Dynamic duo: Former teammates Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk led five players into our White Sox Hall of Fame. (Topps)
In a phenomenal show of support and cohesion, a record five players were elected to the South Side Hit Pen White Sox Hall of Fame for 2020.
With more than 1,000 votes cast Joe Jackson (81%), Paul Konerko (79%), Carlton Fisk (79%), Harold Baines (78%) and Ed Walsh (75%) all crossed the bar for induction. Walsh, almost unquestionably the greatest pitcher in White Sox history, gains entry thanks to a rounding up of his 74.528% earned in his third year on the ballot.
|Joe Jackson||Left Fielder||81%|
|Paul Konerko||First Baseman||79%|
|Harold Baines||Right Fielder||78%|
|Ed Walsh||Right-Handed Starting Pitcher||75%|
|Ted Lyons||Right-Handed Starting Pitcher||62%|
|Wilbur Wood||Right-Handed Pitcher||56%|
|Robin Ventura||Third Baseman||51%|
|Red Faber||Right-Handed Starting Pitcher||42%|
|Chris Sale||Left-Handed Pitcher||39%|
|Eddie Cicotte||Right-Handed Starting Pitcher||37%|
|Hoyt Wilhelm||Right-Handed Relief Pitcher||34%|
|Jack McDowell||Right-Handed Starting Pitcher||21%|
|Magglio Ordoñez||Right Fielder||20%|
|Gary Peters||Left-Handed Starting Pitcher||18%|
|Fielder Jones||Center Fielder||12%|
|Tommy John||Left-Handed Starting Pitcher||12%|
|Chet Lemon||Center Fielder||11%|
|Joe Horlen||Right-Handed Starting Pitcher||9%|
|Doc White||Left-Handed Starting Pitcher||7%|
|Ray Durham||Second Baseman||6%|
|Lance Johnson||Center Fielder||4%|
|Johnny Mostil||Center Fielder||3%|
|José Quintana||Left-Handed Starting Pitcher||2%|
|Matt Thornton||Left-Handed Relief Pitcher||1%|
|Terry Forster||Left-Handed Pitcher||1%|
By virtue of everyone on the ballot getting at least one vote, nobody drops off for that reason next season. In 2021, five new players will enter the ballot, including José Abreu.
Here are the results of the other elections within the third annual Hall of Fame vote:
Pat Seerey has done very poorly in his two stints in the “moment” vote — and is so disrespected that the amateur White Sox historian who compiles these Hall of Fame articles couldn’t even spell his name right on the ballot (OK, so it might have been like 4 a.m.) — so it might be time to remove him from future voting.
Next year, we’ll have another full slate of players eligible for enshrinement, plus these additional categories. Some of the above will sit a year out in an every-other frequency, and perhaps we’ll even invented a new category or two (suggestions are welcome in the comments, as always).
Thanks to all who participated — you’re the ones who make this all a lot of fun! And stay tuned, because at long last our first South Side Hit Pen White Sox Hall of Fame “plaque” will be published on these pages. We’ll continue to unveil our “plaques” to all winners, throughout the year.
2018 White Sox Hall of Fame winners
Frank Thomas (Hall of Fame Player)
Minnie Miñoso (Hall of Fame Player)
Luis Aparicio (Hall of Fame Player)
Nellie Fox (Hall of Fame Player)
Luke Appling (Hall of Fame Player)
Bill Veeck (Contributor)
Exploding Scoreboard (Gimmick)
Disco Demolition (Promotion)
Ozzie Guillén (Manager)
2005 World Series Sweep (Moment)
2019 White Sox Hall of Fame winners
Mark Buehrle (Hall of Fame Player)
Billy Pierce (Hall of Fame Player)
Eddie Collins (Hall of Fame Player)
Nancy Faust (Contributor)
Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (Gimmick/Promotion)
Four Straight ALCS Complete Games (2005 Moment)
Mark Buehrle Between-the-Legs (Defensive Play)
Dick Allen (Meteoric Player)
Ozzie Guillén (Character)
Jim Margalus (South Side Sox Member)
2 thoughts on “Five White Sox are elected to the South Side Hit Pen Hall of Fame!”
*shakes fist at screen* Damn you several voters who dissed Urban Faber again. I see a pesky strain of presentism (if not outright recentism) at work here. Don’t sit there smiling all smug and self-satisfied. He’ll win you over yet, even if I have to keep posting and reposting links to his profile on SSS. You haven’t heard the last of him (or me) yet.
Otherwise – okay, pretty good job.
See? Now you’ve made me do this: https://www.southsidesox.com/2018/11/23/18109264/meet-red-faber-chicago-white-sox-hall-of-fame-pitcher