Buehrle was born on March 23, 1979 in St. Charles, Missouri, to John and Pat Buehrle.
Buehrle aspired to become a professional baseball player at an early age, and he grew up a fan of his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Boy Scouts of America.
Upon entering Francis Howell North High School
was just a few inches over five feet tall.
short stature, combined with a series of misunderstandings among the team's coaching staff, led to Buehrle's being cut from the school's baseball teams as a freshman and sophomore, despite his
obvious talents as a pitcher.
played on summer-league teams during those years, before being personally asked by head varsity coach, Bob Dunahue, to try out as a junior.
went on to excel as a varsity player, and in his
senior year he
became the number-two starting pitcher on Francis Howell's
nationally ranked team, which finished the season with a record of 21-5.
After graduating from Francis Howell, Buehrle, who had received partial-scholarship offers from several area colleges, accepted a full baseball scholarship to attend Jefferson Junior College, in Hillsboro, Missouri.
At Jefferson he
posted an 8-0 record as a freshman and was subsequently selected by the White Sox
in the 38th round of the 1998 amateur draft.
By that time, Buehrle
was six feet, two inches tall and had filled out to 200 pounds.
He ultimately waited until after his sophomore season at Jefferson to join the White Sox, signing a contract worth $185,000.
Competing in the White Sox
farm system, Buehrle
posted a 7-4 record as a pitcher and a 4.10 earned run average (ERA) with the single-A Burlington Bees, in 1999.
The following season, he
was promoted to the double-A Birmingham Barons and posted a record of 8-4, with a 2.28 ERA.
Despite making only 16 starts that year, Buehrle
was named the Southern League
Pitcher of the Year and was considered the number-eight prospect in the White Sox
After just 36 games in the minor leagues, Buehrle
major-league debut with the White Sox
in a relief appearance on July 16, 2000.
first career win in his
next outing, a game against the Minnesota Twins, in which he
allowed two runs on six hits.
made a total of 28 appearances in his
rookie campaign, primarily as a reliever, posting a 4-1 record with a 4.21 ERA.
In 2001 he
was named to the White Sox
starting rotation and emerged as one of the league's most promising young pitchers, posting a 16-8 record with a 3.29 ERA.
In 2002 Buehrle
recorded career-high marks in wins (19) and complete games (five) and earned his
first career All-Star selection.
He also ranked among the American League (AL) leaders in several categories, tying for second place in complete games and games started (34) and finishing second in innings pitched (239.0) and shutouts (two).
The following season Buehrle set a career high with 35 starts and posted a 14-14 record.
During the 2004 season, Buehrle
went 16-10 and led the AL in innings pitched (245.1) and games started (35).
also recorded a career-high total of strikeouts (165)--good for ninth in the AL--and finished with an eighth-best ERA (3.89).
In 2005 Buehrle
went 16-8 with 149 strikeouts and a career-best 3.12 ERA.
led the AL for a second consecutive year in innings pitched (236.2) and won his
second career All-Star selection, as the starting pitcher for the AL squad.
proved to be an integral part of the Chicago White Sox
's championship run that year, in which his
team swept the Houston Astros
4-0, marking its first World Series win since 1917.
struggled during the 2006 season, finishing with the first and only losing record so far in his
career, going 12-13 with a career-worst 4.99 ERA.
Despite those numbers, he
was named to his
third All-Star team.
During the 2007 season, he made 30 starts and went 10-9 with a 3.63 ERA in 201 innings pitched--becoming the first White Sox pitcher in history to record at least 10 wins in 30 starts and 200.0 innings pitched, in seven straight seasons.
In an April game against the Texas Rangers that year, Buehrle
first career no-hitter and the 16th in White Sox
history. (He fell short of a perfect game after issuing a walk to the Rangers' outfielder Sammy Sosa.) In July 2007 Buehrle
signed a contract extension worth some $56 million over four years.
In 2008 Buehrle
went 15-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 218.2 innings.
The next year he
pitched the 18th perfect game in baseball history, in a contest against the Tampa Bay Rays; in a game against the Minnesota Twins, he
set the MLB record for most consecutive batters retired (45), after retiring the first 17 batters he
Beuhrlefinished the 2009 season with a 13-10 record and 4.28 ERA.
was also named to his
fourth All-Star team and was honored with his
first Gold Glove Award.
In 2010 Beuhrle posted a record of 13-13 with a 4.28 ERA in 210.1 innings pitched, marking the 10th consecutive season in which he
had recorded at least 10 wins and 200.0 innings pitched.
was also honored with his
second career Gold Glove Award.