Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Greatest White Sox Team of All-Time-- Part 1: First Base-- Allen and Bonura

From the July 3, 2016, Chicago Tribune "Greatest Baseball Team Of all Time.  The Tribune ran a position each day and had five players nominated for best at each.  this was for both the Sox and Cubs.  Readers would then pick one at each team.  I did the Cubs first since they are doing so well.  The Cubs are my second favorite MLB team after the White Sox.  I pull for the Cubs, unless, of course, they play my Sox.


DICK ALLEN--  In 1972, his first season with the Sox, Allen won the AL MVP by batting .308, leading the league with 37 home runs, 113 RBIs, 99 walks and a .420 OBP.  He played in just 72 games in 1973, but hit .316 with 16 home runs.  In 1974 he again led the AL in homers with 32.  He was an All-Star in each of his three seasons in Chicago.

ZEKE BONURA--  A career .307 hitter, Bonura batted .300 or better in three of his four seasons with the Sox.  he also drove in 100+ runs three times, including a career-high 138 in 1936.  As a rookie in 1934, he slugged 27 home runs and drove in 138 runs.  he closed out his seven-year big-league career in 1940, playing 49 games with the Cubs and batting .264.

I, however, tend to go more with players with longer careers with the Sox.  I will have the other three first basemen nominated in the next post.

Go You White Sox!!  --Andy the Clown

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