Sporcle Saturday: Starting corner infielders since 1980

As we enter into the “playing Spring Training games” portion of the offseason, it’s time to continue our review of Opening Day starters for the White Sox. You might recall that I ran a similar series of Sporcles last offseason: weekly, we’ll be studying a series of positions to start Opening Day, and then it’ll culminate in a big ol’ quiz as the page turns from offseason to regular season.

One twist from last year, though, is that I’ve added ten years: you’ll now be tasked with naming the starting first and third basemen going back to 1980. In total, there are 78 names: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve grouped by year, and provided the position for reference.

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

  • Okay, so this may fall under “anger” or “trigger” rather than “annoy” given recent events, but: the 1980s really remind me of the current third base situation. The White Sox started 8 different players at third over that decade.
  • Likewise, first base was just as stable as third was fluid: a couple of stalwarts manned that position for much of the ’80s.
  • This should come as a surprise to no one: 1991-1997 represents the most stable pairing from the range. The same pair manned the corners for those 7 Opening Days.

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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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69/78. Missed all 3B’s 1985-1989 and 1997, 1999-2000 and 1998 1B.


76/78. Only missed 85-86 3rd basemen.


78/78. 1988 features a man in a position where he does not belong, so continuity with 2019.


I did it! 78/78! It took me a bit for the 1980 third baseman but I had 5 minutes plus to spare! 


Boomer with 75/78. Chalk yet another one up for the Bad Guy!


I missed so many of the third basemen between

; I guess I should feel bad because I had recently lived through this dreck. But, actually, I feel pretty good about my brain’s decisions on what it’s worth remembering.

I just hope Moncada is not in that group 5 years from now . . .