28 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!

The great Wilbur Wood wore 28 while tantalizing the American League with his knuckler for the White Sox from 1967 to 1978.

You could argue Wood’s 28 is a good candidate for retirement by the Sox because …

*he won 163 games with a 3.18 ERA in 578 games (286 starts) while playing for mostly sub-.500 Sox teams

*he was durable as both a reliever leading the A.L. in appearances in 1968, 1969 and 1970 AND starts from 1972 to 1975

*he set a still-standing Sox record with 88 appearances in 1968

*he won at least 20 games in each season between 1971 and 1974

*he was a three-time A.L. All-Star

*he finished third, second and fifth, respectively, in the Cy Young voting from 1971 to 1973

There is more but the fact that “Woody” is one of the most popular players in franchise history can’t be overlooked either.



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