Chicago White Sox All-Time ERA Leaders
The White Sox have been a major league franchise since 1901, and have won three championships since, the most recent being 2005 but the last one before that being 1917. The Sox have always been “the other” team in Chicago, as most people consider the Cubs to be THE team in the Windy City. But the Sox have been competitive probably more often than not, and here is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders to date in earned run average (ERA):
Ed Walsh (1.81)—Ed Walsh pitched for the White Sox most of his career, from 1904 to 1916, and he ranks first in team history with a 1.81 ERA. Walsh had a career best and league-leading 1.27 ERA in 1910, but he also lost 20 games that year. His best season was 1908, when Walsh had career highs in wins (40-15) and strikeouts (269), with a 1.42 ERA. He also led the league that year with 11 shutouts and also 6 saves.
Hoyt Wilhelm (1.92)—Journeyman Hoyt Wilhelm pitched for the White Sox from 1963 to 1968, and he ranks second in franchise history with a 1.92 earned run average. Wilhelm posted a career best 1.31 mark with Chicago in 1967, but his best overall season for the team was 1964. That year, Wilhelm went 12-9 with a 1.99 ERA, 95 strikeouts and career high 27 saves.
Frank Smith (2.18)—Frank Smith began his career in Chicago and pitched for the Sox from 1904 to 1910. Smith ranks third in team history with a 2.18 ERA, and he had his best overall season in a White Sox uniform, in 1909. That year, Smith had career best numbers in wins (25-17), ERA (1.80) and strikeouts (177, led the American League).
Eddie Cicotte (2.25)—Eddie Cicotte pitched for the White Sox from 1912 to 1920 and ranks fourth in the team’s history with a 2.25 earned run average. Cicotte had arguably his best season in 1917. That year, he went 28-12 with career best numbers in ERA (1.53, led league) and strikeouts (150).
Jim Scott (2.30)—Jim Scott pitched his entire career for Chicago, from 1909 to 1917, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 2.30 ERA. Scott had a career best 1.87 mark in 1917, but his best overall season was probably 1915. That year, Scott went 24-11 (career high in wins) with a 2.03 ERA, 120 strikeouts and career best (and league leading) seven shutouts.
Doc White (2.30)—Doc White pitched for the Sox from 1903 to 1913 and he ranks tied for fifth in team history with a 2.30 ERA. White had a career best (and AL leading) 1.52 ERA in 1906, but his best season was arguably 1907. That year, White went 27-13 (career high in wins) with a 2.26 ERA and 141 strikeouts.