Ten Best Players that Played for Both the Cubs and White Sox

Ten Best Players that Played for Both the Cubs and White Sox
Steve Stone has played and broadcasted on both sides of town.

Many players have passed through the home clubhouses at Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park and US Cellular Field. Some players that played on both sides of town were stars on one side that only played for the other at the end of their careers. Here are ten players that were significant contributors on both sides of town. A handful played in postseasons for both teams.

Steve Stone Stone pitched 11 years in the Major Leagues. He spent the 1973-78 seasons in Chicago. His first one and Field. Stone’s best season with the Cubs was 1975 when he finished 12-8 with a 3.95 ERA. Stone led the White Sox with 15 wins in 1977 on a team that finished in third place with 90 wins.

He left Chicago after the 1978 season for Baltimore and had his greatest success in Baltimore as an Oriole. He was the fifth starter for the Orioles in 1979 as they lost the World Series in seven game to Pittsburgh.

Stone won the 1980 Cy Young Award while still with Baltimore. He finished 25-7 with a 3.23 ERA. He would retire following the 1981 season with arm trouble.

Stone returned to Chicago in 1983 as a broadcaster with the Cubs. He worked as Haray Caray’s color analyst until Caray’s death prior to the 1998 season. He then teamed with Caray’s grandson Chip for two years before taking two years off for health reasons. Stone was let go by the Cubs after the 2004 season and has been calling White Sox games since then.

He finished his career in a Chicago uniform with a 56-55 record and a plus four ERA.

Sammy Sosa Sammy Sosa is one of the most iconic and polarizing players in the history of Chicago Sports. He came to Chicago in a trade for another of Chicago’s most iconic baseball players, Harold Baines.

The White Sox acquired Sosa, Wilson Alvarez and Scott Fletcher from the Texas Rangers for Baines and infielder Fred Manrique.

Sosa showed his five tool talent early in his career. In his first full major league season, Sosa hit 15 home runs, drove in 70 and had 33 stolen bases. His 14 assists also ranked him second in the American League among outfielders. He was showing his amass all-around potential.

He slipped to just ten hr’s and 33 rbi’s with 13 stolen bases in 1991. His batting average dropped from .233 to .203. With a chance to acquire proven hitter George Bell, the White Sox traded Sosa at 23 years old. Bell hit 27 home runs and drove in 102 in 1992, but slumped badly in 1993 and retired following the season.

With Andre Dawson still a member of the Cubs in 1992, it wasn’t until a year later Sosa earned the starting right field job. He was the Cubs starting right fielder from 1993-2004.

He hit 545 Home Runs in a Cubs uniform and finished his career first in home runs and strikeouts and third all-time in rbi’s for the Cubs.

Vance Law was the starting the third baseman for the White 1983 AL West Division winner and the Cubs 1989 NL East Division winner. He played for the White Sox from 1982-84 and for the Cubs in 1988 and ‘89.
He made his only all-star appearance as a member of the Cubs in 1988. He finished that season eighth in the National League in batting average and tenth in hits. He also finished the year fourth in assists and fourth in fielding percentage.

He hit .282 with five home runs and 52 rbi’s and finished fifth in the AL in assits among third baseman in 1983 for a White Sox team that won 99 games.

Tom Gordon Gordon came to the Cubs in 2001 after sitting out the 2000 season with Boston after Tommy John Surgery. He became a closer in his final two years with the Red Sox. He finished ninth in the NL in saves in 2001 before the Cubs traded him to Houston August of the following season.

After finishing up the 2002 season in Houston, Gordon returned to Chicago with the Whie Sox for the 2003 season. Gordon saved 12 games that year as she shared the closer role with Damaso Marte and Billy Koch.

After one season with the White Sox, Gordon left for the Yankees and would later pitch with Phillies and Diamondbacks.

Scott Sanderson Scott Sanderson won 163 games in 19 years in the major leagues. He was a key member of the 1984 Cubs and started game four in the NLCS. He pitched six seasons with the Cubs and won 42 games.

Sanderson only pitched for the White Sox during the strike shortened 1994 season. The White Sox were a half game ahead of Cleveland in division and three and half in the Wild Card when the strike commenced. Many were touting 1994 as the White Sox best chance since their last World Series title i 1917 to capture another. The Northbrook native was the White Sox fifth started and went 8-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 18 games and 14 starts.

