Happy birthday, Carlos Lee! Today, the left fielder from Panama turns 44: for a certain subset of younger White Sox fans, El Caballo was a staple at Comiskey alongside his right field counterpart, Magglio Ordonez. Lee was terrific in his time with the Sox: from 1999-2004 he slashed .288/.340/.488 with 152 bombs and just under 1,000 hits (957).
To celebrate Lee’s birthday, today we’ll be examining left fielders throughout White Sox history. Some of the names are great! Others, not so much. To make this list, though, a player must have spent at least 70% of his time in left field AND played in at least 100 games during the season. That gives us 88 entries: how many can you name? Good luck!
- I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the season and the number of games in which the player appeared.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- The fewest home runs hit by a Sox left fielder, is, of course, zero. That has happened four times in franchise history: 1904, 1908, 1918, and 2005.
- The average triple-slash of the players on this list: .287/.353/.425.
- The most hits in a season by a left fielder is 218, during the 1920 season.
All data from stathead.com
(Photo credit: Jeramey Jannene/Flickr)
68/88. Got all in my lifetime and missed 2 in my dads. (1965,1971). I may have been able to get one more… which would’ve been niccceeeee… but 68 will do I’m ok with that score.
Boomer with 66. While he did get 1965, he missed 1950, 1939 and 1982 who I got.
Chalk another one up for the bad guy
74/88, with my weakest eras being the WW2 teams and the non-famous guys before 1920. Good timing department:
62/88. Didn’t remember that
1945 would win the Sporcle quiz for names that best describe the feeling of the 2020 season.
His nickname was “Ugly.”