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Wednesday saw all-around good guy and Sox fan favorite, Jim Thome, get the call to Cooperstown. Thome is one of many terrific players scattered throughout baseball history who donned a White Sox uniform at some point during their career.
Of course, we’ve already covered Hall of Fame players who played for the White Sox at some point during their career, so I thought I’d add a twist: what about players who were quite good (perhaps even excellent) over the course of their career, but may (or may not) be in the Hall of Fame? Those answers lie in the murky depths of today’s Sporcle: of the 44 players to have worn a White Sox uniform at some point during their career, AND logged at least 50 bWAR total for that career, how many can you name?
- As always last names only accepted, as well as both first and last.
- You’ll have 15 minutes to attempt completion.
- For hints, I’ve provided the season(s) the player was with the Sox, their position, and their career bWAR accumulated.
- To reiterate: a player need not have logged that 50+ bWAR with just the White Sox. Heck, one player on this list only accumulated 88 PAs over 24 games for the Pale Hose before moving on. This list also includes both Hall of Famers and non-Hall of Famers, so some names should be very familiar.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or confuse your friends:
- From a purely basic numbers standpoint, the pitchers on this list averaged a 3.23 ERA (3.38 FIP), 13.18% strikeouts, and 7.07% walks.
- Similarly, basic numbers for hitters: a career slash of: .289/.374/.468
- Perhaps this won’t surprise some of you, but it stood out to me: one player on this list, during the course of their entire career, never recorded a single sacrifice hit.
All data from baseballreference.com