Sporcle Saturday: Opening Day DHs since 1980

Well folks, it’s finally (or depending upon your perspective, already) here: the last of the Opening Day positions to examine, the designated hitter. Next week there will be a cumulative final exam which should take everyone quite a bit of time to complete.

Lucky for you, today’s quiz only contains 39 names, so you should be able to complete this in a timely fashion. Of those 39 entries, how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the date and position.

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

  • The highest WPA of the players on this list: a robust .615 in a 4-2 win over the Royals in 2009. That line: 3-4 with a homer, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored.
  • The lowest WPA? -.185, an 0-6, 1K effort in a 7-6 win over the Yankees in 1982. (The first of the double-header makeup due to the snowstorm that year)
  • 11: the number of home runs DHs have combined to hit on Opening Day since 1980. Of course, three of those came last year…

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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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39/39. Nailed it quite easily. 


Boomer got 38- missed 1980. Chalk up another one for the bad guy. 


39/39. Got the last one with only 25 seconds to spare.


39/39. The Sox have been more stable at DH than 3B.

Brett R. Bobysud


1980 & 1995 were the two toughest for me.


For some reasons the “spoiler” tag isn’t working for me on the desktop site.

Fun quiz and I actually did pretty well on this one.

Right Size Wrong Shape

37/39. Never would have got 1980, and really kicking myself for missing 1996.

Trooper Galactus

35/39. Probably could have gotten two more, but 80 and 96 I never would have guessed.