The Mount Rushmore of White Sox
By Rob Wash
Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans hold up a sign as Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko comes up to bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Have you ever wondered how Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln Borglum came up with the idea to sculpt Mount Rushmore? Better yet, have you ever wondered how they decided on the four presidents they would immortalize into the granite mountain for good?
With today being the technical first day of spring training I thought it would be fun to undertake the same task the father-son duo faced back in the 1920s, but instead great presidents I focused on Chicago White Sox greats.
The White Sox have been around for a very long time as they are tied for the ninth oldest team in the Major Leagues behind the Dodgers (1884).
Since their conception in 1901 the Sox have won three World Championships and six Pennants for a combined nine playoff appearances. The team was initially called the “White Stockings,” but this changed after the local newspapers began shortening the name for the purpose of writing headlines.
Over the White Sox’ 113 years as a ballclub they have had some of the biggest names in baseball play for them. Names include “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Wilbur Wood, Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk, and now Paul Konerko. Believe me when I say attempting to pick top four players in White Sox history is no easy task and there really can be no correct answer.
Regardless, below is the list of faces (in order by year) that I would have chosen to carve into the Black Hills of South Dakota…
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