest by any living right-handed hitter with at least 3,000 career plate appearances. He had nine seasons of at least 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 100 walks, topped only by Barry Bonds (10), Lou Gehrig (11) and Babe Ruth (11). The White Sox retired his No. 35 in 2010, and he was part of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

Mark Buehrle

From 38th-round draft pick to World Series champion, Buehrle continually defied the odds. A model of consistency, Buehrle logged 14 straight seasons of at least 200 innings (the first 11 with the White Sox). Despite rarely topping 90 miles an hour, he managed to throw two no-hitters, including a perfect game. Part of the celebrated 2005 White Sox rotation, Buehrle tossed a complete game in the ALCS, then made a start and earned a save in the World Series against the Astros. Buehrle had 214 career wins, 161 with the White Sox, and in 2017 his No. 56 was retired on the South Side.

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.

Is one White Sox pitching prospect the next Mark Buehrle? (This is strictly about fielding, don't freak out)


Is one White Sox pitching prospect the next Mark Buehrle? (This is strictly about fielding, don't freak out)

Do the White Sox have the next Mark Buehrle developing in their loaded farm system?

Before anyone freaks out, this is completely and entirely about fielding.

Buehrle won three straight Gold Gloves in a White Sox uniform, from 2009 to 2011, and was considered throughout his career to be one of the game's elite fielding pitchers. (Throw in Jake Peavy's co-winning of the award in 2012, and White Sox pitchers took home four consecutive Gold Gloves.)

Well, add another Gold Glove to the list.

Pitching prospect Bernardo Flores, ranked as the organization's No. 25 prospect, was honored Monday as the Gold Glove winner at pitcher in the minor leagues. He was 43-for-43 in fielding chances.

Flores also turned in a heck of a season when it came to pitching, posting a 2.65 ERA and striking out 105 hitters in 156 innings between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham.

Flores doesn't have Buehrle matched in every category, of course, though the two are both left-handers. Flores was picked in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. Buehrle had to wait until the 38th round back in 1998.

But, hey, if the 23-year-old Flores manages to find his way to the White Sox rotation of the future one day, fans can expect to see some solid glove work — even if it doesn't include a back-handed, between-the-legs flip to first base.

Hey, there are some things only Buehrle can do.