Friday, September 16, 2016

Greatest White Sox Team of All Time-- Part 4: Center Field-- Landis, Lemon & Mostil

The last three nominated White Sox Center Fielders:

JIM LANDIS--  Landis won five consecutive Gold Gloves from 1960-1964.  In 1963, he led AL center fielders with a .993 fielding percentage.  He reached double digits in home runs five times, including a career-best 22 in 1962, when he was named an AL All-Star.

CHET LEMON--  In his six full seasons with the Sox, Lemon hit .300 or better three times.  In 1979, he led the AL in doubles with 44 and was named an All-Star for the second year in a row.

He led AL outfielders with 512 putouts in 1977.
JOHNNY MOSTIL--  Mostil played more games in center field (972) than any other player in franchise history.  In his ten seasons with the Sox, he batted .300 or better four times.

Mostil led the AL in stolen bases in successive seasons, swiping 43 in 1925 and 35 in 1926, when he batted .328 and finished second in the AL MVP voting.

I would vote for Johnny Mostil, although I remember Lance Johnson and Chet Lemon playing for the Sox.


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