Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko

About Paul Konerko

Paul Henry Konerko (born March 5, 1976) is an American professional baseball first baseman who has played for the Chicago White Sox since 1999. He previously played with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1997-98) and the Cincinnati Reds (1998). Konerko helped the White Sox win the 2005 World Series, the franchise's first since 1917. Since 2006, he has served as their team captain. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Konerko is of Polish (paternal) and Italian (maternal) descent. At Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, Konerko was named the Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette Player of the Year as a senior, after leading his team to a Class 4-A state championship. Konerko hit .558 in 1994, the school season record until Ike Davis, who later became the first baseman for the New York Mets, hit .559 in 2003. Konerko also held the school season record in doubles, with 18, until Davis hit 23 doubles in 2003.

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