Sporcle Saturday: 2500 IP

On Tuesday night, James Shields crossed the 2,500 inning threshold for his career, making him the 251st pitcher in MLB history to do so. For the White Sox, Shields became the 33rd pitcher in team history to play for the team and also pitch at least 2,500 innings in their career. Today’s Sporcle celebrates this accomplishment: of those 33 pitchers, how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As always, last name only accepted.
  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the season(s) the player was with the White Sox, and their career innings pitched.
  • As you’ll see, the players on this list do not have to have completed the full 2,500 innings with the White Sox.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or confuse your friends:

  • Just five pitchers on this list completed at least 2,500 innings with the White Sox.
  • One player on this list qualified on the strength of their 1 inning pitched as a member of the team. (The result? 1 IP, 2 runs on 1 hit)
  • Two names from the MLB list (who did not pitch for the White Sox) are strong competitors for Best Name: Pretzels Getzian and Ice Box Chamberlain. Brickyard Kennedy may give them a run for their money, though. We need more names like this in baseball again.

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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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24/33. Missed one in my lifetime. Missed one more from my sweet spot of 1950- present. Missed one of the super old timers I should’ve gotten. All in all I think I should have gotten two more than I did but I came up with some tough ones. So I’m pleased.


BEST SPORACLE EVER! So much fun to think about which venerable pitchers the Sox had for a brief time. I got 29/33, and the ones I’m kicking myself for missing are

Jack Quinn, Claude Osteen, and Chief Bender


Fcking curve-busters can bite me. Just see how many valentines you get from the rest of the class next February if you don’t believe no one likes you.

As I am a gentleman, I’ll not mention the names of the two people everyone despises. Their identities shall remain a secret, forever shrouded by impenetrable mystery.

Seventeen out of whatever.

Trooper Galactus

14/33. Was doing it with a friend (who is a much older fan) and we still were stumped on a lot of these. Probably should have gotten two or three more, but damn, some of these were tough.