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Robin Ventura

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Robin Ventura
Third basemen.  Chicago White Sox, 1989-98.
Bats:  left.  Throws:  right.
Born:  7/14/67, Santa Maria, California.

 

  • Five-time American League Gold Glove winner (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998).
  • The club's first infielder to repeat as gold glove winner in 22 seasons.
  • Named to Topps and Baseball Digest 1990 All-Rookie team.
  • His 1996 production of 34 home runs and 105 runs batted in is the greatest ever achieved by a Sox third basemen.
  • Holds franchise record with nine grand slams.
  • One of only eight players in history to hit two grand slams in a single game, September 4, 1995 at Texas.
  • Hit 20 or more home runs five times, tied for third-most in franchise history along with fellow third-sacker, Bill Melton.
  • Holds club record for most games played at third base, 1,220.  Robin was the first player in franchise history to ever play the position seven consecutive seasons (1990-96).
  • Amongst club leaders for home runs (171, fourth), runs batted in (741, seventh), walks (668, fourth), and extra base hits (402, seventh).
  • 1992 American League all-star.
  • Suffered compound leg fracture on March 21, 1997, returned four months later and hit game-winning double in first game back.  Also reached base safely in first 24 games back from rehabilitation.
  • Set college baseball record with 58-game hitting streak at Oklahoma State University.  Streak was broken by future Sox teammate Jack McDowell during the 1987 College World Series.
  • Drafted #1 in 1988, the second of four legendary Sox #1 picks which GM Larry Himes used to rebuild the club in the late-80's. (The others:  Jack McDowell, Frank Thomas, and Alex Fernandez).
  • A quiet and unassuming manner, yet uniformly recognized as the leading presence inside the White Sox clubhouse, the backbone of what became the Good Guys Wear Black teams of the 1990's, achieving excellence that belied his laid back approach, Robin Ventura.

    The first player chosen by Sox fans for induction from the 1990's era

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