Sporcle Saturday: White Sox killers since 1998

This past Monday —the Daniel Palka and Matt Davidson gameVictor Martinez broke a 1-1 tie in the 9th with a deep smash to left for his ninth home run of the season, and what felt like his millionth career home run against the White Sox. Turns out I wasn’t that far off: it was number 32 against the Sox in V-Mart’s career, so only 999,968 to go until number one million.

Running the numbers, while there have been some darned-good Sox killers in recent years since the formation of the AL Central, only a couple players have managed to surpass Martinez’ total. Today’s Sporcle will look at these hitters: since 1998, which players in baseball have gone deep the most against the White Sox over the course of their career? We’ve looked at AL Central killers only before: this will expand that to any home run of a player’s career that was hit against the Sox regardless of the team they were on at the time. I think you’ll find some similar answers; but, a few may surprise you, as well. Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve given you 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints I’ve provided the team(s) the player was with, and the home runs hit against the Sox. The cut-off for home runs is 15.
  • Note: if the player also played for the White Sox, I have NOT included that in the list of teams they played for.

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

  • Expanding past home runs, Victor Martinez has a slash-line of: .323/.396/.498 against the Sox during this period. He has the most hits (258), most RBI (131), 2nd-most doubles (44), and 3rd-most runs scored (114).
  • The average triple-slash from the players on this list: .281/.355/.509.
  • Babe Ruth earns the distinction with the most home runs against the Sox all-time, with 98. His line? Pretty good: .340/.470/.681. I think an all-time White Sox dinger killer Sporcle is in order during the off-season.

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Thanks, Ted, for this uplifting Sporcle at the end of this most depressing week of the season.


31/37. This list is missing the Metrodome, the Ligue family, and Michael Kopech’s elbow.

29/37. Over time I have combined

Mike Sweeney
Billy Butler
into one person in my head. I was surprised that
weren’t on the list; they always seemed to kill us.

Was surprised not to see Sizemore on the list, despite the injuries. One more healthy season and he’d probably have made it.

Yeah, he was another one who I thought would be there.

Trooper Galactus

27/37. Didn’t miss anybody I felt I should have remembered, especially given some of the mediocre AL Central stalwarts who played like they were Hall-bound against us for whatever reason. I will never forget what

Mike Sweeney
did to us year after year.