Constructing a Team of Players Who Have Been Both White Sox and Giants

Ray Durham with the Chicago White Sox in 2000

Ray Durham with the Chicago White Sox in 2000

Before the inception of interleague play, the Giants’ experience playing the Chicago White Sox in any games of importance was when the Sox beat the Giants in the 1917 World Series. Tonight the Giants start a two-game regular-season series against the White Sox. To mark the occasion, I’ve utilized Baseball Reference’s multi-franchise tool and comprised a team from the guys who played for both the White Sox and the Giants. In the case of these two teams, they’ve shared 142 players. I whittled that list down to a 25-man roster. I judged players on the strength of their peaks or whole careers, not necessarily how well they did in either Chicago or New York/San Francisco.

Starting Lineup:

C – Ray Schalk

1B – Hal Chase

2B – Ray Durham

3BBob Elliott

SS – George Davis

LF – Ellis Burks

CF – Edd Roush

RF – Bobby Bonds

Not a bad lineup and one likely to win a pennant if all are playing at their peak. If you have qualms about one of your players conspiring with gamblers to throw a game here and there, and are willing to sacrifice talent, maybe you take out Hal Chase and substitute New Orleans’ own Zeke Bonura.


SS – Omar Vizquel

INF – Orlando Cabrera

OF – George Foster

2B/OF – Sam Mertes

OFKenny Lofton

C – A.J. Pierzynski

This is a pretty good bench. Amazing as Omar Vizquel was, he was not as good as George Davis, which I did not expect. Chalk it up to my ignorance about 19th century baseball and the men who played it.

Starting Rotation:

Steve Carlton

Danny Darwin

Phil Douglas

Don Larsen

Thornton Lee

A Hall-of-Famer, Carlton was a washed-up 41-year-old by the time he pitched for the White Sox and Giants in portions of the 1986 season. But judged by their careers, this is a good rotation, and I especially like the underrated Thornton Lee.


Wilson Alvarez

Keith Foulke

Rich Gossage

Michael Jackson

Dave Righetti

Hoyt Wilhelm

As with our Braves-Giants and Senators-Twins/Giants teams, the bullpen is a real strength, made possible by how modern relievers cycle through many teams over the course of their careers.


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