In 2020, Jose Abreu became the 4th White Sox player to be named American League MVP. Who are the other major award winners in Chicago White Sox history?
Since their inception as one of the American League’s charter franchises in 1901, the Chicago White Sox have had a long and colorful history, but a history that has not produced much in the way of championship hardware.
The White Sox have won three World Series titles in their 120 seasons, most recently in 2005 with the others coming in 1906 and 1917. The club has made two other appearances in the Fall Classic, losing infamously to the Cincinnati Reds in 1919 and to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959.
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Along the way, several White Sox players have earned individual awards. There have been 16 White Sox that have been named Gold Glove winners, with Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio receiving a franchise-best seven.
Additionally, 13 players have won Silver Slugger honors as the best hitter at their position, with Frank Thomas having the most with four. Thomas, another Hall of Famer, is also the only player to win the award at two different positions, winning twice at both designated hitter and first base.
Since the All-Star Game was introduced in 1933, 105 different White Sox players have been named to teams, with Hall of Famer Nellie Fox holding the franchise mark for being selected 15 times. He was named every year from 1951-58, twice each from 1959-61 and made his final All-Star appearance for the White Sox in 1953.
Fox’s eight All-Star starting nods are also the most in White Sox history, just ahead of Aparicio’s seven.
Then you get to the major awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year and the postseason MVP honors. Eighteen members of the organization have won at least one of these honors, with three that have won two.
So counting backward, here are the White Sox award recipients.