Ed Walsh (1904-1916)
A true pioneer and pitching virtuoso, Walsh made an impact on the White Sox that resonates throughout the franchise’s history. From 1904 to 1916, Walsh’s contributions to the team and the sport were nothing short of legendary.
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946, Walsh’s impact was most profound on the pitching mound. His extraordinary control, innovative spitball, and unparalleled work ethic made him one of the most dominant pitchers of his era. He led the league in various pitching categories multiple times and set records that stand as a testament to his exceptional skill and mastery.
Beyond his on-field achievements, Walsh’s legacy extends to his role as a trailblazer for the White Sox. His innovative use of the spitball and his approach to training and preparation set new standards for pitchers of his time.
It’s hard to have a franchise’s Mt. Rushmore without including a pitcher like Walsh, who pitched over a century ago but still changed the game of baseball.