The Chicago White Sox have been in existence since the turn of the 20th century. With more than a hundred years of history, there have been 17 players to hit at least 100 home runs while playing for the White Sox. The top five home run hitters in Chicago White Sox history are led by the team’s top sluggers from each of the last two decades, Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko.
1. Frank Thomas: 448 home runs
The face of the franchise during the 1990s, Frank Thomas is the Chicago White Sox’s all-time home run leader. Thomas was nicknamed “The Big Hurt” as one of the biggest power threats and most feared hitters in baseball. Frank Thomas clubbed 40-plus home runs five times, topping out at 43 in the 2000 season. He won back-to-back AL MVP Awards in 1993 and 1994, slugging .729 in the latter season. It marks the seventh highest slugging percentage ever posted by a right-handed hitter. Near the end of his career, Thomas left the White Sox and eventually reached the 500 home run milestone.
2. Paul Konerko: 336 home runs
Paul Konerko has been a strong power-hitting first baseman for the White Sox since 1999 and he has climbed up to second on the White Sox’s all-time home run leaders list. Konerko hit 24 jacks in his first full season and has been hitting for above-average power in virtually every season since. In 2004 and 2005, he hit 41 and 40 home runs respectively, good for two of the eight highest single-season home run totals in White Sox history. Konerko played a major role on the White Sox’s 2005 championship team, placing sixth in AL MVP voting on the organization’s only World Series winner in the last 90 years.
3. Harold Baines: 221 home runs
All roads lead to Chicago for Harold Baines who ranks third among White Sox all-time home run leaders. Harold Baines had three stints with the White Sox as a player and now serves as the team’s bench coach. He was originally drafted by Chicago in 1977 and spent his first ten Major League seasons with the team, hitting 192 home runs in that time. Baines had a streak of six straight 20-home run years from 1982 to 1987, maxing out at 29 in 1984 when he led the American League in slugging percentage.
4. Carlton Fisk: 214 home runs
Carlton Fisk is the fourth leading home-run hitter in Chicago White Sox history. Pudge split his 24-year Hall of Fame career between Boston and Chicago, cranking 162 home runs with the Red Sox before joining the White Sox. Fisk rarely put up huge power numbers, but he was reliably in double-figures in home runs for ten straight years in Chicago. His power peaked in 1985 when he slammed a career-high 37 home runs and 107 RBI.
5. Magglio Ordonez: 187 home runs
Ranking fifth among Chicago White Sox all-time home run leaders is outfielder Magglio Ordonez. He spent the first eight of his 14-year (and counting) Major League career in Chicago, making four All-Star appearances with the team. In 1999, his third season, Magglio Ordonez developed into a major power threat, hitting 30 home runs for the first time, a feat he accomplished for four consecutive seasons. Ordonez’s career best came in 2002 when he cranked 38 home runs. Now playing for the Detroit Tigers, Ordonez is approaching 300 career home runs.