The Greatest White Sox Players of all Time (Part 3 of 3)

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Reliever – Hoyt Wilhelm (1963-1968)

Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame. /

In six seasons Hoyt “Old Sarge” Wilhelm posted a 41-33 record for the Chicago White Sox with an incredible ERA of 1.92. Wilhelm pitched for the White Sox from 1963 through the 1968 season, and was the best reliever they ever had. The Knuckleballer struck out 521 batters while walking just 127 over his six seasons with the White Sox, and compiled a K/9 ratio of 6.9, and 99 saves. A World War II Veteran, a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, Wilhelm appeared in five All-Star Games, and finished in the top 25 in the Most Valuable Player Award voting four times over his career, getting as high as fourth in his rookie season of 1952. Over his 21 year career Wilhelm went 143-122 with a 2.52 ERA, 227 saves, and 1,610 strike outs. Wilhelm was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.