Sporcle Saturday: Hit leaders

It was on this day in 1925 that second baseman Eddie Collins knocked in the 3,000th hit of his career, a double off the all-time great Walter Johnson. By doing so, Collins became just the sixth player in MLB history to record 3,000 hits: he remains one of just 32 all-time; his total of 3,315 is good for 11th place, and Albert Pujols is likely the only active player to pass him with 3,202.

The newspapers of the time don’t seem to make much of a big deal about the accomplishment –at least in the days after– but they usually do mention Collins’ double, and, after taking a look at Collins’ career versus Walter Johnson, he did pretty well for himself: .281/.347/.461 with 12 doubles, 3 triples, and 9 walks against just one strikeout.

Returning to the present: no White Sox player, of course, has recorded 3,000 hits for just the franchise, though there’ve been a couple who have come close-ish. Today, we’ll be taking a look at all the Sox players to have recorded at least 1,000 hits during their tenure with the team: that’s 29 names. How many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the years the player was with the White Sox, and the number of hits they recorded.

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

  • Every position on the diamond is represented on this list, aside from pitcher.
  • The top two players on this list combined for just 80 home runs; meanwhile, the next two combined for 880!
  • The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .283/.351/.413

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All data from stathead.com

(Photo: Library of Congress)

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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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27/29. Missed

sheely and isbell


Boomer got the same 27 I did.


27/29. Missed

Weaver, Isbell,


29/29 with 5:18 left. The last 60 seconds were figuring out guys 1901-31. Had

Shano Collins’s last name been spelled differently, I likely would have missed him on this and other quizzes. He’s always my bonus with Eddie.

As Cirensica

Only 13….I am ashamed of myself.


28/29. I can’t believe I missed

Bibb Falk


20/29 – don’t know how I could’ve done any better

Joliet Orange Sox

I got 28/29 which is way better than I usually. I’m not sure I have ever heard of 1019. I only got 1254 because of his name and I only got 1219, 1136, and 1051 because I have missed them on so many previous Sporcles. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me dozens of times, shame on me.

Right Size Wrong Shape

21/29. There were two from the decade before I was born and one from the Black Sox that I should have probably got, but there was no way I was getting the rest.