Sporcle Saturday: White Sox pitchers with 170K+ in a season

It was on this day back in 1954 that White Sox pitcher Jack Harshman set a still-standing franchise record, recording 16 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox. While Harshman never posted season strikeout totals which would stand out in today’s era, from 1954-1959 (the bulk of his career) he accumulated 710 strikeouts, good for 13th-most over that period (good ol’ Early Wynn tops the list with 977).

Somewhat surprisingly, given that total, Harshman’s career-best high in strikeouts for a season is 161, accomplished in 1958 while with Baltimore. That said, there are plenty of pitchers who have recorded 170 or more strikeouts in a season with the White Sox, which is today’s Sporcle theme. While Harshman may not be among the 46 names listed here, he still can lord that single-game franchise record over all of them. How many of those 46 can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, you get the season and the number of strikeouts.

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

  • The longest drought between 170K seasons was nearly 40 years, starting in 1916 and ending in 1953.
  • The oldest pitcher to record at least 170 strikeouts in a season on this list was 39, while the youngest was 23.
  • The highest ERA from the players on this list? 4.87 (1985). The lowest? 1.27 (1910).

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All data from stathead.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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46/46 7:51 remaining.


Boomer also 46/46. He had 2:44 left


46/46 A bit better than last night’s opener


46/46, 6:27 remaining. No insanely obscure guys on this list.

As Cirensica

From 1991, got them all…19 in total. I don’t do well beyond those years..


Early Wynn is an interesting HoF Case relative to Schilling/Mussina/Verlander/Santana etc. A compiler but had his peak when he was ancient already.


46/46 with 7:39 remaining.


37. Well 34, but I could not spell

Javy Vasquez
name right for the life of me. So I gave myself credit. Who the heck was
Frank Smith