In 1929, uniform numbers appeared on the back of baseball jerseys for the first time, thanks to the Indians and the Yankees. By 1937, numbers finally appeared across all uniforms, both home and away, across both major leagues. Since that time, 81 distinct numbers have been worn by members of the White Sox, while the Cubs boast 76.
Today, we continue our look at those players, picking our favorite, if not the best, player to wear each uniform number for both Chicago teams with #27. 103 different players have donned #27 while playing in Chicago, 52 for the White Sox and 51 for the Cubs.
Acquired on December 19, 2016 from the Nationals, Lucas Giolito made his White Sox debut the following summer donning #27. In 7 starts, he put up a sparkling 2.38 ERA while compiling a 3-3 record. Things went south In 2018, as Giolito was, statistically, the worst starting pitcher in baseball with a 6.13 ERA, leading the league (the bad way) in WHIP and walks per 9 innings. That offseason, he began rebuilding his game from the ground up, leading to a 2019 All Star appearance en route to a 14-9 record with a 3.41 ERA. In the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he held the hapless Pirates hitless on August 25th, striking out 13 while facing one batter over the minimum of 27. He made his post-season debut in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the A’s, retiring the first 18 batters in order before giving up 2 hits and a walk in the 7th inning, earning the victory in the White Sox only win during the series. In 2021, Giolito made 31 starts, finishing with a record of 11-9 and a 3.53 ERA.
During his second go-around with the North Siders, Joe Girardi wore #27 for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. On June 22, 2002, Girardi addressed a sold-out Wrigley Field to announce the day’s game was cancelled following the death of Cardinal pitcher Darryl Kile. Following that season, he became a free agent and left the team for the second, and final, time.