Qualifiers: players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one. They must also have at least two seasons as the team’s primary starter at the position.
Three-time All-Star center fielder Chet Lemon played the first seven years of his Major League career with the Chicago White Sox from 1975 to 1981. Lemon had on-base skills, a good glove, and above-average power. Over 785 games with the White Sox, he batted .288 with a .363 on-base percentage, .451 slugging percentage, and 126 OPS+. He cracked 73 home runs and 178 doubles, including a league-leading total of 44 doubles in 1979. Lemon averaged five WAR per year over his last five seasons with the team.
Fielder Jones starred for the White Sox in the first decade of the 20th century. Jones played eight seasons with the White Sox including five as player-manager. He batted .269, reached base at a .357 clip, and averaged 26 stolen bases and four WAR per season in Chicago. Serving as both center fielder and manager, he helped lead the White Sox to their first World Series Championship in 1906. He ranks in the White Sox all-time top ten in steals (206), runs (693), and position players’ WAR (30.0).
Former All-Star Jim Landis earned a reputation as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball during his eight-year stint with the White Sox from 1957 to 1964. Landis won five consecutive Gold Gloves in center field during the first-half of the 1960s. He maintained a .346 on-base percentage and 101 OPS+ over 1,063 games with the White Sox.
Career White Sox Johnny Mostil patrolled center field for the team in the 1920s. Mostil possessed outstanding speed, on-base skills, and bat control. He averaged better than three WAR per season, posting a .301 batting average, .386 OBP, and 113 OPS+ in 972 games. He led the American League in steals twice, walks once, and runs scored once, and he finished as high as second in the MVP voting.
One-time All-Star center fielder Lance Johnson played eight of his 14 MLB seasons in a White Sox uniform from 1988 to 1995. Johnson gave the White Sox outstanding speed on the base paths and defense in center field. He had very little power, but because of his speed he led the AL in triples four straight times and totaled 77 overall with the White Sox. Over 945 games, he batted .286 with a .325 OBP and stole 226 bases, the fourth highest total in White Sox history.
Honorable mentions: Happy Felsch, Mike Kreevich, Aaron Rowand, Tommie Agee, and Mule Haas.
Chicago White Sox Team History & Encyclopedia, Baseball-Reference.com
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