Sporcle Saturday: Rookie home run leaders

Major League Baseball completed their award distribution on Thursday, with Mookie Betts and Christian Yelich taking home the MVP for their respective leagues. Mike Trout finished second, moving him past Mike Schmidt and Frank Robinson for 11th all-time on Baseball Reference’s Award Share leaderboard.

For those who haven’t heard, though, a White Sox player made one of the award lists this year: none other than Section 108’s favorite son, Daniel Palka. Yes, you read that correctly: Daniel Palka made the list for AL Rookie of the Year, finishing in 5th place (some guy named Shohei Ohtani won), thanks to a third place vote from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. While Palka may not have done quiiiiiiiiite enough to merit first place, he was a fun story for Sox fans in a season that was otherwise a boiling cauldron of disappointment.

While we’ve already celebrated Palka’s accomplishments on a different Saturday Sporcle, today we’ll be expanding the rookie home run list to both left- and right-handed hitters. I’ve set the parameters to White Sox rookies who hit at least 10 home runs in a season, which gives you 34 players. How many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the number of home runs hit, the season in which it occurred, and the position of the player in question.

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

  • The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .272/.329/.457.
  • The youngest players (two) to make this list were 21 years of age, while the oldest was 30.
  • No player on this list recorded 200 hits during their rookie season, the closest was 193, in 1930.

All data from baseballreference.com
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28/34 and I’m disgusted with my performance. Should’ve gotten 3 more.


31/34, with my misses being from the 1920s and 1930s (I keep forgetting about

Smead Jolley
in these quizzes). This Sporcle made me happy to remember
Jim Morrison
, one of my favorite early-80s players.

23/34. For some reason my mind has decided that

Brian Downing
and Dick Schofield are the same person, but Ted apparently does not agree.


32/34. Got everyone after 1930.