Sporcle Saturday: Rookie of the Year

Eloy Jiménez. (Carl Skanberg)

With the 2019 season nearly complete, it’s time to look ahead to award season. There are two Sox players likely to receive consideration: Lucas Giolito (Comeback Player of the Year) and Eloy Jimenez (Rookie of the Year).

While one can quibble about whether Giolito qualifies as a “comeback” player –did he ever really establish himself in the first place?– it’s safe to say that Eloy is a lock to receive some down-ballot votes for Rookie of the Year. A strong finish to the season has the young left fielder sitting on 30 home runs entering Friday’s doubleheader, and an OPS+/wRC+ of 116 and 115, respectively. Not too shabby, considering his struggles early in the season!

Today, we’ll be taking a gander at other rookie Sox who have received RoY consideration throughout the years. There are 37 names in all: how many can you get? Good luck!

(Let me know in the comments if there are any errors and I’ll update accordingly: this was compiled by hand.)

Quiz Parameters

  • To qualify, a player simply must have received a vote.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the season, RoY finish, and the primary position played, for that year. So, if a player switched to a different position later on for which he may be better known, that isn’t reflected in this quiz.
  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.

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

  • In 1960, Baltimore swept Rookie of the Year voting, with votes going to three players: Ron Hansen, Chuck Estrada, and Jim Gentile.
  • From this list, 17 players finished in top-3 voting.
  • Best I can tell, the only position not represented on this list is catcher.

All data from baseballreference.com

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33/37. I always forget

on these.

A big day here as my daughter is getting married this afternoon.


Congrats! Don’t choke your toast! Lol 


Congratulations! Best wishes for everyone.




Thanks all. It turned out to be a splendid day and everything came off without a hitch (thanks mostly to my wife’s fantastic planning and coordinating).


36/37. Missed the 1949 pitcher. Never heard of him so I did well. Boomer had 35. Missed the 1979 as well. Chalk another one up for the bad guy!


I had the exact same results as Ken. My only hope for the 1949 pitcher was

Billy Pierce
, but no dice.

Another post-season award possibility. Yolmer could win a gold glove.

I’d love to see it, but pretty rare for a guy to win a Gold Glove whose bat makes him as anonymous as Yolmer, especially on a team ignored by the national media.


35/37. Missed the ’49 pitcher and the ’88 outfielder.


How did

Ross Gload
get ROY votes?



G-load, Perez and Peters
were the only guys I feel I really should have gotten, although the first one isn’t exactly what you think of when you think of the Rookie of the Year.