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White Sox Will Retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56

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White Sox will retire Mark Buehrle’s number

The White Sox are set to retire Mark Buehrle’s number, 56, during a ceremony on June 24th. That game will take place on Saturday against the Oakland Athletics and every fan in attendance will receive a commemorative pin upon entrance to the park.

Mark Buehrle Board

Scoreboard Commemorates Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game – Photo Credit – Flickr

Buehrle played for 16 seasons, 12 of which were with the Chicago White Sox and he was a 4 time all-star. During his career with the White Sox he produced a 3.83 ERA with 1,396 strikeouts, which gave him a record of 161-119 with the White Sox. Other notable accomplishments for Buehrle were his 27 complete games and 8 shutouts during his time with the south siders.

Buehrle’s Memorable Career

Buehrle had many incredible moments with the Sox including a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers in 2007 and his perfect game on July 23, 2009 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Along with that Buehrle was a part of the Sox 2005 World Series championship, in which he pitched a complete game in Game 2 of the ALCS and coming on to record a save in the 14th inning of Game 3 of the World Series. Some other memorable moments Buehrle had with the White Sox would include his between the legs glove flip to Paul Konerko, his home run against the Milwaukee Brewers and even his 2 so called “Balks” against the Cleveland Indians.

The White Sox picked Buehrle in the 38th round back in 1998 and debuted in the majors in 2000. Since Buehrle entered the majors, he was a work horse, pitching 200 or more innings in every season until 2015, when he pitched 198.2 innings. During his career Buerhle’s impressive defensive capabilities earned him 4 gold gloves between 2009-2012.

As a result of his incredible career with the White Sox he will join former teammates Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas as the 12th player to have his number retired.