Sporcle Saturday: Rookie left-handed home run leaders

This past Monday, Daniel Palka hit his 22nd home run of the season, which not only gave him a share of the lead for dingers on the team, but also tied the franchise record for homers by a rookie lefty. And how does that stack up with the rest of baseball? Well, that’s what today’s Sporcle is all about: of the 65 left-handed rookie hitters to hit at least 20 home runs in a season, how many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the number of home runs hit, the season in which it occurred, and the team(s) the player was with.
  • Note that I’ve sorted by date rather than number of home runs.

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

  • Since the advent of Rookie of the Year voting in 1947, 41/57 (71.9%) players have received at least one vote. 13 of those won the award.
  • Four players on this list are in the Hall of Fame, with a couple more likely to have a strong case when eligible.
  • There are 109 right-handers to make the rookie list (a Sporcle for another time, perhaps): Matt Davidson is most recent from the Sox, with 26 last year.
  • Prior to Friday’s game, Daniel Palka was tied for 32nd-most all-time; another 6 dingers will bring him into the top-10.

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All data from baseballreference.com


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28- shoulda been 29 but I spelled the 94 royals name wrong. Thought I’d do better.


38. It helps being old and remembering the guys for the 60s, 70s, and 80s.


28. The ones that aren’t primarily White Sox are going to be my weaker efforts. I’m just glad I remembered the legendary

Kevin Maas

22. Couldn’t spell


Patrick Nolan

Got 20. Not great, Bob.