They are one of the eight members of the American League, being a part of the league since the inaugural 1901 season.
However, over this time, the team has been marked by many mediocre seasons.
As a result, they only have three World Series titles in their 119-year history.
Over this history, they have still had a handful of players that have been elected to the Hall of Fame.
Who are three former White Sox players that deserve a spot representing the franchise in the Hall of Fame?
1. Minnie Minoso
In 1953, Minoso joined the White Sox as the first black player in team history.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 28, 2017
Born in a small Cuban town, he had a career that is deserving of the Hall of Fame.
Known as the “Cuban Comet,” Minoso finished his career with a .298 batting average, 1,963 hits and 186 home runs.
Though these stats aren’t staggering, he was one of the best hitters during his prime from 1951-1961.
During this time, he ranked ninth in batting average (.305) and second in stolen bases (193).
He was also eighth in wins above replacement (52.3).
On top of this, his influence on the game went beyond just his talent on the field.
The connections between Minoso and Jackie Robinson are clear, with each having a major impact on the sport for the players that came after.
“Minoso was the Jackie Robinson for all Latinos; the first star who opened doors for all Latin American players. He was everybody’s hero. I wanted to be Minoso. Roberto Clemente wanted to be Minoso,” said Orlando Cepeda.
For this alone, he certainly deserves more consideration for the Hall of Fame.
Not only was he talented enough to make it, but he also has the influence to back it up.
“Minnie may have been passed over by the Baseball Hall of Fame during his lifetime, but for me and generations of black and Latino young people, Minnie’s quintessentially American story embodies more than a plaque ever could,” said former President Barack Obama.
For all of this, he certainly deserves recognition in the Hall of Fame.
2. Dick Allen
Earlier this December, Allen sadly passed away.
RIP Dick Allen pic.twitter.com/4QUEMMycQ6
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) December 7, 2020
His contributions in the sport of baseball became even more clear as put together a fantastic career.
He was a powerful threat in the batter’s box, slugging home runs at astounding rates during his career.
In Allen’s 15 seasons, he totaled 351 home runs,119 RBI and a .292 average.
He had six seasons of at least 30 home runs, leading the league in 1972 and 1974 when he was with the White Sox.
During the 1972 season, his first with the White Sox, he hit .302 with 37 home runs with 113 RBI and won the MVP award.
He posted these numbers in an era with pitcher friendly stadiums.
It is certainly time to reevaluate Allen’s Hall of Fame case and give him the honor he has long deserved.
3. Mark Buehrle
Buehrle was the heart of the White Sox during the 2000s.
He was an all-time great workhorse, logging at least 30 starts each season from 2001-2015.
In fact, he is just one of 15 pitchers in MLB history to accomplish such a feat.
His 14-straight seasons of 200-plus innings are also tied for fourth-most ever.
Beyond just the innings pitched, Buehrle won 214 games at the start of an era where bullpens became much more important.
He is likely one of the last pitchers that embodied the classical style of pitching, where starters were durable and pitched deep into games.
His 60.0 career WAR is tied for 13th for left-handed pitchers in MLB history.
This is ahead of another player like Whitey Ford.
His 3.81 career ERA he posted is also solid in an era of increased offense.
Buehrle also threw the 18th perfect game in MLB history, and led the White Sox to a World Series win in 2005.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 24, 2017
This could be a good enough resumé to get him into Cooperstown.
Each of these three players are deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame.
They are some of the best players to ever put on a White Sox uniform, and their performances on the field are HOF caliber.