Mark your calendars: June 24th will officially be Mark Buehrle day on the Southside.
The White Sox are retiring Mark Buehrle’s number 56 during a special tribute before the club’s matchup with the Oakland A’s. The southpaw won 161 games for the Sox since his debut in 2000, including 27 complete games & 8 shutouts (and, of course, a World Series ring in 2005). Buehrle also threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009.
Buehrle will be one of just a dozen White Sox with their jerseys in the rafters, including teammates Paul Konerko and recent Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas.
In a story published by MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, White Sox executive VP Kenny Williams said of Buehrle: “You know he’s one of the best that has ever put on a White Sox uniform. He represented the organization in a first-class, fun way”. Former coach Ozzie Guillen called Buehrle “the best teammate ever”, and Sox GM Rick Hahn called the retiring of Mark Buehrle’s number “a well-deserved honor”.
If you want to be there to witness history take place, note that single-game tickets go on sale March 3rd; given that the White Sox are retiring Mark Buehrle’s number on 6/24, expect seats to that game to go fast.