Sporcle Saturday: White Sox rookie XBH leaders

As Jim noted the other day, Daniel Palka joined the MLB Central show on MLB Network to talk about his power this season. Puttering around on Baseball Reference, I noticed that Palka has a decent number of extra base hits this season — 32, prior to Friday’s game — and is 7th among all rookies in 2018. This got me wondering: where does that place Palka among White Sox rookies all-time? Turns out he’s 37th all-time, with six weeks yet remaining in the season (and currently tied for 10th place on the White Sox rookie home run list). Your task for today: name the White Sox rookies who hit at least 30 extra base hits in a season. That’s 49 names in all; good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the season, number of XBHs, and the position of the player in question.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, or confound your friends

  • The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .278/.336/.432
  • Four players on this list won Rookie of the Year while another five placed in the top three of voting.
  • The rookie with the most extra base hits ever was Cleveland first baseman Hal Trosky, who hit 89 in 1934.

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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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25/49. Tough one this week as it’s been a long time since you’ve asked us to recall old friends from the pre-World War II era.


34. Pretty tough. Got lucky on one of the names by making a bad guess on someone and the name popped up! Boomer got 32


32/49, with all of the misses coming before 1960. Very difficult to remember which pre-war players were reasonably effective in their first year, so hats off for difficulty, Ted.

I’m starting to suspect recent Sporcles are excuses to mention

Gordon Beckham
in relation to offensive achievements.


Total disaster. 17/49.

I couldn’t remember the name of

Josh Fields
but I knew he was on this list. It’s very frustrating that I always forget his name.

Right Size Wrong Shape

1935 OF!


WOW! I didn’t think KW had 31 XBH his whole career.