Tuesday, December 18, 2007

#10 - Sherm Lollar

The number 10 is littered with managers and fringe players. Managers are ineligible, so I'm forced to pick from players. Many players have worn number 10, but Sherm Lollar, Dave Stieb, Ron Blomberg, Mike LaValliere and Ron Santo stand out. From that group, Sherm Lollar makes the most sense.

Santo fans are going to flame me, but hear me out. He was a standout for the Cubs, not the White Sox. He played for the White Sox in the final season of his career. Most people don't even remember Santo on the White Sox. He hit .221 for the Sox in 117 games. I rest my case.

Sherm Lollar, on the other hand won the first Gold Glove for the catcher's position in 1957. That year there was only one award per position for all of baseball. He was the best fielding catcher in baseball. When the award was changed the next year to per position per league, he still won it. He also won it in 1959.

Sherm was also a 7 time All-Star, 6 with the White Sox. He retired after the 1963 season with the highest career fielding average for a catcher, 0.992. He trumps any other player at this uniform number for the White Sox.

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