White Sox to retire Paul Konerko’s No. 14


Sep 27, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko (14) tips his hat to fans during a ceremony before the game against the Kansas City Royals at US Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, May 23, the final tip of the cap by the Chicago White Sox to Paul Konerko will take place.

The White Sox will face the Minnesota Twins that day at 3:10 p.m. CT.

Kornerko’s No. 14 will be officially retired by the organization, and it will be a moment all White Sox fans will need to either watch live in person or on TV, because he was one of the all-time great players for the organization.

In a press release by the White Sox, it says:

"“Konerko will be the 11th player to have his number retired by the White Sox, including Dodgers Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. The six-time American League All-Star is the franchise leader in total bases (4,010) and ranks among White Sox leaders in virtually every offensive category. Konerko (432) finished with 16 homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,292) and doubles (406). He was the starting first baseman on the 2005 World Series championship team, and his grand slam powered the team through Game 2 of the series.”"

The White Sox previously held a Paul Konerko Day one day before the end of the 2014 season, revealing a statue in his honor that sits at US Cellular Field.

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Even Jerry Reinsdorf, the White Sox chairman said the following on Paulie in the release:

"“Paul Konerko is one of the greatest players in White Sox history not only for his strength and performance on the field, but also for his heart and leadership off the field. Paul was a humble leader whose passion for the game earned the respect and love of the entire clubhouse and fans all over the country. We honor Paul by retiring his number and welcoming him to the ranks of White Sox legends.”"

This is great news to see probably the second greatest White Sox of any of our lifetimes (behind Hall of Famer Frank Thomas) having his number retired and placed on the outfield wall. Paulie gave us all some exciting moments throughout his career, and it is only fitting nobody ever wears the No. 14 again.

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It is exciting all of this is happening for Konerko, but it is still going to be a little strange to not have Konerko in the dugout this upcoming season.

Again, like we all said last September, Thank You, Paulie. This is an honor well deserved.