Top home run hitters in Chicago White Sox history

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Frank Thomas #35 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics during an Major League Baseball game circa 1992 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. Thomas played for the White Sox from 1990 - 05. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Frank Thomas #35 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Oakland Athletics during an Major League Baseball game circa 1992 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. Thomas played for the White Sox from 1990 - 05. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) /
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Magglio Ordonez, White Sox All-Time Home Run Hitters
Magglio Ordonez of the Chicago White Sox swings against the Oakland Athletics during the game at the Network Associates Coliseum on May 8, 2003 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 8-5. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) /

White Sox all-time home run hitters –  No. 5: Magglio Ordonez

187 home runs from 1997-2004

Magglio Ordonez was just 17 years old when he signed with the Chicago White Sox as an international free agent in May 1991, but the Venezuelan outfielder worked his way up the organization until making his major league debut on Aug. 29, 1997, and cracking his first career homer the following day off Houston Astros’ right-hander Jose Lima.

Ordonez broke out in 1999, earning the first of four All-Star appearances while he was with Chicago and hitting 30 homers and driving in 117 runs. It was the first of four consecutive seasons with at least 30 homers and 110 RBI for Ordonez, who hit a career-high 38 long balls in 2002.

A two-time Silver Slugger winner while with the White Sox, Ordonez’s career in Chicago came to an end in July 2004 when he sustained a serious knee injury. The White Sox did not re-sign Ordonez when his contract expired that October and he signed with the Detroit Tigers in February 2005.

His last homer with the Sox came on July 15, 2004, off Rich Harden of the Oakland Athletics. Ordonez did not have a postseason homer for Chicago, going 2-for-11 with a triple as the White Sox were swept by the Seattle Mariners in the 2000 ALDS.

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