White Sox will honor former pitcher, Gold Glove winner in special ceremony in June at Guaranteed Rate Field. The retired pitcher pitched a no-hitter, perfect game with the team.
The Chicago White Sox will honor another member of the 2005 World Series team when they retire the jersey number of former pitcher Mark Buehrle on June 24. Buehrle’s no. 56 will be retired in a special ceremony before the Sox take on the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Buehrle was one of the better starting pitchers for the Sox when he was with the team, and ranks sixth all-time in wins for the South Siders at 161. The former ace of the Sox pitched 12 seasons on the south side (2000-2011) and compiled a 161-119 record to go along with a 3.83 ERA. Buehrle is remembered fondly by Sox fans for many great things, including his defense on the mound.
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With the upcoming retirement of Buehrle’s jersey number, this will mark the second player from the 2005 World Championship team to have his number retired by the Sox. Paul Konerko had his jersey no. 14 retired in 2015.
Buehrle was a popular player during his time with the Sox and pitched a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on April 18, 2007. He also pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 23, 2009. Both games were at home. Buehrle’s perfect game is remembered for Dwayne Wise making a great catch to rob a home run and Hawk Harrelson’s call to end the game with Alexei Ramirez throwing the final out to Josh Fields at first base.
While Buehrle had some memorable moments pitching for the Sox, he’s also best remembered for a spectacular play he made off the mound. On Opening Day in 2010, Buehrle made a spectacular backhand flip between his legs to Konerko to record an out against the Cleveland Indians. This play truly helped his case for the Gold Glove Award which he won that season. Buehrle is a four-time Gold Glove Award winner in his career.
For his career, Buehrle was selected to the All-Star game five times, four with the Sox and once with the Toronto Blue Jays. His best season with the Sox came in 2005 when he finished with a 16-8 record and 3.12 ERA. Buehrle finished fifth in Cy Young Award voting for the 2005 season.
Buehrle’s retired jersey no. 56 will be the 11th number retired by the Sox in franchise history. His jersey number retirement ceremony should be a joyous occasion for Sox fans in what could be a dismal season for the team.