Sporcle Saturday: White Sox catchers since 1980

With the James McCann signing official, the Sox have once again made a December free agent signing which involves a catcher. Assuming that McCann does indeed appear at the catcher position for the White Sox during the 2019 season, he’ll be the 62nd to appear for the team since 1980.

Today’s Sporcle will take a comprehensive look at the other 61 players to appear at the 2 spot over the past ~four decades. How many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • As there are quite a few names to this Sporcle, I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the tenure of the player, and the games they played for the Sox.
  • To qualify, a player must have appeared at catcher for at least 70% of the games they played for the team (regardless of the number of games that might be).

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

  • The all-time leader at the position in baseball history (minimum 70% games played at catcher) is Ivan Rodriguez, with 2543 games.
  • As a follow-up to the previous bullet point, the White Sox have two players in the top-10 (# 2, #9).

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All data from baseballreference.com

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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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34/61. Embarrassed by my performance. I put in a couple guys that I felt should have been on the list and weren’t and got flustered. Terrible. 

merullo and hassey 


I had the same issue with those two. Were they only DH/1B types with the Sox? I swear both guys caught games.

(And I will now always associate Merullo with Frank Thomas’s amazing Hall of Fame speech.)

Right Size Wrong Shape

I too was researching

(I just watched an old game against Seattle from ’92 that he caught last night). Unless my calculations are wrong, exactly 70% of his games played with the Sox were at catcher.


43/61 before I ran out of time. I swear to the memory of Oscar Gamble that when I saw this topic, I said to myself:

”Oh, great! There’s an actual reason to remember the spelling of Ricky Seilheimer’s name!” (Yes, crap like that takes up brain cells that could be spent managing my retirement accounts.)


37/61. Also embarrassed by this. I missed so many I should have gotten.

Trooper Galactus

Looking at the many I missed and I’ve never heard of most of them and barely heard mention of others.


Matt Merullo got stone cold dissed. That may have been the first time I heard Hawk say “He’s got a chance.”