Chicago news: Konerko book celebrates career with White Sox

With the White Sox retiring Paul Konerko’s number Saturday, the team’s tribute book figures to be a hot seller.

“14” is a glossy book featuring photos and stories from Konerko’s career on the South Side. The introduction of “14,” edited by senior vice-president of communications Scott Reifert, says the team was inundated with fans requests for a book after his emotional final weekend at U.S. Cellular Field.

“After 16 seasons, he considered every fan a friend. So this publication is a farewell to a friend,” the book says.

The photos, many of them taken by team photographer Ron Vesely, capture Konerko during various points of his 16-year career with the Sox. There’s even a shot of Konerko, hardly known for his speed, running the bases for an inside-the-park homer.

The book includes a nice two-page spread with thank-you tweets from fans during Konerko’s big celebration night from the final weekend last September.

“14” is available for $35 (plus $5 shipping/handling fee) through Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit Chicago White Sox Charities.

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