Sporcle Saturday: Opening Day outfielders since 1980

Trucking on through the lineups the Sox have sent out for Opening Day since 1980, we reach a Sporcle containing the most positions thus far: the outfield. With three positions to name, and nearly 4 decades of lineups, that gives us 117 entries. How many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • This is a pretty big list, so I’ve allotted the full 20 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided each player’s position, and grouped by year for convenience.

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

  • As one might guess, right field was the most consistent of the outfield positions for the White Sox during the ’80s: just two names manned the 9 position over that decade.
  • Left field was more fluid, as nine different players started in the 7 position during the ’80s.
  • The left fielder starting in 1986 had not played the position since 1981. It was one of 41 starts in left fielder in his career (31 of which came with the White Sox during the 1986 season).

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All data from baseballreference.com

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Brett R. Bobysud


Do we know who’s bright idea it was to put the 2001 CF in the outfield that day?


Alex Rodriguez. Well, no, but A-Rod’s free agency was partially reponsible for the musical chairs that led to that 2001 outfield adventure.


Yes! Yes! He did it! 117/117! Pulled it out with 54 seconds on the clock got the 1980 LF! 


I think about that guy often, as the last report I saw had him not long for this world.


I got that one pretty quickly — difficult to forget that guy sleeping there.


Boomer 115/117 missed the 80 LF and the 89 CF. Chalk up another one for the bad guy


117/117. The key for this quiz is remembering that the Sox have often used players more known for other positions in the outfield.


105/117. Not sure how you all remember such obscurities As

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Right Size Wrong Shape

I also got 105. I got all of the ones you listed, but somehow forgot the best hitting season on the list, misspelled another name, and confused one former Indian with another.


Well 1995 RF was one in a line of pretty impressive one year guys. From 1993-1996 they had four different right fielders they signed to one year deals and they all performed. If they did that now many Sox fans would complain. 


114/117. How sad is it that I couldn’t remember who started in CF two years ago? Or maybe it’s a good thing my brain has erased him from memory.


That was my second to last get. 

Josh Nelson

Is 1998 outfield the highest career bWAR total?