Sporcle Saturday: Mid-summer trades

With the trade deadline fast approaching, and the Sox already in the thick of the action, it’s time to take a gander back at the trades the White Sox have made mid-season. Obviously, looking at the entirety of White Sox history would be a bit much (and besides, Sporcle limits a user to 300 entries), so for today we’ll be looking at just the Kenny Williams/Rick Hahn era. I’ve included just about every trade that involved swapping players which occurred in June, July, or August since 2001; that’s 151 entries in total. As usual with large quizzes, you may want to play this one on Sporcle’s site. Let me know if I missed any in the comments and I’ll add them in: I compiled this by hand looking at the transactions year-over-year on Baseball Reference. Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the team involved in the trade and the date the transaction took place. To be clear for the team hint, the team listed is the player the team received, not who they sent.

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

  • By bWAR, the players the Sox traded to other teams amounted to 39.6 during their tenure with their respective team, while the Sox have received 45.5 in return value. That’s pretty darned good, considering the possible future value of some of the players from last year’s trades who have yet to reach the majors.
  • The last mid-season trade from before the Kenny Williams/Rick Hahn era was…Miguel Felix (didn’t make majors), Juan Figueroa (didn’t make majors), Jason Lakman (didn’t make majors), and Brook Fordyce ( worth-3.6 WAR total) going to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Harold Baines (worth -1.5 WAR total) and Charles Johnson (worth 2.0 WAR total).
  • The very first mid-season trade the White Sox made –ever– occurred on June 9, 1903. Tom Daly (.7 WAR) and Cozy Dolan (.7 WAR) went to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for George Magoon (0 WAR).

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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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I got 67. Boomer got 66. This wasn’t in the wheelhouse. Too many minor leaguers. I think the second to last guy was traded to Texas not Baltimore. That kind of threw me off on that one.


Only 47. Really not my thing. The fact that I couldn’t remember the second name in the most recent trade is indicative. My score was helped by duplicative last names, bringing up guys I’ve never heard of.

Fun to look back at all of those trades, though.


The D’Angelo Jimenez era only lasted 359 days?


78. I have a hard time remembering which 21st century trades were midseason and kept thinking of Jim Kern and Roy Smalley, trades which happened two decades outside of the timeline.

Remembering the Kenny Always Gets His Man impulse definitely helped my score.

Jim Margalus

Got to 100 before time ran out. Helps writing about it.

Lurker Laura

This quiz wins the Most Guys I’ve Never Heard Of Award.