Steve Trout Trout pitched all but three of his 12 major league seasons in Chicago. His pitched his first five seasons with the White Sox. He won 37 games and had ERA’s below four in three of those seasons.

The White Sox traded Trout in January of 1983 with Warren Brusstar to the Cubs for Scott Fletcher, Randy Martz, Dick Tidrow and Pat Tabler.

He won 43 games for the Cubs in six seasons. He turned in the best year of his major league career in 1984. Trout went 13-7 with a 3.41 ERA. He led the Cubs with 34 starts that year. The Cubs went 96-65 and won the National League East for their first postseason berth since 1945.

Dennis Lamp Lamp was a smalwart of the Cubs pitching staffs for four seasons in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He was 18-25 with a 3.24 ERA in 1978 and 1979. He Had 105 starts from 1978-80.

He was traded by the Cubs to the White Sox for Ken Kravec at the end of spring training in 1981.

Lamp became a key part of the White Sox pitching staff as Tony LaRussa was turning things around on the south side. The White Sox posted only their second winning season in the last ten in strike shortened 1981 season.

Lamp finished 7-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 27 games with ten starts in 1981. He followed that up with an 11-8 record, five saves, 44 games and 27 starts and 3.99 ERA in 1982. He became a key part of the White Sox bullpen by committee in 1983, leading the team with 15 saves as the White Sox went 99-63 and earned their first postseason berth since 1959 by winning the AL West by a then record 20 games.

Lance Johnson The White Sox acquired Lance Johnson from St. Louis with Ricky Horton for Jose DeLeon during the 1989 offseason. Johnson played 50 games that seasons batting .300 with 16 stolen bases. The onedog would become a fixture in the White Sox leadoff spot beginning with the 1990 season. He would stay there until 1995. He ranks eighth alltime on the White Sox in triples and fourth in stolen bases. He hit 53 triples between 1991 and 1994 to lead the American League each of those years. He finished in the top ten in the american league in stolen bases five times as a member of the White Sox. He drove in six runs in the White Sox six game loss to Toronto in the 1993 ALCS.

Johnson came to the Cubs in a blockbuster August trade in 1997. The Cubs sent Brian McRae, and Turk Wendell to the Mets for Johnson and two players to be named later. The Mets sent Mark Clark and Manny Alexander to Chicago to complete the trade within the next week.

Johnson was coming off a 1996 season in which he hit .333, fourth best in the National League. He hit .279 in parts of three seasons with the Cubs. He struggled with injuries and never played more than 95 games in a season with the Cubs. He retired in 2000 after getting sent to the minor leagues with the Yankees midseason.

Bob Locker Locker was one of baseball's original closers. He saved 48 games for the White Sox from 1965 through 1968 before being traded to the Seattle Pilots (now the Brewers) during the 1968 season. His 20 saves for the 1967 White Sox placed him third in the American League.

Locker was traded to the Cubs from Oakland following the 1972 season. He had one of his best seasons in a Cubs uniform in 1973. He won ten games, pitched 106.1 innings with a 2.54 ERA and saved 18 games. After being traded back to Oakland following the ‘73 season, Locker had to sit out the 1974 season after having surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

Locker was then re-acquired by the Cubs with Darold Knowles and Manny Trillo for Billy Williams following the 1974 season.

Locker’s last season in Chicago was mediocre. He finished 0-1 with a 4.96 ERA in 22 appearances and retired following the season. He finished his career in Chicago with 38 wins and 62 saves.

George Bell signed with the Cubs in December of 1990 as a free agent. In his one season with the Cubs he hit .285 with 25 home runs and 85 rbi’s. The Cubs traded him crosstown following the season for Sosa and Ken Patterson.

He formed a potent middle of the lineup with young White Sox first baseball Frank Thomas in 1992. Bell’s 25 home runs led the White Sox and his 112 rbi’s were just behind Thomas’ 115. The Sox finished 86-76, ten games behind Oakland in third place in the AL West.

Bell slumped the following season to .217, 13 and 46 as the White Sox won the AL West. He didn’t even play as the White Sox lost in the ALCS in four games to Bell’s former team, Toronto. he retired following the season.

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