Sporcle Saturday: Pitchers and catchers
Hello friends, and welcome to another edition of Sporcle Saturday. You may have heard —perhaps on this very website— that this past Wednesday pitchers and catchers reported to camp.
While in many parts of the country it may not feel like spring is just around the corner, as evidenced by the lake near where I live…
…rest assured that actual baseball happenings will take place, and soon. Heck, the first Spring Training game is just a week away!
Today, we’ll be celebrating pitchers and catchers, specifically: which pitcher/catcher combos have started the season for the White Sox since 1970? That’s 98 players: how many can you name? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve grouped players by year, and listed their position (more for ease of reference than any useful hint).
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- No pitcher has started more than 5 consecutive opening days for the White Sox.
- Ray Schalk holds the White Sox record of most opening days started at the catcher position, with 15 consecutive.
- Speaking of Ray Schalk, he witnessed the worst run of opening days in franchise history: the Sox lost 8 of 9 from 1921-1929, their only win a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Browns in 1926.
All data from baseballreference.com
96/98. The 1970 and 1976 catchers were my only downfall. Solid performance in my opinion!
Boomer had 92. Chalk up another one for the bad guy!
Sorry Steve Stone
73/98 – Got all names post-1990, except
94/98. I too missed the 70 and 76 catchers, plus the 86 catcher and 77 pitcher.
95/98, and all my misses were catchers from the 1970s.
Missed those late 70s catchers. Never thought that
Got 70. I always forget Sandy Alomar on these things. No other 1990-present misses.
Well done, folks. You may remember I did back to 1980 last year. Thought I would extend it a decade this year, and everybody delivered. Dang impressed.
74/98. Got everybody 2000 and beyond, missed three forgettable guys from the 90s.
66/98. I’m getting better! The more of these I do, the more of the 1980s I remember.