White Sox will retire Paul Konerko’s number on May 23
Konerko, who wore No. 14 during his entire stint on the South Side, will be honored in a ceremony before Chicago's game that afternoon again
The six-time All-Star first baseman played all but 81 games in his career with the White Sox, who acquired him from the Cincinnati Reds in November 1998 for outfielder Mike Cameron.
Konerko is second in franchise history with 2,268 games played, trailing only Hall of Famer Luke Appling, and he is third with 2,292 hits and 406 doubles.
His total of 432 career home runs is 16 behind franchise leader Frank Thomas, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year. Konerko is also second to Thomas on the franchise's RBI leaderboard.
Konerko twice slugged 40 home runs for Chicago and had six seasons of 100 or more RBIs.
Konerko is the 10th White Sox player to have his uniform number retired, joining Nellie Fox, Harold Baines, Appling, Minnie Minoso, Luis Aparicio, Ted Lyons, Billy Pierce, Thomas and Carlton Fisk.
He was the MVP of the 2005 ALCS, when he had two homers and seven RBI in five games as Chicago topped the Los Angeles Angels. The White Sox then went on to sweep the Houston Astros in the World Series—the franchise’s first championship since 1917.
- Phil Watson