The Chicago White Sox are one of Major League Baseball's most historic franchises, as they were one of the eight charter teams for Major League Baseball, they were first known as the Chicago White Stockings when they were founded in 1900, but in 1904 they became the Chicago White Sox. They originally used the name "White Stockings" before becoming the White Sox because the Cubs originally had that nickname. The Chicago White Sox compete in the American League Central Division, the team is currently owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, and they play their home games at Guaranteed Rate Field, which is located on the South Side of Chicago. As of 2021, the White Sox won the American League West division twice, they won the American League Central division a total of 4 times, they have won the American League Pennant 6 different times, and the White Sox have 3 World Series Championships to add to their name, which they won in the years: 1906, 1917, and 2005. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Frank Thomas, Luke Appling, Red Faber, Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, and countless others. Recently we've discovered that some White Sox jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive White Sox jerseys ever sold:
5. Paul Konerko Signed Jersey - $288
Paul Konerko was acquired by the Chicago White Sox for outfield Mike Cameron ahead of the 1999 regular season. Konerko got the nickname "Paulie" during his time with the White Sox, which after he got traded to Chicago, he spent the rest of his career in a White Sox uniform playing in the South Side. Konerko had a great career with the White Sox, he posted a .281 batting line, he hit a total of 432 home runs in a White Sox uniform, and drove in a total of 1,383 runs, making him very productive at the plate. Konerko was also a 6-time All-Star wearing a Chicago White Sox uniform, and also helped lead the team to their 2005 World Series Championship victory over the Houston Astros. His jersey was sold as part of the pristine auctions for a total of $288.
4. 2001 Mark Buehrle Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $575
Mark Buehrle is one of 23 Major League Baseball history to throw a perfect game, and was one of the steadiest pitcher during his time. In his 11 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Buehrle pitched 200 or more innings in each season, and this helped him carve out a nice portion of his career with the White Sox. Buehrle was one of the major components in helping the White Sox win the 2005 World Series Championship, he was also a 4-time All-Star, and a 3-time Gold Glove Winner while wearing a White Sox uniform. Buehrle threw a no-hitter on April 18th, 2007 against the Texas Rangers and a perfect game on July 23rd, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays. His jersey was sold for $575 as a part of the Golden Auctions.
3. 1998 Frank Thomas Game Worn Jersey - $2,280
Frank Thomas is arguably the greatest player to ever put on a White Sox uniform and play on the South Side of Chicago. "The Big Hurt" won back-to-back American League Most Valuable Player Awards in the years of 1993 and 1994. Thomas is one of the most imposing hitters the game has ever seen, as Thomas is the White Sox franchise leader in WAR (74.9), he had an on-base percentage of .427, a slugging percentage of .568, an OPS of .995, runs created with 1,770, runs scored with 1,327, total walks with 1,466, doubles hit with 447, extra-base hits with a total of 906, he hit a towering 448 home runs, and drove in 1,465 runs. Thomas was an absolute pitchers nightmare whenever he stepped into the batters box, as he had many ways of beating the pitcher and getting on-base, and being an offensive machine. Thomas was also a huge factor of the White Sox winning the 2005 World Series Championship. His jersey was sold for $2,280 as part of the Heritage Auctions, which his jersey got sold on November 17th, 2017.
2. 1937 Luke Appling Game Worn Jersey - $20,400
Despite losing his 1944 season too serving as a United States Soldier during World War Two, Luke Appling was still one of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game. Appling spent his entire 20 year Major League Baseball career in a White Sox jersey, and he was a 2-time American League batting title champion. 1936 was the best season of Appling's career as he posted up immaculate statistics. In 1936, Appling had an immaculate .388 batting average, which led the entire Major Leagues that season, he hit a total of 6 home runs, he drove in a total of 128 runs, and was named to the American League All-Star team to represent the White Sox. His jersey was sold for $20,400 as a part of the Heritage Auctions as a part of the Platinum Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction, his jersey was sold on August 19th, 2017.
1. 1919-1920 Urban Red Faber Game Worn Chicago White Sox Jersey - $108,000
Red Faber was one of the many that were affected by the Spanish Flu Pandemic, which wiped 5% of the global population, made him unavailable to play in the 1919 World Series due to his severe illness, which found many of his teammates banned from organized ball for betting on the games. Faber is all the time leader out of all White Sox pitchers in fWAR (54.7). In 1921 and 1922, Faber led the American League in ERA, ERA plus, WHIP, and complete games in back-to-back seasons. Faber played his entire 20 year Major League Baseball career in the South Side wearing a White Sox jersey, and was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964. His jersey was sold for $108,000 as part of the Heritage Auctions on February 22nd, 2020 as part of the Winter Platinum Sports Collectible Catalog Auction.
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