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White Sox: Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 to be Retired this Season

The Chicago White Sox announced on Thursday morning that they will retire World Series winning pitcher Mark Buehrle‘s number 56 this season, in honor of the news, we take a look at some of the best Mark Buehrle moments from his time with the White Sox.

Mark Buehrle was one of the most beloved White Sox players in the franchises history, and before the team’s June 24 game versus the Oakland Athletics, the club will honor the southpaw with a special ceremony that will include the retiring of Buehrle’s number 56.

Buehrle will become the 12th White Sox player in franchise history to have his number retired, joining Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas most recently.

White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf had this to say about Buehrle, and the clubs decision to retire his jersey this morning,

“Mark Buehrle is one of the most accomplished pitchers in franchise history,” chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Mark carried himself with class and professionalism throughout his career, and his popularity with staff, teammates and Sox fans is very well deserved.”

“Although a very humble person, he certainly showed a flair for the dramatic on the mound, from a no-hitter to an unforgettable perfect game to a World Series title. A standout on the field and a standup teammate in the clubhouse, it is our honor to retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 and to welcome him into the legendary class of all-time White Sox greats.”

Drafted by the White Sox in the 38th round of the 1998 MLB Draft, Buehrle shocked most everyone by rising to stardom with the White Sox, winning 214 games over the course of his career with a 3.81 ERA over the course of 493 starts. Buehrle tossed 33 complete games over the course of his career, including a no-hitter versus the Texas Rangers in April of 2007, and a perfect game in July of 2009.

Buehrle also led the White Sox to a World Series Championship in 2005, fronting one of the best playoff rotations in recent memory. A career highlighted by his rapid pace of play and a workhorse mentality, Buehrle pitched more than 200 innings in a season a whopping 14 times, accounting for 14 of his 16 seasons in Major League Baseball.

In honor of the beloved southpaw’s impending jersey retirement, let’s take a look at some of our favorite Mark Buehrle moments during his time with the White Sox.

Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game – July 23, 2009

On July 23, 2009 Buehrle threw the eighteenth perfect game in MLB history when he blanked the Tampa Bay Rays in just two hours and three minutes, a nod to Buehrle’s signature rapid pace of pitching throughout his career.

The White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on the afternoon in front of 28,036 White Sox fans at U.S. Cellular Field, with plenty of suspense in the final frame, which included, “The Catch” by White Sox outfielder Dwyane Wise who made a leaping catch against the wall to save the perfect game in the top of the ninth inning. Making the feat even more impressive, Buehrle accomplished the perfect game against the Rays, who were second in all of baseball in on-base percentage at the time of the game.

Buehrle became just the third player in MLB history to record a World Series Championship (2005), a no-hitter (2007), and a perfect game (2009), joining Hall-of-Fame pitchers Cy Young and Sandy Koufax.

Mark Buehrle’s No-Hitter – April 18, 2007

On April 18, 2007 Mark Buehrle threw a no-hitter versus the Texas Rangers, the first no-hitter of his career. The game of course was so brisk that you could have easily missed the magic, as Buehrle retired all 27 Rangers hitters in two hours and three minutes (Same as his perfect game in 2009).

Buehrle became the sixteenth player in White Sox history to throw a no-hitter, and the first since Wilson Alvarez to do it, Alvarez tossed his no-hitter August of 1991 against the Baltimore Orioles. Had it not been for a walk to Sammy Sosa, Buehrle would have been perfect on the afternoon. Buehrle picked Sosa off at first-base, allowing him to finish the game facing the minimum amount of hitters.

The One Hour (Sort of) Game – April 16, 2005

On April 15, 2005 Mark Buehrle completed a start versus the Seattle Mariners in an exactly one hour and 39 minutes, and if you took away the time in between innings, the game would have only taken 63 minutes to play from start to finish.

Buehrle gave up only one run one three hits on the afternoon, and the White Sox would go on to win the ballgame on the strength of a pair of home runs by Paul Konerko.

“That One’s Gonna be on Highlight Reels all Year Long”

[mlbvideo id=”7282679″ width=”400″ height=”224″ /] On April 5, 2010, Mark Buehrle made one of the craziest plays that you will ever see, when he chased down a ball into foul territory after it ricocheted off of his outstretched foot on the mound, and then proceeded to flip the ball from his glove, through his legs to White Sox first-baseman Paul Konerko for the out.

Of Course, the World Series Championship in 2005!

Mark Buehrle helped make every White Sox fan’s dream come true in the summer and fall of 2005, leading the franchise to their first World Series championship since 1917.

Buehrle was phenomenal in the postseason, and became the first pitcher in MLB history to start a World Series game, and earn a save in the following game in the series. Of course the White Sox swept the Houston Astros in four games to become world champions, and Mark Buehrle was forever ingrained in the history of the Chicago White Sox.


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