The Chicago White Sox franchise has been around since 1901. These are the ten players who have hit the most home runs in a season for the Chicago White Sox. All the players on this list have played in recent times.
Chicago White Sox players who have hit the most home runs in a season
1. Albert Belle (1998) - 49
The player who hit the most home runs in a season for the Chicago White Sox is Albert Belle, who hit 49 home runs for Chicago in 1998. Belle hit 381 career home runs, the majority of them (242) for the Cleveland Indians. Albert Belle hit 79 home runs for the Chicago White Sox over two seasons.
In a bit or irony, during the 1994 season Albert Belle was playing for the Indians in a game vs the White Sox, when Chicago manager Gene Lamont accused him of using a corked bat. The umpires confiscated Belle's bat, and had it locked in their dressing room.
The Indians knew the bat was indeed corked, so they asked relief pitcher Jason Grimsley to crawl through the ceiling to switch Albert Belle's bat with uncorked one. Grimsley asked for one of Belle's other bats to switch with the corked one, and he was told that all of Belle's bats were corked. So he switched the bat with one of Paul Sorrento's.
The umpires were not fooled. They realized the bat had been switched, and baseball ordered the Indians to hand over Belle's bat. The Indians handed over the corked bat, and Albert Belle was suspended for 10 games.
2. Jermaine Dye (2006) - 44
Jermaine Dye hit the second most home runs in a season for the Chicago White Sox when he hit a career high 44 home runs in 2006. Dye hit 325 career home runs, including 164 home runs while playing for the White Sox from 2005 to 2009.
3. Frank Thomas (2000) - 43
Frank Thomas hit a career high 43 home runs for the Chicago White Sox in 2000.
T-4. Jim Thome (2006) - 42
Jim Thome hit 42 home runs for the White Sox in 2006. Thome hit 612 career home runs, with 134 of them coming while he played for the Chicago White Sox from 2006 to 2009.
T-4. Frank Thomas (2003) - 42
Frank Thomas hit 42 home runs for the White Sox in 2003.
T-6. Adam Dunn (2012) - 41
Adam Dunn just hit 41 home runs for the Chicago White Sox in 2012. Dunn enters the 2013 season with 406 career home runs at the age of 33.
T-6. Paul Konerko (2004) - 41
Paul Konerko hit a career high 41 home runs for the White Sox in 2004.
T-6. Frank Thomas - 41
T-9. Paul Konerko - 40
Paul Konerko enters the 2013 season with 422 career home runs.
T-9. Frank Thomas - 40
Frank Thomas hit 448 of his 521 career home runs while playing for the White Sox. Frank Thomas becomes eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. It's going to be very interesting to see if he gets voted in.
T-9. Frank Thomas - 40
Frank Thomas hit 40 or more home runs five times for the Chicago White Sox.