(CBS) White Sox great and former captain Paul Konerko will have his No. 14 jersey retired during a special ceremony on Saturday, May 23 at U.S. Cellular Field, the team announced Thursday morning.
Konerko retired following the 2014 season after a storied 18-year career in which he hit 439 homers and was a lead-by-example icon in Chicago.
“Paul Konerko is one of the greatest players in White Sox history not only for his strength and performance on the field, but also for his heart and leadership off the field,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Paul was a humble leader whose passion for the game earned the respect and love of the entire clubhouse and fans all over the country. We honor Paul by retiring his number and welcoming him to the ranks of White Sox legends.”
Konerko will be the 11th player to have his number retired by the White Sox (including Jackie Robinson).
A six-time All-Star, Konerko is the franchise leader in total bases (4,010) and ranks among White Sox leaders in many offensive categories. Konerko hit 432 of his 439 homers for the White Sox, which trails only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record.His 2,292 hits are third in franchise history.
He was also the starting first baseman on the 2005 World Series championship team.
Tickets to the Konerko retirement day on May 23 are available now through Pick 7 and Pick 14 ticket plans as well as in group sale packages. The White Sox play the Twins that day.
Tickets for the 2015 season can be purchased through whitesox.com or by phone at 312-674-1000.