Sporcle Saturday: Rookie of the Year

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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Ted Mulvey
Ted Mulvey

White Sox fan, homebrewer, academic librarian. Not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly.

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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.

Right Size Wrong Shape

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.